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The Hankook United States Touring Car Championship (USTCC) will race through the streets of San Jose at the Champ Car World Series inaugural San Jose Grand Prix!

San Jose, Feb. 24/ C&R Promotions / -- The Hankook United States Touring Car Championship (USTCC) and the Champ Car World Series announced today that the USTCC will race alongside Champ Car at the inaugural San Jose Grand Prix July 29-31, 2005.

"Weve been looking for a glamor race where we could showcase our unique brand of racing" said Robert Porter USTCC promotions Director. "And, when we heard that Champ Car was looking for a support series that would bring that excitement to the sport compact performance generation we knew that the USTCC would be that perfect fit."

"The addition of these four support series to the San Jose Grand Prix schedule provides northern California race fans with one of the most exciting race weekends ever," said San Jose Grand Prix Vice President and General Manager Bob Singleton. "Each of the races that will be contested is a main attraction in its own right, but when combined gives race fans everywhere something to cheer about. We are proud that we have been able to assemble this line-up and look forward to an outstanding weekend of competition."

"The demographics of the USTCC is just what Champ Car needs right now" said Ali Arsham USTCC series director. The Hankook United States Touring Car Championship (USTCC) is the one of the best-known touring car racing series in the US. It features the fastest drivers in the country battling wheel-to-wheel in high performance versions everyday road cars and draws huge race day crowds. The cars retain the shape of their mass production counterparts, and privateer entries from Honda, Ford, Toyota, BMW and Acura are on the grid, while teams also run cars from other makes, including Audi, Mini and Subaru. The engines can generate over 270 horsepower and the cars accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in a staggering 4.2 seconds.

Benefiting the Canary Fund, the San Jose Grand Prix will be the first open-wheel street race in northern California. The plan, which was brought before the council by San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales, calls for the circuit to be designed around the HP Pavilion and the surrounding streets. The San Jose Grand Prix, which will be contested July 29-31, 2005, will be the eighth stop on the 2005 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford schedule and is expected to attract more than 100,000 spectators to downtown San Jose.

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Robert Porter
Public Relations Director, USTCC