CART To Kick Off 2002 FedEx Championship Series Campaign In February With Sneak Preview At Laguna Seca
DETROIT (December 20, 2001) - Sneak Preview 2002, the official kickoff of the FedEx Championship Series season, will be held February 7-10 at Mazda Raceway of Laguna Seca in Monterey, California with a return to its roots of on-track action during the four-day affair for media and fans.
Sneak Preview, which included Champ Car testing from 1996-2000 when it was known as Spring Training, will return to the track for extensive test sessions Saturday, Feb. 9 and Sunday, Feb. 10. Teams are scheduled to participate in a pair of test sessions each day, with roughly six hours of track time available per day, on the scenic 2.238-mile permanent road course.
The testing will follow nearly two days of driver availability on Thursday, Feb. 7 and Friday, Feb. 8 to allow the media in-depth interviews and expanded photography opportunities. Formal driver interview sessions also will be scheduled for the media during the two-day, off-track sessions. All FedEx Championship Series drivers will be available during these sessions.
"We enhanced the Sneak Preview package by maintaining the off-track availability of our stars from last year's program with the return of two days of competition to provide an excellent package for both our worldwide media and fan base," said Mike Zizzo, CART vice president of competition public relations. "Monterey provides a beautiful backdrop, but more importantly it provides each of our teams with valuable test data for the upcoming Grand Prix of Monterey Featuring the Shell 300 here on June 9."
The CART FedEx Championship Series Sneak Preview 2002 will be highlighted by the annual CART FedEx Championship Series All-Star Celebration, scheduled for the evening of Thursday, Feb. 7 at a special site to be announced. The All-Star Celebration is a kickoff party that honors the five drivers selected to the 2001 CART FedEx Championship Series All-Star Team - champion Gil de Ferran, Kenny Brack, Michael Andretti, Helio Castroneves and Cristiano da Matta - as well as the trio of drivers selected to both the Dayton Indy Lights and CART Toyota Atlantic three-member all-star squads.
Among the trophy presentations, special all-star videos and entertainment will be the presentation of the annual Mario Andretti Trophy, which is given to the CART FedEx Championship Series All Star who is the leading vote-getter.
Both on-track days will be open to FedEx Championship Series fans seeking a glimpse of their favorite Champ Car stars and teams. The Media Days on Feb. 7-8 will be open only to media. A full schedule of events as well as additional announcements will be released over the coming weeks.
Media credential information will be distributed soon for the CART FedEx Championship Series Sneak Preview 2002.