CHAMPCAR/CART: Partnership with German firm announced

INDIANAPOLIS (April 28, 2003) -- CART Champ Car has aligned itself with Speedpool Multimedia-Service GmbH in order to promote the sanctioning body and build exposure for the return of the world's most diverse open-wheel racing series to Europe's...

INDIANAPOLIS (April 28, 2003) -- CART Champ Car has aligned itself with Speedpool Multimedia-Service GmbH in order to promote the sanctioning body and build exposure for the return of the world's most diverse open-wheel racing series to Europe's only superspeedway in Lausitz, Germany for Round 5 of the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford.

The Hamburg, Germany-based company specializes in motor sports public relations and will serve as a liaison in Germany, Austria and Switzerland for the May 11 German 500 at EuroSpeedway Lausitz. They will commence work immediately and will continue the project throughout and after the race.

"With its two-mile superspeedway, EuroSpeedway Lausitz is one of the most impressive and modern motor-racing circuits in the world. When we did not return in 2002, the drivers and teams lamented the fact that we did not go back to such a spectacular facility," said CART Champ Car President and CEO Christopher R. Pook. "In the debut race, German spectators demonstrated that CART Champ Car racing has a great number of fans in Germany and we will give them every reason to return to see us in 2003."

With CART's upcoming London Champ Car Trophy at the famed Brands Hatch circuit in northern England May 5, ticket sales and CART Champ Car interest are at a all-time high for the May 10-11 German 500.

During Champ Car's first venture to the high speed 2.023-mile superspeedway in 2001, the event attracted nearly 150,000 fans into the Niederlausitz region.

Alex Zanardi will serve as the Grand Marshal for this year's German 500, marking the first time that the two-time Champ Car World Series titlewinner (1997, 98) has returned to the German superspeedway since his accident the 2001 event.

The German 500 will be televised on a tape-delayed basis by CBS on Sunday, May 11 at 1:00 pm ET. Live audio and timing & scoring will be available on the official website of the series, www.champcarworldseries.com.

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