CHAMPCAR/CART: Denver race length adjusted

DENVER (August 31, 2002) - In order to accommodate the television window for Sunday's Shell Grand Prix of Denver CART FedEx Championship Series event, Championship Auto Racing Teams has shortened the race distance from 115 to 100 laps around the...

DENVER (August 31, 2002) - In order to accommodate the television window for Sunday's Shell Grand Prix of Denver CART FedEx Championship Series event, Championship Auto Racing Teams has shortened the race distance from 115 to 100 laps around the 1.647-mile temporary street circuit in Denver, Colorado.

The lap times for the Champ Cars on the nine-turn Denver course were slightly longer than anticipated in Friday practice and qualifying, meaning that a 115-lap event would have pushed SPEED Channel's live coverage - along with the live coverage on HDNet - past the allotted time scheduled.

"We wanted to be able to give SPEED Channel the opportunity to show the post-race festivities and interview the drivers after what we expect will be an exciting race," said CART Vice-President of Racing Operations. "The amount of grip on the circuit was different than what was factored into our extensive computer simulations, leading to the difference in the projected lap times and the computation of the race distance."

Sunday's Shell Grand Prix of Denver will now cover 164.7 miles in its 100 laps. It will take the green flag at 3 p.m. Eastern Time and will be covered live on SPEED Channel and HDNet, which is available on DirecTV channel 199.

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