CHAMPCAR/CART: Miami event signs sponsor partner

MIAMI, FL -- February 12, 2003 -- Grand Prix Americas, Downtown Miami's premier auto street race, has secured Dark Dog energy drink as an exclusive partner for the 2003 race announced Chuck M. Martinez, president and general manager, Grand Prix ...

MIAMI, FL -- February 12, 2003 -- Grand Prix Americas, Downtown Miami's premier auto street race, has secured Dark Dog energy drink as an exclusive partner for the 2003 race announced Chuck M. Martinez, president and general manager, Grand Prix Americas. The contract calls for a two-year partnership with the racing event.

"The combination of their ALMS sponsorship and being headquartered in South Florida makes them a perfect fit as an exclusive partner of the Grand Prix Americas," said Martinez. "We are thrilled to have Dark Dog involved with our event and look forward to a long and mutually rewarding partnership."

"We are very excited about being involved with our community," said Randy Ridenour CEO, Dark Dog America. "The fact the race is so close to home brings an extra added value to us both personally as well with business."

Grand Prix Americas, taking place September 26-28, 2003, is a historic event, bringing together two of North America's premier road racing series. 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.

Earlier this month, Dark Dog America also announced it will be the primary sponsor of Team Bucknum Racing (TBR) and its Pilbeam MP91 entry in the LMP 675 class of the ALMS throughout 2003.

Dark Dog (www.darkdogamerica.com) produces energy drinks, with natural guarana caffeine and vitamins. Dark Dog is the first premium energy drink, which has been awarded with two high profile awards for outstanding quality. The company is a growing and dynamic organization, founded in Austria in 1995, and based domestically in Hollywood, Florida. Over the last seven years, Dark Dog has developed into one of the world's strongest brands and is currently the number two energy drink in the world in terms of brand recognition.

Grand Prix Americas is owned by Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) and Raceworks, LLC. It 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. The festive weekend will feature various concerts and social events and will culminate in the two races, Bridgestone presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford and, American Le Mans Series.

For more information on Grand Prix Americas, call (305) 533-1033 or log onto www.miamirace.com. For ticket information, call (305) 373-3333 or visit www.miamirace.com.

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