CHAMPCAR/CART: Grand Prix Americas donation announced

Miami, FL -- March 19, 2003 -- The Grand Prix Americas, Downtown Miami's premier auto street race, has committed to a $500,000 donation for scholarships to the Miami-Dade Community College Foundation to help students in need, announced Chuck M.

Miami, FL -- March 19, 2003 -- The Grand Prix Americas, Downtown Miami's premier auto street race, has committed to a $500,000 donation for scholarships to the Miami-Dade Community College Foundation to help students in need, announced Chuck M. Martinez, president and general manager, Grand Prix Americas.

Miami-Dade Community College will be one of the beneficiaries of the Grand Prix Americas Foundation which will feature the Charity Ball taking place Thursday night September 25, 2003. The Grand Prix Americas donated $25,000 after last year's inaugural race, and will continue to donate money to the Foundation for the next 9 years.

"We are extremely happy to help the students of Miami-Dade Community College receive scholarships," stated Martinez. "Miami-Dade has been a cornerstone of education in Miami, and we look forward to continuing our rewarding relationship with the college."

"This $500,000 pledge is a symbol of the Grand Prix of Americas' commitment to this community," said Dr. Eduardo Padron, president of Miami-Dade Community College. "The entities that contribute to the M-DCC Foundation make it possible for the college to provide the innovative educational programs, high-tech equipment and scholarships that help the members of our community find better jobs and live richer, fuller lives."

Miami-Dade Community College's Wolfson Campus will continue to be the media center for the Grand Prix Americas. The college will also serve as the registration and accreditation center for the race. Last year the Wolfson Campus received praises as its staff delivered a top-notch media center including two big screens showing the races.

"We are excited to partner with an event such as the Grand Prix Americas," said Dr. Wasim J. Shomar, president of Miami-Dade Community College, Wolfson Campus. "Many students at Miami-Dade Community College will be able to benefit from the generosity of the Grand Prix Americas."

Miami-Dade Community College is nationally recognized as the largest and one of the best community colleges in the country. It is the nation's top producer of associate of arts degrees. M-DCC's six campuses and numerous outreach centers offer more than 150 degrees and vocational credit certificates, along with continuing workforce, adult education, recreation and leisure studies. It is Miami-Dade County's sixth largest employer with an estimated gross economic impact of about $800 million in the local economy every year.

Grand Prix Americas is a festive week featuring various social events such as the FanFest at Bayside, Grand Prix Americas Street Festival in Coconut Grove and the Grand Prix Americas Foundation Charity Ball and culminates with two of North America's premier racing series. On September 26-28, 2003 Bridgestone presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford will join the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) promoting a "dual-headline" that makes the Grand Prix Americas one of the foremost motorsports weekends of the year. This Blast by the Bay will be held in Downtown Miami at Bayfront Park in agreement with the City of Miami, the Bayfront Park Management Trust and the Miami Sports and Exhibition Authority. For information call 305.533.1033.

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