CHAMPCAR/CART: Denver sings title sponsor

INDIANAPOLIS (June 11, 2003) -- The second edition of the Grand Prix of Denver, which features the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford, will have a first-time title sponsor as the 750hp CART Champ Cars roar through the...

INDIANAPOLIS (June 11, 2003) -- The second edition of the Grand Prix of Denver, which features the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford, will have a first-time title sponsor as the 750hp CART Champ Cars roar through the streets of the Mile High City August 29-31.

The Grand Prix of Denver announced today that Denver-based financial services firm Centrix Financial, LLC has signed an agreement to become title sponsor of the Labor Day weekend auto race. The three-day event will now be known as the Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver. The event will take place on an improved 1.65-mile, nine-turn temporary street circuit around Pepsi Center adjacent to Denver's Lower Downtown.

"We are proud to announce Centrix Financial as our title sponsor," said John Frew, General Manager of the Grand Prix. "Like the Grand Prix of Denver itself, Centrix Financial represents a Colorado success story, and we are pleased to be a partner with (Centrix CEO and Chairman) Bob Sutton and his team of professionals. We also welcome Argent's commitment to racing, its support of Danica's effort in the Toyota Atlantic Series and look forward to making the company's involvement in Denver a most rewarding one."

In addition to the Centrix title sponsorship, the Grand Prix of Denver also announced a title sponsorship for the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship event, which will be run on the same weekend as the Champ Cars. Argent Mortgage Company, LLC will become the title sponsor of its CART Toyota Atlantic Championship race, the Argent Mortgage Challenge, scheduled for Sunday, August 31 and will also be the Official Mortgage Company of the Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver.

Argent Mortgage has become very active in sponsoring the top-level series in CART's Ladder System, sponsoring the Toyota Atlantic event in Milwaukee two weeks ago as well as serving as the season-long primary sponsor of the Team Argent #24 racecar piloted by rookie driver Danica Patrick

"The support we received in our first year in Denver assured us that this race would be a success," said CART CEO and President Christopher R. Pook. "Now with companies like Centrix Financial and Argent Mortgage lending their support, we are even more excited about the future."

The second annual Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver will take place August 29-31. For tickets or race information, visit the TicketsWest outlet at your neighborhood King Soopers or City Market store, call (888) 82-SPEED, visit the official race Web site at www.gpdenver.com, or the official series website at www.champcarworldseries.com

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