CHAMPCAR/CART: Las Vegas: Pre-race notes

Champ Car World Series Notes From Bridgestone 400 Presented by Corona Pre-Event Press Conference Notes The Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford held a press conference Thursday morning at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and ...

Champ Car World Series Notes From Bridgestone 400 Presented by Corona
Pre-Event Press Conference Notes

The Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford held a press conference Thursday morning at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino as part of the pre-race activities for this weekend's Bridgestone 400 Presented by Corona. What follows are a few of the key points addressed in the press conference by Champ Car World Series co-owner Paul Gentilozzi.

2005 Schedule -- Management had targeted the end of September or the first weeks of October for the release of the 2005 Champ Car schedule. Factors involved in putting together a quality schedule have meant that the release of schedule will take a little longer than anticipated.

Canadian venues -- Recent media reports about Champ Car not returning to Vancouver have been misrepresented. Vancouver's preparation for the Olympics will have little effect on Champ Car's events in the coming years. Champ Car will run at least three races in Canada next season.

Bridgestone Award -- Bridgestone has announced a $10,000 award to be given to the polesitter for Saturday's race. The Bridgestone Pole Award is of great value to our drivers and teams and Champ Car is very pleased to have the support of Bridgestone as well as all of its partners and sponsors.

2005 Television Package -- Champ Car is currently working on a new television package for 2005 that will involve both cable and network exposure, but can not discuss the elements of the new package until the race schedule is finalized.

Korea Event -- Champ Car will not compete in South Korea this year as previously scheduled, leaving three races remaining in the 2004 Champ Car season. The season will end with the November 7 event in Mexico City.

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Series IndyCar
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