Champ Car World Series to make debut at LVMS on Sept. 25;

Open-wheel series will run doubleheader with NASCAR Truck Series


            Las Vegas Motor Speedway will host a major open-wheel racing event for the first time in four years on Sept. 25.

            The Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford (formerly known as CART) will make its first stop ever at LVMS¿ 1.5-mile superspeedway as part of a doubleheader with the Las Vegas 350 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event. The event was announced by speedway and Champ Car officials Wednesday.

¿The addition of a Champ Car World Series event is great news not only for Las Vegas Motor Speedway but also for Las Vegas as a whole," said LVMS general manager Chris Powell. ¿The fans attending the Las Vegas 350 NASCAR Craftsman Truck race now will be treated to an additional adrenaline rush. The Champ Car World Series offers some of the fastest and most technologically advanced race cars in the world.  We're excited to offer such a great night of racing to the fans of Las Vegas as well as to those who are drawn from outside the community.¿

            Current Champ Car World Series champion Paul Tracy along with Jimmy Vasser, Patrick Carpentier and Alex Tagliani all live in the Las Vegas area.

            ¿I can¿t tell you how excited I am about racing here,¿ Tracy said. ¿All of the local guys have been out to the track and it¿s a first-class facility. It¿s the right type of venue for our cars. The fact that this is right in our backyard will open up a lot of opportunities for us to be able to test and really make this a big event.¿

LVMS hosted Indy car racing from 1996-2000, but this will be the first visit by the Champ Cars to LVMS.

            ¿We have been interested in holding a Champ Car race in Las Vegas and the opportunity to partner with Speedway Motorsports Inc. made it attractive to us,¿ said Champ Car President Dick Eidswick. ¿Television ratings in Las Vegas have consistently been strong for Champ Car races in the last few years and we have a strong fan base in that region. Champ Car teams and drivers are known to be the most versatile in open-wheel racing competing on road, street and oval courses, and adding a superspeedway race at LVMS makes the championship trail even more challenging.¿

The as-yet-unnamed Champ Car event will be held immediately following the Las Vegas 350 NASCAR Craftsman Truck event. Practice and Qualifying for the Champ Car race will be Friday, Sept. 24. The schedule for the Truck event on Saturday is unchanged.

            Speedway officials also announced that the current ticket prices for Sept. 25 will not change. However, there will be a Champ Car package ticket available. The Champ Car package includes a reserved seat in the Dale Earnhardt Terrace and a paddock pass. The Champ Car package is $61.50 and is available only through the LVMS ticket office. Race fans can purchase tickets by calling the speedway at 1-800-644-4444 or online at

            Las Vegas Motor Speedway is owned and operated by Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE:TRK), a leading marketer and promoter of motorsports entertainment in the United States. In addition to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, SMI owns and operates the following premiere facilities: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Lowe's Motor Speedway at Charlotte, Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., and Texas Motor Speedway. SMI also provides event souvenir merchandising services through its SMI Properties subsidiary, and manufactures and distributes smaller-scale, modified racing cars through its 600 Racing subsidiary.