Brisbane will witness the colour, excitement and atmosphere of the Lexmark Indy 300 at Midday on Thursday 1 September for the official launch of the Gold Coast event.

For the first time in Brisbane's history, a 750-horsepower Champ Car and a Holden and Ford V8 Supercar will roar around a street circuit in the heart of the city in front of a large lunchtime audience on the first day of spring.

Lord Mayor Campbell Newman said he was very excited that the launch of such a popular international event would be held in Brisbane.

"It will provide a great opportunity to show the rest of the world that Brisbane is an exciting and vibrant world-class city," he said. "What better backdrop for the launch of an international event than sunny blue skies, the Brisbane River, Kangaroo Point Cliffs and the CBD.

"I encourage the people of Brisbane to come into the city at lunchtime on September 1, see a real Champ Car and two V8 Supercars drive around the streets of Brisbane live, meet the drivers and get a taste of Indy."

A 'real' Champ Car is being flown out from the United States for the Official Launch. The green-and-gold Team Australia Champ Car will be driven around a special street circuit by the first full-time Australian driver in Champ Car history, Marcus Marshall.

The 26-year-old who hails from the Gold Coast will be joined by fellow Queensland motorsport drivers David Besnard and Paul Morris who will drive V8 Supercars around the Brisbane circuit. Besnard will captivate the crowd in his WPS Racing Ford Falcon, while Morris will pilot the Team Kiwi Holden Commodore.

Lexmark Indy 300 General Manager James O'Brien said the launch will give Brisbane an adrenaline-charged taste of Queensland's premier Event.

"This will be the most spectacular launch of the Lexmark Indy 300 in its 15-year history," he said. "We will generate greater awareness and excitement about Queensland's premier Event in Queensland's capital City.

"There is no better way to do it than in the heart of Brisbane at lunchtime in glorious Spring conditions, with the Brisbane River and historical CBD buildings like the Conrad Treasury Hotel as a backdrop.

"We find that once people taste the action and atmosphere the Lexmark Indy 300 generates, they keep coming back for more. We're hopeful that we'll be able to entice the thousands of people that will watch the Launch to attend the Lexmark Indy 300 on the Gold Coast from October 20 to 23."

Just after Midday on Thursday September 1, the three cars will set off from the Stanley Street on-ramp to the Riverside Expressway and proceed north next to the magnificent Brisbane River showcasing the Kangaroo Point cliffs to the East and South Bank to the West.

The cars will take the Elizabeth Street exit, turn right into William Street and then do two laps around a secured circuit that loops the Conrad Treasury Hotel. The circuit includes William Street, a left turn into Margaret Street, a left turn into George Street and a left turn into Elizabeth Street.

After two laps, the Team Australia Champ Car, WPS Racing V8 Supercar and Team Kiwi V8 Supercar will pull into Queen's Park outside Conrad Treasury, where the drivers will be interviewed on-stage.

The entertainment in Queen's Park between 12 midday and 12.30pm will also include a catwalk parade by the Bartercard Miss Indy and Bartercard Miss V8 Supercar girls, and public display of all the categories of cars that will be racing at the Lexmark Indy 300 this year.



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