W Series announces US TV deal with ESPN

ESPN will air live coverage of all qualifying and race sessions of 2022 season across its portfolio of channels.

W Series announces US TV deal with ESPN

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W Series has announced ESPN will broadcast live coverage of all qualifying and race sessions across its portfolio of channels, including ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, and ESPNEWS.

W Series’ 2022 season began with a double-header in Miami, Florida, last weekend, with both races being won by two-time W Series champion Jamie Chadwick.

Te British diver wrapped up her second title in Austin, Texas, last year, in front of 400,000 fans across the weekend, and the Circuit of the Americas will play host to third stateside race of the season in October.

Formula One races have aired in the USA on ESPN and its affiliated networks since 2018. W Series' ten races this season take place in support of eight Formula One Grand Prix, with its next outing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain, in two weeks' time. 

“W Series is building great momentum in the USA following the incredible finish to last season at the Circuit of the Americas where our women drivers showcased their skills in front of a record crowd,” said Catherine Bond Muir, chief executive of W Series.

“As a result of that, we will stage three races in the USA this year, starting with a double-header in Miami [last] weekend.

“W Series Miami presented by Hard Rock [was] the biggest event we’ve ever staged, and I am delighted that ESPN – with its reputation as the leader in sports broadcasting in the US, and who has done such a good job of promoting motorsport, and particularly Formula One, in North America – will broadcast live coverage of all W Series races this year.

“I hope that the USA will become our largest market, and ESPN is a great step towards making that happen by helping us reach new audiences.”