SOURCE: San Jose Convention & Visitors Bureau

July 19, 2005 12:54 ET

San Jose Revs Up for Grand Prix

Inaugural Race Weekend a Great Time to Experience "Gateway to the Bays"

SAN JOSE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 19, 2005 -- Even before the green flag drops at the Taylor Woodrow Grand Prix of San José's inaugural race the weekend of July 29-31, the action and fun will be in high gear. The weekend filled with racing, music, and more is a great time to make the short drive and experience all that San José has to offer.

The San José Convention and Visitors Bureau (SJCVB) encourages Californians to make their way to San José for the first ever Taylor Woodrow Grand Prix of San José; from museums to performing arts to fine dining, California's 3rd-largest city -- and now the 10th-largest city in the United States -- has it all.

The race's downtown location means convenience for visitors -- the course is steps away from the area's finest hotels and other amenities. For example, the Crowne Plaza, Hilton San Jose & Towers and the San Jose Marriott all border the course, while others lie within walking distance or within an easy drive of downtown. Hotel room occupancy is close to sell out, so be sure to book accommodations well in advance.

Race Weekend More Than Fast Cars

The Grand Prix means more than fast-paced racing action through the streets of San José -- it also means non-stop fun!

Events kick off on Wednesday, July 27 during a night of race-themed fun and film. Cinema San Pedro will present fans the opportunity to see a racecar, meet drivers, and try their hand at the world of Grand Prix racing in a simulator, before being wowed by a high-speed double feature: "Super Speedway," the ultimate IMAX racing experience, and the post-apocalyptic cult classic "The Road Warrior," starring Mel Gibson as "Mad Max." All events are free of charge.

Thursday, July 28 will bring Miller's Music in the Park at Plaza de Caesar Chavez from 5 to 10 p.m., a free concert featuring the sounds of reggae with Everton Blender and Wisdom.

Friday, July 29 is when the racing circuit says thanks to the fans through activities including an autograph session with the entire field of drivers. The day will also be packed with qualifying sessions that ticket holders can witness from the grandstands. At 6 p.m. the Canary Fund kicks off its Grand Prix fundraiser, "Cabana" for cancer research. Attendees can mix and mingle with Grand Prix drivers, enjoy a clambake, and rock to the sounds of the B-52s! For tickets to this must attend summer event, visit http://www.canaryfund.org/cabana.html.

Also on Friday evening will be La Preciosa Gran Fiesta Hispana, a free concert for those within the racetrack boundaries, featuring two outstanding groups -- including Grammy winning artist Jose Jose and Los Angeles Negros. This concert takes place at the Miller Stage in front of the Convention Center and begins at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 30 brings even more high-speed excitement to San José's streets as the drivers continue to prepare for race day. Wrap up the day from 5 to 7 p.m. as the finalists for Miss San José Grand Prix vie for the crown. Afterwards, explore downtown's vibrant club scene, where the party keeps going!

Sunday, the green flag drops on events including two races to whet fans' appetites before the Grand Prix gets underway at 2 p.m.

Family Fun -- from Museums and Mysteries to "America's Pastime"

San José, California's oldest city, has many unique attractions for young and old alike before or after the race. History San José at Kelley Park gives visitors a chance to step back in time and see what life was like for the city's earlier inhabitants long before anyone had ever dreamed of a "Silicon Valley."

Visitors who like history mixed with a bit of mystery will find it abounds at the Winchester Mystery House. This 19th Century, 160-room mansion, constructed by firearms-fortune heiress Sarah Winchester over nearly four decades, has doors that open into thin air, stairways that lead to nowhere, and many other oddities.

San José also offers a wide array of world-class museums, where patrons can see everything from an ancient Egyptian mummy at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum to the latest in technology at the Tech Museum of Innovation or hands-on fun at the Children's Discovery Museum. The city's Museum of Art also offers glimpses at some great works free of charge.

Those seeking sports beyond the four-wheeled variety will find many options in San José -- from the diamond to the links, the city has what visitors are looking for. The San José Giants, the Class-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, take the field at Municipal Stadium July 29-31 against the Bakersfield Blaze for family-friendly, affordable baseball action. For those who would rather tee it up, San José is the gateway to a wide range of golf options. Both country clubs and public courses offer some of the best golfing in the Western United States on courses designed by premier golfers such as Robert Trent Jones and Jack Nicklaus.

Travel Planning Made Easy

To create the perfect race-weekend getaway in San José, visit http://www.sanjose.org/sjgp or email sjgphousing@sanjose.org for information on special rates at participating San José hotels. Accommodations may also be booked by calling 408.792.4168 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT, Monday through Friday.

About the Taylor Woodrow Grand Prix of San José

The Taylor Woodrow Grand Prix of San José is one of the biggest sporting events ever to hit the South Bay. The three-day inaugural event, which runs July 29-31 through the streets of downtown San Jose, features some of the most talented open-wheel drivers in the world, competing in the famed Champ Car World Series. The event's beneficiary, Canary Fund, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance the science of the early detection of cancer and the Grand Prix will serve as a platform for promoting the cause. San Jose will be the 8th stop on the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford schedule. It will be nationally televised on Speed Channel, as well as reaching an additional 140 countries worldwide with more than 60 million viewers. For more information about the Taylor Woodrow Grand Prix of San José, visit http://www.sanjosegrandprix.com.

About The San José Convention & Visitors Bureau (SJCVB)

The San José Convention & Visitors Bureau's (SJCVB) mission is to enhance the image and economic well being of San José by taking the leadership role in marketing San José as a globally recognized destination. The SJCVB offers meeting planners, tour operators, and individual visitors a team of professionals who can assist with their destination planning process from beginning to end. To receive a copy of the Bureau's Meeting Planning Guide or Official Visitors Guide, please contact the SJCVB at 1.800.SAN.JOSE (1.800.726.5673) or visit http://www.sanjose.org.

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