CHAMPCAR/CART: Premier arrives at track in style

Queensland Premier Peter Beattie arrived in style at the official opening of the upgraded Pacific Motorway between the Gold Coast and Brisbane this morning in a sleek Honda S2000 driven by Jason Bright - one of Australia's quickest drivers. The...

Queensland Premier Peter Beattie arrived in style at the official opening of the upgraded Pacific Motorway between the Gold Coast and Brisbane this morning in a sleek Honda S2000 driven by Jason Bright - one of Australia's quickest drivers.

The Premier was a happy passenger in the new convertible waving a chequered flag in the breeze as he traveled from his offices in Brisbane to Pimpama.

Bright, one of this country's outstanding motorsport talents, will make his Champ Car debut in the Honda Indy 300 on the streets of the Gold Coast next weekend thanks to the support of the Queensland Government, IMG and several corporate sponsors.

"We had the perfect road, a terrific car and a great driver for the trip," said Mr Beattie.

"It was the first time Jason (Bright) had driven on this magnificent new piece of road since his return to Queensland and he was certainly impressed as much as myself.

"He managed to stick the speed limit the whole way, as you would expect.

"It will be great to see Jason going as fast as he possibly can in next weekend's Honda Indy 300 on the streets of the Gold Coast.

"The whole of Queensland and Australia is behind him and we hope next Sunday's race will be the next step to a full-time Champ Car ride."

Bright enjoyed the trip in the black S2000, which was supplied for the trip by Northside Honda in Brisbane.

"It was the first time I have been a 'chauffeur', but with the enthusiastic support the Queensland Government has provided me to make my Champ Car debut it was the least I could do," said Bright.

"I'll be doing everything possible to produce the best result for all Queenslanders next weekend.

"Hopefully my result can be as impressive as this new stretch of motorway."

Tickets for the Honda Indy 300 can be purchased by calling Ticketek on 1 300 303 103.

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Series IndyCar , General
Drivers Jason Bright