INDIANAPOLIS (March 10, 2003) -- Having made a successful return to the Miami market with the Champ Car World Series in 2002, Championship Auto Racing Teams, Inc. (NYSE: MPH) ensured the long-term future of the Grand Prix Americas event today when...
INDIANAPOLIS (March 10, 2003) -- Having made a successful return to the Miami market with the Champ Car World Series in 2002, Championship Auto Racing Teams, Inc. (NYSE: MPH) ensured the long-term future of the Grand Prix Americas event today when it acquired Raceworks LLC, the Miami-based company that was the promoter for last season's successful race. The acquisition gives CART the license to conduct a street race in South Florida for the next 15 years, and also gives the company 100 percent of the equity in the Raceworks entity.
"We are pleased to have taken these steps to secure the Miami race for the foreseeable future," said CART President and CEO Christopher R. Pook. "As I have often said, I believe Miami to be the gateway to what is a very important Latin American market for us, and the fact that we can showcase our teams, drivers and sponsors in this market is a key point for us and for our future."
In addition to the Latin American market, the race gives the Champ Car World Series a solid foothold in one of the key U.S. urban markets, keeping the series in step with the successful business model that has brought races to major cities such as Los Angeles, Denver, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Cleveland, Portland and Milwaukee.
"I am extremely pleased that with the staging of the inaugural Grand Prix Americas last October my dream has been fulfilled," said Peter Yanowich, co-founder of Raceworks, who helped bring the street race to Miami. "With the acquisition of Raceworks, LLC by CART, I am turning the reins of this important project over to one of the greatest race promoters this country has ever seen, Chris Pook, and the staff he has assembled at CART, including (Grand Prix Americas General Manager) Chuck Martinez. I am confident that they will bring great leadership, experience and financial support to enable the Grand Prix Americas to continue to be enjoyed by South Floridians for many years to come."
"The racing fans of South Florida have always been supportive of world-class racing," said Martinez. "We look forward to producing an incredible event worthy of them and the City of Miami."
CART will own and run the event beginning in 2003, taking over the promotion of the race as it has with five other races this season. Coming on the heels of a successful event last year, the series is already taking steps to improve the 2003 race, including the construction of a new section of the track that will result in the temporary circuit extending further to the North along Biscayne Boulevard.
"Aside from bringing together two premier races with the Champ Car World Series and the American Le Mans Series, the Grand Prix Americas adds to the list of world-class sporting events taking place in Miami," said Mayor Manny Diaz. "With ownership by CART, the Grand Prix Americas can only get better."
The Grand Prix Americas -- the 15th round of the 2003 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford -- will be held September 26-28 with the Champ Cars taking center stage along with the cars from the American Le Mans Series on the streets of Miami.
Championship Auto Racing Teams, Inc. (NYSE: MPH) owns, operates and markets the 2003 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford. Veteran racing teams such as Newman/Haas Racing, Player's/Forsythe Racing, Team Rahal, Patrick Racing and Walker Racing will compete with many new teams this year in pursuit of the Vanderbilt Cup. CART Champ Cars are thoroughbred racing machines that reach speeds in excess of 200 miles per hour, showcasing the technical expertise of manufacturers such as Ford Motor Company, Lola Cars, Reynard Motorsport and Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire, LLC. The 18-race 2003 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford will be broadcast by television partners CBS and SPEED Channel. CART also owns and operates its top development series, the Toyota Atlantic Championship. Learn more about CART's open-wheel racing series at www.champcarworldseries.com.