CHAMPCAR/CART: News from around the world 2002-04-22

The CART FedEx Championship Series: Queensland's Gold Coast will host the 19th and penultimate round of the 2002 championship on the streets of Surfers Paradise from October 24-27. * The next round of the FedEx Championship Series will be held...

The CART FedEx Championship Series:

Queensland's Gold Coast will host the 19th and penultimate round of the 2002 championship on the streets of Surfers Paradise from October 24-27. * The next round of the FedEx Championship Series will be held at Motegi, Japan on April 26-27.

LOGISTICS ARE HUGE FOR TRIP TO JAPAN THIS WEEKEND
The CART FedEx Championship Series has taken a 10,400KM (6,500-mile) whirlwind trip around the globe with the assistance of series title sponsor, FedEx.

This week, FedEx MD-11 aircraft transported Champ Cars and equipment from the U.S. to Japan for the Bridgestone Potenza 500, Round 3 of the CART FedEx Championship, which will be held this Saturday.

The FedEx planes were each fully loaded with approximately 180,000 pounds of racing-related freight valued in excess of $70 million.

After being unloaded the cargo was then transported by road for three hours to the Twin Ring Motegi for this weekend's race.

The average cargo load for a two-car team consists of four assembled race cars, six race engines, and 17,000 pounds of miscellaneous equipment made up of 80 spare gears, 17 skids, 16 spare sets of wheels, eight tool boxes, four driver helmets, 20 firesuits, two pit boards, 40 two-way radios, 100 spare springs, 75 spare shocks, 100 spare decals, two drink poles, 100 team hats, two timing stands, 1000 hero cards, 100 media guides, 75 notepads, 100 pieces of letterhead, one printer and two monitors. Champ Cars are stacked on special racks designed by FedEx to hold two Champ Cars each, while other equipment will be placed in cargo containers made to utilize every inch of available space on each FedEx aircraft.

This whole task will be even bigger when the FedEx Championship Series heads to Queensland's Gold Coast in October for the 12th annual Honda Indy 300 on the streets of Surfers Paradise.

ADRIAN FERNADEZ NAMINED HEAD OF DRIVERS' ASSOCAITION
In a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Championship Drivers Association, Inc., with primary offices in Indianapolis, Indiana, veteran driver Adrian Fernandez was chosen to fulfill the term of office vacated by the retired Mauricio Gugelmin.

In accordance with the by-laws of the Championship Drivers Association, the Board elected Adrian to fill the term of office until December 30, 2004. Directors are permitted to serve a two-year term of office and are elected by the members. If a director vacates that post, the Board then selects his replacement. Directors may only serve two concurrent terms in office.

Gugelmin served the CDA as its Chairman for the past two years and began his second term in January of 2002. His retirement brought about the necessity of replacing him with an active and competing driver. Gugelmin brought a business savvy to the CDA and worked tirelessly to improve driver safety, working conditions, and salaries during his term. He is very respected by all the drivers and the officials in the CART community, where he competed. Mauricio will remain as an advisor to the board.

Adrian, likewise, will bring a great deal of business savvy to the table. He is an owner as well as driver. He has distinguished himself as a gentleman and proved his effectiveness as a leader in forming his own racing team in 2001. Adrian has been a competitor in the FedEx CART series since 1993. He started racing at age eight. He is the only competing owner/driver in the CART series.

The Board of Directors consists of Robbie Buhl, Vice Chairman for IRL affairs and Jimmy Vasser in addition to Adrian, who will function as CDA Chairman.

Jon R. Potter, in his twenty-third year as Executive Director will remain in that post and handle the day-to-day activities from the CDA offices.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Robbie Buhl , Jimmy Vasser , Adrian Fernandez , Mauricio Gugelmin