CHAMPCAR/CART: San Jose - more than a race

TAYLOR WOODROW GRAND PRIX OF SAN JOSE "MORE THAN A RACE" WEEK OF SPEED OPENS TODAY SAN JOSE, CA - - JULY 26, 2005 - - The Inaugural Taylor Woodrow Grand Prix of San Jose will be "More Than a Race." Northern California's historic first...

TAYLOR WOODROW GRAND PRIX OF SAN JOSE "MORE THAN A RACE"
WEEK OF SPEED OPENS TODAY

SAN JOSE, CA - - JULY 26, 2005 - - The Inaugural Taylor Woodrow Grand Prix of San Jose will be "More Than a Race." Northern California's historic first downtown street race will be a week long festival of events including music, fairs, charity events and promotional activities. The festival opens today with the Champ Car World Series transporter parade through downtown San Jose and concludes with a full schedule of racing on Sunday.

On Tuesday, July 26 the Champ Car World Series transporters parade through the streets of San Jose beginning at 12:00 p.m. The transporters will stage at Akatiff Parking Lot, 440 West Julian St. They will proceed down Julian St., go left on Autumn St. to Santa Clara St., go left on Santa Clara St. to Almaden Blvd., then right on Almaden Blvd. to paddock area. The parade is open to the pubic and media

Also on Tuesday is the Tommy Bahama and Santana Row Celebrate the Taylor Woodrow Grand Prix of San Jose party. The party, which runs from 4:00 -- 9:00 p.m., will be highlighted by a sale of Tommy Bahama clothing with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit the Canary Fund for the early detection of cancer. KKSF Radio will broadcast live from the party, which will feature Toyota Atlantic rookie driver Katherine Legge, the first women to win a North American open-wheel race. The Tommy Bahama and Santana Row Celebrate The Taylor Woodrow Grand Prix of San Jose party is open to the public.

Wednesday, July 27 will open at 11:00 a.m. with the Miss San Jose Grand Prix Meet the Media event. This event is a photo opportunity for the media and a chance for the public to see the 22 Miss San Jose Grand Prix finalists at a poolside setting at the Hyatt at San Jose Airport.

The Wednesday schedule continues at 5:00 p.m. with the Silicon Valley Business Journal 2005 Book of Lists Grand PrixView at the Circle of Palms. This event, which is by invitation only, runs until 8:00 p.m. and features Champ Car World Series drivers A. J. Allmendinger, of Los Gatos and Mario Dominguez; Toyota Atlantic Championship driver Mark Ishikawa also of Los Gatos and Trans-Am competitor Greg Pickett, the only driver to win a Trans-Am race in each of four decades, who hails from Alamo, CA.

Wednesday's schedule concludes with the Cinema San Pedro Outdoor Film Festival for the Taylor Woodrow Grand Prix of San Jose. The Outdoor Film Festival will feature two movies "Super Speedway" and "Road Warrior" plus Champ Car and Toyota Atlantic drivers. The festival runs from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. at Cinema San Pedro in San Pedro Square and is open to the public.

On Thursday, July 29 Miller Music in the Park Welcomes the Taylor Woodrow Grand Prix of San Jose with live performances by Everton Blender and Wisdom from 5:00-10:00 p.m. at Plaza de Cesar Chavez.

Friday, July 29 will be the first full day of on-track racing, with practice and qualifying for the Champ Cars and supports series, plus off-track events. The off-track schedule calls for two events. The first is "Cabana" Canary Fund's First Annual Taylor Woodrow Grand Prix of San Jose Fundraiser. The fundraiser will be held on Friday, July 29th from 6:00 -- 10:00 p.m. at the Fairmont San Jose Imperial Ballroom. The event will include a Pacific Rim Fusion Clambake Dinner, a performance by the B-52s, the Tommy Bahama Resort Wear Fashion Show featuring the Champ Car World Series drivers and Champ Car's Women's Pace Car Team, plus a brief live auction.

The second event is La Preciocsa Gran Fiesta Hispana, which features live performances by Jose Jose and Los Angeles Negros. The concert will be held on the Miller Stage located in front of the San Jose McEnery Convention Center on W. San Carlos and runs from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Fans with Friday Taylor Woodrow Grand Prix of San Jose tickets will be admitted free. Tickets are also available for $25 after the track is closed.

The fun continues on Saturday, July 30 with practice and qualifying on-track. Off-track there is The Canary Fund CEO and Celebrity Challenge hosted by Paul Newman and Don Listwin. The Canary Fund CEO and Celebrity Challenge features Silicon Valley business leaders, celebrities and pro drivers competing in go-kart races on a specially designed course located at the northwest corner of Plaza de Cesar Chavez on Market Street directly across from the Fairmont Hotel. Racing starts at noon with the finals scheduled for 1:10 p.m. The public inside the confines of the Taylor Woodrow Grand Prix of San Jose circuit will be able to view The Canary Fund CEO and Celebrity Challenge from the perimeter of the go-kart track. Participants will make a $7,500 donation with proceeds from the competition benefiting the Canary Fund and The Association of Hole in the Wall Camps.

Saturday's schedule concludes with the Miss San Jose Grand Prix Finale from 5:00 PM - 7:00 p.m. on the Miller Stage located in front of Convention Center on W. San Carlos

Sunday, July 31 is race day and will be highlighted by the Taylor Woodrow Grand Prix of San Jose Champ Car World Series race, which features some of the greatest drivers in the world including former champions: Morgan Hill's Jimmy Vasser (1996), Cristiano da Matta (2002), Paul Tracy (2003) and Sebastien Bourdias (2004) plus Los Gatos native A. J. Allmendinger and Mexican star Mario Dominquez, piloting cars that will approach speeds of 190 mph. The Taylor Woodrow Grand Prix of San Jose will be run at 2:00 p.m. There will also be a Toyota Atlantic Championship race, a Formula "D" drifting exhibition, the Historic Stock Car Racing Benefiting Canary Fund and Historic Stock Car race.

The inaugural Taylor Woodrow Grand Prix of San Jose is the eighth stop on the 2005 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford schedule. It will be contested on an approximately 1.6-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit. The weekend of racing will draw over 100,000 spectators to northern California's largest city generating an economic impact of approximately $20 million for the City of San Jose. In addition, the race will be televised live on SPEED Channel on Sunday, July 31 with a second airing on KNTV NBC 11 that evening from 4:00 -- 6:00 p.m. It will also be broadcast in 160 countries thus showcasing the city of San Jose to viewers around the world.

The Taylor Woodrow Grand Prix of San Jose proudly supports Canary Fund. Canary Fund, which was founded by Don Listwin, is dedicated to advancing the science of the early detection of cancer and was also recently announced as the Official Social Cause of the Champ Car World Series.

Tickets for the Taylor Woodrow Grand Prix San Jose are on sale now and can be purchased through Ticketmaster (call: 408-998-tixs or 510-625-tixs or 415-421-tixs). Ticket plans range from a single day general admission price of $25 on Friday to $150 for a three-day Gold Grandstand seat which includes a paddock pass. Corporate and group discount rates are also available. For corporate sponsorships, hospitality and group tickets call: 408-277-9470.

-www.sanjosegrandprix.com-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Paul Tracy , Mario Dominguez , Paul Newman , Katherine Legge , Greg Pickett , Mark Ishikawa , Mario Dominquez , Cristiano da Matta