MavTv Show with JD co-hosting launches!

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The Racing Insiders Now on the MAVTV Network


March 19, 2013

For immediate release:

Contact: Steven Williams, Inc. is proud to announce a new Motorsports talk show on the MAVTV network.”The Racing Insiders” is a weekly “talking heads” 30-minute news show, covering Professional and Amateur Sports Car racing in North America. The Show is focused on providing passionate fans with “Behind the scenes, cutting edge” information.  Each show provides conversation on a variety of topics from the top pro sports car racing series (Grand Am, ALMS, World Challenge, Global RallyCross and Canadian Rally Championship) as well as the Club/Amateur racing community (Sport Car Club of America “SCCA” National Auto Sports Association “NASA” North America Road Racing Association “NARRA”) giving viewer’s in-depth knowledge.


The Racing Insiders airs weekly starting May 2 on Thursdays at 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM on theMAVTV Network with a reach of 43,000,000 households and a target demographic of 25 to 54 year olds. MAVTV’s programming includes several Motorsport programs and, is owned by Forest Lucas, of Lucas Oil. Lucas Oil has the naming rights to the Indianapolis Colts’ football stadium and now “bookends” the 2013 American racing season with the “ARCA Lucas Oil 200” raced in January at Daytona and October’s IndyCar season finale “MAVTV American Real 500” at Auto Club Speedway in Southern California. It is obvious that Lucas Oil and MAVTV doesn’t do anything half way and we expect The Racing Insiders on the MAVTV Network to live up to that trend.

“A show like this has been needed for a long time, sports car racing fans in north America have been under served, deprived of focused news and information on the sport they love, for far too long. We hope to fill that void, saysErrol Tucker Executive Producer at, “We are proud to bring a topical, contemporary look at sports car racing to broadcast. It’s unclear if this has ever been tried before solely for this valuable market segment”, said Jason Patison, Programming Director at MAVTV.


To make sure the show stays on point with the fan’s needs, the show will be heavy integrated into social media, fans will be able to ask questions and interact with the host during the show’s air dates, through the show’s social media channels, and This steady interaction with the fans will help the hosts and show producers in making sure they provide the fans with the information their interested in.


The Racing Insiders are:


Bill Wood – Show Host

Nearly every day of Bill Wood’s adult life has been spent in an award-winning media career that’s touched television, radio, print, the Internet and most things in between. His thirty plus years in the communications industry includes: broadcasting, print, Internet, multimedia, corporate communications, education and training program development.


In front of the camera and mic: Bill is a co-host on SpeedFreaks, a nationally syndicated radio show. He’s also hosted the TV version of SpeedFreaks on Speed and ESPN. He has hosted on-site, live Grand Am racing event webcasts, including pre and post event shows and pre-event interviews and production. Bill has also served as one of the X Games 12, Stadium Sport Announcers, the Rally Car Racing and Home Depot Center Announcer.


Behind the scenes: Bill has held positions as Writer, Producer and Executive Producer, to name a few. He has created and supervised award winning political campaign news coverage and worked on Emmy & Murrow Award winning writing projects. Created format and supervised all staff and production of daily one hour morning newscasts. He has worked with several TV networks CBS, UPN, ESPN, WTBS, FOX Television & others to name a few.


Bill’s MAJOR AWARDS (for producing and/or writing)

  • Academy of Television Arts and Sciences: 2 Emmys, and 11 nominations
  • Radio and Television News Assoc: 4 Golden Mikes
  • Associated Press Best of the West
  • 2 Associated Press, Television-Radio Association nominations
  • RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Regional & National Finalist


Jim Daniels – Co-Host

Has raced in NASCAR, ARCA, IMSA, Grand-Am,World-Challenge, SCCA and NASA, in vehicles ranging from GT 1 to Formula Vee.  Jim studied the art of driving and racecar engineering with the best minds in the business, notables like Buddy Fey, author, engineer and noted expert in all major road racing circles including IRL and NASCAR, Calvin Fish, Tommy Byrne with some help and guidance along the way from Tommy Kendall and Dorsey Schroeder.


In addition to having raced and won in just about every conceivable vehicle and track combination, he’s known for his successes in helping teams better manage their operations, coaching driver’s progression to higher levels and recently, broadcasting.


He is the co-founder of the Spec Miata racing class (The largest car class in the history of American club racing) and the founder of, formerly (the largest club racing user forum on the internet).   He is credited as being one of the most influential figures in the rise of the Spec Miata, Pro Miata and MX5 Cup racing phenomenon. As Ralph Sheheen once put it,  “JD is considered the Godfather of Spec Miata Racing”. Along the way he composed the most wins and championships in those classes including winning the Playboy MX5 Cup and becoming the first Mazdaspeed ladder alumni, which lead to a Pro Factory Mazda driver job in World-Challenge and Grand-Am.


Peter Keane – Co-Host

Peter Keane, also known as “Special K,” has been around professional and amateur road racing since 1988. Currently he is a member of the #90 Chevrolet Corvette Spirit of Daytona, Grand Am Rolex, Daytona Prototype team, the most winning team in the series last season. He has held several positions with Spirit of Daytona racing, including team manager, crew chief, engineer, strategist, and spotter.


Peter is also a member of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Club Racing Board (CRB), which oversees the SCCA competition rules. Currently there are seven members on the board overseeing the regulations for the largest amateur sports car club in the United States. He has also served on several SCCA advisory committees since 2003.


As a driver, he started out Auto crossing and won the 1989 Florida state championship. He progressed to road racing he received his SCCA regional road-racing license in 1990 and won his first regional race at Memphis Motorsports Park. He went on to become undefeated in H Stock competition in 1990. Involved in a motorcycle accident in 2001, Peter became a T3 paraplegic.  Despite his disability, Peter currently competes in the SCCA amateur road racing with an Acura Integra GSR. The Integra is piloted completely with hand controls. He has multiple top five finishes in SCCA National and Regional road racing, and has set several track records.


About Inc. is the premier web-video channel for the club racing/grassroots racing community. began airing episodes of its instructional video shows, the “Club Racer” and “Auto Crosser” web-based video shows in February of 2009, but has quickly become the site where club racers can obtain updated information and news related to the amateur racing community. Presently, produces several video programs for the grassroots racing community. also provides a daily updated news article section on the front page of its site, for those fans who either cannot or do not want to view video for their news.  These articles cover news from the entire top Amateur and Pro Racing series in the US. For the past two years has provided video coverage of the SCCA Chicago Region June Sprints, airing all 9 racing groups from the event. has also covered the past two years of the SCCA Championship Runoffs and the NASA Championships, producing a daily evening news show from the event informing fans of breaking news in a format similar to a standard network evening news show. Most recently teamed up with Mazda and Cooper Tires to stream a Live Show from the 2011 Performance Industry Racing Show in Orland FL. has partnered with some of the top Sports Car series in the U.S. and Canada to host their racing video archives.  Racing fans around the world can now come to the web site to see racing from their favorite series, SCCA Pro Racing Trans AM and Spec Racer Ford Series, Mazda Playboy MX5 Cup, Dodge Viper Cup, Star Mazda and Canadian Touring Car to name a few. This is just a handful of some of the video coverage available on



MAVTV was founded in 2002 by four former Showtime Networks executives and was originally geared towards a male dominated audience.  In 2011, MAVTV was purchased by Lucas Oil Products, an automotive lubricant manufacturer with a history in television production.

Having grown their company from a single product company into an international powerhouse in the lubricant and motorsports industries, Lucas Oil was eager to employ similar strategies to transform MAVTV into a premier cable network Lucas envisioned a broader scoped network, geared towards the modern American family with significant enhancements to the network including but not limited to; investments in programming, updated on-air look, and increased production quality, all to add more value to the consumer experience.