CSOT: Series to compete in Windsor/Detroit Freedom Festival GP

Stars of Tomorrow to compete in Dodge Freedom Grand Prix of Windsor in Canada. WINDSOR, Ontario, Canada (March 28, 2003) -- The Champ Car Stars of Tomorrow announced that the karting series will be a part of the 45th annual Bell International ...

Stars of Tomorrow to compete in Dodge Freedom Grand Prix of Windsor in Canada.

WINDSOR, Ontario, Canada (March 28, 2003) -- The Champ Car Stars of Tomorrow announced that the karting series will be a part of the 45th annual Bell International Freedom Festival, a 14-day event attended by more than 1.5 million people, in a Thursday media conference on the Canadian border city.

The Dodge Freedom Grand Prix of Windsor, featuring all of the Stars karting classes on June 27-29 in the Windsor streets, will be billed as a specialty event on the Stars calendar, not paying points towards the season championship. There will be a $10,000 purse for the race. The 2003 Bell International Freedom Festival will run from June 23 to July 6.

In Windsor Thursday, Matt Beasley, president of the Board of Directors for the 45th Bell International Freedom Festival (IFF) released the 2003 festival dates and schedule of events including the Stars of Tomorrow three-day racing activity. For the past 44 years, millions of Canadian and American families have celebrated their unique friendship during the International Freedom Festival.

"We were looking for a new attraction that has the high-energy, charged atmosphere that appeals to a youthful audience," Beasley said Thursday. "Kart racing with the Champ Car Stars of Tomorrow gives that kind of highly visual, exciting presentation."

Beasley said they expect 30,000 spectators per day for a cumulative crowd of 90,000 for the race weekend. The event will be kicked off with the biggest fireworks show in North America on Wednesday the 25th, where one million people are expected to watch from both Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan.

"We are honored to be invited to participate in the International Freedom Festival," said Bobby Rahal, Stars president. "This race has the potential to be the biggest karting event in North America for this year and years to come. Stars looks forward to building a fantastic event for those that will attend and participate."

"There's a new face to the International Freedom Festival this year, just like there's a new face to the Windsor skyline with the addition of the DaimlerChrysler Canada Building," said John MacDonald, Dodge Brand Manager, DaimlerChrysler Canada said. "We're really excited about the Dodge Freedom Grand Prix of Windsor and we invite everyone to join us for the activities, or to simply say hi to Bobby Rahal and the Stars of Tomorrow teams."

The Champ Car 'Stars of Tomorrow' karting series is the official first level in CART's driver development system and an officially sanctioned series of WKA/SCCA Pro Racing. Founded by racing star Bryan Herta and now owned in conjunction with a group of racing veterans, including three-time CART champion and Indy 500 winner Bobby Rahal, the Stars of Tomorrow serves as the first step for the CART driver development ladder. Stars focuses on recognizing the skills of the drivers rather than the technology development within the machines, using FIA/CIK International standards. More information can be found at www.cartstars.com.

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