Barber Dodge Pro Series announces new venues in St. Petersburg and Monterrey. Full 2003 schedule out after new year.

(LAKEVILLE, Conn.) December 22, 2002 -The Barber Dodge Pro Series announced today that it will visit two new venues during the 2003 season, supporting the CART Champ Cars World Series at the season-opening race in St. Petersburg, Florida on the weekend of February 21-23 and then following the series to Monterrey, Mexico to race at Fundidora Park on the weekend of March 21-23. The remainder of the 2003 schedule is in the final stages and will be announced after the New Year. The 2003 season will be the 18th year of the Official Entry Level Professional Race Series of CART.

The race in Monterrey, Mexico will be the first ever race for the Pro Series in Mexico, and represents the increased interest and participation from Mexican drivers in the Series. Mexican racers Memo Rojas, Piero Rodarte, German Quiroga, Aurelio Lopez, and Jose Antonio Ramos all raced in the Pro Series in 2002, and the Series is currently in discussions with a number of talented drivers from Mexico about participating in 2003.

Actual race dates are still to be determined, as some races will be featured on Saturday with other races taking place immediately before the Champ Cars take to the track for battle on Sunday.

"We couldn't be more pleased over the addition of St. Petersburg, Fla and Monterrey, Mexico to what is shaping up to be a very attractive 2003 Barber Dodge schedule. The diversity and strength of our venues continues grow each year, putting our drivers before larger audiences and on the tracks that matter most to them as they ascend the CART Ladder. Thanks goes to the respective promoters for the diligence in making us a part of what we know will be a wonderful show for the fans of these events," said George Tamayo, Director of Marketing & Communications for Skip Barber.

The Barber Dodge Pro Series has been the launching pad for drivers such as Juan Pablo Montoya, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Kenny Brack, Jerry Nadeau, and A.J. Allmendinger. The Barber Dodge Pro Series is the Official Entry Level Professional Series of CART. The drivers utilize identically prepared single seat open wheel Reynard-Dodge racecars. Barber Dodge Pro Series provides a level playing field where driving talent, not financial resources, play the decisive role. All of the Barber Dodge drivers compete on identical Michelin Pilot racing slicks. To ensure absolute equality for all competitors, the Barber Dodge Pro Series owns, maintains, prepares and transports all the cars and equipment. The overall Series Champion receives a $100,000 scholarship towards entry in the Toyota Atlantic Championship. The Barber Dodge Pro Series pays out over $1 million annually in prize money, contingencies and scholarships.

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