CHAMPCAR/CART: Miami race is official

Auto racing returning to downtown Miami. Race ON! Grand Prix Americas to be held October 4, 5, And 6, 2002. MIAMI, FL-- July 24, 2002-- Auto racing will make its triumphant return to downtown Miami later this year, according to officials from...

Auto racing returning to downtown Miami.
Race ON! Grand Prix Americas to be held October 4, 5, And 6, 2002.

MIAMI, FL-- July 24, 2002-- Auto racing will make its triumphant return to downtown Miami later this year, according to officials from the Grand Prix Americas and the City of Miami. Today's announcement at the Mildred and Claude Pepper Fountain at Bayfront Park featured comments from City of Miami and Grand Prix Americas officials, race cars on full display, and surprise appearances from some of the biggest names in the world of racing. Miami City Manager Carlos Gimenez highlighted the event by signing an oversized City of Miami permit that officially authorized the series of races.

"The return of auto racing to downtown after a seven-year absence represents a 'green flag' for all of Miami," said Chuck M. Martinez, President and General Manager of Grand Prix Americas. "These exciting races will generate millions for the local economy, and garner additional international attention for our community."

Following the permit signing, a crew of five in hard hats which included ALMS drivers Johnny Herbert and Milka Duno and CART racers and Miami locals Christian Fittipaldi, Tony Kanaan, and Oriol Servia laid down a ceremonial concrete barrier, signifying the beginning of preparations for the races. The drivers (whom Martinez kiddingly described as "the world's fastest construction crew") joined Gimenez, Martinez, Commission Chairman Tomas Regalado and Commissioners Joe Sanchez and Arthur Teele for photographs with the permit, race cars, and ceremonial barrier.

Championship Auto Racing Teams, Inc. (NYSE: MPH) owns, operates and markets the CART FedEx Championship Series. Former series champions Michael Andretti and Jimmy Vasser are among the stars who will battle for the 2002 FedEx Championship Series title on ovals, temporary street circuits and permanent road courses. CART Champ Cars are thoroughbred racing machines that travel at speeds in excess of 200 miles per hour, showcasing the technical expertise of manufacturers such as American Honda, Ford Motor Company, Toyota, Lola Cars, Reynard Motorsport and Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire, LLC. The 20-race 2002 CART FedEx Championship Series will be broadcast by new television partners, CBS, FOX and SPEED Channel. CART also owns and operates its top development series, the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship. Learn more about CART's open-wheel racing series at www.CART.com.

The American Le Mans Series is a series of North American sports car races based on the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world's most famous endurance race. American Le Mans Series races feature four classes of race cars competing for class wins and the overall win, with the fields including many of the same drivers and cars that compete at Le Mans. The series holds events at many of North America's premier permanent road racing facilities as well as at temporary circuits in key major markets. The series motto is"For the Fans" and all events feature driver autograph sessions and open paddocks. All events are on live television in the United States. Well-known automotive brand names such as Audi, Cadillac, Corvette, Dodge, Ferrari, MG, Nissan, Panoz, Porsche and Saleen are represented on the series. The series, which has its headquarters in Braselton, Ga., was founded in 1999 by entrepreneur Don Panoz and is sanctioned by the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA).

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 three races, CART FedEx Championship Series, American LeMans and Trans Am.

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

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Series ALMS , IndyCar , Trans-Am
Drivers Milka Duno , Johnny Herbert , Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Christian Fittipaldi , Tony Kanaan , Oriol Servia , Don Panoz