ESPN launches its coverage of the final 17 races of the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season with a live, flag-to-flag telecast of the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway at noon Sunday. The green flag is scheduled for 12:19 p.m.
Of the 17 races, 14 will air on ESPN and three on ABC.
Five former NASCAR Sprint Cup champions will be part of ESPN’s coverage team at the Brickyard, including analyst Dale Jarrett, the 1999 champion, who will work with two-time champion crew chief Andy Petree and lap-by-lap announcer Marty Reid in the booth. Two-time champion crew chief Tim Brewer will report from the ESPN Craftsman Tech Garage, while pit reporters will be Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch.
NASCAR Countdown from the ESPN pit studio will feature analysis by 1989 champion driver Rusty Wallace and three-time champion crew chief Ray Evernham, with host Allen Bestwick and analyst Brad Daugherty.
ESPN will use 76 high definition cameras in the telecast, including Track Cam, a camera running on a cable over pit road and the frontstretch that can move at more than 80 mph. ESPN also will record the radio transmissions of all 43 teams in the race and will provide additional access and discovery for viewers by replaying conversations between drivers and crews.
— ESPN will air the St. Louis Cardinals-Chicago Cubs game for its 7 p.m. Sunday game. Dan Shulman, Orel Hershiser and Bobby Valentine will be the announcers.
— KOKH-25’s 3 p.m. Saturday game has been switched from New York Mets at Los Angeles Dodgers to Colorado Rockies at Philadelphia Phillies. Dick Stockton and Tim McCarver are the annoucers for the game, which will got to 24 percent of the nation.
— CBS will kick off its 10th consecutive season of SEC football with Florida at Georgia at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 18.
— The NFL Network begins its training camp coverage with a report on the Dallas Cowboys on “NFL Total Access” at 6 p.m. Friday.