CHAMPCAR/CART: CART and SCCA formalize marshall requirments

TOPEKA, Kan. (February 7, 2003) - Champ Car President and CEO Christopher R. Pook announced today at the Sports Car Club of America National Convention that all stateside marshalls that will work events on the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car ...

TOPEKA, Kan. (February 7, 2003) - Champ Car President and CEO Christopher R. Pook announced today at the Sports Car Club of America National Convention that all stateside marshalls that will work events on the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford will be required to hold a current SCCA license in 2003.

"The Sports Car Club of America has the most comprehensive training and accreditation program for volunteer operations staff, and for 2003, we'll be requiring an SCCA license to work a Champ Car event in the United States," said Pook. "Trackside observation is critical in providing Champ Car race officials with the information they need to run our Champ Car race events. We now know that the best way to address these needs in the United States is with the SCCA."

Champ Car officials will be instrumental in helping the SCCA train prospective corner workers and officials, partnering with the SCCA in the founding of the new SCCA University, which will include CART officials such as Drs. Steve Olvey and Terry Trammell along with members of the Simple Green Safety Team. The purpose of the school is to familiarize prospective officials with the latest techniques and requirements used in running a Champ Car event.

"This is a major announcement for the SCCA, as it recognizes the knowledge and expertise of our members," said Steve Johnson, SCCA President and CEO. "A relationship such as this with Champ Car, one of the worldwide leaders in professional motorsports, helps to position the SCCA as one of the worldwide leaders in event operations. We've had a long history with Champ Car, and look forward to this partnership and look forward to future initiatives together. This announcement also goes hand-in-hand with the launch of the new SCCA University, which will formalize all training programs within the SCCA."

The 2003 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season begins February 23 at St. Petersburg, Fla. For more information, visit www.champcarworldseries.com. For more information about the SCCA, visit www.scca.com.

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Series IndyCar , SCCA
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