CHAMPCAR/CART: Perrone joins staff as VP Promoter Relations

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FORMER MILWAUKEE MILE VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER MARK PERRONE JOINS CHAMP CAR AS VICE-PRESIDENT OF PROMOTER SERVICES INDIANAPOLIS (May 5, 2005) -- In the search for the perfect person to serve as its new Vice-President of Promoter ...

FORMER MILWAUKEE MILE VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER MARK PERRONE JOINS CHAMP CAR AS VICE-PRESIDENT OF PROMOTER SERVICES

INDIANAPOLIS (May 5, 2005) -- In the search for the perfect person to serve as its new Vice-President of Promoter Relations, the Champ Car World Series found the ideal candidate sitting right in the middle of its own racing schedule.

Thursday, the Champ Car World Series announced that former Milwaukee Mile Vice President and General Manager Mark Perrone would join the series as the new Vice-President of Promoter Services, tasked with ensuring that Champ Car promoters receive top-shelf support from the series, geared towards producing the highest quality racing events for its fans. Perrone announced in April that he was stepping down as the VP and General Manager at the Mile due to family considerations and is scheduled to join the staff at Champ Car, effective May 9th.

"I have mixed emotions about leaving the Mile, because the Mile has experienced a true renaissance both physically and operationally in the last three years. I am most proud of the fact that we have built a great staff that has accomplished a lot in a relatively short period of time," said Perrone. "But I believe in Champ Car, I believe in the future vision established by the owners and I certainly believe in the people within the company. I think that the experience I bring as a promoter, and the relationships I have with many of the Champ Car promoters, will help all of us grow our respective business' to new levels of profitability."

Perrone, a graduate of the University of Denver where he was a two-sport athlete, will join the Promoter Relations staff headed up by Executive Vice-President of Development, Government Affairs and Planning Joe Chrnelich, who himself came to Champ Car after a number of years as the CEO of the Wisconsin State Fair Park and the Milwaukee Mile.

"We are both excited and gratified that Mark has decided to join the Champ Car management team and we feel this is a major coup for us to secure someone of his caliber and experience level," Chrnelich said. "His relationship with the promoters and his knowledge of sports, as well his expertise in promoting major race events, will go a long way toward helping Champ Car achieve its business objectives."

Perrone has 28 years of experience in the sports and entertainment industry, and has worked with teams in the NHL, MLB and NBA, worked to create groundbreaking sponsorship deals in NASCAR and put together major concert sponsorships for such musical acts such as Faith Hill. The strength of his industry relationships was evidenced last season when the Milwaukee Mile became the only venue in the country to host the Champ Car World Series and the Indy Racing League in the same season.

"Mark is very well respected throughout the racing industry especially in the field of event promotions and we are happy to welcome him and his wife Cindy to the Champ Car World Series family," said Champ Car President Dick Eidswick. "We think Mark is a great fit for the job and I know our promoter partners will be pleased with our choice."

The Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford will return to the Milwaukee Mile for the 59th consecutive year when it brings its 750hp turbocharged race cars to the venerable oval June 3-4 for the Time Warner Cable Road Runner 225 Presented by U.S. Bank. The series will next compete May 20-22 in Monterrey, Mexico's Fundidora Park in the Tecate/Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix Presented by Roshfrans.

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