CHAMPCAR/CART: San Jose race to benefit Canary Fund

Champ Car World Series Street Race in Downtown San Jose, California To Benefit The Canary Fund SAN JOSE, CA - - DECEMBER 8, 2004 - - Yesterday's city council approval of a Champ Car World Series street race in downtown San Jose was the first...

Champ Car World Series Street Race in Downtown San Jose, California To Benefit The Canary Fund

SAN JOSE, CA - - DECEMBER 8, 2004 - - Yesterday's city council approval of a Champ Car World Series street race in downtown San Jose was the first step in what will prove to be an historic weekend for the city.

Benefiting the Canary Fund, the San Jose Grand Prix will be the first open-wheel street race in northern California. The plan, which was brought before the council by San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales, calls for the circuit to be designed around the HP Pavilion and the surrounding streets. The San Jose Grand Prix, which will be contested July 29-31, 2005, will be the eighth stop on the 2005 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford schedule and is expected to attract more than 100,000 spectators to downtown San Jose.

Canary Fund, which was founded by Don Listwin, is dedicated to advancing the science of the early detection of cancer. Canary Fund collaborates with cancer research centers including the Stanford University Medical Center in nearby Palo Alto and the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center in San Francisco. Canary Fund was also recently announced as the Official Social Cause of the Champ Car World Series.

"On behalf of Canary Fund, I would like to thank Mayor Ron Gonzales, Councilwomen Cindy Chavez and the city council for their support of the San Jose Grand Prix," said Listwin. "This is going to be a very exciting event, which will not only benefit the city of San Jose, but will provide Canary Fund with an exciting platform to raise awareness and money for its unique new approach in the battle against cancer."

In addition to the auto race, plans for the San Jose Grand Prix call for a week of activities including concerts, fairs, charity events and promotional activities. The

week long festival is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of fans to northern California's largest city and become a mainstay on the Champ Car World Series calendar.

"I want to thank Mayor Gonzales and the city council for their hard work in bringing this historic event to San Jose," said San Jose Grand Prix Vice President and General Manager, Bob Singleton. "I would also like to thank Dean Munro of the San Jose Sports Authority for his efforts in support of this race and the City of San Jose staff who have worked tirelessly on the design and construction of the race track," Singleton noted.

Singleton went on to say, "The San Jose Grand Prix will be much more than an auto race. It will be a week long festival of activities that will generate significant revenue for the local community and businesses. Whether you are a fan of racing or not, I guarantee that people throughout northern California will put this week on their calendar as a must attend event."

The Champ Car World Series features some of the greatest race car drivers in the world competing in the most diverse and exciting series in the world. Champions Sebastien Bourdais, Jimmy Vasser, who hails from the Bay Area, and Canadian Paul Tracy along with 2004 Roshfrans Rookie of the Year A. J. Allmendinger, who was born in Los Gatos and resides in Hollister, are among the drivers who battle for the Vanderbilt Cup, which is awarded to the winner of the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford. In addition, Mexican drivers Michel Jourdain Jr and Mario Dominguez will compete among an expected 18-car field. The title is contested on oval circuits, temporary street circuits and permanent road courses.

The specific route for the San Jose Grand Prix has not yet been finalized, but it would follow city streets in the downtown area.

Tickets for the San Jose Grand Prix are on sale now and can be purchased through ticketmaster. You may reach ticketmaster at the following phone numbers:

408-998-tixs or 510-625-tixs or 415-421-tixs

www.sanjosegrandprix.com-

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Series Charity , IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Paul Tracy , Mario Dominguez , Sébastien Bourdais , Michel Jourdain