Champ Car Driver To Defend His Title in Brazil's Biggest Race INDIANAPOLIS (November 3, 2004) - Just because the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford's 2004 season comes to an end this weekend in Mexico City, does...
Champ Car Driver To Defend His Title in Brazil's Biggest Race
INDIANAPOLIS (November 3, 2004) - Just because the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford's 2004 season comes to an end this weekend in Mexico City, does not mean that racing is over for Brazilian Mario Haberfeld (#5 Cummins Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone).
The biggest race of the year in Brazil is the Granja 500, which pays nothing but trophies and bragging rights, will take place the weekend after the Champ Car finale in Mexico City. Last year Haberfeld teamed up with former Champ Car star Christian Fittipaldi and Costa Rican karting standout Charles Fonseca to win the 500 Milhas da Granja Viana.
They will be back this year to defend their triumphant win against some of the greatest drivers in the world, in the eighth running of the 500 Milhas da Granja Viana, a charity kart 500-mile enduro beginning at midnight on November 13th. An event that brings out the top and aspiring Brazilian drivers, also grabs the interests of several international drivers from not only Champ Car, but Formula One, IndyCar Series, Formula 3000, and even NASCAR.
Haberfeld, who will be representing the Brazilian drivers in the Champ Car World Series, may also be joined by Spaniard Oriol Servia (#11 yokeTV.com Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone). One of the most veteran drivers in all of racing and a true Champ Car fan favorite, Roberto Moreno, will also be contesting for the Cup.
The 2004 field will be made up of 74 FIA-mandated teams, which will range from three to ten drivers per entrant. The 500 Milhas da Granja Viana takes place on a 20-turn, nearly 7/8-mile Kartodromo da Granja Viana circuit on the outskirts of San Paulo.
Brazil is a country that is keen on its auto racing and this race has become one of the most anticipated events of the year. The 500-mile charity kart race will see immense coverage on all of the major Brazilian networks and live coverage will be on the local cable sports channels. In addition, the event takes over the sporting print media.