HAWAIIAN SUPER PRIX 'SALUTES' ANDRETTI DURING VIP VISIT TO HONOLULU HONOLULU -- Racing legend Mario Andretti officially "set sail" in his role as official spokesperson for the inaugural Hawaiian Super Prix during a recent visit to the Hawaiian...
HAWAIIAN SUPER PRIX 'SALUTES' ANDRETTI DURING VIP VISIT TO HONOLULU
HONOLULU -- Racing legend Mario Andretti officially "set sail" in his role as official spokesperson for the inaugural Hawaiian Super Prix during a recent visit to the Hawaiian Island of Oahu.
Andretti, one of only three drivers to win championships in both Formula One and CART, was in town to promote the $Ten million event, set for November 11-13 at Kalaeloa Airport in Honolulu (formerly Barbers Point Naval Air Station).
Andretti dined with Hawaii Gov. Ben Cayetano, attended a luncheon hosted by Mayor Jeremy Harris and received VIP tours on several fighting ships at the United States Naval Base, Pearl Harbor.
"I am very impressed with the support given by the state of Hawaii and city of Honolulu for the Hawaiian Super Prix," Andretti said. "Gov. Cayetano, Mayor Harris, the Hawaii Tourism Authority, the police and fire departments, public officials and the media have completely embraced the event, and that is a key element for its success. Now, it's full speed ahead."
Andretti also was welcomed aboard four of the most powerful ships in the U.S. Navy: the destroyer USS Fletcher, just back from the Persian Gulf; the destroyer USS Russell and a pair of nuclear submarines, the USS San Francisco and USS Los Angeles. Andretti was given exclusive tours, including a close-up inspection of the engines on the USS Fletcher, the "war room" aboard the USS Russell, starting the boilers on the USS Los Angeles, and "driving" the USS San Francisco.
"Involving the military is also a very important aspect of this race," Andretti said. "I have tremendous respect for our men in the armed forces; too often we take their work for granted. I was very happy to let everyone know that veterans will be admitted free to the Hawaiian Super Prix on a special Veterans Day, November 11, 1999.
"Overall, from what I have been privileged to see in my visits, the warmth and friendliness of the people of Hawaii, the tranquil and scenic beauty of the landscape and its exciting and diverse attractions will be tremendous for fans of CART. I am truly delighted this race has now become reality."
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The Hawaiian Super Prix is an invitational all-star racing event featuring the top 12 points finishers in the 20-race CART FedEx Championship Series, plus four additionally invited at-large drivers. The 16 drivers will be competing for an unprecedented $Ten million prize, the richest in the history of the sport. The winner will collect an equally-unprecented top prize of $Five million.
Tickets for the event can be obtained by calling the Ticket Hotline at (808) 526-4400. It will also be available on Showtime Pay-Per-View for $19.95. Each person who orders the broadcast will automatically be entered into a $ One million sweepstakes. The Pay-Per-View can be ordered through local cable systems.
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