CHAMPCAR/CART: Turbo Tour day three report

Third Day is a Charm for Champ Car Turbo Tour Toronto (March 15, 2006) -- The third day of the 2006 Champ Car Turbo Tour started in the air as A.J. Allmendinger, Katherine Legge, Justin Wilson, Mario Dominguez and Alan Sciuto settled in for a ...

Third Day is a Charm for Champ Car Turbo Tour

Toronto (March 15, 2006) -- The third day of the 2006 Champ Car Turbo Tour started in the air as A.J. Allmendinger, Katherine Legge, Justin Wilson, Mario Dominguez and Alan Sciuto settled in for a nearly three-hour flight to Milwaukee.

The Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford will make a pair of visits to Wisconsin in 2006, competing at the venerable Milwaukee Mile as well as on the four-mile Road America road course, and both venues combined to host the tour and announce the "Champ Car Wisconsin" promotion in Milwaukee. Dominguez headed to a grade school to entertain the next generation of Champ Car fans while the rest of the crew went to Miller Park -- home of the Milwaukee Brewers -- to meet the media.

Champ Car Wisconsin will allow fans who buy the special ticket package extra perks at both of the festivals of speed in the state. After the announcement fans put their skills on display for a change, competing in go-karts throughout the morning as the drivers looked on and re-hashed their karting results from the night before. Meanwhile, Dominguez did some racing of his own, running in a Big Wheel against some obviously more-experienced school children!

"What a great experience," said Forsythe Championship Racing driver Mario Dominguez. "These kids all could be future Champ Car stars if 'Big Wheel' talent means anything. It is always fun to get out into the community and have special events like this."

From Milwaukee, it was time for a short flight to Cleveland where drivers competed against each other as well as some lucky fans in slot cars. The race organizers in Cleveland set up a large slot-car track in the downtown Galleria Mall, designing a circuit that mimicked the 2.2-mile circuit at nearby Burke Lakefront Airport. The drivers conducted media interviews while not racing, and a scant two hours later it was time to get back in the air.

"The slot car track was amazing," said PKV Racing driver Katherine Legge. "It was incredible how similar the track was to the real thing at the airport where we landed. We even had some crashes in Turn 1 on the starts so you know it was authentic."

A trip from the North Coast to the Great White North was next as another short flight took the Turbo Tour to Toronto for a full night of activities. Dominguez, Sciuto and 2006 Face of Champ Car Brandi Latimer attended the Toronto Raptors NBA game while the rest of the Tour including newest addition Alex Tagliani headed for a media reception at Brant Street Night Club. Following the two-hour media block at the club, the general public was invited to partake in the festivities as fans were able to meet and greet the Champ Car stars, who lingered long into the evening, though there are still two more days to go on the tour, which ends the day Thursday in Houston, Texas.

In total the Champ Car Turbo Tour has touched down in eight cities, traveling nearly 3,000 miles with more than ten hours of time in the air.

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