CHAMPCAR/CART: Texas and CART explore options

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (April 30, 2001) - CART and Texas Motor Speedway officials, including speedway general manager Eddie Gossage and CART president and CEO Joe Heitzler, continue to discuss possible options regarding the postponed April 29 CART...

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (April 30, 2001) - CART and Texas Motor Speedway officials, including speedway general manager Eddie Gossage and CART president and CEO Joe Heitzler, continue to discuss possible options regarding the postponed April 29 CART FedEx Championship Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.

CART officials made the announcement to postpone the Sunday event prior to the start of the Firestone Firehawk 600 presented by Pioneer citing concerns for driver safety. Drivers were reportedly experiencing dizziness and lightheadedness as a result of the high G-force loads on the 24-degree banking of the track. CART exhausted every available option to address the drivers' safety concerns, but were unable to find a suitable and safe solution to the problem in time for Sunday's event.

"We want to do what is right for our fans," said Gossage. "At this time, we have not decided exactly what that might be, but we are continuing to sort it all out. We want to have something worked out as quickly as possible so our fans will know what their options are."

"Our highest priority is to recognize the inconvenience to the fans of Texas Motor Speedway and CART," said Heitzler. "We are working in every way possible with the speedway to satisfy the fans."

In the meantime, fans should hold onto their race tickets until further information becomes available.

-TMS

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