CHAMPCAR/CART: UTE: Gold Coast has record-breaking weekend

The Honda Indy 300 experienced yet another record-breaking weekend on the streets of Queensland's Gold Coast with a total four-day crowd of 286,610. Today's race-day crowd of 110,187 (107,785 in 2000) added to the 48,014 on Thursday (41,447), ...

The Honda Indy 300 experienced yet another record-breaking weekend on the streets of Queensland's Gold Coast with a total four-day crowd of 286,610.

Today's race-day crowd of 110,187 (107,785 in 2000) added to the 48,014 on Thursday (41,447), 53,551 on Friday (50,778) and the 74,858 yesterday (69,880).

This year's race experienced a total increase of 16,720 on the 2000 event, at the delight of Queensland Premier, Mr Peter Beattie.

"We seem to say this every year, but I don't think we could have asked for a better spectacle," said Mr Beattie.

"The Honda Indy 300 has really become something special for all Queenslanders and Australians in general. The images beamed around the world on such a spectacular Queensland day are priceless for our State's tourism industry.

"The crowds have been fantastic and it has been encouraging to see so many people creating a Queensland holiday around this magnificent event. "We cannot wait for next year."

Honda Indy 300 Chief Executive Officer, Geoff Jones, said the record four -day crowd was a great reward for everyone who has contributed to the event which was won by Brazilian Cristiano da Matta from 1994 winner Michael Andretti and Canadian Alex Tagliani.

"The crowds we have experienced the last four days have been exceptional and testimony to how great this event has become," said Mr Jones. "We have set records all four days, including a 3000 increase on Friday despite constant heavy rain.

"The fans have come out in force, the drivers have responded accordingly and tomorrow we start working on how to take this event to even greater heights next year.

"We have to thank all the teams, drivers and CART officials who have worked with our enthusiastic Honda Indy 300 team to produce a magnificent show for the fans and our sponsors."

The final round of the FedEx Championship Series will be held in California next weekend.

-Honda Indy 300-

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Series Supercars , IndyCar
Drivers Alex Tagliani , Cristiano da Matta
Tags AUSUTE