CHAMPCAR/CART: CCWS welcomes Grand-Am to Mexico City event

Champ Car Welcomes Grand-Am to Mexico City Event INDIANAPOLIS (February 4, 2005) -- In an on-going effort to provide racing fans with first-class events all along its 2005 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford schedule,...

Champ Car Welcomes Grand-Am to Mexico City Event

INDIANAPOLIS (February 4, 2005) -- In an on-going effort to provide racing fans with first-class events all along its 2005 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford schedule, the Champ Car World Series announced today that it has added the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series to the season-ending weekend in Mexico City November 4-6.

The Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series will be joining Champ Cars on a weekend for the first time since August of 2002, and will mark the first time that Champ Car has had sports-car prototypes as a support series since the American LeMans Series ran a part of the 2003 event in Miami.

"We are committed to supporting our Champ Car promoters by working with them to constantly enhance our race weekend, that in turn will improve the overall attraction and value of the Champ Car event experience," said Champ Car Executive Vice-President Joe Chrnelich. "Adding the Grand American Series in a supporting role to the Champ Car race will provide our loyal Mexican fan base with an end to end, action packed weekend."

"We are delighted that we have reached an agreement with Champ Car and OCESA to be part of what is sure to be an exciting weekend in Mexico City," said Grand American President Roger Edmondson. "We are well aware of the intense passion Mexican fans have for motorsports, and we are eager to witness this first hand as we wind down our 2005 season. As the annual Champ Car weekend in Mexico City has proven to be wildly successful, we feel strongly that it will grow even bigger this year and are honored to be a part of it."

The Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series enters its sixth season of competition in 2005 and includes the new Daytona Prototypes as well as the GT class. The series is kicking off its 2005 season this weekend with the Rolex 24 at Daytona, a race that features the three most recent Champ Car title winners as Sebastien Bourdais, Paul Tracy and Cristiano da Matta will compete in the twice-around-the-clock endurance event.

"In today's racing environment our Series has to think outside the box in order grow our loyal fan base and the Champ Car open wheel product appeal. Chrnelich said. "The Grand American Series is a quality organization with an exciting product and we agree with our promoter OCESA, that this combination is worth a try. We look forward to working with Grand American and to the potential of growing our relationship in the future."

The season-ending Mexico City event will mark the fourth time that the Champ Cars have run on the refurbished Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit. In the previous three seasons, the event has become one of the best-attended races on the Champ Car schedule, setting series records for single-day (221,011) and overall event attendance (402,413) in 2003.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy , Sébastien Bourdais