CHAMPCAR/CART: Miami: Fan day preview

INDIANAPOLIS (September 22, 2003) - Ford has been a major component of this season's Champ Car World Series, providing marketing muscle as well as Ford-Cosworth power to the turbocharged engines of the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World ...

INDIANAPOLIS (September 22, 2003) - Ford has been a major component of this season's Champ Car World Series, providing marketing muscle as well as Ford-Cosworth power to the turbocharged engines of the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered By Ford.

The Ford dealers have gotten in step with the program as well in many markets and Miami will be no exception as the Miami 9 Ford Dealers have banded together to provide sponsorship as the official vehicle for the upcoming Grand Prix Americas Presented by Sportsbook.com September 26-28.

The Ford Dealers will provide fans with a chance to meet a number of the drivers of the Champ Car World Series in Miami by conducting the Miami 9 Ford Dealers Champ Car Night at Coconut Grove. The street party, which will take place Thursday, September 25 at the Commodore Plaza in Coconut Grove located between Main Highway & Grand Avenue, will include live music, Champ Car & ALMS driver autographs, interviews and Q&A sessions, show cars, featuring the Ford GT, chances to win a pace car ride as well as tickets and other merchandise.

"This sponsorship shows the deep commitment that Ford has in South Florida. Ford and Miami 9 Ford Dealers are proud of the success that we have had through our other South Florida programs, such as Salute to Education and the Ford Championship at Doral," said Ford Division Orlando Regional Sales Office Regional Manager Jack Bennett. "We are excited to partner with Champ Car for what is sure to be another successful event."

The Miami 9 Ford Dealers will also be conducting show-car appearances along with Champ Car driver appearances at various dealerships in and around the South Florida area in the week leading to the race. They will also be giving out vouchers for free Friday tickets to attend the Grand Prix Americas Presented by Sportsbook.com, where first-round qualifying will take place for the Champ Cars. Ford will also sponsor Monday's Fast Lap pace-car day featuring two of the stars of CSI: Miami and two of the drivers of the Champ Car World Series.

"The Miami 9 Ford Dealers are proud to be part of the Grand Prix Americas as the Official Vehicle sponsor," said Miami 9 Ford Dealer Group Chairman Chris Gonzalez. "This is a great opportunity for South Floridians to experience the excitement of Ford, the power behind Champ Car and complete product line-up, including The Next F-150, the Mustang COBRA and the SVT Focus."

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