CHAMPCAR/CART: RuSPORT drivers attend International show

RuSPORT Drivers Represent Champ Car at the Autosport International Show INDIANAPOLIS (January 19, 2004) -- The Autosport International Show is one of the best motorsport exhibitions in the world and what better way to kick off the 2005 season...

RuSPORT Drivers Represent Champ Car at the Autosport International Show

INDIANAPOLIS (January 19, 2004) -- The Autosport International Show is one of the best motorsport exhibitions in the world and what better way to kick off the 2005 season for drivers in the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford than to head to the United Kingdom for a little media and fun.

Things kicked off in Birmingham last Thursday for RuSPORT driver A.J. Allmendinger when he participated in the Marie Curie Cancer Charity Celebrity Karting Challenge. The Marie Curie Cancer Charity, which provides funding and in-home care for people who are terminally ill, hosted a fun-filled event pairing up professional drivers with corporate teams and amateur karters to participate in a one-hour endurance race.

It was no challenge for the 2004 Rookie-of-the-Year, as he teamed up with ex-Formula Three driver Tommy Johansson from Sweden and England's up-and-coming racer, Nathan Freke, to compete against 20 three-man teams. "The Vikings", the official name of the trio's team, took the checkered flag three laps ahead of the field for the win.

"I had a really great time and this event was a super way to start off my first visit to the Autosport International Show," Allmendinger said in regards to the event. "Thomas and Nathan did a heck of job on the first two stints and got us in the lead, so the pressure was really on to deliver the win. I want to thank the folks at Karting Oxford and the Marie Curie Cancer Charity Fund for putting on a top-notch event for a great cause. I'll be happy to come back and defend the Vikings' title next year!"

After a little racing fun, Allmendinger joined his RuSPORT teammate Justin Wilson doing interviews, signing autographs and participating in question-and-answer sessions. Over 70,000 people attended the event during the two trade days and two public days.

"The Autosport show is really a great event; it's so big and there's nothing quite like it. It's also a fun event for me because this is really sort of all my local supporters and friends from the racing business here," said Wilson, who is from England. "This year was especially nice because I got to come here with my new teammate, A.J., and represent my new team, RuSPORT. It's great to come here at this time of year and know exactly where I'm going to be and what I'll be doing and to share all of the exciting news with my fans."

In addition to the familiar faces in Champ Car of Allmendinger and Wilson attending the Autosport Show, Champ Car driver Ryan Hunter-Reay also made an appearance during the weekend.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Nathan Freke