CHAMPCAR/CART: The Road Show Heads to Japan

The FedEx Championship Series took its traveling road show to Asia this weekend for next Saturday's first-ever event in Japan, the Budweiser 500 (2 p.m. ET, tape delay, ABC-TV) at the new Twin Ring Motegi motorsports complex. ...

The FedEx Championship Series took its traveling road show to Asia this weekend for next Saturday's first-ever event in Japan, the Budweiser 500 (2 p.m. ET, tape delay, ABC-TV) at the new Twin Ring Motegi motorsports complex. The massive logistical effort required to transport the series to its first of three overseas races this season began Sunday morning, when three FedEx MD-11s departed Indianapolis International Airport. Cargo for the trip began arriving in Indianapolis on Thursday, with load-up beginning Saturday afternoon. Gross payload for each plane was approximately 198,000 pounds (8,350 pounds of cargo, plus two race cars, per team), with total cargo value estimated at more than $60 million. A typical, two-car, FedEx Championship Series team will transport the following equipment: four assembled race cars, four race engines, 16,500 pounds of equipment, 260 spare gears, 17 skids, 14 spare sets of wheels, 10 tool boxes, four driver helmets, two tents, two drink poles, two pit boards, 25 fire suits, 40 two-way radios, 100 spare springs, 300 spare decals for cars and 200 team hats. Each plane traveled 6,446 miles during its 15 hour flight, which included a fuel stop in Anchorage, Alaska. The three planes consumed a total of 132,000 gallons of fuel during their combined flights. Arrivals at Tokyo were scheduled for Monday, March 23, at 10:30 a.m., 1:50 p.m. and 2:59 p.m.

Source: CART Online

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