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Northwest Ford stores to present inaugural Ford Racing Fan Appreciation Night at The Rose Garden Arena tn Portland. INDIANAPOLIS (June 13, 2003) -- The Rose City has long been known as a hotbed of Champ Car racing, hosting the 750hp race cars on...

Northwest Ford stores to present inaugural Ford Racing Fan Appreciation Night at The Rose Garden Arena tn Portland.

INDIANAPOLIS (June 13, 2003) -- The Rose City has long been known as a hotbed of Champ Car racing, hosting the 750hp race cars on Portland International Raceway's winding 1.969-mile ribbon of pavement since 1984. On Wednesday, June 18th Northwest Ford dealers are acknowledging the Portland fan support that has made the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford so popular over the years with its inaugural Ford Racing Fan Appreciation Night sponsored by The WB, KWJJ and KOTK.

The famous Rose Garden Arena in downtown Portland will play host to the event from 6:00 -- 9:00 p.m., with Champ Car drivers on hand for autograph sessions, including proven drivers such as Jimmy Vasser, Adrian Fernandez, Roberto Moreno, Oriol Servia and Alex Tagliani, along with veterans Bruno Junqueira, Gualter Salles and Mario Dominguez and rookies Sebastien Bourdais, Joel Camathias and Mario Haberfeld.

Fans will get a chance to interact with Champ Car pilots in a question and answer session, in addition to being available for autographs from 6:30 -- 7:30 p.m. and again from 7:45 -- 8:45 p.m. Ford's inaugural Fan Appreciation Night will also serve as the last time to catch the stars before they strap in the cockpit for the 20th annual G.I. Joe's 200 at PIR, June 22nd.

Ford production vehicles, official Ford pace vehicles and Champ Car show cars will all be on display in the Rose Garden Arena as part of the show.

Attendees can enter to win pace car rides in CART FastLaps-- the unique program that enables fans to experience first hand the thrill of taking a high speed ride around a Champ Car World Series race circuit-- in addition to tickets to the G.I. Joe's 200 and various other Ford Racing prizes.

One lucky person will win a VIP Honorary Pit Crew Weekend Package courtesy of Ford Racing. This person and a guest will serve as honorary crew members during the June 21st Champ Car qualifying session at PIR and will receive tickets to Ford's pre-race hospitality on race day. The two will receive lunch, participate in a raffle for prizes, go on a guided paddock tour and have the opportunity to participate in a question and answer session with a Champ Car driver before heading to the race.

Free admission tickets to the Ford Racing Fan Appreciation Night are available by stopping in at your local Northwest Ford dealer. For more information visit the Ford Racing website at www.fordracing.com.

Championship Auto Racing Teams, Inc. (NYSE: MPH) owns, operates and markets the 2003 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford. Veteran racing teams such as Newman/Haas Racing, Player's/Forsythe Racing, Team Rahal, Patrick Racing and Walker Racing will compete with many new teams this year in pursuit of the Vanderbilt Cup. CART Champ Cars are thoroughbred racing machines that reach speeds in excess of 200 miles per hour, showcasing the technical expertise of manufacturers such as Ford Motor Company, Lola Cars, Reynard Motorsport and Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire, LLC. The 19-race 2003 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford will be broadcast by television partners CBS and SPEED Channel. CART also owns and operates its top development series, the Toyota Atlantic Championship. Learn more about CART's open-wheel racing series at www.champcarworldseries.com.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mario Haberfeld , Joel Camathias , Gualter Salles , Jimmy Vasser , Bruno Junqueira , Roberto Moreno , Alex Tagliani , Oriol Servia , Mario Dominguez , Sébastien Bourdais