+++ Second race in Monterrey, Mexico +++ German 500 in the focus of European fans +++ CEO of EuroSpeedway Lausitz Hans-Joerg Fischer live on Eurosport +++ Countdown: 54 days to go till the German 500 +++ Second Champ Car race in...
+++ Second race in Monterrey, Mexico +++ German 500 in the focus of European fans +++ CEO of EuroSpeedway Lausitz Hans-Joerg Fischer live on Eurosport +++ Countdown: 54 days to go till the German 500 +++
Second Champ Car race in Monterrey
Champ Car fans the world over have had to wait precisely one month for the engines to be turned on for the second race of the season on Sunday, 23rd March in Monterrey, Mexico. At this event, the young stars such as Frenchman Sébastian Bourdais will once again be chasing the veterans. The second of the season's 19 races will be taking place on a permanent road course with a total length of 3.38 kilometres. Monterrey is the first of two races in Latin America, which fans from all over South America will be regarding as 'home games'. After all, seven of the 19 drivers are from Latin America. Four of them - Mario Dominguez (27), Rudolfo Lavin (25), Michael Jourdain jr. (26) and Adrian Fernandez (37) - are from Mexico alone. Three other drivers, including ex-Formula 1 driver and Champ Car victor Roberto Moreno (44), along with Bruno Junqueira (26) and Mario Haberfeld (26) are from Brazil. It will be no surprise, therefore, when this weekend Monterrey rises to the status of clandestine capital of South America, at least in the eyes of the continent's countless motor racing fans. Even Mexico's President, Vicente Fox, interrupted his government business for a few hours last week in order to greet national star Michael Jourdain jr. personally whilst he was doing Pace Car driving demonstrations for media representatives in Monterrey.
German 500 in the focus of European fans
A similar phenomenon can be expected on the occasion of the German 500, the only race in continental Europe - another continent of motor-sport enthusiasts. After the surprisingly good race of Portuguese Champ Car Rooky Tiago Monteiro (26), for example, there was a veritable run on German 500 tickets. The Portuguese newspapers celebrated Monteiro's success on the front pages and started a wave of enthusiasm throughout the country. Tiago Monteiro says, "The number of people accessing my Internet site has increased ten-fold and my telephone never stops ringing. Now travel companies are organising bus tours to the only race in continental Europe at EuroSpeedway Lausitz". After the racing circuit at Estoril near Lisbon tried in vain to win the right to stage a race in the Champ Car series, the Portuguese government is now lending its support to efforts to bring a Champ Car race there in 2004 and has provided the necessary funds.
CEO of EuroSpeedway Lausitz, Hans-Joerg Fischer, live on Eurosport as a studio guest
Whilst negotiations continue about the participation of a German driver, one German has already been confirmed as a participant in the race in Monterrey. Hans-Joerg Fischer, CEO of EuroSpeedway Lausitz, will appear live on TV as a studio guest with Eurosport presenters Stefan Heinrich and Manfred Jantke. Hans-Joerg Fischer comments, "I am very pleased to be appearing live on Eurosport for the second time. To comment on a race along with Champ Car professionals like Heinrich and Jantke is a challenge and is great fun." Eurosport will be broadcasting the race live on Sunday 23rd March from 8.30 p.m.
Advance ticket sales for the German 500 from 9th - 11th May are in full swing. The tickets, which are valid for three days, are available in the categories Gold (149,- EUR), Silver (99,- EUR) and Bronze (49,- EUR) and can be booked on the ticket hotline 01805/880288. A limited number of tickets (5,000) for the paddock are available at a charge of 50,- EUR and in advance only.