General: Founded in 1988, the Champ Car World Series serves as the sanctioning body for the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered By Ford® Series, the premier open-wheel racing series in the United States, and Euorpe, which serves as an essential stepping-stone for drivers striving to reach the pinicole of open wheel racing. The league is based in Indianapolis and has approximately 90 employees.
Founded: Champ Car World Series, LLC was originally founded by the late Wally Dallenbach and was known in the 80's and 90's as the CART Series. Over the years the series became known for its intense racing on a wide variety of tracks such as short oval tracks, super speedway ovals, street and road circuits and large road course tracks. The Champ Car open-wheel racing series is still the ultimate racing series of today, testing a drivers skill, patience and endurance at every race around the world.
Principles: Since its founding, the Champ Car World Series has preserved its founding principles:
- Establish and maintain a governing structure that represents all constituencies in the sport fairly and equitably.
- Control costs associated with racing with a concern for safety and competitive parity.
- Preserve and nurture the heritage of oval track & street racing.
- Provide opportunities for new sponsors, teams and drivers to enter the sport at its highest level.
- Bring Indy-style racing to new markets for both sponsors and fans.
Key Executives: Since 2007 the series is proud to have it's chief executive officer Steve Johnson onboard through 2013. Tony Cottman, serves as president of competition and racing operations.
Type of Racing:
Champ Car World Series: Open-wheel, single-seat, open-cockpit cars featuring a 3.5-liter, 32-valve dual over-head cam, Turbo Charged Ford-Cosworth V-8 engine optimized to run at 14,300 RPM with an estimated 1,000 horsepower.
Chassis Supplier: Panoz (DP01 model)
Engine: Ford Cosworth Turbo Charged V-8
Tire Manufacturer: Bridgestone branded racing tires.
Fuel: Methanol fuel
Championship: Champ Car Series drivers and teams compete for the Champ Car World Series championship, which includes a $1 million championship bonus. Championship points are earned by all participating drivers, with the driver with the highest number of points at the end of the season declared the champion.
Media Reach: Speed TV And The Champ Car Network provides comprehensive high-definition television coverage of the Champ Car Series, including a motorsports-first 360 degree HD in-car camera.
Fan Base: The more than 80 million men and women who support the Champ Car World Series around the globe are not your typical motorsports fan. Compared to the national average and most other motorsports series, The Champ Car Series fans are younger, more educated and interested in the vast range of technical advantages of this series.
Brand Assets: The Champ Car World Series is focused on communicating its brand by focusing on assets that are uniquely its own:
Speed - The Champ Car Series races faster and closer than any other form of motorsports.
Innovation - Pioneering inventions from the rear-view mirror to the SAFER Barrier.
Technology - With partners at Bridgestone, Ford-Cosworth Engineering and Panoz-G Force, Inc, the Champ Car World Series is the most technologically advanced racing series in the world today. The series is also constantly pursuing the advancement of motorsports by expanding the it's technology barrier.