CHAMPCAR/CART: Korea inaugural race deferred to 2006

Champ Car Announces Postponement of 2005 Event in Ansan, South Korea. Inaugural race to be part of 2006 schedule INDIANAPOLIS (September 28, 2005) - The Champ Car World Series announced today that the inaugural Ansan Champ Car Grand Prix ...

Champ Car Announces Postponement of 2005 Event in Ansan, South Korea.
Inaugural race to be part of 2006 schedule

INDIANAPOLIS (September 28, 2005) - The Champ Car World Series announced today that the inaugural Ansan Champ Car Grand Prix scheduled for October 14-16 in Ansan, South Korea has been deferred to 2006.

The event will not take place as scheduled as part of the 2005 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford calendar, but will remain as part of the previously-released 2006 Champ Car schedule. The Racing Korea (TRK), the local promoter, caused this decision by a lack of operational preparation and failure to comply with contract requirements.

Champ Car has a strong relationship with the Mayor of Ansan and is quite confident in the city's ability to move forward with the race in 2006.

"We made every effort to avoid this deferment and have been working very closely with the promoter as well as Mayor Song Jin Seop and the City of Ansan in finding a solution that would allow us to run this event as scheduled," said Champ Car Executive Vice-President of Development, Governmental Affairs and Planning Joe Chrnelich. "We have a lot of equity in this market and there are many positive indicators, including interest from major title sponsors, a supportive Mayor and a great circuit that is near completion. This demonstrates to us that we can have successful events in Ansan provided we show patience and continued confidence in the Korean marketplace, and we will."

"It is regrettable that we have to remove a race from what has been a very successful season" said Champ Car World Series co-owner Kevin Kalkhoven. "But we believe that this decision will help build a stronger event in the long-term future. We remain focused on bringing our series to Asia and the Pacific Rim, and will continue to build toward our goal of conducting world-class events in these regions."

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