CHAMPCAR/CART: Official trailer sponsor renews

Featherlite extends partnership with Champ Car World Series as official trailer. INDIANAPOLIS (February 7, 2003) - Champ Car and Iowa-based Featherlite, Inc. announced today the extension of their relationship through 2003, a partnership that ...

Featherlite extends partnership with Champ Car World Series as official trailer.

INDIANAPOLIS (February 7, 2003) - Champ Car and Iowa-based Featherlite, Inc. announced today the extension of their relationship through 2003, a partnership that originally began in 1995. Through the agreement Featherlite will continue as the "Official Trailer of Champ Car," providing the series with custom-built trailers designed to transport equipment to each North American event on the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford schedule.   "We are extremely pleased to welcome Featherlite back for another season with the Champ Car World Series," said Champ Car Vice President of Marketing Steve Fusek. "The Featherlite trailers used by Champ Car and many of our teams serve a vital role in the overall success of our events. They allow us to take our product on the road. Working together, we have developed an effective program that meets Featherlite's objectives and allows them to generate business in our paddock. They have been a great partner over the years, and we look forward to doing business with them for years to come."   While on the road, each of the 53-foot Featherlite trailers in the Champ Car fleet, known as T1, T2, T3, T4 and the CBU - short for Champ Car Business Unit, carry important equipment needed to put on a successful race event. Typical items include; four rescue trucks and a fifth truck outfitted with a jet blower-all used by the Simple Green Safety Team, sensitive computer equipment, timing and scoring cables and scales used for technical inspection. At the track, these trailers convert into mobile work stations used by Champ Car personnel. T1 is home to the series technical inspection center and also provides work space for the Champ Car competition staff while T2 serves as competition headquarters and provides office space for competition staff and a work area for Ford engineers overseeing the crash box safety program. T3, now known as the Motorola Communications Center, houses work space for Racing Radios service personnel as well as all the Motorola two-way radio and wireless communications equipment used by the series. T4 provides work areas for Champ Car logistics, marketing and promoter operations personnel and the CBU houses several conference rooms and office space for Champ Car World Series executives.   "Featherlite is very happy to renew its support of the Champ Car World Series," said Featherlite President and CEO Conrad Clement. "The Champ Car World Series is an electrifying schedule of races and we appreciate the opportunity to expose some of the nation's most talented race teams and their sponsors to the unique product we build. We look forward to offering unparalleled support and service to Champ Car and its teams in 2003."   Nearly all the transporters Featherlite builds for Champ Car teams include an efficiently designed work area where tools and equipment are stored, a meeting room for engineers and drivers to discuss race strategy, and an upper deck that can be used to store two Champ Cars. Featherlite also designs and builds hospitality units for the Champ Car World Series, allowing the series and teams to conduct meetings and entertain clients and sponsor guests at the track. The interiors of these extraordinary units typically include a lounge area, conference room, work stations, kitchen and bathroom. They also feature remote-controlled satellite dishes, flat-screen televisions, state-of-the-art audio equipment, custom cabinets and furniture crafted from high-end materials.   Featherlite, Inc. (Nasdaq:FTHR) is an innovative leader in designing, manufacturing, and marketing high-quality aluminum specialty trailers and luxury motorcoaches. Featherlite, Inc. is a major supplier of leading edge racecar transporters and trailers to professional auto racing teams. The Featherlite philosophy that has led to success in serving the nation's motorsports markets has clear application and benefit to the company's other customers:  Featherlite trailers are engineered for optimum durability under the most demanding conditions and designed for clients who require superior performance. Since it was founded thirty years ago, Featherlite has grown into a strategically diversified company employing over 1,200 people in facilities with nearly half-million square feet of space.   Featherlite Luxury Coaches is a noted product innovator and the largest Prevost conversion company in the United States. Under the Featherlite Vantare® brand Featherlite offers two motorcoach conversion body styles and the exclusive new Featherlite Vantare' "Super Slide." The Featherlite® brand is among the top names in the trailer and coach industries. For more information on Featherlite trailers and coaches, visit www.fthr.com.   Championship Auto Racing Teams, Inc. (NYSE: MPH) owns, operates and markets the 2003 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford. 2002 CART champion Cristiano da Matta led a list of open-wheel stars this past season competing with teams such as Newman/Haas Racing, Player's/Forsythe Racing, Team Rahal, Fernández Racing, Patrick Racing, Herdez Competition, Walker Racing and others. Champ Cars are thoroughbred racing machines that reach speeds in excess of 200 miles per hour, showcasing the technical expertise of manufacturers such as Ford Motor Company, Lola Cars, Reynard Motorsport and Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire, LLC. The 19-race 2003 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford will be broadcast by television partners CBS, FOX and SPEED Channel. CART also owns and operates its top development series, the Toyota Atlantic Championship. Learn more about CART's open-wheel racing series at www.champcarworldseries.com.   -cart-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Cristiano da Matta