Philadelphia, PA (January 9, 1999) - The Philadelphia Auto Show kicked off its nine day engagement at the Pennsylvania Convention Center today. Ernie Irvan, driver of the No. 36 Pontiac Grand Prix in NASCAR's Winston Cup division, made an appearance on opening day. Irvan was the first of two Winston Cup drivers making appearances at this year's show.
Three-time Winston Cup Champion, Jeff Gordon will make a special appearance on Monday afternoon. Gordon will be available in a special one-time-only question and answer session from 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. on January 11.
In addition to the two driver appearances, Championship Auto Racing Teams, better known as CART, sanctioning body of the CART FedEx Championship Series, will have their mobile Fan Fest at the show all week. This display includes a CART show car, a Mercedes-Benz C43 PPG pace car, and a Honda 900RR supercycle. The show car, a '94 Lola, was once owned by Bobby Rahal.
Inside the Fan Fest tractor trailer you'll find various interactive activities including the "CART World Series" video game for the Sony PlayStation.
The Philadelphia Auto Show runs through Sunday, January 17, 1999 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Arch Street in downtown Philadelphia.