For Immediate Release - Feb 10, 2003
NASCAR IMAGES AND SMG ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR 2003 DAYTONA 500 DVD RELEASE
-- New Production to Focus on Passion and Intensity of NASCAR's Biggest Race --
Charlotte, NC., -- Representing the second product to be released under the new home entertainment partnership, NASCAR Images and Shoreline Media Group (SMG) today unveiled production and distribution plans for NASCAR's Road to Daytona 2003, a newly-created documentary targeted for the rapidly expanding home entertainment market. An officially licensed product of NASCAR and Daytona International Speedway, Road to Daytona 2003 follows the highly successfully launch of NASCAR Winston Cup 2002 Year In Review, NASCAR's first ever DVD home video release.
Long-considered one of the icon events in the world of motorsports, the annual "Great American Race" is set to run this weekend at the historic 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway located in Daytona, Florida. The official kick-off to the 36-race NASCAR Winston Cup season, the Daytona 500 caps off a week-long schedule of qualifying and racing events that attract over 600,000 enthusiastic fans - with millions more expected to watch the event this Sunday on Fox television network.
An officially licensed NASCAR and Daytona International Speedway product, Road to Daytona 2003 will chronicle the passion and intensity of the start of NASCAR's 2003 season from pre-season testing through the race's final lap. The new release, which will be completed for shipping in early March, will be available in limited quantity as either a high-quality VHS video or 90-minute DVD. The collector's edition DVD will also feature bonus material such as exclusive driver videos, Victory Lane Un-Cut and a special music video featuring Island Recording artist Saliva.
NASCAR Images' production team promises viewers an insightful and comprehensive journey behind the scenes at Daytona via the highest quality of documentary-style production values. In addition to race coverage, the new video will also feature highlights from the Bud Shootout, the Twin 125s and qualifying events.
"The overwhelmingly positive response to NASCAR Winston Cup 2002 Year in Review confirmed our vision for high-quality, NASCAR-themed home video entertainment products for the marketplace," said Jay Abraham, CEO, NASCAR Images. "Simply stated, we want to establish quality standards and consumer anticipation that mirror the outstanding work done for decades by NFL Films. Without question, Road to Daytona 2003 is the next step in reaching that objective."
In keeping with the highly visible, multi-tiered distribution strategy refined by SMG and NASCAR Images, the products will initially be available for pre-ordering in February, via direct sales (800-856-4266) and the internet at smgcollections.com. Extensive national advertising will support the launch, including full-page, four-color print ads, regional cable television spots, radio commercials and through specialty retail outlets.
SMG is a Santa Monica, Calif.-based home entertainment corporation specializing in the marketing and distribution of a wide variety of sports, entertainment and automotive titles via direct and specialty retail distribution.
NASCAR Images is a marketing and entertainment company in business to leverage the sights, sounds and emotion of NASCAR through TV production, home video, promotional products and premiums for the sports' sponsors, tracks, teams and fans. A joint venture of Fox Cable Network and NASCAR Digital Entertainment, NASCAR Images is the exclusive rights holder of NASCAR event footage.
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