CHAMPCAR/CART: 2003 Vancouver, Toronto dates announced

CART FedEx Championship Series announces 2003 race dates for Molson Indy events in Toronto and vancouver. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (July 27, 2002) - After more than a decade of holding some of the most successful sporting events on ...

CART FedEx Championship Series announces 2003 race dates for Molson Indy events in Toronto and vancouver.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (July 27, 2002) - After more than a decade of holding some of the most successful sporting events on the Canadian calendar, the CART FedEx Championship Series announced Saturday that it would return to hold Molson Indy events in Toronto and Vancouver in 2003.

At a media conference today at the Molson Indy Vancouver, CART President Christopher R. Pook announced the 2003 dates for the two race events along with Molstar Sports & Entertainment Vice-President Bob Singleton and Molson Indy Vancouver General Manager Stuart Ballantyne.

"Our Canadian events hold a valued place on our schedule as the fans have always supported our races in great numbers," said CART President and CEO Christopher R. Pook. "We are pleased to be able to announce these dates in a timely manner, which will allow the event organizers ample time to prepare for their events."

The Toronto event will move one week later in the month from this year's date to the weekend of July 11-13 while the Molson Indy Vancouver will again take place on the last weekend of July as it does this season with the race weekend scheduled for July 25-27.

"The 2003 announcement confirms Molson's commitment to CART as well as CART's commitment to Molson Canada," stated Singleton. "We are thrilled to be back on our original Molson Indy weekend in Toronto which will make all of our fans happy."

"The change to a July date for 2002 has been a very successful one for us," said Ballantyne. "Attendance figures are up this year and we look forward to having the Molson Indy Vancouver continue on the same weekend in 2003."

Eighteen years of CART racing in Canada will continue in 2003 as the Molson Indy events attract more spectators and television viewers than any other three-day event in the country. The races in Toronto and Vancouver are two of Canada's largest and most popular sporting events with the combined attendance for the two races in 2001 reaching an all-time record of 330,000 making a large economic impact in both cities.

The third Canadian event on the CART schedule, the Molson Indy Montreal, will also return to the schedule in 2003 and race dates for that event and the remainder of the races on next year's schedule will be announced soon.

Championship Auto Racing Teams, Inc. (NYSE: MPH) owns, operates and markets the CART FedEx Championship Series. Former series champions Michael Andretti and Jimmy Vasser, are among the stars who will battle for the 2002 FedEx Championship Series title with championship-winning teams such as Target Chip Ganassi Racing and Newman/Haas Racing. 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 American Honda, Ford Motor Company, Toyota, 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.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing