CHAMPCAR/CART: Entering summer stretch with inaugural events

CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES GETTING STRONG SUPPORT FROM FANS AND VENUES AS 2005 SEASON ENTERS SUMMER STRETCH INDIANAPOLIS (July 11, 2005) -- This weekend's Molson Indy Toronto proved to be another in a long line of outstanding events on...

CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES GETTING STRONG SUPPORT FROM FANS AND VENUES AS 2005 SEASON ENTERS SUMMER STRETCH

INDIANAPOLIS (July 11, 2005) -- This weekend's Molson Indy Toronto proved to be another in a long line of outstanding events on the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford schedule, with a strong race-day crowd of 73,155 boosting three-day attendance numbers to over 160,000 for the 12th consecutive year.

The successful Toronto event launches the Champ Car World Series toward a strong summer schedule where its three-day Festivals of Speed head to new events and growing venues that will attract some of the strongest support of the season. This weekend's Molson Indy Toronto will be directly followed by two inaugural events, with the West Edmonton Mall Grand Prix of Edmonton next week and the Taylor Woodrow Grand Prix of San Jose to be run two weeks later, July 29-31. The two new races combined are expected to host nearly 300,000 fans.

Next week's West Edmonton Mall Grand Prix of Edmonton will bring Champ Car racing to the Province of Alberta, Canada for the first time in series history and is poised to be an immediate success. The event is projected to sell out by race day based on the strong pace of ticket sales and over 80 corporate hospitality suites have been sold.

"We are anticipating that our Champ Car race in Edmonton will be the most successful entertainment event ever held in the Province of Alberta," said West Edmonton Mall Grand Prix of Edmonton General Manager Greg MacDonald. "The track layout provides great views of the entire circuit for all spectators and the atmosphere at the event and within the Edmonton market will be electric."

The Taylor Woodrow Grand Prix of San Jose which follows next week's Edmonton event is also a new event that has already sold nearly all of its grandstand tickets and hospitality suites.

"We are extremely happy with the way grandstand ticket sales are progressing," said Taylor Woodrow Grand Prix of San Jose Vice President and General Manager Bob Singleton. "We have already sold out four grandstands and are very close to filling several more. Ticket sales are on a pace to meet our expectations and when combined with the number and quality of sponsors that are already on board plus the fact that we have sold most of our hospitality suites, we are looking forward to a very successful inaugural event."

San Jose will be followed by the fourth running of the Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver, an event that saw a 40 percent rise in attendance last year, setting a new event standard with 112,000 fans coming to see the 2004 race. Denver event organizers are again expecting another jump in attendance, with ticket sales being three times ahead of where they were at this time last season, thanks in part to added in-market promotional help from over 400 Bridgestone and McDonald's store locations in Colorado. In addition, the Denver event has attracted more than 35 new sponsors that will be involved with the 2005 race weekend.

"The growth of last year's Champ Car race in Denver has given us great momentum for 2005 and beyond," said event General Manager Jim Freudenberg. "The support of the area business community has begun to match the enthusiasm that our fans have, and we anticipate another great event in 2005."

The summer sweep will conclude in picturesque Montreal where the fourth running of the Molson Indy Montreal will take place August 26-28. The Montreal event has seen an average of 150,000 attending the three-day Festivals of Speed that take place at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, and will also be televised nationally by NBC.

"We're delighted to have the opportunity for a large global audience to see why Montreal and Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve are one of the greatest venues for professional motorsports, mainly because of our loyal fans," said Molson Indy Montreal General Manager Martin Spaulding. "Our loyal fans are the primary reason for our Champ Car event's success."

"We are very excited to see the support growing for our summer stretch of events," said Champ Car President Dick Eidswick. "The advance projections for each of the races on the summer part of our schedule serve as an indication to all of us in Champ Car that we are providing an exciting and entertaining product, not only for our fans, but for our valued business and commercial partners as well. It is also an indicator of continued steady growth for the company."

Champ Car World Series enthusiasts can purchase tickets or obtain information for any of these upcoming events by visiting www.champcarworldseries.com.

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