CHAMPCAR/CART: Monterrey, Mexico ticket sale information

The Monterrey, Mexico Grand Prix organization has started the 2001 Fed-Ex CART Season-opening event’s ticket sales this week through the TicketMaster system. The race will take place in March 8 through 11, 2001 in the new venue’s facilities ...

The Monterrey, Mexico Grand Prix organization has started the 2001 Fed-Ex CART Season-opening event’s ticket sales this week through the TicketMaster system. The race will take place in March 8 through 11, 2001 in the new venue’s facilities located within the ‘Steel Mill Park’ (Parque Fundidora) in this Mexico's northeastern city. (150 miles south of Laredo, TX).

Fans can buy their tickets by calling (011-52) 8369 9000 in Monterrey, --- 6318 3000 in Guadalajara, or --5325 9000 in Mexico City. Also directly in the Ticket Master booths, at the ‘Parque Fundidora’ box office or at the www.ticketmaster.com.mx web site. The spectator capacity will be 50 thousand seated and 150 thousand standing or strolling where allowed as general admittance, always having a nice view of the track.

The event will be the utmost racing happening after the F-1 G.P’s of ten years ago and the IndyCar Series in the early eighties, only this time Monterrey will host the important event, being a City with great racing tradition, enough accomodation capacity and two International airports.

The track will be adapted using the inner circuit Avenue which will be used to conmute between the different Park facilities (a Bussines and Exhibition Center, a partially open theater, a theme park, four museums, a 5 star hotel, and a yet to be completed sports arena). The circuit’s length is 2.2 miles, 14 meters (46 feet) wide featuring 12 curves including a chicane, a sweeper, the esses and of course the straights of which the longest one is the pits straight.

The Park is the first venue in the Country considered as an ‘Industrial-Archaeology’ and Ecological Park where nothing but industrial buildings, blast furnaces, cole and slag could be seen within the 250 acres estate since the steel works’ founding at the end of the nineteenth Century. The works closed almost 20 years ago and now more than 8 thousand trees have been planted and 20 thousand more will give the city a long needed lung and provide housing for a milliard different bird, animal and insects’ species. The original water hole will be used for the Park’s irrigation purposes.

The services and franchises will be as in any other Series’ event including a modern and comfortable press room, the safety and medical facilities and whatever may be needed.

The ticket sales are higher than expected maybe as a result of the Brazil race moving later in the year thus leaving Monterrey as host of the season opener. Race fans planning to attend this race should hurry to purchase their tickets before they sell out. Prices start at 285 Pesos (30 US Dlls) for a Sunday only general admission ticket, to 1,470.- Pesos (155 US Dlls) for a three day pass in the main stand or the curve one or curve 12 stands, including a paddock pass.

The esses stand three day pass sells for 855 Pesos (90 US Dlls) and the paddock pass for 330 Pesos (35 US Dlls). The general admission three day ticket with a seat sells for 620 Pesos (65 US Dlls) and 530 Pesos (55 US Dlls) without a seat.

Prices may vary according to the day’s exchange rate.

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