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Zee Sports gets involved with 'Nascar Mania'

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MUMBAI: Zee Sports has launched a new show Nascar Mania.

This half hour magazine programme showcases all the elements that make up a Nascar race. Miss India 2003 Nikita Anand will host the half hour show to be telecast on the weekdays at 5:30 pm. The show will have the top stories from Nascar Nextel Series, the history of Nascar and technical tips.

For the uninitiated, Nascar stands for National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing. It is a motor sports event in the US. Over 75 million television viewers watch the race every year. Nascar has three national series ? the Nascar Nextel Cup Series, Nascar Cup Series and Nascar Craftsman Truck Series. Drivers in each race compete on different tracks throughout the year. The channel says that over 100 million fans follow Nascar races worldwide.

Zee Sports business head Himanshu Mody said, ?Nascar is a popular sport with many interesting people involved. Whether it is a driver, crewmember or owner, the stories and events that take place all season long will give viewers a new perspective on the sport and the teams they follow.

"The launch of the new show is a continuation of our efforts to bring the best of sports to viewers. I hope the show will allow fans to feel closer to the sport and the people involved, give them a real sense of involvement and appreciation for everything that is Nascar.?

Anand said, ?I am tremendously excited to be a part of Nascar Mania. Nascar is one of the most exciting sports today and I can't wait to bring a new and unique perspective to the fans."The various segments in the programme present different aspects of Nascar. Know Nascar guides the viewer and speaks about the basic terms and other facts about Nascar. The segement By track stories deals with people associated with Nascar. This segment provides access, a perspective on each week's Nextel Cup race, pre- and post-race interviews.

Pace Update is a rapid-fire news update segment from the world of Nascar. Drivers Unplugged is the section to get up close and personal with the drivers and their performance in Nascar. Every week, the Nascar Race goes to different parts of America and on different Speedways, or tracks. Track Talk is an informative section that gives insights, history, trivia etc.. of the track. Blast from the Past is a section that presents Nascar drivers from the past. Tech Tips is the segment that talks about the finer points about the stock cars used in Nascar.

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