CHAMPCAR/CART: Rahal, Mears, other at Mid-Ohio fan forum

DUBLIN, Ohio (July 31, 2000) - Race fans will have a unique opportunity to meet CART FedEx Championship Series personalities at the first ever CART Fan Forum during the Miller Lite 200 on Friday, August 11, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at ...

DUBLIN, Ohio (July 31, 2000) - Race fans will have a unique opportunity to meet CART FedEx Championship Series personalities at the first ever CART Fan Forum during the Miller Lite 200 on Friday, August 11, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

The CART Fan Forum is a fan-based activity giving spectators a chance to discuss the CART FedEx Championship Series with some of the sport's biggest names. The 60-minute question and answer session will take place on Mid-Ohio's Championship Row, and will feature a host of open-wheel celebrities throughout the hour. This event is the first of its kind on the CART FedEx Championship Series schedule.

Several CART personalities are tentatively scheduled to attend. Bobby Rahal, owner of Hilliard, Ohio-based Team Rahal and current interim President and CEO of CART, will be on-hand, as will former CART champion Rick Mears and Team KOOL Green owner Barry Green. ABC broadcasters Paul Page and Parker Johnstone, and CART President of Racing Hal Whiteford, will also lend their thoughts on open-wheel racing. The CART Fan Forum will follow a panel format, with the event emcee directing audience questions to the panel members for their responses.

"We're giving fans a chance to talk to some of the biggest and most recognizable names in the CART FedEx Championship Series, such as Bobby Rahal and Rick Mears," Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course President Michelle Trueman Gajoch said. "We wanted to give spectators a unique interactive experience, and the CART Fan Forum certainly falls within that realm."

"Fans can see these personalities up-close, and find out what they've always wanted to know about CART from some of the people who have contributed to its rich heritage," Trueman Gajoch said.

All spectators in attendance at the Miller Lite 200 on Friday are welcome to participate in the CART Fan Forum. There is no additional charge, and no special passes are required.

The Miller Lite 200 is Round 13 of the 20-event CART FedEx Championship Series. Additional racing featured on the weekend schedule includes the Dayton Indy Lights Championship, the Barber Dodge Pro Series and the American City Racing League.

For tickets to the Miller Lite 200, call 1-800-MID-OHIO or order online at www.midohio.com <http://www.midohio.com>. Tickets ordered by Thursday, August 3, at 5:00 p.m. EST, receive a 10 percent discount.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Rick Mears , Barry Green