CHAMPCAR/CART: CSOT: Herta kicks off Stars of Tomorrow at Las Vegas

Herta and CART Hotline kick off Stars of Tomorrow Weekend Bryan Herta, driver of the ...

Herta and CART Hotline kick off Stars of Tomorrow Weekend

Bryan Herta, driver of the #77 Forsythe/Indeck/Ford-Cosworth/Reynard in the 2001 FedEx Championship series will return to his track, the Las Vegas Karting Center this weekend for the final round of the Stars of Tomorrow championship.

Herta will kick-off this weekend's activities with an appearance tonight on the CART Hotline show, produced by the CART Radio Network with host Larry Henry, live from Brendon's pub in the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The show will begin at 5:00 pm and will also feature Champ Car driver Alex Tagliani, as well as karters competing in this weekends Stars of Tomorrow event. "It is exciting for me to see the first Stars of Tomorrow race series coming to conclusion and such a huge success. We have over 300 race entries for this weekends event, the weather here in Las Vegas is beautiful, and I am looking forward to crowning our 2001 Stars of Tomorrow champions," commented Herta.

This weekend's to be determined Stars of Tomorrow champions, will be rewarded with the opportunity to drive a Team Rahal Champ Car, a 2002 Skip Barber Formula Dodge National Championship series ride and cash prizes.

Last month CART Chairman/CEO Joe Heitzler and Herta announced a new partnership between CART and the North American Karting Association, an alliance which has resulted in an expanded Stars of Tomorrow program, beginning in 2002. "We have had a lot of support and enthusiasm since announcing our expanded 2002 program with CART next year. Our goal is to watch karting grow in North America, and to help define a clear path by which young, talented drivers can prepare for the top level of Champ Car racing" said Herta.

The CART Stars of Tomorrow program is a driver development series designed to assist in identifying the leading young drivers in America to move up into the CART "ladder system" through the CART Skip Barber Formula Dodge, the CART Toyota Atlantic and the CART FedEx Championship series'. The focus of the CART Stars of Tomorrow program is on driver development rather than technical development.

CART's newest ladder series will expand in 2002, with the 125cc ICC (CIK/FIA) Shifter, 125 cc ROTAX MAX International and the 80 cc Junior Shifter classes. In addition, the 2002 CART SOT Championship will be based on six to eight regional championship events at selected tracks across the United States, all tracks will be NAKA approved and based on CIK/FIA specifications and regulations.

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Series IndyCar , Kart
Drivers Alex Tagliani , Bryan Herta , Skip Barber