What: Las Vegas Grand Prix
On TV: NBC from 2:30 to 5:00 pm CST
Who to Root For: Car #22 Sponsored by Pay By Touch
The race cars that compete in the Champ Car World Series are “open-wheel” race cars, similar to what are commonly known as “Indy Cars”, which have 750 horsepower and can top speeds of 180 mph on the temporary street course.
The season opener of the Champ Car World Series, the Vegas Grand Prix, will feature top competitors such as Sebastien Bourdais, Paul Tracy and Bruno Junquiera.
Race teams include Newman/Haas, owned by legendary actor and auto racing icon Paul Newman and CTE/HVM Racing, owned by comedian/actor Cedric the Entertainer.
Past series champions include Al Unser Jr. (1990 and 1994), Michael Andretti (1991), Danny Sullivan (1988) and Bobby Rahal (1992).
There's less than one week to go before the excitement begins for real. Champ Car teams are about to load up the new DP01 race cars for the first time in the new season and head to the race track to begin one of the toughest stretches in memory.
For the first time in years, Champ Car opens with three straight events, all on temporary circuits. And the series has the honor of opening up what should be one of the strongest venues in racing on the streets of Las Vegas next week. It’ll be the toughest stretch for these teams in the new era of Champ Car, about to begin its fourth year.
While we await the announcement due from China, Champ Car officials, and Forsythe Championship Racing, we do know a good bit more about the team configurations that will open 2007 on the streets of Las Vegas this Sunday.
The new Newman/Haas/Lanigan group will field the tour’s dominant driver and its brightest new hope, a rookie who just happens to be an American and who carries one of the most famous names in open wheel racing. FCR will field a returning former champ in Paul Tracy and a returning former pole and race winner in Mario Dominguez. PKV is all set with a very experienced rookie in Neel Jani and an unknown from France in Tristan Gommendy. (Sponsored by Pay By Touch)
The Open Street Race Track at the Las Vegas Grand Prix
For more info on this race go to: http://www.vegasgrandprix.com