NASCAR Hot Pass

NASCAR Hot Pass is a pay-per-view television package available exclusively on DirecTV in the United States and on various cable & satellite providers in Canada. It debuted at the 2007 Daytona 500, which aired on February 18 of that year.

Features

NASCAR Hot Pass includes a view of the race from a driver's in-car camera, unedited communications between the driver, crew chief, and spotter, and telemetry showing the car's speed and horsepower. Part of the screen also includes the live nationwide race broadcast.

Format

There are five Hot Pass channels, each dedicated to a particular driver. The drivers will vary from race to race and will depend on a number of factors, including driver popularity and past performance on a given track.[1] In addition, for some races, one driver will be selected based on an online vote.[2]

Viewers can switch from the Hot Pass audio with its own announcers and coverage, to the audio from the network broadcast, except during commercial breaks. During a commercial break, Hot Pass will show the national broadcast on a large screen while the action continues to be shown on a smaller screen.

Beginning with the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 on March 11, a new audio option will be available in which viewers can listen to real-time communications between the driver and his team.[2]

DirecTV uses channels 795 through 799 for the drivers that have been selected. During the race, channel 794 is used for a "mix" service that provides a miniature version of each of the driver channels and links to their full screens. On the day after each race, channel 793 is used for "shortcuts," 30-minute excerpts of the previous day's (or night's) coverage.

Drivers that have appeared

The following 25 drivers have been selected for inclusion on Hot Pass during the 2007 season: Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin, Jeff Burton, Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, Juan Pablo Montoya, Greg Biffle, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, David Stremme, Mark Martin, Ryan Newman, Clint Bowyer, Dale Jarrett, Jamie McMurray, Robby Gordon, Michael Waltrip, Kasey Kahne, Dave Blaney, Reed Sorenson, J.J. Yeley, Boris Said, and Martin Truex, Jr.

Seven drivers have won races on the same week(s) that they were featured: Kevin Harvick (Daytona 500, NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge), Matt Kenseth (Auto Club 500), Jimmie Johnson (Kobalt Tools 500), Jeff Gordon (Aaron's 499 and UAW-Ford 500), Juan Pablo Montoya (Toyota/Save Mart 350), Tony Stewart (Allstate 400 at the Brickyard and Centurion Boats at the Glen), and Carl Edwards (Sharpie 500 and Dodge Dealers 400).

Announcers

The following announcers were assigned to the Hot Pass channels during the 2007 Daytona 500: For the Pepsi 400, Allen and Parsons again appeared on to cover Earnhardt Jr. The other announcing teams were Steve Byrnes and Darrell Waltrip (Stewart), Dunlap and Alexander (Martin), Sadler and Pemberton (J. Gordon), and Wendy Venturini and Jeff Hammond (Edwards). Venturini became the first woman to call a NASCAR race when she did the lap-by-lap of Robby Gordon at the Toyota/Save Mart 350.

FOX/TNT analyst Larry McReynolds made his Hot Pass debut at Indy, calling the Stewart channel with Tony Rizzuti. Rizzuti is a regular contributor to Hot Pass and also co-hosts Michael Waltrip Out Loud on XM Satellite Radio.

Matt Yocum left the NASCAR on FOX pit crew twice during that portion of the season to appear on the Stewart channel; they are co-hosts of a show on Sirius Satellite Radio. Fox colleague Mike Joy[3] and former WRC (Washington, D.C.) sportscaster George Michael[4] have also been linked to reports that they will be on Hot Pass; however, they have yet to appear.

Nascar iN Car

Nascar Hot Pass is similar to another service called Nascar iN Car. Nascar iN Car was started in 2003 by iN Demand Networks and was exclusive to digital cable subscribers for three years.[5]

Nascar iN Car has been discontinued since the introduction of Nascar Hot Pass. Nascar Hot Pass has performed better than Nascar iN Car. This year Nascar Hot Pass has 100,000 subscribers than Nascar iN Car last year. Nascar iN Car had 30,000 subscribers last year. The price for a season of Nascar iN Car is the same as Nascar Hot Pass[6]

Notes

  • The Daytona 500 and Pepsi 400 were offered on a free preview basis to all DirecTV subscribers.
  • Hamlin and J. Gordon replaced Stewart and Johnson on channels 795 and 796, respectively, when those drivers dropped out of the Daytona 500. During the summer race, Stewart again dropped out early. Harvick replaced him on channel 796, but then he encountered problems and came to the garage. When that happened, Yeley replaced him. Earnhardt Jr. was taken out in the same crash and Martin Truex, Jr. took over on the channel. Truex, Jr. was a featured driver at Chicagoland the week after the Pepsi 400.
  • Earnhardt, Jr. appeared in 23 of the first 26 races; in all of them, he was shown on channel 799. However, he was pulled from the lineup after he failed to qualify for the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup. DirecTV decided to focus on drivers that did qualify for the NASCAR "playoffs."
  • Waltrip's signature call of "boogity boogity boogity" when the green flag waved to start the race was simulcast on all five channels at the Pepsi 400.

Pricing

The annual price is $99 per year, paid in two monthly installments of $49.50 each. As with all other DirecTV PPV sports packages, there is expected to be an annual renewal discount for subscribers with an account in good standing.

In mid-May, DirecTV began offering a discounted rate of $79 for the remaining races of the season. In July, the price was slashed again, this time to $59. In each case, there are again two installments. Since late August, the price has been $19.95 for up to the final 11 races, the same price as each individual race up to that time.

Availability

NASCAR Hot Pass is available through the following cable and satellite providers:

See also

References

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