March 24, 2005
Source: Audi of America
CORAL SPRINGS, FL – The world’s largest Audi showroom celebrated its Grand Opening Sunday night, March 20th. With a gala atmosphere, Champion Audi celebrated the opening of their new 61,000+ sq. ft. facility in Coral Springs, Florida. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG spoke at the event and was joined by fellow AUDI AG Boardmembers Dr. Jochem Heizmann, Ralph Weyler and Rupert Stadler to congratulate Dave Maraj, owner of Champion Audi and Don Skuta, Champion’s Vice President on their accomplishment and vision. Audi of America, Inc.’s Executive Vice President, Johan de Nysschen, was in attendance as well with members of his management team. The centerpiece to the evening was the race winning Audi R8 fresh from the 12 Hours of Sebring.
Attendees to this gala evening came from around the world including all six race car drivers from Champion Racing: Finland’s JJ Lehto, Germany’s Marco Werner and Frank Biela, Denmark’s Tom Kristensen, Italy’s Emanuele Pirro and Allan McNish of Scotland. Other luminaries in the audience included Dr. Don Panoz, founder of the American Le Mans Series and Formula One race car driver and five-time Le Mans winner Derek Bell. All in all, over 400 customers, VIPs and dignitaries attended the event.
This was the perfect conclusion to a weekend where Champion Racing working in partnership with Audi Sport North America won the 12 Hours of Sebring with the closest competitive finish in the race’s 53-year history (The No. 1 Audi R8 posted a 6.365-second win over the No. 2 car). The victory extended Audi’s winning streak at Sebring to six consecutive victories.
Champion Audi in Coral Springs is Champion’s second Audi dealership. Their original facility remains in Pompano Beach where Champion Motorsport is headquartered. Founded in 1988 by owner Dave Maraj, it is Champion’s unwavering commitment to customer service, stunning designer showrooms, and unrivaled innovations in sales and marketing that has led to their continued success.