CHAMPCAR/CART: Gold Coast facts and figures

Title: Honda Indy 300 What: The 20th and penultimate round of the FedEx Championship Series Where: Streets of Queensland's Gold Coast When: October 25-28, 2001 Tickets: Available through Ticketek by calling 1300 303 103 or at the gate. TICKET...

Title: Honda Indy 300
What: The 20th and penultimate round of the FedEx Championship Series
Where: Streets of Queensland's Gold Coast
When: October 25-28, 2001

Tickets: Available through Ticketek by calling 1300 303 103 or at the gate.

TICKET PRICES
The ticketing structure for the Honda Indy 300 offers one of the most affordable and diverse packages available in Australian sport. Tickets start at just $25.30 for a full adult pre-paid Thursday ticket.

GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS
Enjoy all the race action with a General Admission ticket that gives you the freedom to move around the track in all the General Admission viewing areas. As an added bonus, 4 Day GA (Flexi) passes include uncovered seating on a first come, first served basis in any of the 12 unreserved grandstands. You may either pre-pay or pay at the gate. More information is available from your Ticketek agency or at www.indy.com.au.

FOUR DAY GRANDSTAND SEATING
A four-day Grandstand seat lets you enjoy the race in style, giving you access to all General Admission areas of the track as well as reserved Grandstand seating. Feel free to move about as much as you want throughout the day. You may either pre-pay or pay at the gate.

TRANSPORT
* There will be approximately 50 Champ Cars flown on three freight planes to this year's event from Indianapolis to Brisbane International Airport. The first of these plans is expected to arrive at around 1pm on Sunday, October 21.

* The flight will take approximately 23 hours including fuel stops in Honolulu and Fiji (It would take a Champ Car 59 hours and 141 fuel stops to make the same trip).

* The cruising speed of the planes will be approximately 920kph

* 13 semi-trailers are used to transport the Champ Cars from Brisbane International Airport to the Gold Coast. Once the cars and the team equipment have arrived the Honda Indy 300 pit becomes a customs area under strict security until everything has been cleared by officials.

* A two-car team travelling to Australia will typically bring 4 assembled race cars, 6,500 pounds of equipment, 17 skids, 10 tool boxes, 2 tents, 25 firesuits, 40 two-way radios, 300 spare decals, 4 race engines, 260 spare gears, 14 spare sets of wheels, 4 driver helmets, 2 drink poles, 2 pit boards, 100 spare springs and 200 team hats.

FACILITIES
* In total there are a total of 416 temporary structures used for the event.

* There are 147 corporate hospitality suites that can cater for groups of 10 to 110 people.

* 75 hard-wall portable buildings are used for team and administration needs

* Approximately 194 temporary buildings are used for such things as the event Media Centre, Medical sites, Merchandise Sales and Emergency Services

CONSTRUCTION
* Construction of the circuit will begin in mid August with the positioning of the first bridge at the northern end of the circuit.

* Dismantling of the circuit starts as the final car crosses the line in the Honda Indy 300 and takes approximately six weeks to complete.

* Grandstands at the northern and southern ends of the circuit must be dismantled in time for the Gold Coast Highway to be re-opened at 6am the following morning.

* The circuit is constructed of 2516 concrete blocks which all weigh four tonnes each. They are moved to the circuit six at a time on the back of semi-trailers an then moved into position by construction staff.

* The 4.5km circuit is also involves the use of 9.2km of heavy-duty catch fencing.

* There is 16,000m of temporary fencing used in the circuit's precinct. * A total of 12,577 grandstand seats are constructed at various points on the circuit

* Demobilisation commences at approximately 2.30pm with the signwriters removing the outer precinct directional signage

* At the completion of the race and following track clearance from Race Control, the demobilisation crews commence the removal of the end of the run-off areas and the removal of tyre barriers at allow eleven (11) cranes and forty (40) semi trailers access

By 6.00 am, the following as been removed:
* 3 chicanes
* 1 overtrack corporate facility
* 600 concrete barriers and debris fence
* 10,000 tyres
* 2,000 grandstand seats
* 400 television sets and associated cabling
* Track public address system
* approx. 2.5km of fencing

To achieve the above requires approximately 200 construction staff and all the remaining concrete barriers are removed within eleven (11) working days.

MOTORSPORT SUPPORT EVENTS
This year there will be plenty of official categories of support events for this years event, including the V8 Supercars, GTP Nations Cup, GT Production, V8 Utes, Stunt Program and the Triple M Drags form part of the on-track entertainment on Friday night.

STAFF
* The Honda Indy 300 is co-ordinated by 25 full-time staff on a 12-month basis. Several of these employees are contractors.

* The full-time staffing levels increase by an extra five in the lead up to the event. There are also dozens of volunteers who have involvement from about a month out from the event.

* There are approximately 1400 volunteers who give their time for the four days of the event. These people work in varied positions including corporate hosts, gate keepers, pit lane guides, office assistants, information guides, flag and fire marshals and grandstand officials. All volunteers are supplied with full training, a uniform and lunch each day as well as a post-race party.

CATERING
* There is little chance corporate guests at this year's Honda Indy will have the chance to go hungry. Spotless Catering will have the job of feeding over 20,000 of corporate guests over the four-day event and have employed 450 casual staff to help with the job.

* The base of the menu will include 1600 lettuce, 3000kg of mixed salad, 700kg of prime Australian cheese, 36,000 diner rolls, 4000 muffins and 6000 gateaux slices.

* The seafood and meat menu will include 1000kgs of King Prawns, 960 dozen oysters, 100kgs of smoked salmon, 1000kgs of shaved ham and 6000 chickens. In the fruit department 4000 apples and 5000 bananas will be included as part of hundreds of fruit platters.

* To wash all this down guests will drink 60,000 cans of soft drink, 59,000 cans of beer and 5300 bottles of wine. These drinks will be cooled by no less then 15 tonnes of ice cubs.

SUPPLIERS
* A total of 1161 companies and businesses of all shapes and sizes are used as suppliers for the event. The majority of these companies are locally based which means a huge injection into the local economy.

SPONSORS & EXPENDITURE
* Honda Australia became the naming rights sponsor of the event in 1998. The company's overall satisfaction has resulted in it re-signing as naming rights sponsor for the next two years with an option for a third, until 2003.

* The 28 CART drivers and their teams travelling from the United States spent an average of $2.3 million while on the Gold Coast.

SUPPORT EVENTS
* This year's Honda Indy 300 will incorporate an extensive on and off track entertainment program providing entertainment for everyone.

* The off-track schedule will include dozens of activities including fashion parades, festivals, art exhibitions, Ladies Lunches and the official event ball.

* On track - support events will include CART, V8 Supercar and Young Guns drivers autograph sessions, Thursday Students Day (regional schools invited for a free entry to Honda Indy 300), and a Surf Life Saving Carnival on Saturday on Main Beach behind chicanes.

ECONOMIC IMPACT
* It is estimated that the 2000 Honda Indy was worth in excess of a $50 million in economic benefits to Queensland.

* Since it's inception in 1991, the events annual corporate income has increased from $1,106,898 to $8,079,000 in 2000.

SPECTATORS
* In terms of spectators, the 2000 Honda Indy was the most successful ever, attracting 269,890 over the four days

MEDIA COVERAGE
* There were a total of 728 journalists, photographers, camera operators and crew from around Australia and the world who attended the 2000 event.

* The all-important television coverage took the Gold Coast into a record 195 countries around the world - reaching a potential audience of more than 700 million viewers.

* Collectively, Network Ten's coverage of the 2000 Honda Indy was watched by more than 2 million viewers in Australia & New Zealand.

- Website: www.indy.com.au

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