Charlie Johnstone, president of the Grand Prix of Toronto responds to questions about the 2008 race

    TORONTO, Feb. 27 /CNW/ - An announcement last Friday of the unification
of the Indy Racing League (IRL) and Champ Car series and today's press
conference outlining the details of that merger have left the fate of the 2008
running of the Grand Prix of Toronto in question. The Grand Prix of Toronto
slotted into the July 4th through 6th date on the Champ Car series calendar
long before the issue of the unification of the two racing series was settled
and conflicts with an IRL race with a 60-year history at Watkins Glen.
    "We entered into negotiations with Exhibition Place several months ago,
and as you can appreciate, Exhibition Place has many other functions and
events throughout the summer and into the fall, including the CNE," said
Charlie Johnstone, president of the Grand Prix of Toronto. "Finding an
appropriate alternate time slot based on the respective schedule of the venue,
the city and the racing league is proving to be difficult under this tight
time frame. We will continue to work diligently with all of the key players to
find a solution, but the reality is that we may have to prepare ourselves for
    Discussions will continue until such date as the complete schedule is
finalized and released from the IRL.
    "There is tremendous support for the Toronto race from our loyal fans,
sponsors, partners, drivers and government," said Johnstone. "The Toronto
Grand Prix is a keystone of the Toronto summer schedule and an important
economic driver for the city."

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