INDIANAPOLIS (June 12, 2006) -- The June 18 Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland launches a run of four races in six weeks, a furious schedule that will go a long way toward determining who earns the title of 2006 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford champion.

Fans are expected to attend the four events in record numbers but those that spend their weekends closer to home will be able to follow every lap of the action live on CBS Sports. The four-race stretch of races carried by CBS Sports includes a permanent road course in Portland, wide-open battles on airport circuits in Cleveland and Edmonton and one of the series' most successful street races with the Molson Grand Prix of Toronto.

"Champ Car has taken great steps to enhance its television package this season and this four-race stretch on CBS Sports provides a great platform to carry not only our great racing to our loyal fans, but also to showcase our sponsors and corporate partners," said Champ Car President Steve Johnson. "Last season's Champ Car viewership built momentum through the four races and we hope to build on that this year."

as the sport continues to grow," said Rob Correa, Senior Vice-President, Programming, CBS Sports. We look forward to bringing the excitement of the Champ Car World Series to race fans this summer."

Fans can tune in to the June 18 Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland, which begins live at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time. That race will be followed the next week by the Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland which begins at 2:30 p.m. Eastern. The Molson Grand Prix of Toronto is next on July 9 with a 12:30 p.m. Eastern start time, while the final CBS Sports race of the season comes live from Edmonton with the broadcast beginning at 1:00 p.m. Eastern.