CHAMPCAR/CART: Mexico City: Lotterer's debut anticipated by German audience

MEXICO CITY (November 15, 2002) - Backed by a 100% German effort in partnership with Dale Coyne Racing, rookie driver Andre Lotterer ( ...

MEXICO CITY (November 15, 2002) - Backed by a 100% German effort in partnership with Dale Coyne Racing, rookie driver Andre Lotterer (#19 J.A.G. Sports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) is making his first appearance in the CART FedEx Championship Series this weekend at the Gran Premio Telmex-Gigante Presented by Banamex/Visa.

Lotterer, a 20-year-old from Duisburg, Germany, has been brought to the series by the German J.A.G. Racing Team with sponsorship from German-based companies and DSF TV. Part of the German racing package is same-day television coverage of this weekend's CART Champ Car finale on DSF, one of Germany's broadcast, over-the-air networks and the top sports network in the country.

"We are very happy to have the chance for the German race fans to see the Mexico race on German TV," said J.A.G. Racing Team President Andreas Grajewski. "The single telecast has been greatly supported by CART and a great deal of promotion for this event is taking place in Germany. The German fans are hungry to see CART races and we have received a lot of very good comments in all of the newspaper and magazine media. There is great anticipation for this weekend and Andre Lotterer's debut. He will do his very best and we expect a great race. Our goal is to expand on this program in the future to show German fans live CART action from 2003 on."

DSF's two-hour telecast of the Gran Premio Telmex-Gigante Presented by Banamex/Visa airs Sunday at 11:30 p.m.(local German time) with a pair of encore telecasts scheduled in the following week. The original airing immediately follows the highly popular German Soccer League highlight show.

"A great deal of enthusiasm exists for CART Champ Car racing in Europe, and Germany in particular remains a strong center of interest for our sport," said CART President & CEO Christopher R. Pook. "At the same time, Germany remains a key market for CART, our sponsors and our teams. We welcome Andre Lotterer to CART along with Andreas Grajewski and everyone at the J.A.G. Racing Team. Their participation in our season-ending race will hopefully provide a foundation for future participation in the CART Champ Car series."


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Andre Lotterer , Dale Coyne
Teams Dale Coyne Racing