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News in brief from Indianapolis - Friday 26 Sep 2003

Nick Heidfeld (GER) Sauber.
Formula One World Championship, Rd15, United States Grand Prix, Preparations, Indianapolis, USA, 25 September 2003

Life is sweet for Sauber
Sauber drivers Nick Heidfeld and Heinz-Harald Frentzen were among the guests at the 20th Annual Young Audiences of Indiana Chocolate Fest on Thursday. After signing autographs the pair visited the participating chefs, restaurants and chocolate makers, and also worked together in creating their very own chocolate dessert.

"I live in Switzerland, a country which is known for their excellent chocolate all over the world, but I was curious to see how American-made chocolate tastes like and must say that it's very good too," commented Heidfeld approvingly. All desserts made at the festival, including the Sauber drivers' creation, will be sold to support arts education programmes in Indiana schools.

Formula One legend Stewart to star at Indy
Three-time Formula One world champion Sir Jackie Stewart will be honoured on Sunday by driving ceremonial laps around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway shortly before the start of the United States Grand Prix. Stewart will be at the wheel of Ford's high-performance GT concept car.

Stewart is no stranger to the American circuit, having twice competed in the Indianapolis 500, in 1966 and 1967. In his rookie "500", he led 40 laps toward the end of the race but was relegated to a sixth-place finish due to mechanical problems. His impressive drive earned him Rookie of the Year honours.

Schumacher visits children's hospital
Michael Schumacher and Ferrari's Sporting Director Jean Todt visited the Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis on Thursday in their capacity as special ambassadors to San Marino. The pair chatted with the children there as patients, as well as handing over a model of the Ferrari F2002.

"The children and their families and also all of us, have really appreciated their generosity and the feeling of warmth which it generated," said Professor Howard Eigen, director of the hospital's Pneumology and Intensive Care department. For Schumacher, it was his first public engagement since his investiture as an ambassador to the Republic of San Marino at the start of September.