CHAMPCAR/CART: CART attendance up in 2001

FONTANA, Calif. (November 3, 2001) - When nearly 300,000 fans spun the turnstyles at the Honda Indy 300 in Surfers Paradise in Australia last weekend, it reinforced the CART FedEx Championship Series' position as North America's leading open-wheel...

FONTANA, Calif. (November 3, 2001) - When nearly 300,000 fans spun the turnstyles at the Honda Indy 300 in Surfers Paradise in Australia last weekend, it reinforced the CART FedEx Championship Series' position as North America's leading open-wheel racing series.

A weekend-record total of 286,610 spectators, including 110,187 on race day, demonstrated CART's strength at drawing a crowd, whether it be down under or here in the U.S.

While the complete, year-long totals are compiled and will be released by Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Joyce Julius and Associates after the season ends, it is clear CART will again end the season having performed before the most spectators of any North American open-wheel racing series in 2001.

"According to the numbers we have seen - and we are still waiting to hear from a few more venues - CART's attendance will again be significantly more than 2 million spectators," said Rich Henley, CART's senior vice president of marketing. "One of the key initiatives we believe will help us in building our brand in 2002 and beyond is to grow attendance on-site. It's terrific to have such a strong base to build that number from as we go forward."

In reviewing the 19 events conducted thus far this season, CART weekend attendance has exceeded 100,000 on 11 occasions. The largest crowd of the year occurred at the inaugural Tecate Telmex Grand Prix of Monterrey Presented by Herdez. A CART record total of 318,000 fans attended the Mexico event that kicked off the 2001 CART FedEx Championship Series season.

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