2003 Chrysler Jeep Superstores Detroit APBA Gold Cup Roars to Success
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DETROIT, Aug. 28 -- After being revived by the Detroit River Regatta Association (DRRA) and the Southeastern Michigan Chrysler Jeep Superstores, the 2003 Chrysler Jeep Superstores Detroit APBA Gold Cup came out of race weekend successful on all fronts.
In a series of events that included race cancellation, race reinstatement and a completely new team organizing the race in only six weeks, the weekend wound up a success.
"I really can't say enough about the team that made this thing happen. I have to thank the Chrysler Jeep Superstores for everything they did to save this event. Without them, there is no race," said Tom D'Eath, chairman and president of the DRRA. "The races will most definitely take place next year, as we prepare to stage the greatest event in the history of the Gold Cup. We don't have a date yet, but we've already got a ticket order for 2004."
The DRRA came in as a new organization with a clean slate. The group's goals were met as everyone has been paid and there is sufficient funding to begin planning for the 2004 event, which will mark the trophy's centennial celebration. The Gold Cup is the oldest awarded trophy in motor sports.
The Chrysler Jeep Superstores Advertising Association saved the race by not only sponsoring the event, but also recruiting D'Eath and his team to run the event. The Chrysler Jeep Superstores Advertising Association has been the event's title sponsor since 2002, with participation from the Chrysler Group. Prior to that, Chrysler and Jeep were the title sponsors from 1996 to 2001.
"We'd like to say 'thanks' to the fans for trusting in us and coming out to support the event," said Jim Schebil, president of the Chrysler Jeep Superstores Advertising Association. "This event was successful because of Detroit's fan base."