The NASCAR Winston West Series season finale in Japan -- the '99 NASCAR Coca-Cola 500 at the Twin Ring Motegi on Saturday, Nov. 20 -- will be televised in both Japan and the United States.
The '99 NASCAR Coca-Cola 500 will be telecast in Japan by Fuji Television and in the United States by Speedvision, "the first and only 24-hour cable network devoted to the millions of people who love cars, boats, airplanes and motorcycles."
Speedvision will present its telecast on a tape-delay basis into the United States, which offers a better time frame for viewers due to the 13-hour difference in time. The telecast is tentatively scheduled to air Saturday, Dec. 11, on Speedvision beginning at 3 p.m.
"The NASCAR Winston West Series telecast from Japan will provide viewers all around the world with a taste of NASCAR racing from an excellent venue," said Dennis Huth, NASCAR vice president, touring operations and international development. "Speedvision has worked closely with us to provide a time that will give our NASCAR Winston West Series competitors maximum exposure. The event will be viewed on a primetime platform in the United States, as well as an international platform overseas."
The NASCAR Winston West Series race in Japan, the first NASCAR championship point event outside of North America, follows NASCAR exhibition events conducted in Japan in each of the past three years. The event will continue to showcase NASCAR-style racing on foreign soil while expanding the broad scope of NASCAR.
The '99 NASCAR Coca-Cola 500 at Twin Ring Motegi is expected to feature 30 entries, including approximately 20 NASCAR Winston West Series competitors, as well as international competitors from Japan and Australia.
Speedvision is a network "dedicated to everyone who shares a passion for speed and the lifestyle that goes with it." The network features an exciting, extensive line-up consisting of more than 1,500 hours of original programming.
The NASCAR Winston West Series is one of NASCAR's 13 touring divisions. Cars used in the series are identical to those used in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, with minor differences such as engines limited to a 9.5:1 compression. The series travels throughout the Western Region of the United States, competing at tracks ranging in size from the 3/8-mile oval at Tucson (Ariz.) Raceway Park to the two-mile superspeedway at California Speedway near Los Angeles.
Twin Ring Motegi is a 640-acre, $400 million motorsports entertainment complex located in the Yamizo mountain range approximately 60 miles northeast of Tokyo. The 1.549-mile track opened in 1997 and has featured CART Fed-Ex Championship races in addition to the 1998 NASCAR stock car race.