CHAMPCAR/CART: Turbo Tour day four report

A Fantastic Fourth Day on the Champ Car Turbo Tour Houston, Texas (March 16, 2006) -- Day Four of the 2006 Champ Car Turbo Tour kicked off early again as the always-eager Canadian media hosted a number of drivers on morning shows. A.J.

A Fantastic Fourth Day on the Champ Car Turbo Tour

Houston, Texas (March 16, 2006) -- Day Four of the 2006 Champ Car Turbo Tour kicked off early again as the always-eager Canadian media hosted a number of drivers on morning shows. A.J. Allmendinger, Katherine Legge, Justin Wilson, Mario Dominguez, Alan Sciuto and Face of Champ Car Brandi Latimer scattered throughout the city conducting interviews on morning radio shows.

Everyone was funneled back into the Turbo Tour Gulfstream G550 by 10 a.m. as the festivities took a decidedly southward turn. From the windy chills of Toronto, the Tour went to the heat of the Southwest, jetting to Houston, Texas, site of the Champ Car Grand Prix of Houston, May 11-13.

"It was my first day on the Turbo Tour and now I'm really excited about the 2006 Champ Car season," said Team Australia Alex Tagliani. "Even though I've only been to two cities on the tour but it has been a lot of fun. First in Toronto where Team Australia had it's best race last season and where the new promoter is doing a great job. Then coming to Houston where we had another new promoter who put on an excellent event today."

The drivers made their first appearance at Reliant Stadium -- home of the NFL's Houston Texans -- for a press conference where 14 sponsors were announced for the 2006 event. The press function was then followed by a first for most of the drivers, as they visited with rodeo star 7-time National Bronc Champion Dan Mortensen, who carried the Champ Car livery into competition that night at Reliant Park. The drivers got a Behind-The-Chutes look at rodeo life, marveling at the size of the broncs and bulls that the rodeo cowboys rode later that evening.

Mario Dominguez, Alex Tagliani, Katherine Legge and A.J. Allmendinger joined some of the cowboys as the evening's festivities started, participating in the pageantry of the Grand Entry Parade. The Turbo Tour spent the remainder of the event at a little safer distance from the hard-charging action, watching the rodeo with sponsors from a suite.

"Today was an excellent example of collaboration between the Grand Prix of Houston and Champ Car," said Robert Dale Morgan, Executive Director of the Grand Prix of Houston. "From a press conference where we announced 14 sponsors for this years race to the Champ Car drivers autograph session in the Ford Truck area outside the stadium to a behind the scenes tour at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo today was a great way to start the 2006 Champ Car season."

Four days and nine cities behind them, the stars of Champ Car have one night remaining on the 2006 Turbo Tour after traveling nearly 5,000 miles, wrapping the groundbreaking endeavor up with Friday's visits to Mexico City and Monterrey.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Alex Tagliani , Mario Dominguez , A.J. Allmendinger , Katherine Legge , Alan Sciuto