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INDIANAPOLIS, April 5, 2006– With the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season opener just days away, Champ Car and AMS Productions have collaborated to produce “Champ Car Driver,” an hour-long Champ Car season preview show which will air on SPEED, Saturday, April 9 at 11:00 p.m. EDT.

Two “Champ Car Driver” cameras joined the inaugural Champ Car Turbo Tour and combining those interviews and footage with highlights from last season the show gives an entertaining and comprehensive look into the upcoming season.

“The Champ Car Turbo Tour brought Champ Car to our North American race markets and now 'Champ Car Driver' is bringing the excitement of the tour to all of our fans on SPEED,” said Steve Johnson, Champ Car President and CEO. “This season preview show does a great job capturing the excitement of the Turbo Tour and wrapping a preview of each event into that storyline.”

“Champ Car Driver” chronicles the five day trip in series' co-owner Kevin Kalkhoven’s Gulfstream G550 including a fan forum in Portland, a Toronto Raptors game and a trip to RodeoHouston. The show also features segments away from Champ Car including Paul Tracy fulfilling his need for speed in his 170-mph Skater boat.

The Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season opens on the streets of Long Beach on April 7 with first round qualifying. The Bridgestone Pole Award will be given on Saturday, April 8 and the 2006 season hits full throttle at 4:00 p.m. ET when the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach takes the green flag. Fans who can’t make it to Long Beach can watch the race live on NBC Sports.