CANARY FOUNDATION GRAND PRIX OF SAN JOSE TRACK IMPROVEMENTS COMPLETED EVENT MOVE-IN BEGINS JUNE 16 SAN JOSE, CA - - JUNE 9, 2006 - - Canary Foundation Grand Prix of San Jose presented by Taylor Woodrow announced today that the series ...
CANARY FOUNDATION GRAND PRIX OF SAN JOSE TRACK IMPROVEMENTS COMPLETED
EVENT MOVE-IN BEGINS JUNE 16
SAN JOSE, CA - - JUNE 9, 2006 - - Canary Foundation Grand Prix of San Jose presented by Taylor Woodrow announced today that the series of changes to downtown streets designed to improved the on-track action have been completed.
The improvements include resurfacing the street so it is flush to the curb at the rail track crossings on Almaden Blvd. and Market St. Turn #2 (old Turn #4) at the corner of Almaden Blvd. and Park Ave. has been widened. The circuit has been widened along Park Ave. and at the corner of Market and Balbach Sts. (Turn #6). In all, the changes will make the San Jose Grand Prix track wider, smoother and safer with the potential for more speed and passing.
Additional changes to improve the safety of the circuit included swapping the track and pit lane on Almaden, which will make exiting the pits safer for the drivers as well as provide spectators in the Gold Grandstands with a better view of the on-track and pit action. Also the runoff at the hairpin has been lengthened, which provides for greater safety, but also will permit the drivers to go faster up Almaden Blvd. heading into the hairpin and creating potential passing zone.
Event construction in the Boston Properties parking lot, across from the San Jose Convention Center, will begin on June 16th. Over the course of the next six weeks downtown San Jose will be transformed into a world-class racing circuit.
Among the event improvements that will directly affect the fan experience are better access around the site plus improved viewing areas for all spectators. Crossover bridge capacity has been doubled by widening the bridge on Almaden Blvd. and adding another on Balbach St. The increased bridge capacity will improve spectator flow around the circuit. Improvements have also been made to the grandstands providing better viewing of all on-track action. Gold #1 and #2 grandstands will be elevated; Silver #3A and #3B grandstands will be consolidated into one grandstand; Silver #4 grandstands will be moved closer to the track; and Silver #1 grandstand will become the closest to the new and expanded Champ Car paddock. In addition, new and improved general admission locations have also been created through out the circuit.
Commenting on the track changes San Jose Grand Prix defending champion, two-time defending Champ Car Champion and winner of the first four races of the 2006 season, Sebastien Bourdais said, "I think the San Jose Grand Prix staff has done a good job of addressing the concerns the drivers expressed about the track last year. They have made a lot of significant improvements to the circuit and I believe there will be more passing here in San Jose than on ay other street circuit in the Champ Car World Series. In particular, I think what they have done to the hairpin (Turn #1) provides the best passing opportunity on the entire tour. The McDonald's Newman/Haas Racing team is looking forward to coming back to San Jose this year and defending our title."
Continuing its theme from last year, "More Than A Race," plans for the 2006 San Jose Grand Prix, set for July 28-30, include the addition of Freestyle Motorcross exhibitions as well as music, interactive displays, a family fun area and charity events. The three-day festival of speed, which will be contested on the significantly improved 1.5-mile, seven-turn downtown San Jose temporary street circuit, will draw over 150,000 spectators generating another significant economic benefit for northern California's largest city. In 2005, the economic impact exceeded $40 million. This year, the race will be televised live on NBC with a second airing five days later on SPEED Channel. It will also be broadcast in 160 other countries thus showcasing the City of San Jose to viewers around the world. With more bridges, more viewing, more passing, more excitement and more fun, the 2006 San Jose Grand Prix will be more than it's highly successful 2005 debut.
Commenting on the track improvements Canary Foundation Grand Prix of San Jose Vice President and General Manager Bob Singleton said, "In an effort for continuous improvement, the San Jose Grand Prix has listened to both the drivers and the fans. Safety is the ultimate goal and we feel we have achieved that as well as making the whole circuit more accessible and convenient for our fans."
The San Jose Grand Prix, which proudly supports the Canary Foundation, is the ninth stop on the 2006 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford schedule. The Champ Car World Series features some of the greatest race car drivers in the world competing in the most diverse and exciting series in the world. Champions Sebastien Bourdais, and Paul Tracy, along with San Jose native A. J. Allmendinger, Mexican star Mario Dominguez and rising star Katherine Legge are among the drivers that compete in the series.
San Jose Grand Prix Vice President and General Manager Bob Singleton noted that, "We are also very excited with our hospitality suite and advance ticket sales. At this point suite and ticket sales are on track and we are looking forward to having the 2006 San Jose Grand Prix be even more successful than last year's inaugural event."
Canary Foundation, which was founded by Don Listwin, is dedicated to advancing the science of the early detection of cancer and is the Official Social Cause of the Champ Car World Series.
Tickets for the 2006 San Jose Grand Prix can be purchased online at www.sjgp.com, www.Ticketmaster.com, by visiting a Ticketmaster ticket center or by calling 408-998-TIXS (8497), 415-421-TIXS or 510-625-TIXS. Tickets start at $25 for general admission and go up to $160 for a three-day Gold Grandstand seat.