CHAMPCAR/CART: Champ Car Driving Experience Announced

Feel The Speed Through CART's "Driving 101" Program "I could do that if I just got the chance" -- here's your chance. Las Vegas (November 3, 1998) - For all the auto racing fans in the world that have watched their favorite Champ Car driver...

Feel The Speed Through CART's "Driving 101" Program

"I could do that if I just got the chance" -- here's your chance.

Las Vegas (November 3, 1998) - For all the auto racing fans in the world that have watched their favorite Champ Car driver and said, "I could do that if I just got the chance" -- here's your chance.

At the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association show in Las Vegas November 3rd, CART Chairman and CEO Andrew Craig and CART Licensed Products President Robert Hollander joined with Robert J. Lutz, president and chief executive officer of newly formed CART Driving 101, to unveil plans for the first full-sized open wheel driving experience in the world.

"We are very pleased to be joining with Driving 101 to provide one of the ultimate driving experiences," said Craig. "Bob Lutz has proven he can successfully provide those who want to see what race car drivers feel and experience on a first-hand basis."

The program is set to kick off in 1999.

"Our goal at CART Driving 101 is to offer the most professional and technically advanced driving experience in the world," said Lutz. "We want to bridge the gap between fantasy and reality in this once-in-a-lifetime driving experience."

CART Driving 101 will offer auto racing enthusiasts the choice of six on-track programs, including:

Champ Ride - Ride three laps with an instructor at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Driving 101 - Three-hour program highlighted by eight laps behind the wheel.

Driving 200 - Similar to Driving 101, with two eight-lap sessions on the track.

Driving 300 - A sequential learning program featuring three 10-lap sessions.

Driving 400 - Two-day program offering a total of 80 laps on the track.

M.B.A. Program - "Extra" laps sold in 50- and 100-lap blocks.

CART Driving 101 will offer these programs at Las Vegas Motor Speedway beginning in June 1999, with more locations being considered for future expansion.

And while professional facilities will be one of the key elements in CART Driving 101's success, another goal was to design a replica car that closely matches the size, weight and data acquisition systems of an authentic Champ Car that is raced in Championship Auto Racing Teams competition throughout the world.

"The design and components of our cars have been specially chosen to best simulate a real Champ Car," said Lutz. "We wanted to consider our participants first and foremost by offering the most realistic racing experience possible, combined with every possible safety factor."

Those two factors, along with the allure of potentially attracting new fans to the sport, were vital in CART's decision to endorse and license Driving 101 as the organization's official driving experience.

"We believe our fans will love this," said Hollander. "Equally important, we believe we can reach out and touch a new audience, people who do not regularly follow the sport. I am confident that once they experience what it takes to be a race car driver, we will gain new fans."

Championship Auto Racing Teams, Inc., a New York Stock Exchange-listed company (NYSE: MPH) that completed a initial public offering on March 10, 1998, is the leading promoter of open wheel racing in the United States and owns, operates and markets the FedEx Championship Series, which is comprised of 19 races in five countries on four continents in 1998. Drivers such as Michael Andretti, Bobby Rahal, Al Unser, Jr., and 1997 and 1998 champion Alex Zanardi race 800-plus horsepower, open-wheel cars at speeds of more than 230 miles per hour on some circuits. CART also owns and sanctions the PPG Dayton Indy Lights Championship as well as the KOOL Toyota Atlantic Championship.

Just last weekend, CART wrapped up the 1998 Fed Ex Championship Series at California Speedway in Fontana, Calif. The series, won for the second-straight season by Italian driver Alex Zanardi, garners a yearly worldwide television audience of nearly 1 billion viewers in 190 countries.

Driving 101 is a Las Vegas-based company, with offices at 6935 Speedway Blvd., Las Vegas, Nev., 89115.

Source: CART Online

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Bobby Rahal , Alex Zanardi , Al Unser