CHAMPCAR/CART: Laguna Seca to host Champ Car to continue

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to host Champ Car World Series through 2006. Great news for fans and area businesses. MONTEREY, Calif. (April 1, 2003) Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) reached an agreement to extend...

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to host Champ Car World Series through 2006.
Great news for fans and area businesses.

MONTEREY, Calif. (April 1, 2003) Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) reached an agreement to extend the contract to run the Champ Car World Series on the scenic Monterey Peninsula road course for an additional three years, through the 2006 season.

The Grand Prix of Monterey, Round 6 of 18 in this year's Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series powered by Ford, is scheduled for June 13-15, and marks the 21st consecutive running of the Champ Cars on the legendary circuit. The event is being televised live on CBS.

"This is great news for the fans of Champ Car racing and area businesses," said Gill Campbell, general manager. "We're flat-out on the planning for our season-opening Grand Prix of Monterey this Father's Day weekend, and we couldn't be happier with the three-year extension of our agreement."

"The future looks good for the Champ Car World Series. It is off to a great start this season with the competition between the new, young talent and veteran drivers drawing big crowds in St. Petersburg (Fla.) and Monterrey, Mexico.

"The infusion of new blood has added another dimension to the sport and all drivers veterans and especially the rookies are looking forward to the test of racing at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca."

This year's Champ Car line-up is an interesting mix of veterans and newcomers.

Series' stalwart Paul Tracy, winner of back-to-back races at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in 1993 and 1994, opened the 2003 campaign with back-to-back victories in St. Petersburg and Monterrey, Mexico. He is the first driver to do so since Rick Mears in 1982.

Emerging from a talented crop of rookie drivers, Sebastien Bourdais has been the early- season sensation. The Frenchman scored the pole position in each of the first two races, becoming the first rookie to do so since Nigel Mansell in 1993.

Tracy, Bourdais and the rest of the Champ Car contingent are competing in this season's Grand Prix of Monterey, June 13-15, and tickets are on sale now via phone and Internet. Call 1-800-327-SECA or log on to www.laguna-seca.com/tickets.

-mrls-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy , Nigel Mansell , Rick Mears , Sébastien Bourdais