Rogers customers began noticing on Thursday that a new channel had appeared in place of the empty slot that was once filled by Speed, the 24-hour motor sports network that was removed one-by-one by Canadian providers from our systems as the parent version in the U.S. became extinct. In its place was a channel that looked remarkably similar to Speed, but instead was named Fox Sports Racing. Confirmation came later that night from Fox Sports that Fox Sports Racing was indeed as re-brand of Speed International.
Fox Sports on Thursday announced the re-branding of SPEED International, its motor sports and automotive network in Canada and the Caribbean, as FOX Sports Racing. The new network will be on the air Friday and will bolster the high-octane programming lineup to deliver additional motor sports and big-event competition programming for 2015 and beyond.
FOX Sports Racing returns to Rogers in Canada just in time for a live airing of Friday’s season-opening NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race from Daytona International Speedway at 7:30 p.m. ET. Additionally, FOX Sports Racing continues to be available to pay-TV subscribers in the Caribbean.
With a 2015 schedule that includes 785 events and nearly 900 hours of competition-driven programming, the FOX Sports Racing lineup is highlighted by a full season of live NASCAR Camping World Truck Series racing, practice and qualifying sessions from NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series events; the MotoGP World Championship and its support series Moto2 and Moto3; Monster Energy Supercross; Tudor United Sportscar Championship; ARCA Racing Series; and the inaugural season of the FIA Formula E Championship, which makes its North American debut on March 14 in Miami.
At this time, it appears Fox Sports Racing is only available to Rogers customers according to the press release above and online forums. I contacted Bell support and they seemed to know nothing about the channel. Rogers was one of the first providers to drop Speed, allegedly due to Fox Sports increasing the price it wanted for the channel despite the channel being stripped of its programming after the US version was killed.
There is nothing new really here to see other than a different shade of lipstick on a watered-down pig. Fox Sports Racing will carry all the same niche motor sports programming Speed carried and features the same crappy commercials and the same crappy realty programming. Live programming includes:
- NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
- NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (Practice and qualifying)
- NASCAR Xfinity Series (Practice and qualifying)
- Monster Energy Supercross
- ARCA Racing Series
- ASMOIL A Renacross
- TUDOR United SportsCar Championship
- FIA Formula E Championship
- Jockey Club Racing Tour
- Masters At Westminster
- Street League Skateboarding
- Burton Snowboarding Events
The only interesting note is whether Fox Sports Racing will be blacked out when TSN is showing the same programming. For instance, next Friday afternoon TSN will be broadcasting NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying, as is FS Racing. It wouldn’t be the first time the channel would be blacked out, as it regularly occurred during Formula 1 coverage when Speed held the U.S. rights.