CHAMPCAR/CART: Edmonton update 2005-04-29

Countdown to Race Day April 29, 2005 Ticket Rush?... Organizers of the Grand Prix of Edmonton, featuring the Champ Car World Series race scheduled for July 15 -17, are anticipating a rush at the box office over the next few weeks as the...

Countdown to Race Day
April 29, 2005

Ticket Rush?... Organizers of the Grand Prix of Edmonton, featuring the Champ Car World Series race scheduled for July 15 -17, are anticipating a rush at the box office over the next few weeks as the inaugural event launches a major ticket advertising campaign. "I believe this will be one of the most extensive event advertising campaigns ever staged in Edmonton," says Grand Prix president and general manager, Greg Macdonald. Under the direction of Edmonton agency Calder Bateman, print, radio, TV and outdoor will be utilized to communicate the various event attributes throughout Alberta and surrounding communities. Tickets are available online through the event website: www.grandprixedmonton.com, or by phoning the Ticketmaster hotline at (780) 451-8000.

No rush for Refreshments-- With more than 30 food vendors already in place, fans attending the event will have plenty of access to merchants for water, soft drinks, snacks, hot dogs, etc. All vendors are Alberta based and according to Maraca Canada president Dan Fahey, the level of interest throughout the Edmonton business community has been extremely high. Maraca is responsible for securing vendors and developing the merchandise areas for the July race.

Armed Forces Network to air Edmonton Atlantic race-- The Edmonton Grand Prix round of the Toyota Atlantic Championship presented by Yokohama, will be aired around the globe to U.S. servicemen and women. The Toyota Atlantic race is one of two support events to be run in conjunction with the featured Champ Car race.

On Track--The month of May will be a busy one for GPE's operations staff as officials from Champ Car and sanctioning bodies visit Edmonton to review the progress. Schedules are also being finalized for the start of circuit repaving. A firm construction schedule will be announced shortly.

DRIVER SPOTLIGHT-- Over the next few weeks drivers competing in the Champ Car World Series will be introduced in this space. This week's featured driver is Oriol Servia.

Oriol Servia - Dayle Coyne Racing 11 Dale Coyne Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola

PERSONAL Single ... A graduate of the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya with a degree in mechanical engineering ... An avid motocross rider who received his first off-road motorcycle from his father, Salvadore, when he was just two years old ... Father is a two-time Spanish Rally champion and his mother, Montse, served as his navigator.

YEAR IN CHAMP CAR - 6th

FIRST CHAMP CAR SEASON - 2000

CAREER WINS - 0 CAREER POLES -- 0 CAREER STARTS - 85

BIRTHDATE - July 13, 1974

BIRTHPLACE - Pals, Catalonia, Spain

RESIDENCE - Pals, Catalonia, Spain & Miami, Florida

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

* In 2004 gave Dale Coyne Racing its best season in its 19-year career by earning eight top-ten finishes and the team's first podium since 1996 (third) at Laguna Seca. Posted best qualifying result of the season (fifth) in the final race of the year.

* Had his best-ever Champ Car season in 2003, running a full season with Patrick Racing. Scored the first two front-row starts of his four-year career, starting second in Montreal and Denver on consecutive weekends.

* Was at his best on the oval courses in 2002, scoring a fourth-place run in England and climbing 13 spots on the grid to place fifth at Fontana.

* In 2001 his top finish was fifth in consecutive events at Vancouver and Germany; top qualifying effort was third at Texas. Exhibited his consistency by finishing second in laps completed (2,394 of a possible 2,610) and third in miles completed (4,087.727 of a possible 4,520.983)

* Was runner-up for the Jim Trueman Rookie of the Year award in 2000 as a member of PPI Motorsports and earned his first career podium finish (third) at Detroit. He also recorded a top-five result at Gateway, finishing fifth.

* Named 1999 Dayton Indy Lights Champion.

* Began his racing career in go-karts in 1988.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Oriol Servia , Dale Coyne
Teams Dale Coyne Racing