CHAMPCAR/CART: Ford displays hand control Zanardi car in Dearborn

INDIANAPOLIS (June 10, 2003) -- As one of the presenting sponsors of the 2003 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford, the Ford Motor Company is displaying its long-standing commitment to American open-wheel racing, which...

INDIANAPOLIS (June 10, 2003) -- As one of the presenting sponsors of the 2003 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford, the Ford Motor Company is displaying its long-standing commitment to American open-wheel racing, which dates back to the earliest days of racing competition in the United States.

That commitment, along with the rest of Ford's vast racing heritage, will be on display in Dearborn, Michigan this week as the manufacturer celebrates its 100th anniversary on the grounds of Ford Motor Co.'s World Headquarters June 12 - 16. CART Champ Car racing machines will play a key part in the historic display as the hand-controlled Champ Car that Alex Zanardi piloted during his inspirational 194mph laps last month at EuroSpeedway Lausitz will be on hand along with the #55 Herdez Competition machine driven this year by Mario Dominguez.

The Zanardi car was custom built by Eric Bachelart's Mi-Jack/Conquest Racing team in order to afford the two-time CART champion the opportunity to complete the 13 laps he did not get to run at Lausitz in 2001 when he suffered a devastating accident that resulted in the traumatic amputation of both of his lower legs. The car features a modified brake pedal, a hand-control throttle as well as a hand-control clutch that is mounted near the shifter. Zanardi ran two separate stints in the car at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz last May, turning laps at an average speed of over 194 mph.

The cars will be on display in one of two Ford Racing vehicle display tents. Other cars will include the 1966 GT40 1-2-3 finishers from LeMans, a 1909 Model T, a 1923 Model T Indy Car, NASCAR cutaway car, the historic 1901 Sweepstakes that Henry Ford raced, and Ned Jarrett's #11 Ford Fairlane.

Event hours are 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, 10 a.m. -8 p.m. Friday-Sunday and 10 a.m. -1 p.m. on Monday.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Alex Zanardi , Mario Dominguez , Ned Jarrett , Henry Ford
Teams Conquest Racing