CHAMPCAR/CART: CCWS introduces Canary Fund partnership

Champ Car World Series Introduces Partnership With Canary Fund SAN JOSE, California (October 26, 2004) -- The Champ Car World Series, LLC, is constantly looking for ways to break new ground not only as it pertains to auto racing but to a number...

Champ Car World Series Introduces Partnership With Canary Fund

SAN JOSE, California (October 26, 2004) -- The Champ Car World Series, LLC, is constantly looking for ways to break new ground not only as it pertains to auto racing but to a number of causes including health, education and the environment. Tuesday night, Champ Car announced that it has found another like-minded partner to join forces with in the San Jose, California-based Canary Fund.

Champ Car will enter an exciting new relationship with the Canary Fund in 2005, which will see the Canary Fund become the Official Social Cause Organization of the series. The Canary Fund, which was founded by Don Listwin, is dedicated to reducing the impact of cancer by helping to establish new tools to be used in early detection of the disease. The Canary Fund collaborates with some of the world's leading cancer research centers including the Stanford University Cancer Research Center in nearby Palo Alto, California.

"This is another important step for everyone in our series and we believe that the Canary Fund is on the cusp of making major breakthroughs in the world of cancer detection," said Champ Car World Series co-owner Kevin Kalkhoven. "We are very excited about doing anything we can to help further the causes undertaken by this very worthwhile organization."

This was evident in the official launch event for the Canary Fund, which was attended by Champ Car drivers Jimmy Vasser, A.J. Allmendinger, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Oriol Servia along with three Champ Car race cars at the racing-themed private reception hosting many of the leading cancer research scientists.

The partnership will enhance the participation that Champ Car already has with the Hole in the Wall Camps, founded by Newman/Haas Racing co-owner Paul Newman. The Hole in the Wall Camps are the Official Charity of Champ Car, and the series will continue to engage in a number of activities designed to raise funds and awareness for the camps, such as the auction of Champ Car-themed artwork in New York City two weeks ago.

"I expect this to be a very beneficial partnership for both sides and we have many exciting things planned for the future that will raise awareness," Kalkhoven said. "I know that there were people that wondered why we were getting involved with the X PRIZE when we first announced it, but now everyone can see what we saw in that organization. I firmly believe that our partnership with the Canary Fund will yield similar results."

The Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford will wrap up its 2004 schedule at Mexico City's Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on November 7 with the Gran Premio Telmex/Tecate Presented by Banamex. The 2004 Champ Car Awards Ceremony will also take place November 7 at the Camino Real in Mexico City.

For more information on the Canary Fund, visit: www.canaryfund.org.

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Series Charity , IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Oriol Servia , Paul Newman , A.J. Allmendinger , Kevin Kalkhoven