CHAMPCAR/CART: Vanderbilt Cup to be given to Michigan winner

VANDERBILT CUP GALA RESTORES HISTORIC AWARD TO PROMINENCE NEW YORK (April 25, 1996) -- In the spirit of IndyCar racing, a team effort prevailed when IndyCar President and CEO Andrew Craig and auto-racing superstar Mario Andretti unveiled the ...

VANDERBILT CUP GALA RESTORES HISTORIC AWARD TO PROMINENCE

NEW YORK (April 25, 1996) -- In the spirit of IndyCar racing, a team effort prevailed when IndyCar President and CEO Andrew Craig and auto-racing superstar Mario Andretti unveiled the rendering of the recreation of the Vanderbilt Cup. The original Cup was commissioned by racing legend William K. Vanderbilt, Jr. in 1904. Both the original and its recreation are designs of Tiffany & Co.

The unveiling of the rendering took place this afternoon during a fund-raising luncheon in the Terrace Room of the Plaza Hotel in New York. Honorary Chairperson, Mrs. Edwin M. Burke, granddaughter of Mr. Vanderbilt, designated Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center as the beneficiary of the luncheon. Tickets were $250 each, with net proceeds donated to the institution.

"The Vanderbilt Cup was the first important racing trophy awarded in the United States," Craig explained. "IndyCar is both pleased and proud to return this most significant award to the prominence it so richly deserves. We are very happy, as well, to have the endorsement of Mrs. Burke in this important project."

The majority of the costs associated with the luncheon, attended by almost 200 invited guests, were underwritten by inaugural U.S. 500 corporate sponsors, including Alumax, Anheuser-Busch, Greater Michigan Ford Dealers, Honda, Indeck, LCI International, Mercedes-Benz of North America Inc., Miller Brewing Company, Mobil Oil Corporation, No Fear, Pennzoil Products Company, Target Stores, Texaco U.S.A., and Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

Special thanks for product and service donations also were extended to Arciero Wineries, Domaine Chandon, The Donna Karan Beauty Company, Gerald Forsythe, Tom Saal and Tiffany & Co.

During the reception, selected reproductions of pages from the original Vanderbilt Cup race program were displayed. The Terrace Room was decorated by Atlas Floral Decorators, Inc. with white spring flowers. Taped music by American composers as performed by American symphonies was played throughout the event by More Than Music.

The Vanderbilt Cup will be awarded to the winner of the Inaugural U.S. 500, to be held Sunday, May 26, 1996, at Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan.

The race is being televised live on ESPN beginning at 2 p.m. Eastern, Sunday, May 26. The U.S. 500 qualifying will also be shown live on ESPN the weekend of May 11-12. The winner of the race will take home a minimum of $1 million of the $3.6 million purse.

Fans interested in purchasing tickets to the U.S. 500 can order tickets by phone at 1-800-452-0950; by mail by writing to: U.S. 500 Tickets, P.O. Box 500, Brooklyn, MI 49230; by fax at 517-592-8445, or via TicketMaster outlets throughout the Midwest.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mario Andretti , Gerald Forsythe