Friday, June 26, 2009

From Loudon to London, Rob Kauffman to be a Color Commentator for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race on Sky Sports LONDON

One letter and nearly 3,500 miles separate Rob Kauffman from watching his Michael Waltrip Racing teams in person at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire on Sunday.

Even though he will be in London, he will be watching closely as he makes his color commentator debut in the UK during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Lenox Tools 301 live on Sky Sports alongside presenter Keith Huewen and British Racing driver John Mickel, who has previously raced in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

“Michael Waltrip gave me some pointers being that it is my first time as a color analyst,” Kauffman said. “He said, ‘First, don’t make anything up and second try not to be boring.”
Sky Sports broadcasts NASCAR Sprint Cup races across the United Kingdom and Ireland. Sky Sports takes the feed via a satellite from the U.S. and supplements the coverage with their studio presentation.

One night while watching the show, Kauffman emailed in to compliment Sky Sports’ coverage. The show's producer, Dawn White, then contacted Kauffman and invited him to be a part of Sunday’s show since he is co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing.

“When I am in London, there’s two ways I keep up with all the action and that’s and Sky Sports,” Kauffman said. “Recently, I sent an email to tell them that the coverage was great and they asked me to come in and be on the show. Michael said to do it because it is a good experience and would be fun. Hopefully, it will be good exposure in Europe for Michael Waltrip Racing. It helps us because you just never know what might lead from it. Nothing ventured, nothing gained! We’ll also be running Sky Sports decals on our cars at New Hampshire and we are hoping to have a good weekend.”

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