CHAMPCAR/CART: Portland to host Champ Car Town Meeting

Portland to host initial 2003 Champ Car Town Meeting with CART President Chris Pook leading star-studded panel. INDIANAPOLIS (February 17, 2003) - Building on a successful idea that began last year in Columbus, Ohio and allowed fans of the ...

Portland to host initial 2003 Champ Car Town Meeting with CART President Chris Pook leading star-studded panel.

INDIANAPOLIS (February 17, 2003) - Building on a successful idea that began last year in Columbus, Ohio and allowed fans of the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford to discuss their sport with some of the most influential and established personalities in open-wheel racing, Champ Car announced today that it will host another "Town Meeting" in Portland, Oregon on Wednesday, February 26th from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

The event, officially titled "2003 Champ Car Town Meeting: Portland" will be held at The Doubletree Columbia River at Jantzen Beach, 1401 N. Hayden Island Drive - Exit 307 off of Interstate 5.

The featured panel will include Champ Car President and CEO Christopher R. Pook, Champ Car's Senior Manager of Safety Lon Bromley, Bill Hildick- a member of the Portland team that brought the series to the Pacific Northwest in 1984 and a top Champ Car driver to be announced in the coming days. Former driver and current CBS and SPEED Channel television analyst Scott Pruett will serve as the moderator over the discussions.

The Town Meeting is free and open to all Champ Car fans who register in advance. The evening's highlight will feature a question and answer session moderated by Pruett from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., with all attendees welcome to ask questions. The question and answer program will be followed by a brief reception where guests will have the opportunity to meet and socialize with the evening's panelists.

Beginning this evening, ticket reservations for the Town Meeting can be made through Champ Car's official web site, www.champcarworldseries.com. A limited number of tickets are available for the event and will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis with priority status being given to members of the Champ Car Winner's Circle Fan Club.

Those in attendance at the Town Meeting will also have the opportunity to win one of nine spots in the Champ Car FANatics promotion, which gives fans a once-in-lifetime opportunity to be immersed in the pre-race activities as teams prepare for battle on race day at Portland International Raceway. Attendees can also register to become one of two chosen to win a pace car ride around Portland's 1.969-mile permanent road course that has hosted the series since 1984.

For more information on the Town Meeting contact Kathi Reichert at Champ Car communications at (317) 715-4167, kreichert@cart.com, or Sharon Tracy at Global Events Group at (503) 821-4347, sharon@globaleventsgrouppdx.com.

Portland's 20th anniversary edition of the Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland Featuring the G.I. Joe's 200 is slated for June 20-22, 2003. Ticket information is currently available by calling (503) 821-4345. Ticket sales to the general public will kick off March 8 at all G. I. Joe's and Ticketmaster outlets, as well as by phone through Ticketmaster at (503) 224-4400, and online at www.ticketmaster.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, Fernandez 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.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Pruett , Chris Pook , Cristiano da Matta