Formula One Organizers Throw Street Parade in Myeong-dong to Promote Race

      September 07, 2011 10:10

      With the Formula One race in Korea less than 40 days away, organizers launched a promotional event in the shopping district of Myeong-dong, Seoul, on Tuesday featuring celebrities and an F1 car.

      The three-day street parade, put together by the Organizing Committee for the F1 Korean Grand Prix, launched with a number of officials and stars. Actor Choi Soo-jong and soprano Chung Soo-kyung were appointed as honorary ambassadors for the race.

      Actor Choi Soo-jong (right) and soprano Chung Soo-kyung (center) pose with Park Joon-young, chairman of the Organizing Committee for the F1 Korean Grand Prix, at a promotional event for the race in Myeong-dong, Seoul on Tuesday.

      Park Joon-young, the chairperson of the committee and governor of South Jeolla Province was also in attendance, as was Lee Charm, the chief of the Korea Tourism Organization. The committee chairperson said he was hoping many people would be able to enjoy the exhilarating speeds and dramatic competition of the upcoming F1 race.

      Now entering its second year, the race will be held at the Korea International Circuit in Yeongam, South Jeolla Province, from Oct. 14 to 16. Ferrari, Red Bull and 10 other teams will each have two drivers complete 55 laps of the 5.615-km circuit, with the top finishers and constructors winning points on a scaled basis.

      Favorites for the race include Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel of Germany, who has won seven of 12 races this season, and Spain's Fernando Alonso, who drives for Ferrari and ranks as the defending champion on the Korean track.

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