CHAMPCAR/CART: Statement concerning Laguna Seca not on schedule

Champ Car World Series Issues Statement Concerning The Exclusion of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca From 2005 Series Schedule INDIANAPOLIS (January 21, 2005) -- What follows is a statement from the Champ Car World Series concerning today's ...

Champ Car World Series Issues Statement Concerning The Exclusion of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca From 2005 Series Schedule

INDIANAPOLIS (January 21, 2005) -- What follows is a statement from the Champ Car World Series concerning today's announcement that the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford will not be running at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca during the 2005 season.

Champ Car Executive Vice-President of Development, Governmental Affairs and Planning Joe Chrnelich statement:

"Champ Car is very disappointed about not being able to continue our long history with Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca this season. Many of the legends of open-wheel racing have made their names with victories at Laguna Seca, and we regret having to exclude the track from our 2005 schedule due to issues of date conflicts and economic issues. It was a very difficult business decision that we had to make for the future health of the series."

"The fans have always been supportive of the Champ Car World Series at Laguna Seca, and the fact that the track is not part of the 2005 series, does not mean that we are closed to the idea of returning to the venue in the future. General Manager Gill Campbell and her staff, as well as the people of SCRAMP, are quality promoters and have been a good partner. Champ Car will continue to work with Laguna Seca in the future to explore the prospects of a future return."

-ccws-

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