CHAMPCAR/CART: Toronto get ready for Molson Indy

TORONTO -- Race fans will experience wheel-to-wheel action at speeds of 230 mph when the drivers and teams of the CART FedEx Championship Series, including favorites Michael Andretti, Paul Tracy, Christian Fittipaldi, defending race champion...

TORONTO -- Race fans will experience wheel-to-wheel action at speeds of 230 mph when the drivers and teams of the CART FedEx Championship Series, including favorites Michael Andretti, Paul Tracy, Christian Fittipaldi, defending race champion Dario Franchitti, Jimmy Vasser and the 1999 CART FedEx Championship Series champ Juan Montoya, hit the streets of Exhibition Place in Toronto for Molson Indy 2000, July 14 - 15 - 16.

One of Canada's largest annual sporting events, the Molson Indy will celebrate its 15th anniversary this year. In 1999, an all-time record attendance of 168,314 was set over the three-day event. The Molson Indy is a total celebration of summer, and it lasts all week long until the checkered flag waves. Tickets for this year's Molson Indy are on sale now.

"We are looking forward to the most successful year in Molson Indy history," said Bob Singleton, Molson Indy General Manager. "We'll have even more excitement on and off the track for this year's event. The Atlantic Series is back, and the CASCAR, F1600 and Motorola Cup series are all returning to the Molson Indy circuit. Plus on Sunday, the CART Race will include 15 additional laps of racing for our fans. Off-track action will include the Team Transporter Parade down Yonge Street, a driver autograph session that will include every single driver in the CART series, the new interactive Action-Zone in MotorFest and the Dodge Celebrity Challenge race."

The Molson Indy is excited to announce that it will be delivering 15 additional laps of racing to the Molson Indy race event on Sunday, July 16. This means a longer race, more on-track race-action, more pit-action, more TV time plus more enjoyment for our race fans! Opening Ceremonies, Closing Ceremonies and driver features will be new additions to the broadcast in 2000. The Molson Indy will be broadcast on Global TV, July 16 beginning at 1:30 p.m. Catch Saturday Qualifying on Global TV , July 15 at 7:00 p.m. In the U.S. it will be broadcast on ESPN at 3:00 p.m. ET.

Mayor Mel Lastman is set to lead the pack in the official Molson Indy pace car when the FedEx Championship Series Transporter Parade takes over Yonge Street, on Tuesday, July 11 at lunch hour. Over 20 huge, spectacular transport trailers are sure to cause a commotion as they make their way down to the Molson Indy track. The transporters not only house the race cars, but serve as the technical centers for each team, moving all of the components from city to city on the FedEx Championship Series circuit. Although Molson Indy week officially 'kicks-off' on Friday, July 7 with the launch of Molson IndyFest, the Transporter Parade is guaranteed to garner tremendous exposure throughout Toronto - a confirmation that the drivers and teams of the FedEx Championship Series have officially arrived in our city.

You are invited to get to know our CART drivers when every single driver of the FedEx Championship Series will participate in a full autograph session set to take place in front of the CART Paddock area on Friday, July 14 beginning at 4:00 p.m. This unprecedented event will give Molson Indy fans the opportunity to get close to their favorite drivers in a location not accessible to the general public.

Between the racing-action, fans can take a walk through Thunder Alley featuring racing exhibits, car displays, race merchandise, beach volleyball, racing simulators and driver and celebrity autograph sessions. Or kick back and sip a cool one in the Thunder Alley Beer Garden, where Molson Indy 2000 rocks with hot live bands on the Thunder Alley Stage. Watch for upcoming announcements regarding high-voltage Thunder Alley entertainment at Molson Indy 2000.

For air-conditioned, indoor fun, be sure to visit MotorFest, in the National Trade Centre. Molson Indy fans can check-out the support race garages, driver and celebrity autograph sessions, race merchandise, 'ArtFest', beer gardens and lots of interactive fun. Try your skills in the all new 'Action Zone' . Watch for upcoming announcements regarding driver and celebrity autograph sessions.

"CART's Sly Strategy"… In an effort to increase public awareness of Champ Car racing, actor Sylvester Stallone has created a feature movie based on the FedEx Championship Series. The film, whose working title is 'Champs' will be produced by Franchise Pictures in cooperation with CART, and portions of the film will be shot at the Molson Indy track in Toronto. "CART's brand of open-wheel auto racing provides some of the most thrilling, emotionally involving and inspiring racing in the world," says Stallone." 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 has begun shooting at various tracks on the FedEx Championship Series circuit. Watch for Stallone and the cast of 'Champs' both on and off-track at the Molson Indy in Toronto.

Toronto's own Molson IndyFest is the best week of racing action anywhere in the world. An entire week of pre-race festivities geared to getting the community revved up for the big event. Race fans, sponsors, CART drivers, celebrities and the community enjoy world class events ranging from the prestigious Gala Dinner and the Drivers' VIP Party, to free Street Parties, all in support of children's charities throughout Toronto. Over 2 million dollars has been raised to-date.
July 8 - 12 Molson Indy Bike Challenge
July 10 SVC O'Donnell Challenge for Charity -- Molson Indy Circuit
July 11 Molson Indy Downtown -- Toronto-Dominion Centre
July 11 Molson Reverse Draw - Stockmarket Place
July 12 The Greg Moore Invitational Golf Tournament --
July 13 Black & White Gala Dinner -- Westin Harbour Castle Hotel
July 13 Molson Pit Party --John Street
July 14 Drivers' VIP Party -- Wayne Gretzky's

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Christian Fittipaldi , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Greg Moore