CHAMPCAR/CART: The Milwaukee Mile announces 2005 date

2005 Champ Car Race Set for June 4th at The Milwaukee Mile (West Allis, WI) October 22, 2004 -- The Milwaukee Mile and the Open Wheel Racing Series finalized their plans, agreeing today to a return of the Champ Car World Series to the historic...

2005 Champ Car Race Set for June 4th at The Milwaukee Mile

(West Allis, WI) October 22, 2004 -- The Milwaukee Mile and the Open Wheel Racing Series finalized their plans, agreeing today to a return of the Champ Car World Series to the historic speedway on Saturday afternoon, June 4, 2005.

"We are very pleased with the outcome of contract discussions with the Champ Car World Series organization," stated Wisconsin State Fair Board Chairman Martin Greenberg. "Although the details must remain confidential for competitive reasons, I can say that the adjustments agreed to between our respective organizations provide a benefit to both entities. This allows the long standing, positive relationship between The Milwaukee Mile and Champ Car to continue well into the future."

In the past two seasons, Champ Car has paid the cost of positioning temporary lighting to hold the open wheel race at night. A provision in the contract required renegotiation of lighting costs for the 2005 and 2006 racing events. Due to cost and potential weather issues, the WSFP Board approved modifications to the current Champ Car World Series contract to eliminate the necessity for lighting and move to a daytime race.

"Holding the first-ever nighttime Champ Car race was truly exciting in our 100th Anniversary season. As spectacular as it was to watch champ cars blurring past at 185mph under the lights, our two nighttime Champ Car races featured less than ideal temperatures for our fans and competitors," commented the speedway's Vice President and General Manager Mark Perrone. "We know our loyal fans will appreciate warmer day time temperatures, and we look forward to showcasing The Milwaukee Mile to a live CBS network audience."

The Board also approved adding one year to the two remaining years of the contract, plus one option year. "We feel that based on the agreed to provision adjustments, an extended term is a fair trade off that provides security of future programming for The Milwaukee Mile and security of market presence for the Champ Car World Series," Greenberg said.

"We certainly look forward to a very bright future of open wheel racing in Milwaukee together," Champ Car President Dick Eidswick shared. "We are very pleased with the outcome of these negotiations as they serve to bolster the long standing relationship between the Milwaukee Mile and Champ Car Open Wheel Racing. We love the greater Milwaukee marketplace and The 'Mile because of the strong fan support and rich tradition of racing at the track."

Championship automobile racing dates back to 1933 at America's Legendary Oval, with the first auto race held in September of 1903, making The 'Mile the longest, continuously operated speedway in the world.

For further information on the exciting 2005 racing season at The Milwaukee Mile, visit www.milwaukeemile.com.

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