CHAMPCAR/CART: Mexico City: Drivers to see pair of checkers ending race

MEXICO CITY (October 12, 2003) - Resurrecting a tradition that harkens back to the late, great Mark Donohue and the early 1970s, the CART Champ Car World Series will see today's Gran Premio Telmex-Gigante Presented by Banamex/Visa wrapped up by a...

MEXICO CITY (October 12, 2003) - Resurrecting a tradition that harkens back to the late, great Mark Donohue and the early 1970s, the CART Champ Car World Series will see today's Gran Premio Telmex-Gigante Presented by Banamex/Visa wrapped up by a checkered flag being waved trackside along with another set of checkers waving from the customary starter's stand.

Former CART starter and current series Clerk of Course Jim Swintal will signal the end of Sunday's 70-lap race by waving the checkered flag from pit wall, ending the race in conjunction with the flag being waved by current starter J.D. Wilbur. This marks the first time that a CART event has been flagged from trackside, and is the first time that a Champ Car race has seen a trackside flag since Mark Donohue won the 1971 Pocono 500.

Today's event, which will be led to the green flag by current Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford points leader Paul Tracy, begins at 3 p.m. local time (4 p.m. Eastern) and can be seen live on SPEED Channel in the United States.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mark Donohue