CHAMPCAR/CART: Season premiere in Long Beach preview

2004 Champ Car Season Premiere in Long Beach to Feature Fan Fest INDIANAPOLIS (March 3, 2004) -- The fans of the Champ Car World Series that continue to flock to the race course in record numbers will get their first chance to see the cars...

2004 Champ Car Season Premiere in Long Beach to Feature Fan Fest

INDIANAPOLIS (March 3, 2004) -- The fans of the Champ Car World Series that continue to flock to the race course in record numbers will get their first chance to see the cars and stars of the 2004 series at next week's Champ Car Season Premiere in Long Beach, California.

The season premiere event begins on Monday, March 8 and will feature two days of press conferences where teams, sponsors and drivers will unveil their 2004 plans to the media. The media may get first crack at the stars of the series, but the two-day event will wrap up with a tribute to the Champ Car fans.

"Our fans are always incredibly supportive of our series and we want to give them a chance to get a little closer to our teams and drivers," said Champ Car President Dick Eidswick. "We are also very excited about doing this in Long Beach, where we will kick off the 2004 Champ Car season on April 18 with the 30th anniversary of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, which has long been one of our marquee events."

The fan gala will take place in the arena of the Long Beach Convention Center from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 9. The festivities will include a chance to meet and greet the drivers of the series, along with a chance to see some of the cars that will do battle along the 2004 campaign. Series partners Bridgestone, Ford and Cosworth will be on hand with displays as well, as will the Toyota Atlantic Championship and Motorock Trans-Am Series.

"We're delighted that Champ Car chose Long Beach as the site for its Season Premiere," said Jim Michaelian, president and CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach. "This will be a great opportunity for all our fans to get a close-up look at many of the exciting things that Champ Car has to offer in 2004."

Giveaways and autograph sessions as well as interactive displays will be available. Engineers from the teams and manufacturers of the series will be on hand to educate the fans while drivers will also participate in interview sessions throughout the event. There will also be a pit stop demonstration from 5:00-5:30 outside the arena where fans can get a first-hand look at the action.

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