CHAMPCAR/CART: San Jose news 2005-04-01

San Jose Grand Prix to Run July Race in Heart of Downtown San Jose Inaugural Champ Car street race will loop around convention center San Jose ---- Open-wheeled racecars will speed over the streets of downtown San Jose, passing by the...

San Jose Grand Prix to Run July Race in Heart of Downtown San Jose
Inaugural Champ Car street race will loop around convention center

San Jose ---- Open-wheeled racecars will speed over the streets of downtown San Jose, passing by the Tech Museum, San Jose Convention Center, and Cesar Chavez Plaza in a new course in the inaugural San Jose Grand Prix at the end of July that was officially announced today by Mayor Ron Gonzales and Don Listwin, founder of Canary Fund.

Standing in Cesar Chavez Plaza next to a Champ Car World Series racecar, the mayor said, "The San Jose Grand Prix will bring world-class racing excitement to our streets, and it will bring San Jose to the attention of millions of people across the nation and around the world.

"This new race course in the heart of our downtown will proudly show our city's best face to television audiences in more than a hundred nations, and revenues generated by the event will bring real economic benefit to our community and local businesses."

The racecourse originally planned by the San Jose Grand Prix was going to be centered at the HP Arena west of downtown San Jose. Race organizers proposed the course change to provide a longer race track, longer pit lane and increased paddock space that can grow with the Champ Car Series as well as offer a better experience for race fans at the event.

"With this new course, we expect the San Jose Grand Prix will become one of the best races on the international Champ Car World Series circuit over the next ten years," said Don Listwin.

The San Jose Grand Prix weekend of July 29 -31 is part of a week of activities which will include concerts and family events, and is expected to draw more than 100,000 fans to downtown San Jose.

The San Jose City Council is scheduled to consider the new route at its meeting on Tuesday, April 12.

The San Jose Grand Prix, which supports Canary Fund, is produced by Canary Fund Enterprises. The Canary Fund, founded by Don Listwin, is dedicated to medical research for the early detection of cancer.

For information about the San Jose Grand Prix and tickets the events and races during the week, go to www.sanjosegrandprix.com.

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