Champ Car Plans Houston Return

The Champ Car World Series is likely to return to Houston, Texas, next season after a five-year break, according to the Houston Chronicle

Champ Car Plans Houston Return

The series visited the city four times between 1998 and 2001 with a race on the downtown streets of Houston, however the new race is being planned in a different part of the city.

It is being mooted that the race will take place in the Reliant Stadium area of the city. The downtown race was shelved in 2001 because of the increased cost to repair the streets after the series.

Shea Guinn, the president and general manager of SMG-Reliant Park, confirmed the plan. He told the newspaper: "Right now, there isn't much to say other than that we are in discussions with Champ about coming here in 2006."

Joe Chrnelich, the executive vice president of Champ Car further said there is a strong possibility that the series will return to Houston, stating: "We don't have anything to announce at this time, but things seem to be moving in a positive direction.

"There are discussions between the promoters and officials, and it's down to the fine points. Everything has been very positive along the way and hopefully something positive will come out of it. Houston has all the elements we look for in a venue."

A full Champ Car World Series schedule is expected to be released at this weekend's Denver race. It is thought it will include a race around the streets of Philadelphia on Independence Day weekend, and race at Sebring and a Las Vegas street race.

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