CHAMPCAR/CART: de Ferran begins Victory Tour in New York City

FedEx Series champion de Ferran heads to New York City for guest appearances on CBS' late show, early show and $500,000 check presentation to WTC relief fund DETROIT (November 7, 2001) - Reigning CART FedEx Championship Series champion Gil de ...

FedEx Series champion de Ferran heads to New York City for guest appearances on CBS' late show, early show and $500,000 check presentation to WTC relief fund

DETROIT (November 7, 2001) - Reigning CART FedEx Championship Series champion Gil de Ferran arrives in New York City today to kick off his Victory Tour that will be highlighted by national appearances on CBS' Late Show With David Letterman and The Early Show as well as a special $500,000 check presentation to a designated World Trade Center relief fund.

De Ferran, who became only the fourth driver in CART history to win consecutive series crowns, will begin the Victory Tour on Wednesday (11:30 p.m. ET) with a guest appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman at the fabled Ed Sullivan Theater. It will mark de Ferran's second appearance on the show, having made his first visit when he claimed his first FedEx Championship Series title for Marlboro Team Penske last year.

"It's been a whirlwind since I won the championship in Australia and probably the highlight of this whole time will be a visit to Dave," said de Ferran, who clinched the championship in Surfers Paradise, Australia with one race remaining in the season. "It's extremely enjoyable since Dave is a big race fan and I love New York."

On Thursday, de Ferran will be a guest on The Early Show as part of his day-long schedule of visits to media outlets. He is scheduled to appear beginning at 8:07 a.m. ET and is set to present a $500,000 check on behalf of the CART community to a WTC relief fund that aids the victims of the Sept. 11 tragedy. Championship Auto Racing Teams announced the donation Sept. 15 as it prepared for the renamed American Memorial 500 race at EuroSpeedway in Lausitz, Germany. The donation was equivalent to the race purse to symbolize the day's activities were to benefit the relief fund.

"I am quite honored to be chosen by our group which is the CART community to make such a special presentation," de Ferran said. "We were all in Germany during the September 11 tragedy and separated from our friends and families in America. It was a difficult time for us but we as a group are pleased that we can contribute to rebuilding lives and the fabric of New York City."

De Ferran also will be the host of a special media luncheon at the Hard Rock Café during his day of activity that includes international, national and local media appearances.

De Ferran will experience a educational yet somber morning Friday when representatives of the WTC relief team give him a tour of Ground Zero - the actual site of the World Trade Center towers - like several other athletes and sports teams before him.

"I wanted to see Ground Zero with my own eyes to get a full understanding of the magnitude of what occurred to New York City and America," de Ferran said. "I think it is important to confront reality as close as possible to get a true understanding."

Following his tour, de Ferran will head to the New York Stock Exchange as a special guest of the Exchange's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dick Grasso. De Ferran is planning a special presentation to Grasso from his championship-winning season.

"I really looking forward to this visit since I am extremely interested and fascinated for the financial world," de Ferran said. "It is quite an honor for me to tour one of the most famous places in the world and I cherish the opportunity."

He will close out the day with a visit to ESPN Studios in Bristol, Conn. for several guest appearances on the sports cable network's various media entities. He is tentatively scheduled for segments on ESPN News, RPM 2Night, Dan Patrick's radio show, RPM radio show and an on-line chat on ESPN.com.

Over the course of his week, de Ferran will have been interviewed by more than 30 television, newspaper, magazine, radio and internet media outlets.

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