CHAMPCAR/CART: Pace picks up with Las Vegas superspeedway

Champ Car Picks Up The Pace With Superspeedway Battle in Las Vegas Motor Speedway INDIANAPOLIS (September 2, 2005) -- Champ Car drivers are well-known throughout the racing world as some of the most versatile in the sport, due to the fact that...

Champ Car Picks Up The Pace With Superspeedway Battle in Las Vegas Motor Speedway

INDIANAPOLIS (September 2, 2005) -- Champ Car drivers are well-known throughout the racing world as some of the most versatile in the sport, due to the fact that they must master many different types of courses in their quest to claim the prestigious Vanderbilt Cup.

The next stop on the 2005 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford schedule is another example of this as the stars and cars of the series will tackle the 1.5-mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway oval September 23-24.

The superspeedway played host to the Champ Cars a year ago and provided a setting for one of the most thrilling races of the season as Sebastien Bourdais (#1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) nipped Newman/Haas Racing teammate Bruno Junqueira by 0.066 seconds to take the win. This year's event will be the final U.S race for the Champ Cars as the battle for championship reaches the final stretch.

The high-banked Vegas oval continues a long-standing tradition in Champ Car annals, ensuring that series champions not only have the skills to deal with the technical street and road courses, but also the fortitude to handle a night full of 205 mph wheel-to-wheel laps. Last year's Vegas race winner and series champion Bourdais followed in the footsteps of Alex Zanardi, Jimmy Vasser (#12 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) and Nigel Mansell as champions who used superspeedway wins as part of their march to the title.

The Champ Cars made their maiden visit to LVMS last season and put on a strong show for the crowd that had gathered to watch the Champ Car/NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series doubleheader. The race featured five different leaders and 13 lead changes -- including a heart-stopping six swaps in the final nine laps as Bourdais and Junqueira tested each other's will with each orbit of the oval.

"I think just going to Vegas in general is always good. It's good for the series, good for the fans, good for the drivers," said Montreal winner Oriol Servia (#2 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone). "It's just a very different race in a very cool city. The event, it's always good fun. I know it's an important race for PacifiCare also. Last year they put a great show, Sebastien and Bruno. I hope this year we can do the same. Maybe we could reverse the order and would be welcome for all of us."

This year will be no different as the Champ Cars will again team with the NASCAR trucks in a Saturday night showdown under the lights. The trucks will kick off the show with a 6:15 start, to be followed by the 750 hp turbocharged fury of the Champ Car World Series. Fans can get tickets for the weekend's Double Down In The Desert event by logging on to www.champcar.ws or www.lvms.com. Champ Car fans can purchase a special ticket package available at the LVMS website which includes a seat in the Earnhardt Terrace overlooking the exit of Turn Four as well as a paddock pass for Saturday's race.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Bruno Junqueira , Alex Zanardi , Oriol Servia , Nigel Mansell