CHAMPCAR/CART: Mexico City date change announced

CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES ANNOUNCES DATE CHANGE FOR SEASON FINALE IN MEXICO CITY INDIANAPOLIS (March 22, 2006) -- The race for the 2006 Vanderbilt Cup has been extended one week, as the Champ Car World Series and Mexico City race promoter OCESA ...

CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES ANNOUNCES DATE CHANGE FOR SEASON FINALE IN MEXICO CITY

INDIANAPOLIS (March 22, 2006) -- The race for the 2006 Vanderbilt Cup has been extended one week, as the Champ Car World Series and Mexico City race promoter OCESA announced today that the date of the season-ending Champ Car race in Mexico City will move from November 3-5 to November 10-12.

The race, which takes place on the challenging Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit, will be the last event on a 15-race calendar that makes up the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season.

The date change is to avoid conflict with All Souls Day, or Dia De Los Muertos, an important day of remembrance on the Mexican calendar.

"We will always do whatever we can to help our promoters, and if moving the race to a more accommodating date helps the event and helps our loyal Mexican fans, we are happy to do it." said Champ Car President and CEO Steve Johnson.

"Our promoter researched this issue thoroughly with fans and sponsors and came back to us with the recommendation. Given it is our season finale, we felt enough time remained to make the change for this year yet in order to help our promoter" said Executive Vice-President of Development, Planning and Governmental Affairs Joe Chrnelich. "Most importantly we believe this is the best option for our fans and partners in Mexico City."

This year will mark the fifth anniversary of the Champ Cars running in Mexico City, in what has become one of the highest-attended racing events anywhere in the world. In 2003, the Mexico City set an all-time Champ Car record for three-day attendance, drawing 402,413 fans including more than 221,000 on race day. The event has averaged nearly 350,000 per event since its inception in 2002.

The 2006 Champ Car World Series season gets underway in two weeks with the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach April 7-9. The event can be seen live on NBC beginning at 4 p.m. April 9.

-ccws

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