CHAMPCAR/CART: Estimated attendance for first two races

Estimated attendance for opening two rounds of 2002 CART fedEx Championship Series approaches half a million spectators. DETROIT (April 16, 2002) - Packed grandstands have been the rule in the first two events of the 2002 CART FedEx Championship...

Estimated attendance for opening two rounds of 2002 CART fedEx Championship Series approaches half a million spectators.

DETROIT (April 16, 2002) - Packed grandstands have been the rule in the first two events of the 2002 CART FedEx Championship Series, as the estimated combined attendance for the season-opening Tecate Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix and last Sunday's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach approached half a million spectators.

Over the three-day race weekend in Monterrey, Tecate Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix officials estimated that 236,000 race fans passed through the turnstiles, including 95,000 fans on race day. While the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach and its parent company, Dover Motorsports, Inc. does not announce attendance figures, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reported estimates in today's edition that the event drew nearly 250,000 fans for the weekend and as many as 125,000 spectators for Sunday's 28th running of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

"The race fans in Monterrey and Long Beach have spoken loud and clear, and reports that the CART FedEx Championship Series is dead or dying are completely false," said CART President and CEO Christopher R. Pook. "In fact, when you combine today's attendance news with the news over the weekend that MG Rover Group has come on-board to supply engines in 2003 as well as other exciting announcements that we've got in the pipeline for the coming weeks, this company is moving forward. Make no mistake, we've still got a lot of work to do, but we are clearly headed in the right direction."

In just under two weeks, the CART FedEx Championship Series pays its annual visit to Japan's Twin Ring Motegi for the Bridgestone Potenza 500 (SPEED Channel, 12:00 Noon ET - Saturday, April 27). The event has seen steady growth in attendance, and records are expected to be broken again in 2002. Last year, 72,000 race fans witnessed then-Team Rahal driver Kenny Brack score his first career Champ Car win.

Championship Auto Racing Teams, Inc. (NYSE: MPH) owns, operates and markets the CART FedEx Championship Series. Former series champions Michael Andretti and Jimmy Vasser are among the stars who will battle for the 2002 FedEx Championship Series title on ovals, temporary street circuits and permanent road courses. CART Champ Cars are thoroughbred racing machines that travel at speeds in excess of 200 miles per hour, showcasing the technical expertise of manufacturers such as American Honda, Ford Motor Company, Toyota, Lola Cars, Reynard Motorsport and Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire, LLC. The 20-race 2002 CART FedEx Championship Series will be broadcast by new television partners, CBS, FOX and SPEED Channel. CART also owns and operates its top development series, the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship. Learn more about CART's open-wheel racing series at www.CART.com.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Kenny Brack