CHAMPCAR/CART: CART announces second stockholder rights amendment

Championship Auto Racing Teams announces second amendment to stockholder rights plan. INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 21 -- Championship Auto Racing Teams, Inc. (NYSE:MPH) announced today a second amendment to its stockholders rights plan; the first...

Championship Auto Racing Teams announces second amendment to stockholder rights plan.

INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 21 -- Championship Auto Racing Teams, Inc. (NYSE:MPH) announced today a second amendment to its stockholders rights plan; the first amendment was adopted September 12, 2002. At the request of Gerald R. Forsythe, the amendment permits Forsythe and his affiliated entities to increase their aggregate ownership of CART stock to 3,664,782 shares, or 24.9%, without triggering the stockholders rights plan.

In consideration for this amendment, Forsythe has agreed to vote and exchange all shares acquired in excess of 15% of the outstanding stock consistent with the recommendations of the Board of Directors of CART on all strategic matters for a period of three years. The same restrictions were also agreed to in the first amendment

The stockholder rights plan was established to ensure that CART shareholders receive fair value and equal treatment in the event of any proposed takeover of the company or other strategic actions. The Board of Directors believes that this amendment is in the best interest of CART and its shareholders. The amendment is being made at the request of Forsythe, and not being made in response to any proposal to acquire CART.

Under the amended plan, if a person or group, other than Forsythe, acquires or commences a tender offer to acquire 15% or more of CART's common stock, except pursuant to a tender or exchange offer which is for all of the outstanding stock of the company at a price and on terms approved by the Board of Directors, the other stockholders will be entitled to purchase shares of CART stock at a purchase price equal to 50% of the then current market price.

Championship Auto Racing Teams, Inc. (NYSE:MPH) owns, operates and markets the CART FedEx Championship Series. Newly-crowned 2002 CART FedEx Championship Series champion Cristiano da Matta is among the open-wheel stars competing with teams such as Newman/Haas Racing, Player's/Forsythe Racing, Team Rahal, Fernandez Racing, Patrick Racing, Herdez Competition, Mo Nunn Racing, Walker Racing and others. CART Champ Cars are thoroughbred racing machines that reach speeds in excess of 200 miles per hour, showcasing the technical expertise of manufacturers such as Ford Motor Company, Lola Cars, Reynard Motorsport and Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire, LLC. The 19-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 .

Statements made in this news release that state the company's or management's beliefs or expectations and which are not historical facts or which apply prospectively are forward-looking statements. It is important to note that the company's actual results could differ materially from those contained or implied by such forward-looking statements. Among the risks and uncertainties to be considered include, but are not limited to, CART's new co- promoted and self-promoted events; new television and advertising arrangements; the success of races in new venues; the current uncertain economic environment and weak advertising market; among others. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements is contained in the company's SEC filings made from time to time, including, but not limited to, the Form 10-Ks and subsequent 10-Qs. Copies of those filings are available from the company and the SEC.

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Series Automotive , IndyCar
Drivers Cristiano da Matta , Mo Nunn