Renowned motor racing broadcaster Dave Despain has signed a two-year contract with MAVTV American Real to host the network’s five live events, beginning with the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire on Jan. 18, and a series of 30-minute, one-on-one programs interviewing drivers and other personalities from across the diverse American racing landscape.
The Chili Bowl is an indoor event for midget race cars with about 275 entries in Tulsa, Okla.
The network will also broadcast live the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series’ East Bay Late Model Nationals from Tampa, Fla., on Feb. 15; the Show Me 100 (Late Models) from Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo., on May 24; the Late Model Nationals from Knoxville, Iowa, on Sept. 27; the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup (Short Course Off Road) from Lake Elsinore, Calif., on Oct. 18; and many more live events.
Despain has been broadcasting motor racing for 40 years. He’s worked for ABC, CBS, ESPN and SPEED.