CHAMPCAR/CART: Vegas Grand Prix post-event notes

Vegas Grand Prix track removal completed one week early LAS VEGAS (April 20, 2007) -- De-construction of the 2.44-mile Vegas Grand Prix temporary street course was completed one week earlier than planned. Workers began dismantling the course...

Vegas Grand Prix track removal completed one week early

LAS VEGAS (April 20, 2007) -- De-construction of the 2.44-mile Vegas Grand Prix temporary street course was completed one week earlier than planned. Workers began dismantling the course immediately following the inaugural Vegas Grand Prix on Sunday, April 8, and finished work on Saturday, April 14, one week ahead of the predicted finish date of April 22.

"This has been a monumental project which has basically been flawless in execution," said Chris Kneifel, circuit manager of the Vegas Grand Prix. "Just as quickly as we erected the fencing and wall structure we have gotten it down and cleared from the downtown area."

The construction crew worked around-the-clock to remove the track barricade and debris fencing, which consisted of more than 2,700 12-foot long, 39-inch cement barriers and lined the perimeter inside and outside the course. The barriers weigh about 9,000 pounds apiece and were connected to provide the safety fencing along the route. The April 6-8 event featured the Champ Car World Series, Champ Car Atlantic and Historic Grand Prix races along with superstar concerts on the Fremont Street Experience and a gala whose proceeds benefited Keep Memory Alive, the foundation for the Lou Ruvo Brain Institute.

Preparations for the 2008 Vegas Grand Prix are already underway although its date has not been finalized. Event organizers are continuing to work with the city of Las Vegas and meet with businesses and residents in the downtown area to improve the plans for the future. "As soon as the checkered flag dropped on the inaugural event April 8, we began strategizing on ways to make the event even better for next year," said Jim Freudenberg, president and chief executive officer of the Vegas Grand Prix. "We'll continue to work hand in hand with the city, our partners and downtown businesses and residents to fine-tune and improve the plans for next year."

About Vegas Grand Prix

The Vegas Grand Prix is a three-day festival of speed and entertainment that encircles the heart of downtown Las Vegas. Its inaugural event was held April 6-8, 2007, and featured major rock concerts, celebrity poker tournament, Easter services, an impressive Easter egg hunt and much more, culminating in the internationally televised 2007 series opener for the Champ Car World Series.

The racing portion of the weekend also presented a Historic Grand Prix with legendary open-wheel racers participating as well as the season opener for Champ Car Atlantic --

Champ Car's support series. The temporary street circuit is a 2.44-mile, 12-turn course through the heart of "Glitter Gulch." Champ Cars generate nearly 750 horsepower and can reach speeds up to 180 miles per hour on the Vegas street course. (Do we know if the cars reached a higher speed during the race? If so, we may want to change that.)

About DDB Ventures

DDB Ventures, LLC was founded in 2005 and is owned by two Arizona businessmen, Dale Jensen and Bradley Yonover. Yonover, an entertainment entrepreneur and real estate developer, and Jensen, a financial software visionary and largest single owner of the Arizona Diamondbacks MLB team and part owner in the Phoenix Suns NBA team, have partnered to create an entertainment, motorsports and real estate development entity. Operating the Vegas Grand Prix for DDB Ventures is Jim Freudenberg and his team of professionals, who have successfully run more than 70 Champ Car street racing festivals and other major motorsports events in the United States and throughout the world over the past 25 years.

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