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Fan-friendly improvements highlight new innovations for popular Cleveland event

CLEVELAND, Feb. 9, 2006 – A Cleveland tradition will be renewed when the engines roar once again at the Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by U.S. Bank, taking place at Burke Lakefront Airport on June 23 – 25, 2006. This year’s Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by U.S. Bank marks the dawning of a new era for the event, with new ownership that is bringing not only a secure future but also a number of fan-friendly improvements and festival-oriented activities that will greatly enhance the experience for hard-core racing enthusiasts and casual fans alike.

Fans will take notice of one of the improvements before they even step inside the venue, since the Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by U.S. Bank is introducing new flexible ticket options and overall lower ticket prices in order to generate excitement and make the event accessible to a larger number of fans. Tickets will be priced starting at $10, with prices reduced for most ticket types. Group ticket options are also available for groups of 10 or more, including a special 25th anniversary group ticket program featuring prices as low as $25 per person for packages valued at a retail price of $90 per person. New corporate hospitality options are also being introduced to give businesses a variety of affordable opportunities to entertain clients and important guests.

Even with lower ticket prices, fans will get more for their money than ever before at the 2006 Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by U.S. Bank. Innovations include numerous jumbo video screens viewable from all seating locations to allow fans to constantly monitor the action from around the track. The event is also introducing free access to the Paddock for all spectators, giving fans behind-the-scenes access to meet the drivers and see the racing teams up close. Fans that purchase 3-day reserved grandstand tickets in Grandstands D, E and F will also receive a complimentary pit pass, providing an up-close look at the exciting pit action. In addition, visitors will find a number of other fan-friendly improvements such as new entranceways, a convenient internal shuttle, and more on-site parking.

The new ownership is also introducing a number of new attractions that will add to the
excitement of the event for both racing and non-racing fans. New for 2006 will be concerts on Friday and Saturday night featuring nationally known musical acts, with a portion of ticket proceeds being donated to charities including Hole in the Wall Camps. Other attractions will include extreme sports demonstrations and a Go-Kart track where fans will be able to experience first-hand a few laps of open-wheel racing action. Fans will also have the opportunity to enjoy vintage racecar exhibits, the Miss Grand Prix of Cleveland competition, and a Health and Lifestyles Expo. A Family Fun Zone will also be introduced, with interactive games, rides, inflatables, and other activities for children.

“Our goal is to make the event much more than a race,” said Chuck Kosich, General Manager of the Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by U.S. Bank. “We are introducing these great improvements and innovations to enhance the experience for all of our existing fans, and for a new generation of fans. The 2006 Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by U.S. Bank will be a three-day festival that you won’t want to miss.”

For more information on the Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by U.S. Bank contact the event’s downtown business office at (216) 619-RACE (7223) or visit