INDIANAPOLIS (November 19, 2002) - Recently-crowned 2002 CART FedEx Championship Series champion Cristiano da Matta of Newman/Haas Racing will kick off the annual CART champion's media tour in New York City tonight with a scheduled appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman on CBS (check local listings for air time in your area), continuing a tradition of having the CART series champion on the popular late night television show.
Da Matta, who wrapped up his first CART championship by winning the Grand Prix Americas in Miami in early October, is one of just five drivers to have won seven races in a Champ Car season. The Brazilian also scored a season-best seven pole positions en route to the title. Following tonight's show that will also feature recording artist Shania Twain and model Heidi Klum, da Matta will continue the champion's tour back to the site where he clinched the championship for CART's annual awards banquet Friday in Miami.
Letterman, the icon of late-night talk-show television, has been a minority-interest owner with CART's Team Rahal since 1996 and three-time CART champion Bobby Rahal.