CART Racing Returns to German Track
Jan. 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.