Despite some degree of uncertainty regarding Champ Car's role in the Surfers Paradise event beyond the end of its current contract, those involved in the organisation appear keen to maintain the status quo.

The 2007 event once again proved a success, with huge crowds, happy sponsors, celebrity appearances and a race won by Sebastien Bourdais that will go down in history. The final four-day attendance figure for Australia was 314,136 - an increase over last season - that provided continued evidence that the Surfers Paradise event remains one of the crown jewels on the Champ Car schedule.

In an editorial the day after the race, the Gold Coast Bulletin newspaper labelled the event 'the greatest single weekend in the Gold Coast's dynamic calendar of major events', citing the $60 million that it generates for the area on an annual basis. Lexmark Indy 300 chairman Terry Mackenroth has since promised a bigger and better event next season, while general manager Greg Hooton plans to keep this event growing for years to come.

"Our current agreement will take us through to the 2008 event and we expect to cement a formal arrangement between the Queensland Government and our event partners IMG to take us through another five-year contractual period up to and inclusive of the 2013 event," Hooton said, "We look forward to working together with the state government well beyond 2008. Together, we have worked tirelessly to make this event not only one of the most successful in Australia, but more strategically one of the true iconic motorsports events in the world."

Queensland premier Anna Bligh, who attended two days of the event, agreed that the event needed to be maintained, even if her visit was dampened by the misfortune that befell local favourite Will Power.

"Obviously, I'm a bit disappointed about Team Australia, [but] you can't help but get swept up in the excitement of such a big international event and it's a great opportunity for the Gold Coast to be on display for the world," she noted.

Numerous international, national and regional companies offered their support to this year's event, including Juniper Soul, which will back returnee Nelson Philippe and Conquest Racing for the last two races of the season, and PBS Equities, which displayed its colours on the #8 Rocketsports entry driven by Alex Tagliani.



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