DETROIT (June 20, 2001) - CBS Television's popular late night talk show, The Late Show with David Letterman has recently been a haven for FedEx Championship Series stars and events. The first segment of tonight's program will feature Late Show...
DETROIT (June 20, 2001) - CBS Television's popular late night talk show, The Late Show with David Letterman has recently been a haven for FedEx Championship Series stars and events.
The first segment of tonight's program will feature Late Show stage manager/correspondent Biff Henderson's visit to the Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit last weekend. The segment, which is expected to last three-and-a-half minutes, will feature Henderson interacting with many of the drivers and teams in the FedEx Championship Series.
"This is an ongoing effort by our CART Entertainment office to gain exposure for our series, teams, sponsors and drivers in all the different entities that make up the entertainment industry," said CART Senior Vice President of Entertainment Jay Lucas. "I honestly believe Biff and The Late Show crew had a great time spending the weekend within our community. We are grateful to Team Rahal and The Late Show staff in working with CART and helping us gain exposure for our series."
Tonight's segment comes on the heels of FedEx Championship Series points leader Kenny Brack's visit to The Late Show with David Letterman, when the driver played guitar along with Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra, which aired Tuesday night. The program has also aired highlights of Brack's first two Champ Car victories, in the Firestone Firehawk 500 at Twin Ring Motegi last month, and the Miller Lite 225 at The Milwaukee Mile earlier this month.
FedEx Championship Series competitor Helio Castroneves - who stands second in the 2001 championship on the strength of victories in April's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach and Sunday's Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit - was also a guest on The Late Show with David Letterman after the Brazilian won the 85th Indianapolis 500 on May 27.
Letterman is a co-owner of Team Rahal along with three-time FedEx Championship Series champion Bobby Rahal, and the team fields the #8 Shell Ford-Cosworth/Lola for Brack, and the #7 Miller Lite Ford-Cosworth/Lola for Max Papis.
This weekend's Freightliner/G.I. Joe's 200 Presented by Texaco is Round 8 of 21 in the 2001 FedEx Championship Series. The series visits seven countries and four continents during the season and climaxes with the season-ending Marlboro 500 Presented by Toyota on Sunday, Nov. 4 at California Speedway in Fontana, Calif. Thanks to a partnership between Marlboro, Toyota, CART and California Speedway, the winner of the season finale will collect $1 million, one of the richest paydays in all of motorsports. An additional $1 million, as well as the prestigious Vanderbilt Cup, will be awarded to the driver who wins the FedEx Championship Series championship.
Championship Auto Racing Teams, Inc. (NYSE: MPH) owns, operates and markets the FedEx Championship Series. Champions Michael Andretti, Gil de Ferran, Alex Zanardi and Jimmy Vasser are among the drivers who battle for the FedEx Championship Series title on oval circuits as well as temporary and permanent road courses. CART also owns and operates its top two development series, the Dayton Indy Lights Championship and the Toyota Atlantic Championship. Learn more about CART's open-wheel racing series at www.cart.com.