The following joint statement was issued Friday by Hans-Jorg Fischer, president and CEO of EuroSpeedway Lausitz and Joe Heitzler, CART chairman and CEO: "Since making our announcement yesterday [Thursday] regarding this weekend's event at ...
The following joint statement was issued Friday by Hans-Jorg Fischer, president and CEO of EuroSpeedway Lausitz and Joe Heitzler, CART chairman and CEO:
"Since making our announcement yesterday [Thursday] regarding this weekend's event at EuroSpeedway, we have been contacted by the President of the State of Brandenburg, Manfred Stolpe, and the German government. We truly appreciate the support they have shown for our race weekend.
"As part of our discussion, a request was made of EuroSpeedway and CART to rename this weekend's German 500 race The American Memorial in honor of the victims in the United States. This decision illustrated the solidarity between the German people, CART and those impacted by the tragic events in New York City, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere. It also reinforces the importance of people everywhere returning to a normal course. Our hearts are full of grief in this difficult time and everyone impacted by this event remains very much in our thoughts.
"The renaming of the race, coupled with the variety of special pre-race activities we announced yesterday, will offer the proper respect in this situation. We welcome the opportunity to make the victims of the tragedy the focus of The American Memorial, and want to say 'Thank you' to all the fans, both at EuroSpeedway and those watching around the world on television, for their concern and support as we begin to recover from this terrible tragedy." An assortment of special pre- and post-race activities have been scheduled Saturday as a tribute to Tuesday's victims.