CHAMPCAR/CART: Statement from Andrew Craig Regarding Belle Isle in Detroit

There have been several recent media accounts regarding Championship Auto Racing Teams and its FedEx Championship Series event on Belle Isle in Detroit. Andrew Craig, Chairman and CEO of CART, made the following statement clarifying the status of...

There have been several recent media accounts regarding Championship Auto Racing Teams and its FedEx Championship Series event on Belle Isle in Detroit. Andrew Craig, Chairman and CEO of CART, made the following statement clarifying the status of this event:

"CART has had a long and successful history here in Detroit. The Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit is one of the city's premier events, and it is an important stop on the CART FedEx championship series.

"It is true that we will no longer race on Belle Isle following the 2001 racing season. Despite tremendous efforts by the City of Detroit to accommodate our needs, we have simply outgrown Belle Isle as a venue.

"However, other facts that have been reported in the media recently are simply not true. CART has never said that the proposed racetrack at the State Fairgrounds is the only alternative location to Belle Isle. Additionally, reports that we plan to move the event to a location in Minnesota are without any substance.

"We have been in touch with Mayor Archer this week to express our desire to work with the City of Detroit to find an alternative venue. We hope that working with the city and race promoter IMG, we may be able to find a venue that will better meet the needs of CART, its drivers and the many race fans here in Southeast Michigan."

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