INDIANAPOLIS (July 28, 2006) -- The new Panoz DP 01 Champ Car that will carry the Champ Car World Series into 2007 and beyond will feature a paint scheme befitting its status as the Future of Racing as a design from renowned racing artist Troy Lee will adorn the car at the July 28 unveiling ceremony in San Jose.

The legendary designer made his name in the world of motorsports by creating revolutionary paint schemes for the helmets of many of the world's top racers. Now Lee and his crew will undertake the task of designing an entire car for the first time however, as they tackle the new-look Panoz DP 01 that will be the exclusive chassis of the 2007 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford.

"This was a great project for us. We love to push the envelope with everything we do and developing the design for the new Champ Car really allowed us to explore new colors and showcase some innovative techniques," said Lee. The car itself is a high tech machine that just screams speed and we feel that the paint scheme really brings it to life and truly captures everything that the car represents."

The car features the latest in Planet Color technology from Sherwin-Williams, the Official Automotive Finishers of the Champ Car World Series, and was completed by PKV Racing brushman Jason Smith and Team Australia painter Scott Turner.

The first Champ Car in seven years to be constructed in the United States, the Panoz DP01 will feature cutting-edge technologies in aerodynamics and chassis design, providing the world's best drivers with a new car that will run better in traffic and will be less affected by cars around them. These advancements are designed to produce closer racing and more passing opportunities for the fans that follow the Champ Car World Series around the world.

"We are very excited about having someone of Troy Lee's status providing the paint scheme for our new car at the launch," said Champ Car President Steve Johnson. "This car represents the future of open-wheel racing in this country and it is only fitting that such an advanced race car carries a paint scheme from one of the leading designers in the sport."

The new DP01 Champ Car will be unveiled to the public July 28 in a ceremony at San Jose City Hall. Tickets for the charity function surrounding the launch are available for purchase, while Champ Car will provide a live webcast from the event on the official website of the series,