BRIDGESTONE PRESENTS THE CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES POWERED BY FORD FAST FACTS

PRESIDENT: Richard Eidswick
FOUNDED: November 25, 1978.

FIRST EVENT:
March 11, 1979, at Phoenix International Raceway (won by Gordon Johncock).

TYPE OF RACING:
Open-wheel Champ Cars. Powered by turbocharged, four-cycle, overhead camshaft, eight-cylinder Ford-Cosworth XFE engines, Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford cars are capable of producing more than 750 horsepower and traveling at speeds more than 230 mph.

TYPES OF VENUES:
Events are contested at three types of venues: Ovals, temporary street circuits, and permanent road courses, the most demanding and versatile disciplines of any racing series.

CURRENT STARS:
Sebastien Bourdais, A.J. Allmendinger, Cristiano da Matta, Bruno Junqueira, Alex Tagliani, Paul Tracy and Jimmy Vasser.

PAST STARS:
Mario Andretti, Rick Mears, Bobby Rahal, Al Unser Jr., Alex Zanardi, Emerson Fittipaldi, Juan Montoya, Jacques Villeneuve, Al Unser, Bobby Unser, Gil de Ferran, Danny Sullivan, Johnny Rutherford and Michael Andretti

2005 SCHEDULE:
14 events across three continents and encompassing five countries (United States, Canada, Mexico, South Korea, Australia).

BROADCAST REACH:
Champ Car World Series events are seen on a live or tape-delayed basis in more than 140 countries, with an average audience of more than 60 million viewers. The races are broadcast in 19 different languages. The races are broadcast domestically on NBC Sports, CBS Sports and Speed

CHAMPIONSHIP:
Drivers compete for The Vanderbilt Cup. The 2004 champion was Sebastien Bourdais of Newman/Haas Racing. The top 20 finishers per race earn championship points with bonus points for the pole position winner at oval events (1) the fastest qualifier on each day of road and street course qualifying (1 each day), race lap led (1), fastest lap of the race (1) and most positions gained from grid spot

QUALIFYING:
On road or street course events, every driver will be given fifteen (15) timed laps over the course of a 40-minute session. The qualifying session will be preceded by a 10-minute practice session and a 10-minute break to work on the cars. There will be two, 40-minute qualifying sessions on each road or street circuit race weekend, and the fastest qualifier on each day will receive one point. Should the same driver post the fastest speed on each day of qualifying, he will receive one bonus point for each day. Additionally, the fastest qualifier on the first day of qualifying is guaranteed a starting spot no lower than second, regardless of his speed on the second day of qualifying. Every driver will be allowed on-track throughout each 40-minute qualifying session, until the driver has completed his 15 timed laps. At oval track events, the qualifying order will be established by the reverse order of combined practice speeds of the weekend, with the fastest driver in practice being the last one to qualify. Each driver that has been properly presented for qualifying will be given two (2) qualifying laps, and the starting position will be established based on the faster of the two laps. One point will be awarded to the fastest qualifier.

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