CHAMPCAR/CART: Grand Prix of Houston procession

Thousands of racing team and race series participants, as well as media and spectators from around the world, descend upon Houston next week for the third annual Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston. Their arrival will be marked by the "World ...

Thousands of racing team and race series participants, as well as media and spectators from around the world, descend upon Houston next week for the third annual Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston. Their arrival will be marked by the "World Returns to Houston" transporter procession Tuesday morning, September 26th. Mario Andretti will serve as the Grand Marshall of the procession and will be joined by Police Chief Bradford in leading the procession from Memorial Park to the George R. Brown Convention Center, which will serve as the home for all the race teams participating in the Grand Prix weekend.

The breathtakingly beautiful transporters of the CART FedEx Championship Series teams, and both the Toyota Atlantic and Indy Lights Series', serve as their rolling workshops as they criss- cross the country for the 20-race season. Each transporter, emblazoned with the colorful graphics of the team's sponsor, carries two race cars and the necessary tools and equipment for servicing the cars.

Other race weekend support vehicles will also participate, from the highly specialized Toyota pick-ups utilized by the CART Safety Team to exotic vehicles provided by Momentum Performance Shop carrying many of the Grand Prix's corporate sponsors in the procession.

The participating vehicles will gather at 10:00 a.m. in the picnic loop of Memorial Park. The procession gets underway from that location at 11:45 a.m. From Memorial Drive, the procession will travel to Smith Street, south on Smith to Leeland, east on Leeland to Chartres, then north on Chartres to the Dallas Street entrance of the George R. Brown Convention Center. The Convention Center will be open to the public for up-close viewing of the transporters.

Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix practice and first round qualifying for the CART FedEx Championship, Indy Lights, Toyota Atlantic and Trans-Am Series' begins Friday, September 29th at 8:30 a.m. The schedule on Saturday, September 30th includes practice and second round qualifying for the Champ cars, Atlantics and Lights; and the Trans-Am feature race. Then on Sunday, October 1st, three big races are on the card with the Toyota Atlantic Championship scheduled to get underway at 9:40 a.m., the Indy Lights race at 12:30 p.m. and the FedEx Championship Series Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston at 3:00 p.m.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mario Andretti