CHAMPCAR/CART: Zanardi to be honored at Awards Banquet

DETROIT (October 8, 1998) - Renowned interviewer/entertainer Roy Firestone and swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will be among those honoring repeat champion Alex Zanardi of Target/Chip Ganassi Racing at the 1998 FedEx Championship Series awards ...

DETROIT (October 8, 1998) - Renowned interviewer/entertainer Roy Firestone and swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will be among those honoring repeat champion Alex Zanardi of Target/Chip Ganassi Racing at the 1998 FedEx Championship Series awards banquet on Monday, November 2 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

The annual awards banquet will celebrate the third consecutive championship for Target/Chip Ganassi Racing -- which recently joined Penske Racing (1981-83) as the only teams to win three consecutive FedEx Championship Series titles - while honoring Zanardi (Target Reynard Honda), who this season became the first driver to win back-to-back PPG Cups since Bobby Rahal (1986-87). The evening also will honor the remaining top-10 finishers in the 1998 FedEx Championship Series, the order of which will likely only be finalized a day earlier, in the season-ending Marlboro 500 Presented by Toyota at California Speedway.

Zanardi will collect his second consecutive $1 million bonus from the PPG Cup point fund at the banquet while the other drivers included among the top-10 finishers will divide the remainder of the $2.75 million contributed to the point fund by PPG Industries.

"In 1998, Target/Chip Ganassi Racing and its spectacular driver, Alex Zanardi, reached levels previously attained by only a select few," said Andrew Craig, CART's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We are proud to celebrate their historic achievements while honoring our primary sponsors, FedEx and PPG, for helping to make those successes possible."

Firestone, host of the "Up Close Prime Time" interview program on ESPN, will serve as the master of ceremonies for the evening. Termed "the best interviewer in the business" by Sports Illustrated, Firestone has interviewed more than 3,000 celebrities, including nearly every major athlete, as well as many other non-sports figures such as former president Richard Nixon, actor James Stewart, jazz great Miles Davis and pop icon Madonna.

Swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will entertain following the awards program. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, a band at the forefront of the swing music revival, has performed music for the feature film Swingers and the hit Fox television series Party of Five. The band has also performed with B.B. King, Little Richard, and Jerry Lee Lewis, among others.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's self-titled album, currently available on EMI/Capitol-Coolsville Records, features the hit "You and Me and the Bottle Makes 3 Tonight (Baby)."

The 1998 FedEx Championship Series Awards Banquet is being produced by MCI Productions.

Source: MRN

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bobby Rahal , Alex Zanardi , Chip Ganassi , James Stewart
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Team Penske