Riding on the Ragged Edge of the Fast Lane: Discovery Original Series MEGASPEED Races In for Second Screamin’ Season, June 25

— June 1st, 2015

– Popular auto sport-inspired Canadian summer series airs Thursdays at 7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT –
– Iconic motorsports events in Northern Ireland, Newfoundland, and Germany featured among this season’s pit stops –

  “… source of high-speed action coming to your television…” – Toronto Star

 “… speed is the main ingredient.” – Postmedia News

TORONTO (June 1, 2015) – Faster, tougher, and dirtier! Feeding the need for speed, Discovery gears up for the return of MEGASPEED as Season 2 hits the asphalt Thursdays at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT beginning June 25. From Discovery Canada’s award-winning international production house, EPI (Exploration Production Inc.), the original Canadian documentary series puts the pedal to the metal as the one-hour, six-episode season takes viewers for an exhilarating ride. Narrated by CP24 BREAKFAST Co-Host, Steve Anthony the series focuses on fast vehicles and the drivers  who race them – from souped-up dragsters on the strip to customized ‘street legal’ roadsters – the adrenaline-fueled series ramps up with exclusive access to some of the world’s most prestigious motor sport events. In the Season 2 premiere, “Indy 500” (Thursday, June 25 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT), MEGASPEED takes viewers around the circuit of the Indianapolis motor speedway, the most famous two and half miles on the planet. Featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes access to 27-year-old Oakville native James Hinchcliffe, who was involved in a serious accident during practice on May 18, the episode follows Hinch as he prepares to qualify for his fourth Indy. Click HERE for a sneak peak of the new season of MEGASPEED. **Media Note** Screeners, photography, and episode synopses for MEGASPEED available online at BellMediaPR.ca. Episode highlights from MEGASPEED Season 2 are as follows: MEGASPEED: “Indy 500” Thursday, June 25 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT The Indianapolis 500 is one of the most iconic racing events on the planet. It’s a race everyone wants to win and James Hinchcliffe is no exception. But with just one week before qualifying, the Oakville, Ontario native is in a hospital bed recovering from a severe concussion. MEGASPEED: “North West 200” Thursday, July 2 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT The North West 200 in Northern Ireland is one of the world’s fastest and most dangerous road circuits. Alastair Seeley is a local hero, and the 34-year-old desperately wants to break the record of 15 career wins at the North West. **Thursday, July 9 – MEGASPEED on hiatus due to SHARK WEEK** MEGASPEED: “Targa NFLD” Thursday, July 16 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT The Targa Newfoundland rally is one of those rare events that every racer puts on their bucket list. Not only is the race extremely challenging, weaving through narrow village roads, but it’s also one of the most picturesque races as it hugs the Atlantic Ocean on Canada’s most rugged province. MEGASPEED: “Pikes Peak” Thursday, July 23 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is unlike any other race in the world as drivers noy only compete against each other, but against the rugged mountainous terrain. MEGASPEED: “24 Hrs of Nurburgring” Thursday, July 30 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT Nurburgring is regarded as the most dangerous racetrack in the world – 170 turns spread out across 25 kilometers in Northwest Germany. Every year, more than 200 cars in four classes attempt to tame the track. This year, the Aston Martin 007 team attempt to crack a podium usually dominated by Audi, Mercedes, and Porsche. MEGASPEED: “Air Strip Attack” Thursday, August 6 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT On an air strip at a Colorado airport, the world’s fastest street cars duke it out in an attempt to break the world record of 219 miles an hour over a half mile. Lucas English is the current record holder in his beefed up Nissan GTR, but his competition is in his rear view mirror and gaining ground. MEGASPEED is produced by Exploration Production Inc. in association with Discovery Canada. Gemini-nominee Karen McCairley (MIGHTY SHIPS, ALIEN MYSTERIES) is the show’s Executive Producer. SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS: Discovery Canada on Facebook: facebook.com/discoverycanada Discovery Canada on Twitter: twitter.com/DiscoveryCanada

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About EPI:

Discovery Canada’s in-house production company, Exploration Production Inc. (EPI), is a multi-award-winning producer of ambitious, original, entertaining factual documentaries and series, for both Discovery and other international broadcasters. By the end of 2015, EPI will have delivered more than 3000 hours of television programming in the form of a daily science magazine show, series, and specials. EPI programming has been broadcast in more than 150 countries, in two-dozen languages, to potential viewing audiences of more than 600 million conventional, cable and satellite subscribers. EPI is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Discovery Canada, a joint-venture between Bell Media (Canada) and Discovery Communications Inc. Visit Exploration.ca for more information.

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