Denver Grand Prix canceled for '07, '08

DENVER -- Scheduling conflicts this year and the Democratic National Convention next year have prompted the postponement of the 2007 and 2008 Denver Grand Prix, Champ Car World Series announced Thursday.

Champ Car President Steve Johnson said he hoped to bring the race back to Denver, where it has been run the past five seasons.

"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," Johnson said in a statement.

This year's race was postponed because of conflicts with facilities surrounding the temporary street course, which wends its way around the Pepsi Center sports arena, according to a statement. Next year's event was bumped from its August weekend because of preparations for the convention.

Even with the Aug. 15 race off its schedule, the 2007 Champ Car World Series schedule has 16 events, the largest number or races since the 2003 season, officials said.

Earlier this month, Johnson told The Denver Post that lack of a promoter, title sponsor and competing Champ Car events raised concerns.

A race in Elkhart Lake, Wis., was scheduled on Aug. 12 -- a week before the Denver Grand Prix and two European expansion races were added for Sept. 2 and Sept. 9.

Local promoter Bob Sutton, then CEO of Centrix Financial, had pulled out before last year's race because of business problems. Centrix also withdrew as title sponsor.