CHAMPCAR/CART: Champ Cars on popular TV show

INDIANAPOLIS (April 16, 2003) -- One of the fastest growing shows on television will meet one of the fastest racing series in the world on tonight's broadcast of FOX's musical reality show American Idol. The seven finalists on the popular show...

INDIANAPOLIS (April 16, 2003) -- One of the fastest growing shows on television will meet one of the fastest racing series in the world on tonight's broadcast of FOX's musical reality show American Idol.

The seven finalists on the popular show were guests of the Ford Motor Company at last weekend's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, and had the chance to talk to Champ Car drivers Michel Jourdain Jr. (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) and Oriol Servia (#20 Visteon/Patrick Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) along with their teams. The finalists also participated in some race-related activities while teams prepared for last Sunday's race. The show's producers shot footage of the visit, which will be used in a special music segment during tonight's broadcast.

"The entire video segment will last less than a minute but just having that much time on what is probably the most popular show in America right now is an incredible opportunity for Champ Car, our primary sponsors Bridgestone and Ford and the Gigante/Team Rahal and Visteon/Patrick Racing teams," said Champ Car Vice President of Communications Adam Saal. "The entire experience has been great and we want to thank each of the current seven finalists, the American Idol production company and Ford for making it all possible."

Tonight's edition of American Idol will be broadcast live on FOX beginning at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time/7:30 p.m. Central (8:30 p.m. Pacific Time tape delayed).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Oriol Servia , Michel Jourdain
Tags TV