CHAMPCAR/CART: Gold Coast Honda Indy on target for 2001

Honda Indy 300 On Target For Another Record Year Despite recent horrific events in the US and the collapse of Ansett Airlines, the Honda Indy 300 remains on target for another record year on the streets of the Gold Coast from October 25-28, ...

Honda Indy 300 On Target For Another Record Year

Despite recent horrific events in the US and the collapse of Ansett Airlines, the Honda Indy 300 remains on target for another record year on the streets of the Gold Coast from October 25-28, according to chairman, Mr John Cowley.

Ticket sales are up by more than 37% on the same period last year and corporate hospitality is already at record levels with a month still remaining to event.

Despite some recent annoying rumors about cancellation, Mr Cowley said that everyone was working at 110% to make next month's event the best ever.

"Last week, when I doubt anyone sold tickets to anything except the grand finals, we still managed to sell almost 700 grandstand seats," said Mr Cowley.

"Track construction continues on target and we have just had one our biggest scheduled advertising weeks with almost $250,000 worth of print and electronic ads in the market place.

"We are not doing all this for the practice, it is business as usual for everyone involved in the event."

Mr Cowley said that CART, Champ Car racing's governing body, remained more positive than ever to produce a motorsport show second to none in world sports on the Gold Coast.

"CART President and CEO, Joe Heitzler, has his family holiday booked around the event and is probably more keen than anyone to make what will be his first trip to Queensland," said Cowley.

Heitzler had a firm and simple reply when questioned about rumours of the Gold Coast race being cancelled.

"It is CART's firm and steadfast intention to come and race in Australia," said Heitzler.

"While recent events here in the United States have appalled us all, the resolve of all Americans has been hardened over the past couple of weeks to get on with business."

"The whole Queensland community can be assured that our determination is to move forward and to race at one of our series' premier events, the Honda Indy 300."

"We'll be there!"

Defending Honda Indy 300 Champion, Adrian Fernandez, was equally enthusiastic about heading to Australia and his chances of winning back-to-back titles on the world's most spectacular race circuit.

"I think everyone everywhere needs the chance to relax and have a party at this time," said Fernandez.

"I could not think of a better place to do all of that than on the Gold Coast.

"We are all looking forward to going down to Australia and putting on the best show possible. I would love a matching trophy for the one I collected last year."

Tickets for this year's Honda Indy 300 can be bought through Ticketek

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