FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016
NBC SPORTS GROUP HITS THE IGNITION SWITCH ON NEW FULL-THROTTLED QUIZ SHOW “SHOTGUN”
High-Octane Automotive Game Show – From The Creators of The Amazing Race – Tests Contestants’ Skills at Answering Questions While Riding “Shotgun” In Race Cars
Digital Debut is Sunday, November 6 on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app
Television Premiere is Saturday, November 19 at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN Following NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship Race at Miami
NBC Debut is Sunday, December 11 at 2 p.m. ET
Shotgun Hosted by NASCAR on NBC’s Rutledge Wood
STAMFORD, Conn. – Nov. 2, 2016 – NBC Sports Group announced today the debut of Shotgun, a high-octane automotive quiz show, from the creators of The Amazing Race, which tests contestants’ skills at answering questions while riding in the passenger seat of a professional race car.
Hosted by NASCAR on NBC’s Rutledge Wood, the show invites six contestants to buckle in for the ride of their lives and ride “shotgun” as professional drivers put the pedal to the medal around four different courses at Irwindale Speedway, in Irwindale, Calif. As the cars race around the track and drift between obstacles, each contestant is asked trivia questions covering a range of topics from pop culture to geography. Contestants who answer the most questions correctly in each round will move on to the next race course. Each new course will feature unique challenges and a different race vehicle. The last contestant standing after all four rounds wins $25,000.
In a first-of-its-kind launch for NBC Sports Group, the eight-episode series will debut digitally – on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app – followed a few weeks later by its television premiere on NBCSN. The first four episodes of Shotgun will be made available on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app on Sunday, November 6, following NBC’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race coverage from Texas Motor Speedway. The second four episodes will be available on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app on Sunday, November 13, following NBC’s NASCAR Sprint Cup playoff race from Phoenix.
A one-hour television premiere of Shotgun will air on Saturday, November 19 at 7 p.m. ET, immediately following NBCSN’s coverage of the NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship from Miami. An encore presentation will air Sunday, December 11 on NBC.
“We’re excited to debut Shotgun and add this original quiz show to NBC Sports Group’s growing portfolio of automotive and motorsports properties,” said Jon Miller, President of Programming, NBC Sports and NBCSN. “The unique multi-platform debut will allow us to introduce the show to our digital and linear viewers, and surround our existing motorsports coverage with new and exhilarating shoulder programming.”
As part of a presenting sponsorship, Shotgun will feature four different Toyota race cars. The cars include the Toyota 86, Toyota NASCAR Camry Stock Car, Toyota Formula D Car, and Toyota Tacoma, with each car used in a different round. Shotgun is the latest show in a series of initiatives between NBC Sports Group and Toyota. Previous projects have included NBC Sports’ NASCAR Gridiron Challenge, prior to NBC’s presentation of Super Bowl XLIX, and 18 Rising, which chronicled NASCAR driver Kyle Busch’s comeback journey from a broken leg to the 2016 Sprint Cup Championship.
Shotgun is produced by Profiles TV’s Bertram Van Munster and Elise Doganieri, creators of The Amazing Race.
Shotgun complements NBC Sports Group’s robust catalogue of motorsports properties that exceeds 1,800 programming hours in 2016, including NASCAR, IndyCar, Formula One, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, Red Bull Global RallyCross and Mecum Auctions.
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