Washington DC: Official Headquarters Hotel named

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 4, 2002 ­ National Grand Prix Holdings, LLC announced today the Hyatt Regency, Washington, D.C. on Capitol Hill will be the official headquarter hotel for the July 2002 National Grand Prix of Washington, D.C. The...

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 4, 2002 ­ National Grand Prix Holdings, LLC announced today the Hyatt Regency, Washington, D.C. on Capitol Hill will be the official headquarter hotel for the July 2002 National Grand Prix of Washington, D.C.

The Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill will host numerous events and VIPs leading up to and during July¹s race weekend. Highlights include a press conference on February 5, a July 18 Charitable Gala and the "Stars and Cars" party on Saturday night, July 20.

The gala, which marks the start of race weekend, will benefit Kennedy Krieger Institute, an internationally recognized center for children with developmental disabilities. The "Stars and Cars" party will feature many of the drivers competing in the National Grand Prix as well as team owners, race car manufacturers, celebrities and dignitaries.

"We are excited to have the Hyatt Regency as our official headquarters hotel for the inaugural National Grand Prix," said George deBidart, co-founder, National Grand Prix Holdings. "The hotel¹s proximity to RFK Stadium makes it a perfect place to stay. Fans, media and team members will be able to take shuttles or the subway directly to the track and get there minutes after leaving the hotel lobby. This will be an ideal venue for guests to stay as well as a great place to host the Benefit Gala and the "Stars and Cars Party."

"We are honored to have the opportunity to support and partner with the National Grand Prix in their inaugural Washington, D.C. event," said Michael Smith, general manager, Hyatt Regency Washington. "This opportunity represents a chance for us to grow with this annual event which is so important to our city, as we move forward. We are thrilled to be a part of this first class organization."

The National Grand Prix, which is coming to the grounds of RFK Stadium July 19-21, will feature races of four sanctioning bodies; American Le Mans (ALMS), Trans-Am, World Challenge and Star Mazda. It will be the first major auto-racing event in the D.C. metropolitan area in more than 80 years. The ALMS race will be televised live on NBC and CBS will air the Trans-Am race. The corresponding three-day festival will feature a concert, Lifestyle Expo and a celebrity match race.

NATIONAL GRAND PRIX HOLDINGS National Grand Prix Holdings, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company was founded in 1999 by Christopher Lencheski to develop and execute the National Grand Prix of Washington, D.C., a three-day motorsports event festival featuring internationally sanctioned racing events in the District of Columbia.

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