CHAMPCAR/CART: Series kicks off in Mexico

FedEx Championship Series Kicks Off In Monterrey Mexico This Weekend The most competitive formula of international open-wheel motor racing kicks off in Monterrey Mexico this weekend with the first round of the 2002 FedEx Championship Series. A...

FedEx Championship Series Kicks Off In Monterrey Mexico This Weekend

The most competitive formula of international open-wheel motor racing kicks off in Monterrey Mexico this weekend with the first round of the 2002 FedEx Championship Series.

A grid of 20 cars will line up in front of a race-day crowd expected to be close to 120,000 fans.

This year's championship will consist of 19 rounds in eight countries, including the 18th and penultimate round on the streets of Queensland's Gold Coast on October 24-27.

Last year's championship was decided at the Honda Indy 300 and there is every chance that his year's title could also be determined by the outcome of the series' most spectacular event.

Honda Indy 300 Chief Executive Officer, Geoff Jones, said that the 2002 Champ Car series is set to be as competitive as ever will no less than 14 drivers capable of winning races.

"Motorsport simply does not get any more exciting than the FedEx Championship Series," said Jones.

"Champ Car racing involves drivers and teams having the skills to compete on short ovals, superspeedways, permanent road courses and spectacular street circuits like our own on the Gold Coast.

"We have been in heavy planning for our 2002 event for several months and believe we are on target for another great success in our 12th year."

While the FedEx Championship Series could be decided on the streets of Surfers Paradise, the event will also play a vital role in the outcome of the V8 Supercar Championship Series.

The popular Holden and Ford V8 Supercars have been a regular fixture of the Honda Indy 300 since 1994, but this year they will be racing for championship points for the first time.

While the V8 Supercars are popular with a growing Australian and international audience, they are also a favourite for 1999 Honda Indy 300 winner Dario Franchitti.

"I think the V8s are just fantastic and one of the best touring car formulas in the world," said Franchitti. "I follow the series pretty closely and would love the chance to drive at Bathurst one day. "I always try and watch the V8s on the Gold Coast because they put on a good show, but now they are racing for championship points its going to a whole different ball game."

Every round of the FedEx Championship Series will again be show n nationally on Network Ten in the usual Monday night time slot, according to Network Ten's General Manager Sport, David White.

"We have been long time supporters of the Honda Indy 300 and the Fedex Championship Series and we look forward to continuing our relationship in 2002," said White.

"We also look forward to providing a great telecast from the Gold Coast in October - a telecast which we believe will be heightened with a championship round of the V8 Supercars.

"We can't wait to provide Champ Car fans with coverage of every round of this year's FedEx Championship Series and are pleased to be in a position to provide a permanent Monday night time slot to the series so fans can plan their viewing week."

The Tecate Telmex Grand Prix from Monterrey Mexico can be seen on Network Ten on Monday Night from 11.30pm (check your local guides).

-honda indy 300/au-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dario Franchitti , David White