CHAMPCAR/CART: Heitzler comments on U.S. tragedy

The following remarks were made by CART Chairman and CEO Joseph F. Heitzler at a press conference Wednesday at EuroSpeedway at Lausitz regarding this weekend's CART German 500. Thank you for joining us here today. The last 24 hours have been a...

The following remarks were made by CART Chairman and CEO Joseph F. Heitzler at a press conference Wednesday at EuroSpeedway at Lausitz regarding this weekend's CART German 500.

Thank you for joining us here today.

The last 24 hours have been a difficult time for all of and, particularly, those of us who are here from America. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted by the terrible tragedies that occurred in New York City, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere in the United States. I would ask that you join me in a moment of silence to honor those who were injured or lost their lives yesterday in these catastrophes.

It is important that you know that we are continuing to plan and prepare for our race weekend as it has been scheduled.

With that said, we are working closely with the U.S. government and, specifically, with the U.S. Ambassador to Germany, Dan Coats, in order to ensure that we conduct ourselves in the most appropriate manner relative to this situation.

I also want to let you know that measures have been taken by both the U.S. and German governments to ensure the safety and security of the CART contingent here in Germany. I want to thank all the government officials who have worked closely with us to assist us in this situation.

We will continue to assess the situation and as soon as we have more information, we will make a determination if any additional action needs to be taken regarding our race weekend.

Finally, I want to reiterate our concern and sympathy for those people impacted by these tragic acts. While our racing is something we all love and take very seriously, we also recognize that, particularly in times like these, there are other matters that take precedence. I would ask that you keep that in mind as we go forward. Thank you.

-CART-

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