CHAMPCAR/CART: Craig, Vasser, Ganassi Participate In White House Conference

Craig, Vasser, and Ganassi to Participate in White House Conference on Transportation Safety (March 1, 1999) - CART President and Chief Executive Officer Andrew Craig will be joined by Target/Chip Ganassi Racing owner Chip Ganassi and 1996 PPG...

Craig, Vasser, and Ganassi to Participate in White House Conference on Transportation Safety

(March 1, 1999) - CART President and Chief Executive Officer Andrew Craig will be joined by Target/Chip Ganassi Racing owner Chip Ganassi and 1996 PPG Cup winner Jimmy Vasser (Target Honda Reynard) as participants in the White House Conference on Transportation Safety which begins Tuesday at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The goal of the conference, hosted by U.S. Transportation Secretary Rodney E. Slater, is to develop a Transportation Safety Action Plan for the nation which identifies specific strategies to save lives and reduce injuries. Each year, approximately 44,500 Americans are killed and another 3.4 million are injured in transportation-related accidents.

"During this conference, we intend to make a real difference for the next millennium in reducing the number of deaths and injuries resulting from transportation-related accidents," said Secretary Slater. "We are continuing to focus sharply, with vision and vigilance, on safety, President Clinton's highest transportation priority."

The focal point of the conference will be a National Town Hall Meeting, a 90-minute satellite teleconference hosted by Greta Van Susteren, co-host of the CNN legal affairs program, Burden of Proof. During the meeting, which is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. ET, the Washington, D.C.-based audience will be linked with community leaders and dignitaries in Atlanta, Detroit and San Francisco. Citizens in those cities will contribute narratives of transportation-related experiences which resulted in lives lost or saved. Panel discussions will follow the Town Hall Meeting.

Ganassi, owner of the three-time defending FedEx Championship Series champion Target/Chip Ganassi Racing Team, and Vasser, winner of the 1996 PPG Cup, will attend the conference as members of the Celebrity Safety Team. They will be joined by Ricky Williams, the University of Texas running back who won the 1998 Heisman Trophy as the nation's outstanding college football player.

Source: CART Online

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Chip Ganassi
Teams Williams , Chip Ganassi Racing