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Champ Car axes Denver race The Champ Car World Series today announced the postponement of this season?s Denver Grand Prix, which was to be run on August 15.

The event, which has run for the last five seasons around the Pepsi Center in downtown Denver, will be removed from the 2007 calendar due to concerns over time conflicts with the facilities surrounding the temporary street course. Efforts to find a replacement date that accommodated the Pepsi Center and Champ Car, as well as the University of Colorado Auraria Campus that borders the track layout, were unable to find a suitable date that fit unto the series? race schedule. In addition, Denver?s status as the host city for the Democratic National Convention in 2008 will force Champ Car to keep the event off of the ?08 calendar as well.

?The strong attendance numbers, the backing the event received from the corporate sector as well as the city and county government, and the support of the people of Denver have shown that a Champ Car event can flourish there,? said Champ Car President Steve Johnson. ?Champ Car has made a major investment in building this event over the last five years. We are committed to making every effort to returning to the Mile High City as soon as a viable replacement date can be found.?

The postponement reduces to 16 the number of events on the 2007 Champ Car World Series schedule, the largest number of races on the Champ Car calendar since the 2003 season. Champ Car PR