LEXMARK INDY 300 LAUNCHED AT SURFERS PARADISE
Australia will welcome the World during this year's 17th running of the Lexmark Indy 300 on Queensland's Gold Coast from October 18-21.
In just 40 days the streets of Surfers Paradise will 'POWER ON' as visiting drivers from more than 12 Nations undertake a campaign to claim the riches of victory, during the 'crown jewel' event on the Champ Car World Series calendar.
Coupled with the excitement of having home grown heroes of Australian V8 Supercars perform on one of the World's most famous temporary street circuits creates a mind blowing, entertainment experience.
The double billed feature racing program makes the Lexmark Indy 300 an event not to be missed.
In marking the official launch of the 2007 Lexmark Indy 300 at the Circle on Cavill Piazza in Surfers Paradise this evening, Queensland Minister for Local Government, Planning and Sport, The Honourable Andrew Fraser MP was adamant this year's event will again live up to all expectations.
"Tonight is about celebrating the past 16 years of the Lexmark Indy 300 and its bright future," Mr Fraser said.
"The four millionth spectator will walk through the gates this year -- testimony to Indy's status as one of Queensland's greatest sporting drawcards."
Mr Fraser said the Lexmark Indy 300 attracts more than 300,000 visitors annually to the Gold Coast from Australia and overseas.
"Like no other event in Queensland, the Lexmark Indy 300 adds more than $60 million to the economy each year," he said.
"It has single handedly created a peak spring-time tourism period for the Gold Coast and is growing in stature."
In acknowledging the attendance of Minister Fraser to assist in officially launching this year's event, Lexmark Indy 300 Chairman Terry Mackenroth also extended a special welcome to Champ Car drivers Will Power and English RuSPORT campaigner Justin Wilson.
V8 Supercar stars were also among the throng of special guests as Mr Mackenroth outlined what will be a truly special occasion on October 18-21.
"It's the enthusiasm and excitement shown by these super stars of Champ Car and V8 Supercar that makes the Lexmark Indy 300 such a major success for the Gold Coast, Queensland and Australia," declared Mr Mackenroth.
"The high vibe excitement of the Lexmark Indy 300 is something appreciated by the competitors and fans alike and once again we can guarantee a show like no other from October 18-21.
"Already ticket sales indicate this year's event could very well surpass all previous attendance records and that is the perfect reward for the many officials, volunteers and contractors who contribute to the over riding success of our annual showpiece.
"Construction of the Surfers Paradise street circuit is now at an advanced stage, we have a fun-filled additional program of off-track activities locked in and best of all we still have numerous ticketing options to ensure a suitable entertainment package for everyone at this year's event."