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Friday, June 23, 2006

Antique cars will once again pass through Brazil, but a stop here is not anticipated. The nearest pit stop will be in Greencastle.

The Great Race will travel west to its destination of San Rafael, Calif.. The race begins in Philadelphia.

If you would like to see the cars up close, the drivers plan a two-hour pit stop on Greencastle's town square from 9:30-11:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 28.

The Great Race drivers compete for a $270,000 purse, with a top cash prize of $100,000 going to the Grand Champion.

"The Great Race was last seen in Greencastle in 2003, and we're thrilled to be bringing it to the community once again," said Bill Ewing, Chief Executive Officer for event organizers Rally Partners.

More than 100 antique cars and 250 people, including NASCAR team owner Jack Roush and two recent Winter Olympics medalists, will be stopping in Greencastle during the race, said Michael Nees, the executive director of Main Street Greencastle.

The first car will arrive at approximately 9:31 a.m. and the last car will leave at approximately 11:30 a.m. In between, the other cars will arrive in one-minute intervals.

During their 30-minute pit stop, there will be "30 old cars on the square" at any given time after they start arriving, Nees said.

The National Guard will set up a climbing wall during the event. The National Guard is sponsoring The Great Race this year.

The Great Race will cause several street closings on the morning of Wednesday, June 28. From 6 a.m. to noon the north and east sides of the courthouse will be closed.

The timed race, in which the winner is the one who sticks the closest to the set time frame will go around the world in 2008 to celebrate the original 1908 race from New York to Paris.

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The Brazil Times Editor Frank Phillips contributed to this report.

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