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Cary Company Puts Fans In The Driver's Seat With Virtual Tour

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CARY — A Cary company makes it possible for you to"virtually" tour a Championship Auto RacingTeam's tracksideheadquarters.

3dvillage offers avirtualtourof the PacWest CARTteam's Summit Hospitality area. The company made its mark designing online virtual tours of cities like Charleston,universities and tourist spots.

Using your mouse, you can walk through the awning-covered hospitality area.

"They'd be able to click on the kitchen andpull up a menu for the day. They have a chefthat travels with them and does an extensivemenu," says Greg Meluch of 3dvillage.

Moving along into the team trailer, virtualvisitors can peek into the team's computer-driven nerve center.3dvillage hopes to expand its unique Web-based program to help fans pick their seats in stadiums or tracks.

"3dvillage will be able to take people there anddrop them down into the stands and be able tohave them look and see exactly what their viewis going to be during raceday," Meluch says.

Meluch got some hands-on experience with the PacWest car in preparation for the tour.

"The same car that Mauricio [Gugelmin] was able to seta record last year and go 242 miles an hour, Inever got it out of third gear and actually made itup to 83 miles an hour. It was the fastest I feltgoing," he says.

The PacWest tour is free and will be introduced during the Long Beach Grand Prix this weekend. One of the PacWest team cars is sponsored byRaleigh-based Invensys Powerware Systems.

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