CHAMPCAR/CART: Bruce Flanders named announcer at selective events

Bruce Flanders brings unique announcing style to twelve CART FedEx Championship Series events in 2002. DETROIT (April 18, 2002) - Bruce Flanders, the long-time voice of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach public address system, will be ...

Bruce Flanders brings unique announcing style to twelve CART FedEx Championship Series events in 2002.

DETROIT (April 18, 2002) - Bruce Flanders, the long-time voice of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach public address system, will be providing his unique and often humorous commentary to fans at 12 CART FedEx Championship Series events in 2002, series officials announced today.

Flanders' deep baritone voice will be heard over the public address systems at every 2002 CART FedEx Championship Series event in the United States as well as the Molson Indy Vancouver and the Rockingham 500 at Rockingham Motor Speedway in England.

"I've known Bruce for many years through our mutual association with the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach," said CART President and Chief Executive Officer Christopher R. Pook, who founded the Long Beach Grand Prix in 1978. "Fans who attend the race every year know Bruce as the 'voice of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.' Now, Champ Car fans everywhere will get to know him as the 'voice of CART.' I strongly believe that Bruce's entertaining style on the P.A. is one of the reasons that the race in Long Beach has become such a successful event, and we expect that he will contribute to making every CART FedEx Championship Series race a big event."

Flanders, 56, has been the public address announcer since the inception of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in 1978. His professional announcing career began with a Speedway Motorcycle event on June 13, 1969 at the Orange (Calif.) County Fairgrounds, and he has also announced at several past and present CART FedEx Championship Series venues including Gateway International Raceway, the Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, and Road America.

In addition to his experience as a public address announcer, Flanders' voice has been heard on movies, television programs, and radio. Flanders and his wife, Vickie, reside in San Bernadino, Calif. and the couple has two children - Michael and Megan.

"This season, the CART FedEx Championship Series is poised to do some of the most amazing racing and I get to be a part of it," said Flanders. "Champ Car racing has always been a high point for me. Now I get to announce a dozen high point weekends. It's an announcers dream. Several new rules and one fresh announcer, this is going to be fun!"

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 on ovals, temporary street circuits and permanent road courses. CART Champ Cars are thoroughbred racing machines that travel at 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 20-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