New York Auto Show Motorsport Preview

New York, NY (April 3, 1999) - The New York International Auto Show opened its nine day engagement at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City today. This year's show has expanded to over 810,000 square feet with the addition of the...

New York, NY (April 3, 1999) - The New York International Auto Show opened its nine day engagement at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City today. This year's show has expanded to over 810,000 square feet with the addition of the new 54,000 square foot North Pavilion.

Only two NASCAR Winston Cup cars are on display at this year's show. Dale Earnhardt's No. 3 Goodwrench Service Plus Chevrolet Monte Carlo graces the Chevrolet stand while Dale Jarrett's No. 88 Ford Credit/Quality Care Taurus keeps Michael Andretti's Ford-powered Lola company at the Ford dislplay. It's interesting to note that no other NASCAR competition vehicles were present at the show.

Michael Andretti's T-9400 Lola is one of six open wheelers on display this year. At the Nazareth Speedway booth in the North Pavilion, Mario Andretti's last Indy car ride is on display, a Lola T-9300. Don't forget to visit the North Pavilion as the History Channel presents "The Century of the Car" display. Included at this stand is a 1953 Porsche 550 Spyder, a 1964 Porsche Type 718 RS61, a 1956 Saab Sonnet Super Sport, a 1938 BMW 328, and a 1996 McLaren F1 GTR which was driven by Nelson Piquet, Johnny Cecotto and Danny Sullivan.

Honda is well represented by their Target Team Ganassi Honda-powered Reynard which has carried Jimmy Vasser and Alex Zanardi to the last three CART FedEx Series championships. Honda also has a nice memorabilia display including helmets from six Honda drivers in CART FedEx series. Another Honda-powered CART Champ car, Tony Kaanan's McDonald's Drive-Thru car sits in the lobby of the Javits Center.

At the Infiniti stand, a G Force IRL chassis awaits inspection by show attendees. This is the first time that Infinti has brought an open wheel car to the New York Auto Show.

Over at Toyota, a the No. 25 Arciero Wells MCI WorldCom car is on display. Children will be allowed to sit in the car so remember to bring plenty of film to record the moment.

With eleven world debuts, all the latest in concept vehicles from Cadillac, Ford, Chrysler and Chevrolet, plus the latest muscle cars from Calloway and Panoz, the New York Auto Show is a great way to spend an afternoon with the family.

The New York International Show runs through April 11, 1999.

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Drivers Dale Jarrett , Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Alex Zanardi , Danny Sullivan , Nelson Piquet