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. He will also host a series of 30-minute, one-on-one programs titled "The Dave Despain Show" in which he'll interview drivers and other personalities from across the diverse American racing landscape.
Despain, 67, said he was attracted to the burgeoning independent network owned by Forrest Lucas by the opportunity to return to working at the race track and hosting his own show.
"When Lucas bought MAVTV, I thought maybe it would be a good place to be somewhere down the road," he added. "Did I want to retire or do another deal that was interesting, fun and exciting? MAVTV offered me an opportunity to kind of get back to where I started.
Master of ceremonies Ken Stout hosted the 60-minute long Lunch with Lucas program presented by Protect The Harvest. The program included video presentations with introductions to the leaders of the successful Team Lucas series highlighting Off Road Racing, ASCS, Drag Boats, Pro Pulling and Late Model Dirt, in addition to Lucas-owned motorsports properties. Stout followed the Team Lucas backgrounder with a detailed description of the explosive growth experienced by both Lucas Oil Studios and MAVTV during the past year.
Lucas Oil Products, Inc. founder and Chairman Forrest Lucas welcomed PRI back to the world center of motorsports and emphasized Lucas Oil, Lucas Oil Studios and MAVTV's commitment to continue to grow grassroots motorsports across the US.
Patison thanked Forrest Lucas and Lucas Oil's continuing investment in the rapidly growing national network. "Using the principles and marketing strategy that built Lucas Oil into the powerhouse that it is today, we are building MAVTV into a major force in US television with its roots deep in the automotive world by offering an exciting slate of new shows and series hosted by top talent and high profile live events," Patison said.
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