CHAMPCAR/CART: CART Partners With Society of Automotive Engineers

DETROIT (March 3, 2000) - Championship Auto Racing Teams will kick off a year-long partnership with the Society of Automotive Engineers by participating in the 2000 SAE International Congress and Exposition, March 6 - 9 at Cobo Center in...

DETROIT (March 3, 2000) - Championship Auto Racing Teams will kick off a year-long partnership with the Society of Automotive Engineers by participating in the 2000 SAE International Congress and Exposition, March 6 - 9 at Cobo Center in Detroit. "Partnering with the SAE, CART and the FedEx Championship Series will gain us a tremendous amount of exposure to an international audience," said Patrick Leahy, Senior Vice President of Marketing for CART. "This group fits well within Champ Car racing's target demographic." The partnership will also include CART's participation in The Motorsports Engineering Conference and Exposition, November 13-16 at the Hyatt Regency in Dearborn, Michigan, and the SAE's participation in numerous at-track programs during the 2000 FedEx Championship Series season. The theme of the 2000 SAE International Congress and Exposition is, "Adding Value to Life through Technology and Advanced Mobility." CART's objective in participating in the show is to highlight technology in racing, as well as promote CART and the FedEx Championship Series. The CART display will showcase items from its various sponsors, featuring the advanced technology involved in Champ Car racing. A Toyota Champ Car engine; Ford's Blue Box crash data recorder; Reynard's Aerodynamic display and a Firestone Tire display are among the items that will be exhibited. Another element of the partnership calls for CART to invite up to 100 members of local Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) sections to the track to get an "inside look" at the CART FedEx Championship Series during the 2000 season. "This is an important demographic group to CART," said Leahy. "SAE consists of 80,000-plus members, all of whom are predisposed toward the attributes of CART, i.e. technology and speed." Tours will take place on Thursday of race weekend from 3 - 5 p.m. and are scheduled for Nazareth, Pa.; Chicago, Ill.; Cleveland, Ohio; Vancouver, B.C.; Brooklyn, Mich.; and Fontana, Calif. Members will be given a brief explanation of, then tour the work areas of CART Technical Inspection, Timing & Scoring, Race Control, the CART Safety Team and a FedEx Championship Series team. The tours will be followed by a question-and-answer session. In addition to the conference in March, CART will also be participating in the SAE Motorsports Engineering Conference & Exposition in November. The three-day technical conference and exposition will focus on all forms of professional motorsports technology. The opening day will be devoted to tours of Detroit-based, race-related industries. The technical program will consist of presentations of written papers on the latest technology in the industry. In addition, the conference will conduct panel discussions on vehicle systems design, engine systems design, safety/regulations, and the business aspects of racing. The SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers, Inc.) is a non-profit educational and scientific organization dedicated to the advancement of mobility technology to better serve humanity. Nearly 80,000 engineers and scientists who are SAE members develop technical information on all forms of self-propelled vehicles including automobiles, trucks and buses, off-highway equipment, aircraft, aerospace vehicles, marine, rail, and transit systems. SAE disseminates this information through its meetings, books, technical papers, magazines, standards, reports, continuing education programs, and electronic databases.

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