Stars of Tomorrow Advisory Board selected, has first meeting.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (December 3, 2002) -- CART Stars of Tomorrow Director of Operations Paul Zalud announced the formation of a national advisory board for the program to help guide the program through 2003 and beyond. "The best way to insure that we run a program that is simultaneously sensitive to the needs of the racer and provides leadership in karting is to closely work with a group industry veterans who will allow us the benefit of their many years' experience. I am very pleased with the group that has been assembled. Every one of these people enthusiastically embraced the idea of an advisory board for the CART Stars program and their respective participation," said Zalud.

The board is comprised of some of the biggest names in karting, representing the different facets of the sport, from kart manufacturers and engine builders to racing teams, retail operations, and drivers. The Stars National Advisory Board is:

Member -- Company George Barros -- Trackmagic Karts Enzo Chiovitti -- Birel North America Keith Freber -- Margay Products, Inc. John Giacomelli -- J & J Racing Glenn Holland -- Stars of Tomorrow Jean Marchioni -- JM Racing Jon Nevoso -- JN Racing Alan Rudolph -- Bondurant Schools, Driver Mike Speed -- Speed Concepts Paul Zalud -- Stars of Tomorrow

Jean Marchioni of JM Racing in southern California was pleased with the developments for the Stars of Tomorrow. "I am excited to see so many of the biggest karting companies going in the same direction. Our first meeting was very encouraging -- there were no conflicts and every person on the board was committed to working for the racers and clearing the path of where karting needs to go. I am pumped about the Stars program and in participating on this board."

It was no surprise that the first meeting touched on many subjects. Some of the issues discussed were CIK rule adoption, long-term rule stability, tires, fuel and oil, engine certification, and several others.

One of the issues discussed were Stars' efforts at cooperation with other existing series. The board recommended Stars' management continue to pursue opportunities in this area. Also discussed was the concern in some corners about engine supply (most motors come from Europe) and specialty, or "suitcase" motors that would come from the factory to benefit a chosen team or driver. The board assured Stars that all indications are that the manufacturers will have no problem supplying the need for Stars' national and regional programs. For the specialty motor issue, the board discussed registering motors with the cooperation of the manufacturers. For race events, motors would be sealed after qualifying to further ensure complete rules conformance.

More details and bulletins will be issued as items continue to be finalized for the 2003 season.

The CART 'Stars of Tomorrow' karting series is the official first level in CART's driver development system. Owned by a group of racing veterans, including three-time CART champion and Indy 500 winner Bobby Rahal, the Stars of Tomorrow serves as the first step for the CART driver development ladder. Stars focuses on recognizing the skills of the drivers rather than the technology development within the machines, using FIA/CIK international standards. More information can be found at www.cartstars.com.

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