CHAMPCAR/CART: Ford partnership extension announced

CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES ANNOUNCES MULTI-YEAR EXTENSION OF PRESENTING SPONSORSHIP AGREEMENT WITH FORD MOTOR COMPANY INDIANAPOLIS (April 5, 2005) -- The Champ Car World Series and Ford Motor Company today announced a multi-year extension of...

CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES ANNOUNCES MULTI-YEAR EXTENSION OF PRESENTING SPONSORSHIP AGREEMENT WITH FORD MOTOR COMPANY

INDIANAPOLIS (April 5, 2005) -- The Champ Car World Series and Ford Motor Company today announced a multi-year extension of their agreement that will see the fabled auto manufacturer continue as one of the presenting sponsors of the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford.

The extension of the contract ensures the continuation of one of the longest-running partnerships in the Champ Car World Series, maintaining a relationship that began when Ford returned to the series with Cosworth Racing in 1992. Since then, Ford has scored 91 victories and notched four championships in Champ Car competition.

"Ford Motor Company has been one of the cornerstones of the Champ Car World Series in the last decade and we are very pleased to be able to extend our relationship." said Champ Car President Dick Eidswick.

Ford Motor Company will retain its presence on the Ford-Cosworth XFE engines that power every car in the Champ Car World Series, continuing as the exclusive engine supplier to the series -- a relationship that enters its third season with the 2005 campaign.

The Ford Motor Company will also continue to provide many of their high-performance machines to the popular Champ Car Fast Lap Program. Specialized SVT cars such as the Mustang Cobra, Focus and the F150 Lightning truck will be part of the Fast Lap Program which paces each of the Champ Car sessions as well as providing high-speed thrill rides to customers on each stop on the 2005 series schedule. In addition, highly-specialized Ford F-150 trucks are provided as part of the state-of-the-art Champ Car Safety Team, which provides immediate medical response to any incident that takes place on the race track.

"We're very happy with this extension and look forward to our continued relationship with the Champ Car World Series," said Dan Davis, director of Ford Racing Technology. "Champ Car's ownership is committed to expanding the series and we believe that their ability to successfully stage high-profile events internationally will allow us to showcase the many new and exciting products that Ford has in its lineup."

The agreement allows for the stars of the Champ Car World Series to sport the legendary Blue Oval off the track as well, as Ford Motor Company will provide an allotment of vehicles to each of the Champ Car teams and drivers for their use.

The 2005 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford campaign gets underway April 8-10 as the 750hp turbocharged Champ Cars take to the streets of Long Beach. Sunday's season-opener takes place at 4 p.m. Eastern Time and can be seen live on NBC.

The Champ Car World Series features some of the greatest race car drivers in the world competing in the most diverse and exciting series in the world. Champions Sebastien Bourdais, Jimmy Vasser, Cristiano da Matta and Canadian Paul Tracy along with 2004 Roshfrans Rookie of the Year A. J. Allmendinger, Bruno Junqueira, Alex Tagliani and Mexican Mario Dominguez are among the drivers who battle for the Vanderbilt Cup, which is awarded to the winner of the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford. The title is contested on oval circuits, temporary street circuits and permanent road courses.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Bruno Junqueira , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Mario Dominguez , Sébastien Bourdais , Cristiano da Matta