ROAD RACING'S REBIRTH BEGINS AT ROAD AMERICA Approximately 100,000 Fans Flock to Generac Grand Prix in Elkhart Lake, Best Turnout in 10 Years INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, U.S.A. (August 13, 2007) -- Combine a scenic 4.048-mile natural terrain road...
ROAD RACING'S REBIRTH BEGINS AT ROAD AMERICA
Approximately 100,000 Fans Flock to Generac Grand Prix in Elkhart Lake, Best Turnout in 10 Years
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, U.S.A. (August 13, 2007) -- Combine a scenic 4.048-mile natural terrain road course with exciting motorsports action and the result is the most successful race event weekend in the last 10 years at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin's Road America. Approximately 100,000 fans enjoyed the Generac Power Weekend that concluded on Sunday with Sebastien Bourdais winning his first ever Champ Car World Series race in Elkhart Lake.
"We had an amazing weekend at Road America," said Champ Car President and CEO Steve Johnson. "The paddocks, the viewing areas and every camping area at Road America was packed with fans craving the exciting race action. Champ Car attendance is on the upswing this year as we had our one-millionth fan this season come through the gates several weeks ago in San Jose. Road America maintains our momentum and we expect the excitement to continue as we head to Europe next week."
Fans who weren't at the track saw Bourdais on ABC Sports win his fifth race of the season at the historic road course. Despite being on network television two less times through its first nine races this season, Champ Car has seen its total number of television viewers equal the number who watched through the same period last season.
Champ Car cable broadcasts on the ESPN family of networks have attracted an average of 69% more viewers per race than cable broadcasts during 2006. Also, Champ Car has increased its worldwide distribution, delivering broadcasts to more than 160 countries representing 1.7 billion potential viewers. Live race broadcasts on EuroSport2 have attracted more viewers for 2007 race broadcasts than the 2006 events carried by the larger Eurosport channel.
The next two races on the Champ Car schedule are also natural terrain road courses as the series will visit Zolder, Belgium (August 24-26) and Assen, Holland (August 31-September 2) for the first time. The DP01 chassis will makes its European debut at Zolder, and if the competition on previous road courses is any indication, the Belgian and Dutch fans are in for a spectacular show.
"I think it is easy to say the DP01 exceeded everyone's expectations this season," continued Johnson. "We have a great fight going on right now for the Vanderbilt Cup as we have seen nine different drivers finish on the podium in our first 10 events. The next few months are going to make for an exciting ending to our season."
The Champ Car World Series features some of the greatest race car drivers in the world competing in the most exciting series in the world. Champions Sebastien Bourdais and Canadian Paul Tracy along with international stars Justin Wilson, Will Power and Robert Doornbos as well as American rising star Graham Rahal are among the drivers who battle for the Vanderbilt Cup, which is awarded to the winner of the Champ Car World Series. The title is contested on temporary street circuits and permanent road courses.