CHAMPCAR/CART: San Jose program of events

SAN JOSE GRAND PRIX ANNOUNCES ON-TRACK PROGRAM OF EVENTS Number of Pedestrian Track Crossings Increased SAN JOSE, CA - - MAY 3, 2006 - - The San Jose Grand Prix presented by Taylor Woodrow announced today the on-track program of events for ...

SAN JOSE GRAND PRIX ANNOUNCES ON-TRACK PROGRAM OF EVENTS
Number of Pedestrian Track Crossings Increased

SAN JOSE, CA - - MAY 3, 2006 - - The San Jose Grand Prix presented by Taylor Woodrow announced today the on-track program of events for the 2006 race weekend which will be contested July 28-30 on the downtown streets of San Jose.

The weekend of speed will consist of three days of practice, qualifying and racing plus drifting exhibitions, autograph sessions and pace car on-track activities. In addition, there will be VIP pit lane walks and, in an on-going effort to enhance the on- and off-track fan experience, a significant increase in the number of pedestrian track crossings, which are generously spaced between on-track activities to facilitate spectator movement around the circuit.

The San Jose Grand Prix weekend will be highlighted by the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series race, set for Sunday, July 30 at 12:45 p.m. In addition, there will be a Champ Car Atlantic Championship race, two Formula BMW contests, three Historic Stock Cars events including a Canary Foundation Fundraising Race and four Formula Drift pro demos, thus providing a full and exciting weekend of racing for northern California race fans.

The on-track action kicks off Friday, July 28, with practice sessions for all four series contesting races over the weekend beginning with the Formula BMW cars at 8:00 a.m. That will be followed by an Atlantic practice at 9:15 a.m. The Champ Car drivers will make their first on-track appearance at 10:15 a.m. with a 75-minute practice, which will be followed by a Historic Stock Car practice at 12:30 p.m. Friday afternoon will be highlighted by four qualifying sessions beginning with Atlantic qualifying at 1:15 p.m., followed by the Champ Cars at 2:00 p.m., Formula BMW at 4:45 p.m. (for BMW race #1) and Historic Stock Cars at 5:30 p.m. Friday's schedule will also include the first Formula Drift pro demo (4:00 -- 4:30 p.m.), pace car on-track activities, two VIP Pit Walks and a Champ Car Fan Appreciation All-Driver autograph session, which is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. and is open to the public.

The schedule for Saturday, July 29 opens with the BMW qualifying at 8:00 a.m. (for BMW race #2) followed at 8:45 a.m. by the Historic Stock Car practice and Canary Foundation Fundraising Race. The Atlantic and Champ Cars will then hold practices, with the first of two BMW races scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Final qualifying for the Champ Cars is set for 2:00 p.m. and for the Atlantic's at 3:45 p.m. A Historic Stock Car Race will be run at 5:30 p.m. and conclude the days on-track activities. Also on the schedule for Saturday is the second Formula Drift pro demo at 3:15 p.m., pace car on-track activities and a VIP "Pit Walk-Thru".

Sunday, July 30 will feature the main event, the Champ Car World Series race, which boasts some of the greatest drivers in the world piloting cars that will approach speeds of 190 mph on the 1.5-mile, seven-turn San Jose Grand Prix street circuit. The day will begin with warm-up sessions for the Atlantics, at 8:00 a.m., the Champ Cars, at 8:30 and the BMW's at 9:15 a.m. The warm-up sessions will be followed by pace car on-track activities and a VIP "Pit Walk Thru." The first race of the day will be at 10:30 a.m. when the Atlantic drivers take to the track in a 60-minute contest. That will be followed by the third Formula Drift pro demo, which will all serve as a prelude to the Champ Car main event. The day will conclude with a Historic Stock Car race at 3:10 p.m., a BMW race at 3:50 p.m. and the final Formula Drift pro demo at 4:50 p.m.

The San Jose Grand Prix, which proudly supports the Canary Foundation, is the ninth stop on the 2006 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford schedule. The Champ Car World Series features some of the greatest race car drivers in the world competing in the most diverse and exciting series in the world. Champions Sebastien Bourdais, and Paul Tracy, along with San Jose native A. J. Allmendinger, Mexican star Mario Dominguez and rising star Katherine Legge are among the drivers that compete in the series.

Continuing its theme from last year, "More Than A Race," plans for the 2006 San Jose Grand Prix include the addition of Freestyle Motorcross exhibitions as well as more music, interactive displays, charity events and promotional activities. The week long festival is expected to draw over 150,000 fans to northern California's largest city. With more bridges, more viewing, more passing, more excitement and more fun, the 2006 San Jose Grand Prix will be more than it's highly successful 2005 debut.

Canary Foundation, which was founded by Don Listwin, is dedicated to advancing the science of the early detection of cancer and is the Official Social Cause of the Champ Car World Series.

About Taylor Woodrow Homes
Taylor Woodrow has been building award-winning homes, condominiums and lifestyle communities in North America for over 65 years. In Silicon Valley, Taylor Woodrow is building and planning attractive new home neighborhoods in San Jose, Cupertino and throughout the South Bay.

Tickets for the 2006 San Jose Grand Prix can be purchased online at SJGP.com, Ticketmaster.com, by visiting a Ticketmaster ticket center or by calling 408-998-TIXS (8497), 415-421-TIXS or 510-625-TIXS. Tickets start at $25 for general admission and go up to $160 for a three-day Gold Grandstand seat.

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Series Atlantic , IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy , Mario Dominguez , Sébastien Bourdais , Katherine Legge