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Belle Isle debut for GT cars

DETROIT (June 1, 2001) - The Raceway on Belle Isle is going to be a hotbed of road racing action during the 20th Anniversary Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit, June 15-17, when the CART FedEx Championship Series is joined by the return of...

DETROIT (June 1, 2001) - The Raceway on Belle Isle is going to be a hotbed of road racing action during the 20th Anniversary Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit, June 15-17, when the CART FedEx Championship Series is joined by the return of the Celebrity Team Challenge and the Detroit debut of the Speedvision GT Championship.

Returning to the Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit this year is the Celebrity Team Challenge. The race features local business, civic and media personalities and benefits the Detroit Police Athletic League. This year local leaders will compete against a growing list of national stars including Michigan son and comedian Tim Allen, television star Alfonso Ribeiro and movie actor Sean Patrick Flanery.

The SCCA Pro Racing-sanctioned Speedvision GT Championship will join the CART FedEx Championship Series for the first time ever on the 2.346-mile temporary Belle Isle street circuit.

"Our participation in the Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit weekend is something we've been working toward for some time," said Mitch Wright, Speedvision World Challenge General Manager. "With so many competitive Speedvision GT manufacturer headquarters in Detroit, our race offers the Motor City an opportunity to watch its production cars in action."

"The Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit is a complete race weekend with something for every fan, from open-wheel Champ Cars to great sports car action," said Graham Hearns, Vice President of IMG Motorsports. "The Speedvision World Challenge is a very competitive series that race fans will really enjoy."

The SCCA Pro Racing Speedvision World Challenge Championships is one of North America's premier production car-based series. The series features such exotic sports cars and sedans as the Acura NSX, Audi S4, BMW M3, Chevrolet Corvette, Dodge Viper, Ferrari 355, Ford Mustang Cobra, Porsche 911 and Saleen SR. The machines start life as showroom cars but are modified with the best aftermarket pieces available.

The Celebrity Team Challenge and Speedvision GT Championship and join the CART FedEx Championship Series, Trans-Am Series and Barber Dodge Pro Series on the weekend schedule. The Celebrity Team Challenge and Speedvision GT Championship races are both schedule for Sunday, June 17

The 2001 event commemorates the historic 20th running of the Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit. Tickets may be purchased by visiting any Ticketmaster location or by contacting Ticketmaster charge-by-phone (248-645-6666 in Michigan). Fans can also buy tickets online at www.ticketmaster.com <http://www.ticketmaster.com> or by calling the Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit hotline at 1-800-498-RACE.

-RBI

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