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CART's 10,000 mile journey to Australia to be featured

April 9,  2002

The CART FedEx Championship Series and series title sponsor, FedEx, will be highlighted on Discovery Channel's popular series "On The Inside" with the premier of "The Secret World of Air Freight" on Friday, April 12 at 9:00 p.m. ET.

The program peels back the edges of the amazing enterprise of air freight for a behind-the-scenes look at the machines, systems and people working to keep our time-definite world connected. The portion of the hour-long documentary that is dedicated to the CART FedEx Championship Series highlights the transportation and logistics expertise provided by FedEx in shipping $70 million worth of race cars and equipment from the U.S. to an overseas event.

The show follows PacWest Racing Group (now known as PWR Championship Racing) as their Champ Cars and support equipment goes on a 10,000-mile journey from its origination in Indianapolis to its destination on the other side of the world, Surfers Paradise in Queensland, Australia for the 2000 CART FedEx Championship Series Honda Indy 300.

"It's fabulous that the process of moving our equipment overseas is going to be showcased on Discovery Channel," said CART Director of Logistics Bill Kamphausen. "Most people probably don't realize the magnitude of the effort it takes to get our equipment to and from our overseas events. The fact of the matter is that it takes a great deal of dedication and cooperation between those of us within CART, our teams, our event promoters, the government officials, and our friends at FedEx. We're very fortunate that we've got such great cooperation between all of these individuals and organizations, and I'm sure that will be reflected in this program."

Roger Brown, producer of the Discovery Channel documentary, traveled 65,000 miles, across four continents to bring back this amazing story and spent hours in the cockpits and bellies of 747s and MD-11s in flight. Brown conceived, developed and produced this fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the action packed, deadline-driven world of air cargo that truly knits together our global economy.

"It was great working with FedEx and Championship Auto Racing Teams on this documentary," said Brown. "What FedEx does for CART to transport all the race cars and equipment of the series overseas for their international events is truly an amazing feat. What most impressed me with FedEx and the CART movement to Australia was the incredible amount of work that was done well in advance of the actual departure date. The planning and coordination of movements for this daunting task was so precise. The loadmasters and ground crew, hand picked by FedEx for this specialized movement, knew exactly where each race car and each piece of high-tech support equipment was going to fit on each of the three FedEx MD-11s way before the planes even arrived in Indianapolis to load for the trip to Australia."

In addition to the CART FedEx Championship Series segment, the program covers other unique freight movements including the transportation of million-dollar thoroughbred race horses from Lexington, Ky., to new homes in Hokkaido, Japan; the shipment of millions of bottles of Nouveau Beaujolais wine from a small town in France to 180 locations worldwide; and a whirlwind night inside the FedEx Memphis (Tenn.) Superhub-the busiest air cargo port on earth.

The FedEx MD-11 planes featured in the program will again be put to use by the CART community later this month when the series travels to Twin Ring Motegi in Japan for the Bridgestone Potenza 500-Round 3 of the CART FedEx Championship Series on Saturday, April 27. In addition to the Japan movement, the community will also rely on FedEx for the transportation of its equipment to the other overseas venues on the 2002 CART FedEx Championship Series schedule, which include Rockingham Motor Speedway in Corby, England; EuroSpeedway Lausitz, in Germany; and Surfers Paradise in Queensland, Australia..

As the "Official Transportation Company of CART", FedEx offers its legendary time-definite, delivery service to meet the transportation and distribution needs of CART and provides freight and document shipping solutions for CART, its race teams and promoters.

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