CHAMPCAR/CART: Hunter-Reay visits Korea

HUNTER-REAY VISITS KOREA TO PROMOTE UPCOMING RACE East Lansing, Mich. (September 19, 2005) - When most people were relaxing and preparing for another work week last Sunday, Rocketsports Racing driver Ryan Hunter-Reay's weekend was cut short as...

HUNTER-REAY VISITS KOREA TO PROMOTE UPCOMING RACE

East Lansing, Mich. (September 19, 2005) - When most people were relaxing and preparing for another work week last Sunday, Rocketsports Racing driver Ryan Hunter-Reay's weekend was cut short as he boarded a plane to Korea to fulfill his duties as a Champ Car driver.

The Champ Car World Grand Prix of Ansan is Round 12 on the 2005 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford and will run October 14-16. Hunter-Reay joined Champ Car's Joseph Chrnelich, Executive Vice President, Development, Governmental Affairs & Planning, and Randy Biggs, Manager of Race Promotions, to help promote the upcoming inaugural race.

"The pre-event promotion and activities in Seoul for our Ansan, Korea race went extremely well," said the three-year veteran Champ Car driver. "What a country, I was very surprised by how modern and clean the city and the surrounding areas are. From the moment I arrived until my return to the United States I was treated to an amazing first time experience.

The American arrived on Monday morning in Korea and spent two full days in the new Champ Car race market. Participating in a press conference and several interview sessions, Hunter-Reay was impressed by the overall interest that the Koreans articulated.

"The press conference and media activities were very well received showing that the Koreans are very much looking forward to their first ever world class motor sports event," said Hunter-Reay. &l dquo;The building of the track and the event as a whole has been a major undertaking however Champ Car has worked very hard with their Korean counterparts to make this a reality."

Hunter-Reay was scheduled to be the first Champ Car driver to see the new 1.9-mile temporary street course in Ansan during his short visit, but the hour and a half drive from Seoul trip was rained out due to monsoon weather.

"If the race weekend comes together anywhere near as well as the kickoff activities, this could be one of our marquee events for the future as Champ Car looks to establish itself within the Pacific Rim. I can't wait to go back."

-rsr-

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