CHAMPCAR/CART: Additional notes on Mexico CART race

Additional notes from the press conference announcing the new CART race in Monterrey, Mexico. - The race will be held "very early" in the season. - The track will be 1.9 miles long (which disagrees with the CART press release's figure of...

Additional notes from the press conference announcing the new CART race in Monterrey, Mexico.

- The race will be held "very early" in the season.

- The track will be 1.9 miles long (which disagrees with the CART press release's figure of 2.1 miles) and 46 feet wide.

- Construction has not yet started.

- The "temporary" circuit was described as "permanent for all purposes".

- The Mexico City track that hosted Formula One was considered as well.

- The Monterrey track is actually closer to Indianapolis (where most of the teams are based) than much of the west coast.

- It was not announced whether this race will be an additional race or will replace a race on this year's calendar.

- No announcement on new races (expected to be in Europe) until May at the earliest.

- The estimated crowd size is on the same order of magnitude as the Surfer's Paradise race. Around 250,000 people attend that race over four days.

- CART is an American series that exports its racing.

- The FIA considers Mexico to be in North America, so this race is compliant with the FIA and CART agreement on the expansion of CART.

- The FIA has recently announced that CART is now officially an international race series.

- The goal is to create a facility that is "perfect" and "the most beautiful in the world".

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