CHAMPCAR/CART: Road America/OWRS reach agreement

Road America and OWRS reach agreement for '04 Champ Cars will headline Grand Prix of Road America Aug. 5-8. Elkhart Lake, Wisc., Jan. 28, 2004-Road America and the Open Wheel Racing Series (OWRS) reached an agreement this evening to hold the...

Road America and OWRS reach agreement for '04
Champ Cars will headline Grand Prix of Road America Aug. 5-8.

Elkhart Lake, Wisc., Jan. 28, 2004-Road America and the Open Wheel Racing Series (OWRS) reached an agreement this evening to hold the 23rd consecutive Champ Car race at the historic race track the weekend of Aug. 5-8, 2004 during the Grand Prix of Road America., according to George Bruggenthies, president and general manager.

"We've reached an agreement for the 2004 Champ Car race," said George Bruggenthies, president and general manager. "We're delighted that fans can start making summer racing plans that include both Road America and Champ Cars in August." Terms of the one-year contract were not disclosed.

Other series slated to compete during the Grand Prix weekend include Motorock Trans-Am Tour for the BF Goodrich Cup, Toyota Atlantic, a Barber Dodge Pro Series Doubleheader and Formula BMW.

Road America had objected to CART selling its contract in violation of the stipulation that said neither party could sell or transfer the document.

"Our position has never been against hosting a Champ Car race," said Bruggenthies. "Our concern was the uncertainty about the event because of CART's bankruptcy.

"We're very happy to be a part of Champ Car's 2004 schedule and look forward to seeing the teams and drivers at Road America in August."

OWRS acquired the assets of the bankrupt series during proceedings held in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division earlier today.

Season Tickets for the race track are $250, and include 30 race days of the public weekends at Road America. The Grand Prix of Road America tickets are $115 in advance for the four-day weekend, or the daily rate after July 28, 2004. For more information or to order tickets online, visit www.roadamerica.com or call 1.800.365.7223 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. central time zone.

Previous race winners include Hector Rebaque ('82), Mario Andretti ('83, '84, '87), Jacques Villeneuve ('85), Emerson Fittipaldi ('86, '88, '92), Danny Sullivan ('89), Michael Andretti ('90, '91, '96), Paul Tracy ('93, '00) Jacques Villeneuve ('94, '95), Alex Zanardi, ('97), Dario Franchitti ('98), Christian Fittipaldi ('99), Bruno Junqueira ('01, '03), Christiano Da Matta ('02).

Road America began hosting races on the four-mile race track in 1955 and will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2005.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jacques Villeneuve , Bruno Junqueira , Christian Fittipaldi , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Alex Zanardi , Mario Andretti , Danny Sullivan , Emerson Fittipaldi , Hector Rebaque