Trans Am Series set for TV return with Rick Benjamin

April 11, 2014

 Trans Am Series set for TV return with Rick Benjamin

The Trans Am Series will make its return to television in 2014 with Carolinas Production Group, spearheaded by long-time race announcer Rick Benjamin.

“The Trans Am Series is ready for this step forward,” said John Clagett, President of The Trans Am Race Company. “Rebuilding Trans Am’s television presence will take some time, but we feel that this is a step in the right direction. We’re ecstatic that Rick (Benjamin) and his group have decided to come along for the ride; his talent and experience are essential to what we believe will be a production of the highest quality.”

The partnership will see Benjamin, who will be producing and announcing the broadcasts, and Trans Am reunited—a duo that goes back decades.

“Bringing Trans Am in its new form back to national television is a dream come true for me and our company,” said Benjamin. “I hosted my first live national telecasts back in the 80’s, when we had Trans Am on what was then Prime Network (now Fox SportsNet). What John Clagett, The Trans Am Race Company, and the Series’ drivers, teams and track have rebuilt in just a few seasons is amazing and we can’t wait to begin to tell their stories on TV this season and beyond.”

Two Trans Am events will be broadcast this year, Rounds 6 and 7 of the 2014 Trans Am Championship, at Road America and Mid-Ohio, respectively. Each show will be one hour in length with an estimated reach of over 70 million households, anchored by MAV TV, Tuff TV and Altitude Network. Broadcast times and dates will be announced as the events approach.

About Trans Am:

The Trans Am Series dates back to 1966. Throughout the years, some of the greatest names in motorsports have participated in the Trans Am Series. Past Trans Am Champions include Paul Gentilozzi, Tommy Kendall, Mark Donohue, Scott Pruett, Wally Dallenback Jr, George Follmer, Scott Sharp, Bob Tullius, Tony Ave, Bob Stretch, Simon Gregg, Doug Peterson, Cameron Lawrence and Chuck Cassaro.

The iconic Trans Am Series – America’s Road Racing Series–is operated by the Trans Am Race Company, LLC. Through a five-year agreement, the Trans Am Race Company manages the marketing rights to the series and is responsible for Trans Am Series public relations and promotions. SCCA Pro Racing sanctions Trans Am events and provides event operations services to the series. To learn more about Trans Am visit, or @gotransam.

About Carolinas Production Group:

Rick Benjamin, Principal: Rick has more than 30 years’ experience in national and local television as an award-winning anchor and play by play host. Rick has served as on-air host for the Champ Car World Series; NASCAR Cup, Nationwide, Truck Series; ARCA; the American Le Mans Series; the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series; plus various short track and support series.

Carolinas Production Group Inc., based in Matthews, NC, is the production partner of record for Mazda, the American Speed Association, and MustSeeRacing’s Xtreme Sprint Series. We are currently in negotiations and discussions with several other significant motorsports properties.

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