Ford kicks off championship weekend in Florida

Ford to bring top drivers to Fort Lauderdale to kick off Championship weekend. DEARBORN, Mich., DATE, 2002 - Ford Championship Weekend Racefest will be held on Thursday, November 14, 2002, from noon-11 p.m. at Las Olas Riverfront in Fort ...

Ford to bring top drivers to Fort Lauderdale to kick off Championship weekend.

DEARBORN, Mich., DATE, 2002 - Ford Championship Weekend Racefest will be held on Thursday, November 14, 2002, from noon-11 p.m. at Las Olas Riverfront in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. This marks the fifth year that Ford will bring its top NASCAR drivers to the Sunshine State to meet the fans of South Florida.

The event will feature Ford NASCAR Winston Cup drivers Dave Blaney, Brett Bodine, Dale Jarrett, Ricky Rudd and Elliott Sadler along with NASCAR Busch Series drivers Jason Keller and Scott Riggs. All Ford drivers will participate in autograph sessions for the fans.

Ford Racefest will kick off what is now known as Ford Championship Weekend. The race weekend will feature the Ford 400, the NASCAR Winston Cup season-finale, the Ford 300, the NASCAR Busch Series season-finale, and the Ford 200, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season-finale.

The races will provide exclamation points to a year in which, for the first time in history, NASCAR's top touring divisions will crown champions on the same weekend at the same venue.

Ford Racefest is a free event and no tickets are necessary. Ford drivers will sign 400 autographs during 90-minute sessions. Autograph sessions will run from 4-5:30 p.m. and 6-7:30 p.m. Select drivers will also participate in question-and-answer sessions. As schedules permit, other Ford drivers may be added to the event.

Ford Racefest will also give fans of all ages the opportunity to enjoy interactive racing displays, show cars, team merchandise, production and concept vehicles, and pit crew demonstrations.

One lucky fan will drive away in a 2003 F-150 that will be provided by The South Florida Ford Dealers. Fans can register to win the F-150 at any of the participating South Florida Ford Dealerships until November 8.

For more information on Ford Racefest at Las Olas Riverfront please e-mail Ford Racing Program Headquarters at FordFAD@campbellco.com or call the Ford Racing Fan Appreciation Day hotline at (313) 271-7108.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Jason Keller , Scott Riggs , Elliott Sadler , Dave Blaney