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8/22/00


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Herta in front of 100,000 German race fans at the Eurospeedway Grand Opening in Germany

Lausitz, Germany, Aug. 22, 2000 - If the indications of the 100,000 fans at the new Eurospeedway racetrack are any indication, the new race on the 2001 CART FedEx Championship Series schedule at the German racetrack will be a smashing success. The champ car that is owned by Walker Racing became the first open-wheel car to ever run on the new 2-mile Eurospeedway oval with driver Bryan Herta at the wheel. Walker Racing sent team members Ron Catt, Rich Howard, and Andy Lewis over to set up the car for the demonstration. Walker Racing's regular driver Shinji Nakano was running at Road America this weekend, so CART driver Bryan Herta was the one to take the historic laps around the 2-mile superspeedway. Herta subbed for Nakano at Long Beach and Rio earlier this season when Shinji was recovering from injuries sustained in a private testing accident at Milwaukee. 

"Wow, that was unbelievable, there were just under 100,000 people here today and there was not racing at all, just demonstrations by different types of cars," said Herta. "We did two ceremonial laps first thing this morning, and then ran eight more later in the day and to finish we did some donuts just for fun, and the audience was on their feet and yelling the entire time. The interest from the fans is enormous, and they were so kind. People kept telling me over and over again 'thank you for coming here." It's going to be a spectacular place to race. The track is great; it's most like Rio, but faster than that. It's very wide and I think passing is going to be good. That combined with the huge amount of interest will make the Eurospeedway a fantastic place to race at." 

The historic champ car demonstration was run in conjunction with a weekend-long grand-opening celebration at the Eurospeedway facility that included demonstrations by other types of race cars, including old Formula 1 style cars on the road course at the state-of-the-art facility. The champ car exhibition was done to show fans in Germany what the CART FedEx Championship Series cars will actually look and sound like when they come to the Eurospeedway in full force next September. 

"The fans were very enthusiastic when Bryan did laps on the superspeedway and they were cheering very loudly when they saw how fast he went," said Eurospeedway general manager Hans Fischer. "We at the Eurospeedway are very proud to offer this historic opportunity to the fans here, and to introduce Champ car racing to the German community and the rest of Europe. The German 500 will be run at the Eurospeedway on the weekend of Sept. 13 - 15, 2001.   Race Tickets are available by calling (from the USA) 011-49-01805-880188

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