Tracy Win Caps Thrilling Weekend at the Grand Prix
CLEVELAND, June 24, 2007 – Under clear blue skies and in front of a near capacity crowd of more than 65,000, Paul Tracy took the checkered flag in the main event to put an exclamation point on a spectacular weekend at the 2007 Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by LaSalle Bank. Grand Prix officials announced total three-day attendance of 151,426, which represents a 28% increase over 2006.
On Sunday, fans arrived early and filled the stands for the star-studded pre-race ceremonies, which included five-time Grammy-winner Lionel Richie, Cleveland Cavaliers legend Larry Nance, and Cleveland Browns stars Joshua Cribbs and Ryan Tucker. Spectators were also treated to a concert with rock legend Ian Hunter and a Navy flyover with two U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornets before honorary starter Richie dropped the green flag to signal the beginning of the race.
The large crowds responded very positively to the new fan amenities and myriad of attractions that lined the event’s midway area. Thousands of fans took advantage of the new Bridgestone Bridge to cross over the pit lane into the all-new Infield Pit Area, where for the first time they could watch all the racing from this unique perspective between the pits and the racetrack. New spectacles such as professional beach volleyball were added to popular returning attractions such as the Miss Grand Prix contest and go-kart track to give fans an incredible variety of off-track activities. And as the sunshine gave way to cool evenings on Friday and Saturday, the festivities continued long into the night with Street Warriorz drag racing and concerts including a performance by Cleveland legends Michael Stanley and the Resonators.
This is the Grand Prix’s second year under new owner Mi-Jack Promotions and CEO Michael T. Lanigan, and Lanigan is enthusiastic about the future of the event.
“We are proud of the tremendous show we put on for the fans this weekend, and we appreciate the huge fan turnout we enjoyed all three days,” said Mike Lanigan. “The Grand Prix of Cleveland has a rich history and is one of the most important events in the Champ Car World Series, so we are honored to have the opportunity to build on that tradition for many years to come.”