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Grand Prix of Cleveland earns highest champ car tv rating


Whether it was on television nationally or in the stands at Burke Lakefront Airport , fans turned out in droves to witness the 24th annual Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland, held June 24-26 in downtown Cleveland .

After leading the way with the top-rated Champ Car domestic television broadcast in 2004, this year’s exciting race on the airport tarmac garnered the highest rating of the season to date for the Champ Car World Series. 

La Prensas Ruben Torres and Helena Rosa with Oriol Servia of spain, third place finisher in Clevelands Grand Prix

According to ratings information provided by Nielsen Media Research, the Grand Prix of Cleveland, which aired nationally on CBS television from 1:30 - 4 p.m. ET on Sunday June 26, earned a final rating of .9 with a 2 share. The broadcast was seen in well over one million homes by an estimated 1,052,000 viewers. The rating represented a total that was more than double the amount of estimated viewers for Champ Car’s previous races that aired on CBS this season.

 “We’re delighted that so many fans from across the country were able to tune in and witness a tremendous race with the beautiful downtown Cleveland skyline and shores of Lake Erie as the backdrop,” said Grand Prix of Cleveland General Manager Rena Shanaman. “It’s certainly an honor for the Grand Prix to lead the way in Champ Car’s TV ratings so far this season, and that doesn’t even count the millions of people who witnessed the event around the world through Champ Car’s international television broadcast.”

 In addition to the Champ Car telecast, five more hours of Grand Prix action will be aired on SPEED Channel. Races from the Trans-Am Road Racing Series and the SPEED World Challenge have already been broadcast on SPEED while both Cleveland races from the Toyota Atlantic Championship aired on Saturday, July 9 on the nation’s leading motorsports network, beginning at 2 p.m. ET

 An impressive crowd was also on hand throughout the weekend at Burke Lakefront Airport and the boisterous fans enjoyed a thrilling Champ Car race on 2.106-mile road circuit that featured six lead changes before Canadian Paul Tracy captured the checkered flag for his 30th series victory.

 Race officials announced that 89,788 fans attended the Grand Prix over the three-day celebration of speed, representing a significant increase over 2004 attendance figures.

Event organizers are already putting plans in place for next season, when the Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of its summertime speed festival on the city shoreline. For more information, visit the event’s official web site at www.grandprixofcleveland.com





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