CHAMPCAR/CART: Most Most Popular Driver finalist named

INDIANAPOLIS (November 3, 2003) - Tuesday's CART Champ Car Awards Ceremony at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa in Palm Springs will see a number of racing dignitaries on the stage both presenting and receiving awards as the series brings...

INDIANAPOLIS (November 3, 2003) - Tuesday's CART Champ Car Awards Ceremony at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa in Palm Springs will see a number of racing dignitaries on the stage both presenting and receiving awards as the series brings an end to the exciting 2003 season.

Thanks to MCI and CART Champ Car, one lucky fan will be joining the list of racing names to go on stage for Tuesday night's ceremony. Janet Hunt from Mission Viejo, California will present this year's MCI Most Popular Driver Award. Hunt was chosen from a random drawing of fans that voted for this year's award winning driver, and will be a guest of MCI and CART at this week's ceremony.

The Californian will be handing the award to one of three finalists that were announced today - defending award winner Paul Tracy, two-time 2003 race winner Michel Jourdain Jr. and Australia podium sitter Jimmy Vasser were the top-three vote getters in the season-long balloting.

In addition to bragging rights, this year's MCI Most Popular Champ Car Driver will receive a $25,000 donation to the charity of his choice on behalf of MCI.

By being chosen from the fans that cast ballots, Hunt receives the ultimate fan prize package including a flight for two to Palm Springs via an exclusive Bombardier Skyjet private VIP plane, two nights at the luxurious Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa, two tickets to the Champ Car Awards Ceremony on 11/4.. The prize package also includes roundtrip airfare and hotel accommodations for two to any Champ Car World Series event in North America in 2004 along with rental car, $500 spending cash and VIP passes to the Champ Car Hospitality Suite.

"Winning this prize was a wonderful experience especially during such a thrilling race season," Hunt said. "I can't even imagine what it will be like to be on stage at the Awards Ceremony but I'm excited."

MCI, which serves as the Official Internet Service Provider, Official Local, Long Distance and Prepaid Calling Card Company of the Champ Car World Series, is in its fifth year of sponsoring the Most Popular Driver Award. It has been won previously by Juan Montoya (1999, 2000) and Michael Andretti (2001) along with Tracy.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Paul Tracy , Michel Jourdain