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History renews American version of 'Top Gear' for second season

UPI News Service, 02/10/2011 

The History cable network says it has ordered a second season of the U.S. version of "Top Gear."

The American adaptation of the car-themed British series attracted the youngest viewers of any program on History ever. Overall, nearly 60 million tuned in to Season 1, the network said.

Season 2 of "Top Gear" is to begin production this spring. It is a co-production between History and BBC Worldwide.

The U.S. series stars comedian Adam Ferrara, champion rally and drift racer Tanner Foust, and racing analyst Rutledge Wood.

'"Top Gear' is our baby so you can understand why (Richard) Hammond, (James) May and I were anxious about passing it on to the presenters of the U.S. show," Jeremy Clarkson, host of the U.K. "Top Gear," said in a statement Thursday.

"We needn't have worried because 'Top Gear' is clearly in safe hands, even if they do insist on speaking in those stupid accents. Watching an episode from Series 1 with Richard and James, we found ourselves in a genuinely heated debate about which of the presenters' cars was best. We were just three ordinary chaps watching a car show and loving it, which is exactly what 'Top Gear' should be. Bring on Series 2."

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