FF: CHAMPCAR/CART: Champ Car drivers to race midgets at Irwindale

Champ Car stars to race Focus Midgets at Mopar Twin 25's Irwindale; Adrian Fernandez, Michel Jourdain Jr., Patrick Carpentier to compete with 25 Focus regulars. LAGUNA BEACH, CA - Another 'extra added attraction' has been organized for the Mopar...

Champ Car stars to race Focus Midgets at Mopar Twin 25's Irwindale;
Adrian Fernandez, Michel Jourdain Jr., Patrick Carpentier to compete with 25 Focus regulars.

LAGUNA BEACH, CA - Another 'extra added attraction' has been organized for the Mopar Twin 25's Irwindale, and it's big!

Famed Champ Car stars Adrian Fernandez, Michel Jourdain Jr. and Patrick Carpentier will climb into Focus Midgets to pit their noted racing skills in these quick, twitchy race cars against the best, local Focus Midget regulars. Race fans will see 25 laps of heart-pounding race action as these talented drivers bring their open wheel skills to the Irwindale short track.

Who will win? Come to the Mopar Twin 25's Irwindale and find out!

"Ever since I was a little kid, racing in a midget or a sprint car has been a big dream," said Michel Jourdain Jr. "I remember being probably around six or seven years old and my dad taking me to Ascot Park to see the races, and after that we would go to the slick track. It was a lot of fun. I think it will be a great experience and I'll learn a lot.

"I think it's going to be completely different to what I'm used to in the Champ Car World Series," he continued. "It's different and it is totally new and that's why I'm looking forward so much to this event. I'm just going to try to have some fun, try to learn new things and to do as well as I possibly can."

"Anything that's got an engine, for me, I love it," said Patrick Carpentier. "I had the chance with Ford to try it a couple of years ago in Irwindale, and I fell in love with it. Sometimes, when I get a chance, when we're at the races, especially in California, we just try to escape on Saturday nights and go watch the midget racing. I like it."

Carpentier gave his outlook on the race. "I think I just want to try to really enjoy it and have fun. I love to drive those things so much that I think it's going to be a blast. And it's close racing, too, so it's always fun to be close to each competitor."

"This is definitely going to be very different from what I'm used to," said Adrian Fernandez. "It's very different because I've never been in that type of position driving a car. I'm always laying back. I have jumped in one of them and it seems like sitting in a chair. So, to be honest, I don't even know what to expect because there are no gears. We are supposedly going to practice one day before to get used to the car and everything. But I think it's going to be quite an experience."

The 2nd Annual Mopar Twin 25's Irwindale will be held Saturday, March 27, 2004, at Irwindale Speedway, Irwindale, California. The unique racing format of the Mopar Twin 25's provides a full night of frantic, wheel-to-wheel USAC Midget racing action, with two 25-lap feature races.

ARP is offering a bonus prize of $50,000 to a driver who wins both of the night's feature races. The exciting challenge is that the winner of the first feature race starts dead last in the second 25-lap feature, and has to pass the entire field to claim the $50,000!

"We're going to have some fun," said Steve Lewis, Premier Racing Entertainment, producer of the event. "We're very happy-and grateful to these world renown drivers-to have them be part of this exciting preliminary race at the Mopar Twin 25's. We think they'll have a lot of fun, and the thousands of race fans in the Irwindale Speedway grandstands will love seeing their favorite Champ Car drivers take on the Focus regulars on Irwindale's 1/3-mile oval"

Another attraction of the evening will be the spectacular Drifting Exhibition, kicking off the Mopar Twin 25's Irwindale, where local race fans will be able to see for themselves the latest motorsports craze to hit these shores from Japan.

The 2nd Annual Mopar Twin 25's Irwindale is presented by Mission Foods. Associate Sponsors are Racer magazine, MSD Ignition, Calico Coatings, Gigante, Probe Industries, Vital Express, Corteco, Guerrero and Turbines Inc.

At noon, this great day for race fans begins with Eibach Springs Presents the Festival of Speed, which offers motorsports enthusiasts an extraordinary opportunity to experience Southern California's rich racing heritage on display and in action! In addition to some of Southern California's most famous race vehicles on exhibit, several will be fired up again so race fans can hear them roar once more down Irwindale's 1/8th-mile drag strip. Also, several of the legendary figures who either drove or wrenched these cars will be in attendance.

Other event highlights include exciting quarter midget racing action-stars of the future-on a purpose-built oval in the Irwindale Speedway parking lot; and interactive exhibits from the Indy Racing League titled, "The Indy Racing Fan Experience," where fans can drive a full-sized Indy car simulator or participate in an Indy car pit stop.

Eibach Springs Presents the Festival of Speed opens at noon. Race gates open at 4 p.m. The Drifting Exhibition begins at 5 p.m., with the first race at 7 p.m. Ticket prices are $20 for General Admission. Reserved tickets are $25. Contact PRE at 800/515-8445, or go to www.twin25s.com. Eibach Presents the Festival of Speed is at no charge.

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Series IndyCar , USAC
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Patrick Carpentier , Michel Jourdain