Toyota take to the streets of Cologne 23 Aug 2004
Toyota's Olivier Panis and Ricardo Zonta brought the sights and sounds of Formula One machinery to Cologne on Saturday when they carried out demonstration runs as part of a promotional event near the Japanese teams German base.
Panis completed two runs of a specially created 1.2 kilometre (0.75 mile) road course in Toyota's 2003 Formula One car, the TF103, exciting fans with a series of burn outs and donuts. Zonta totalled five tours in this year's model, the TF104.
"A fantastic day and a great event," enthused Olivier Panis. "This is what it is all about, giving something back to the fans. I am proud to have been a part of today's Toyota City Grand Prix."
Ricardo Zonta added: "It has been sometime since I have attended an event like the City Grand Prix. The atmosphere was amazing. I hope we gave the Cologne people a good show. I certainly had fun out there."
A total of eight cars, representing a selection of Toyota's European motorsport activities, took part in the event, which was attended by an estimated 50,000 spectators.
German female driver Isolde Holderied and French rally star Didier Auriol took charge of Toyota rally cars during the event. Toyota's former Le Mans and Formula One driver Allan McNish reacquainted himself with the famous GT-One.
Mayor of Cologne, Fritz Schramma and Toyota Germany President, Markus Schrick both attended the day-long festivities.