CHAMPCAR/CART: Champ Car extends contract with Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Champ Car World Series extends contract to race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca through 2004. INDIANAPOLIS (April 2, 2003) -- One of the most picturesque and most challenging of all race courses on the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World...

Champ Car World Series extends contract to race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca through 2004.

INDIANAPOLIS (April 2, 2003) -- One of the most picturesque and most challenging of all race courses on the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford schedule will remain on the slate in upcoming years as the fabled Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Champ Car announced Tuesday that the two sides had signed a contract extension for the next two seasons.

Part of the Champ Car scene since Teo Fabi won the inaugural series event in 1983, the 2.238-mile permanent road course that winds through the Monterey countryside has been a permanent fixture on the schedule -- as well as the site of some of the most famous races in the 25-year history of the series.

"We are delighted to be able to announce this extension with what is one of the finest permanent road courses in the United States," said CART CEO and President Christopher R. Pook. "Our teams, drivers and more importantly, our fans, have made it clear that they enjoy having a number of natural terrain road courses on the schedule and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is a key part of our strategy."

Today's announcement extends the track's sanctioning agreement with the Champ Car World Series for the next two years, ensuring that the race will take place in 2003 and 2004, and includes a series option to hold the race in 2005 and 2006.

"This is great news for the fans of Champ Car racing and area businesses," said track General Manager Gill Campbell. "The future looks good for the series. It is off to a great start this season with the competition between the new, young talent and the veteran drivers, and they drew big crowds in St. Petersburg and Monterrey, Mexico."

The track features the legendary Corkscrew Turn, which incorporates a quick left-right turn combined with a six-story drop from the top of the hill. The Corkscrew was the site of one of the most fabled passes in series history when Alex Zanardi cut through the inside of the turn to pass Bryan Herta on the last lap to win the 1996 race.

This year's event will take place June 13-15 with the Champ Car race beginning at 12:30 p.m. local time (3:30 Eastern). The race will be carried live on CBS Sports with Saturday qualifying to be carried live on SPEED Channel. Fans can order tickets for this year's event either through the track website at www.laguna-seca.com or by calling 1-800-327-7322.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Alex Zanardi , Bryan Herta , Teo Fabi