CHAMPCAR/CART: Sylvester Stallone Announces CART-Themed Film

MIAMI (February 9, 2000) -- Sylvester Stallone, one of the world's best known actors and film-makers, has created a film storyline around Championship Auto Racing Teams and Champ Car racing with a planned theatrical release in 2001. Stallone...

MIAMI (February 9, 2000) -- Sylvester Stallone, one of the world's best known actors and film-makers, has created a film storyline around Championship Auto Racing Teams and Champ Car racing with a planned theatrical release in 2001.

Stallone made the announcement Wednesday during CART's fifth annual Spring Training -- the kickoff to the 2000 FedEx Championship Series season March 26 at Miami-Homestead Speedway -- Stallone joined CART Chairman and CEO Andrew Craig and CART Vice President of Broadcasting Keith Allo in making the announcement.

The film. a production of Elie Samaha's Franchise Pictures, is currently titled "Champs" and shooting is scheduled to begin in June, 2000. Additional details, including those relating to the film's talent, will be released soon, with Homestead-Miami Speedway probably to be included in the filming locations.

"CART's brand of open-wheel auto racing provides some of the most thrilling, emotionally involving and inspiring form of sport in the world," said Stallone, who has 32 movies to his credit as an actor, including such classics as the series of Rocky films, as well as five movies in which he has directed.

"It is extremely important to me that we create a film that accurately depicts the true sense of CART-- the emotion, excitement, speed, technology and glamour that is Champ Car racing," Stallone added. "Our goal is to begin shooting this season with the intention of releasing the film next year."

Stallone and his production team will be working closely with CART and Allo in making the film. The script was written by Stallone and is now in the process of being finalized.

"Working with Sylvester and his team is a wonderful opportunity for CART," said Allo. "Sylvester is responsible for creating arguably the best sports picture of all time in Rocky, and he knows what it takes to tell a story in an interesting and compelling way. Couple that with the intensely visible and highly emotional sport of Champ Car racing and we believe it is a recipe for a film that will be very entertaining."

CART's fifth annual Spring Training concludes Thursday. The session is open to members of the CART Winner's Circle Fan Club, with memberships sold at the track for $14.99.

Tickets are now on sale for the March 24-26 Grand Prix of Miami Presented by Toyota, by calling (305) 230-RACE. For additional information, visit www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com.

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