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CART Racing Returns to German Track

January 10, 2003

BERLIN (AP) _ The CART race in Germany in May will be held on the same track where Alex Zanardi lost his legs in a crash in 2001.

The 2002 race in Germany was canceled when the state-of-the-art circuit ran into financial trouble.

The German 500 on May 11 will be held at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz oval in Klettwitz, south of Berlin, six days after a race at the Brands Hatch circuit in England.

CART president Chris Pook said Friday that CART had entered into a ``strategic relationship″ with the circuit.

``The German market is very important to us,″ Pook said.

CART faces tough competition in Europe from the Formula One series.

The German 500 will be the only major open-wheel oval-track racing event in Europe in 2003. The EuroSpeedway circuit is a 2-mile oval.

In 2001, the American Memorial 500 was held four days after the Sept. 11 attacks. Zanardi lost both legs in a horrendous crash on the oval before a crowd of 80,000.

Pook said Zanardi will be invited to the May race.

``We owe him a lot of respect and whatever he wants to do, he’ll do,″ Pook said.

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