CHAMPCAR/CART: Houston - Event With Many "Firsts"

FEMALE CO-ANNOUNCER A FIRST!!! HOUSTON, Texas (July 14, 1998) The Texaco Grand Prix of Houston is an event of many "firsts". It's the first time CART has contested an event in the Lone Star State. It's the first event to use the new ...

FEMALE CO-ANNOUNCER A FIRST!!!

HOUSTON, Texas (July 14, 1998) The Texaco Grand Prix of Houston is an event of many "firsts". It's the first time CART has contested an event in the Lone Star State. It's the first event to use the new standard in safety with the 39-inch high concrete barriers and eight-foot debris fencing. It's the first time in CART racing that all the teams will be housed in their entirety inside an environmentally controlled structure - the George R. Brown Convention Center. And, it's the first time in CART racing that a female co-announcer will be heard throughout the weekend.

Race fans at the Texaco Grand Prix of Houston will enjoy the commentary and racing updates while Caroline Wright shares the announcing duties. Sharing the microphone at a national race will be a first for Wright.

Dick Stahler, marketing director, said, "asking Caroline to co-announce with Paul Brian was an easy decision. After hearing Caroline announce the Texaco-sponsored Child Advocates Mini-Grand Prix, I knew she would do an outstanding job as the first woman race announcer co-anchor in CART's history."

Wright will assist long time announcer, Paul Brian. Brian is the announcer at the Milwaukee Mile for the Miller 200 CART event. He has over 25 years of experience with Championship cars. Brian is a former talk show host on WGN radio in Chicago and for several years anchored a motorsports show that was syndicated nationally. In addition, he served as the CART public relations director for Alfa Romeo during its stint in CART competition.

Wright is a Houston resident. A retired radio broadcaster, she began SCCA racing in 1992. In addition to her racing activities, she is the track orientation director for Ferrari of Houston and Dallas, a SCCA driving instructor, a member of the Car Care Council Women's Board and a member of the Lyn St. James Automotive Team.

One of the highlights of her career thus far was serving as one of the Cart Series PPG Pace Car drivers in 1997. This year, she is campaigning both a Neon and a Mustang GT in SCCA national championship racing and professional competition.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Lyn St. James , Caroline Wright