CLEVELAND - A Cleveland summer tradition will be renewed on June 22 to 24 when the Champ Car World Series returns to Burke Lakefront Airport for the 2007 Grand Prix of Cleveland.
The event enjoyed a resurgence under new ownership while celebrating its 25th anniversary last summer, and organizers are planning on even bigger things this year. Fans can look forward to a number of exciting innovations including new racing events, a big-name concert, and a first-time fan amenity that will allow fans to get closer to the action than ever before.
The Grand Prix will once again be headlined by the Champ Car World Series, America's longest-running open wheel racing series. This year Champ Car will be joined by an unprecedented on-track lineup, including two all-new racing events the Kumho Street Warriorz and the Formula Drift Championship.
For the first time, the Grand Prix of Cleveland will feature drag racing, when the Kumho Street Warriorz drag racing series takes to the track at Burke on Friday and Saturday night. The Street Warriorz will drag race street-legal daily-drivers under the lights on the track's front straight after the daily races are finished, giving fans a rare opportunity to actually participate in the racing action at the Grand Prix.
The Grand Prix also will feature the Formula Drift Championship Series, a unique high-skilled, high-powered motor sport where drivers intentionally maneuver their cars into well-executed, controlled sideways slides at high speeds through a marked course. For more information on the Street Warriorz or Formula Drift, please visitwww.streetwarriorz.com or http://formulad.com.
Additional support series will include the Cooper Tires Presents the Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda, Star Mazda Championship Presented by Goodyear, SCCA Pro Racing SIRIUS Satellite Radio Mazda MX-5 Cup, BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by MAZDA, and the F2000 Championship Series.
Cleveland legends Michael Stanley and the Resonators will entertain fans during a concert on Saturday, June 23. The concert will take place on the Budweiser Stage after the day's racing action, and the show will be free to all Grand Prix ticket buyers meaning fans can see the legends for as little as $5. Gold Circle premium seating in front of the stage is also available for purchase for $25.