CHAMPCAR/CART: Racing Radios returns for 12th season

Racing Radios returns for 12th season as official two-way communication service for Championship Auto Racing Teams. DETROIT (April 4, 2002) - Officials from Racing Radios and Championship Auto Racing Teams, Inc. (CART) announced today that...

Racing Radios returns for 12th season as official two-way communication service for Championship Auto Racing Teams.

DETROIT (April 4, 2002) - Officials from Racing Radios and Championship Auto Racing Teams, Inc. (CART) announced today that Racing Radios has signed on for its 12th season as the "Official Two-Way Communication Service" for the auto racing sanctioning body.

"Racing is our business," said Chris Thornton, president of Racing Radios. "Clearly, CART provides us with an environment to showcase our technology and expertise, as well as an opportunity to conduct business with our clients-the race teams. The worldwide nature of the CART FedEx Championship Series schedule presents some unique challenges for our company, because you can't just show up in Japan, Australia, Germany, or England and just turn your radio on. But we have been able to build good relationships with the government officials in those countries, which I believe has made Racing Radios even stronger. The CART and Racing Radios partnership makes perfect sense, because CART needs an expert radio communications management service that can perform around the world, and Racing Radios needs a partner that provides a first rate auto racing product and strong race teams, which is CART's biggest strength."

Racing Radios provides system maintenance for the Motorola two-way radio equipment used by CART's racing officials, doctors, Simple Green CART Safety Team members, and executives, as well as providing CART race control with the ability to communicate with teams and the CART Pace Car team. The company is essential to the communication efforts of CART and other auto racing sanctioning bodies, as well as many top teams in various different forms of auto racing.

"Simply put, without Racing Radios, we can't communicate at the race track," said CART Vice President of Marketing Steve Fusek. "The ability to communicate is critical to our ability to put on safe and entertaining events, and the service provided to CART and its teams by Racing Radios over the years has been nothing short of stellar. Each of our international events has a unique radio frequency system and stringent government regulations, which Racing Radios handles on behalf of CART. We can count on them to sort out any issues that may arise and we know that their system will work flawlessly."

A sister company of Diversified Electronics, Inc., Racing Radios is based in Forest Park, Ga. and has satellite offices in Mooresville, N.C., Los Angeles, and Indianapolis. The company has 22 years of experience in motor sports radio systems, and has personnel in the garage area of every CART FedEx Championship Series; NASCAR Winston Cup, Busch Grand National and Craftstman Truck Series; Indy Racing League; IMSA Sports Car; and Grand American Road Racing event. Racing Radios maintains the communications systems for each of these sanctioning bodies in addition to many of the teams in each series.

Championship Auto Racing Teams, Inc. (NYSE: MPH) owns, operates and markets the CART FedEx Championship Series. Former series champions Michael Andretti and Jimmy Vasser are among the stars who will battle for the 2002 FedEx Championship Series title on ovals, temporary street circuits and permanent road courses. CART Champ Cars are thoroughbred racing machines that travel at speeds in excess of 200 miles per hour, showcasing the technical expertise of manufacturers such as American Honda, Ford Motor Company, Toyota, Lola Cars, Reynard Motorsport and Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire, LLC. The 20-race 2002 CART FedEx Championship Series will be broadcast by new television partners, CBS, FOX and SPEED Channel. CART also owns and operates its top development series, the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship. Learn more about CART's open-wheel racing series at www.CART.com.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser