Mansell to drive Minardi two-seater at Donington

LEDBURY, ENGLAND, July 17, 2001 -- Legendary driving star, Nigel Mansell, today confirmed that he will climb behind the wheel of a European Minardi F1x2 two-seater Grand Prix car at Donington Park on Tuesday, August 21. The appearance of the 1992...

LEDBURY, ENGLAND, July 17, 2001 -- Legendary driving star, Nigel Mansell, today confirmed that he will climb behind the wheel of a European Minardi F1x2 two-seater Grand Prix car at Donington Park on Tuesday, August 21. The appearance of the 1992 Formula One World Champion and 1993 CART Indy car Champion will be a key component in the exciting Thunder in the Park day being organised to bring Formula One closer to the fans.

Mansell will join team owner, Paul Stoddart, plus European Minardi F1 and F3000 drivers, to act as high-speed "chauffeurs" for lucky passengers, who are guaranteed the ride of a lifetime around the twists and turns of the demanding Donington circuit.

Activities on the day will include an autograph session, pit-lane walkabout, and demonstration runs by modern Formula One cars, with the finale being a simulated grid start and five-lap race between four of the two-seater European Minardi F1 cars. Visitors will also be able to indulge in "celebrity-spotting", as several non-motor-racing personalities have expressed an interest in attending this unique event.

"I often hear the complaint from motor racing fans that Formula One has become too inaccessible," says Paul Stoddart. "The purpose of 'Thunder in the Park' is to try and remedy that in some small way, and we, at European Minardi, are more than pleased to be able to contribute to what is certain to be an exciting day for all those present.

"Nigel remains a massively popular figure with Grand Prix fans around the world, and we are honoured that he has agreed to drive one of our fleet of two-seater F1 cars at Donington. I'm sure his presence, both on and off the circuit, will ensure this is a highly successful event. I'm really looking forward to the occasion and being able to demonstrate that Formula One remains ^Ñfan-friendly'."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Paul Stoddart
Teams Minardi