Edmonton Kicks Off Ticket Sales For Inaugural Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered By Ford Event
EDMONTON (December 7, 2004) -- The organizers of the Champ Car Grand Prix of Edmonton today officially launched the Alberta city as the host of the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford event, to take place on a temporary road circuit on July 17.
The official launch took place today in downtown Edmonton with government officials and local business leaders hosting the event along with 2003 Champ Car titlewinner Paul Tracy. The launch signaled the start of ticket sales for the July race, with tickets going on sale through Ticketmaster beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning.
"I can't think of a better city to hold an event like this. The City of Champions, Edmonton has proven itself time and time again able to host international sporting events with great skill and hospitality," said Premier Ralph Klein at the launch. "Racing fans in Edmonton and across Alberta are absolutely thrilled that a race of this caliber will be held here."
The 1.96-mile circuit will be constructed at the Edmonton City Centre Airport, and will host what is currently the seventh race on the 2004 schedule.
"This marks an historic day for Edmonton as we start on this three-year partnership. This is Edmonton's first ever elite racing event, and it's very exciting for the entire region," said Greg Macdonald, General Manager for the Champ Car race in Edmonton. "This won't just bring international recognition to Edmonton, but also to Alberta and to Canada,"
"The impact on our local region is significant, with the event generating approximately $20 million in direct economic benefit for our local economy, and with the focus on the racing world being on Edmonton for three days each year," says Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel. "I would like to congratulate the local organizers who have done a tremendous job of securing this event for our City."
Tickets will be available through Ticketmaster, call (780) 451-8000 or visit online at www.ticketmaster.com. Three-day priority-seating packages will be available: Bronze $90, Silver $155, and Gold $220. Gold package holders can also purchase a Pit/Paddock Pass (to see the drivers and mechanics up close) for $50.