CHAMPCAR/CART: "CART Attack" released

DETROIT (March 7, 2001) - The stars and excitement of the 2001 FedEx Championship Series are the focal point of a CART racing special section that will be distributed in Thursday's edition of USA Today. The supplement previews this weekend's ...

DETROIT (March 7, 2001) - The stars and excitement of the 2001 FedEx Championship Series are the focal point of a CART racing special section that will be distributed in Thursday's edition of USA Today. The supplement previews this weekend's season-opening Tecate Telmex Grand Prix Presented by Herdez in Monterrey, Mexico and takes a look at the entire 2001 Champ Car season.

The "CART Attack" supplement, which was produced by CART's Public Relations staff, is the first such effort by CART in its 23-year history.

Within the special section, readers will find a profile on defending FedEx Championship Series champion Gil de Ferran as well as a piece on two-time series champion Alex Zanardi, who makes his return to Champ Car competition this weekend after a two-year hiatus.

The section also takes an in-depth look at this weekend's race in Monterrey through the eyes of Mexican drivers Adrian Fernandez and Michel Jourdain Jr.; a preview of the upcoming Franchise Pictures film Driven, starring Sylvester Stallone and distributed by Warner Bros.; previews of the 2001 Dayton Indy Lights and Toyota Atlantic Championships; capsules on each driver in the 2001 FedEx Championship Series; and a fascinating look at Champ Car technology.

In addition to appearing as a supplement to the USA Today, a downloadable version of "CART Attack" will be available on-line Thursday at the official web site of the FedEx Championship Series, www.CART.com.

Championship Auto Racing Teams, Inc. (NYSE: MPH) owns, operates and markets the FedEx Championship Series, which is comprised of 21 races in seven countries on four continents in 2001. Champions Michael Andretti (1991), Alex Zanardi (1997-98), Jimmy Vasser (1996) and Gil de Ferran (2000) are among the drivers who battle for the series title on oval circuits as well as temporary and permanent road courses. CART also owns and operates its top two development series - the Dayton Indy Lights Championship and the Toyota Atlantic Championship. Learn more about CART's open-wheel racing series at www.cart.com.

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Series Automotive , IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Adrian Fernandez , Alex Zanardi , Michel Jourdain