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10/27/00

CART fines Servia  CART Chief Steward J. Kirk Russell announced Friday that PPI Motorsports rookie Oriol Servia was fined $20,000 and forfeited the championship points earned for his ninth-place finish in the Honda Indy 300 as a result of on-track infractions stemming from separate incidents during the Oct. 15 event at Surfers Paradise, Australia. Servia was cited for unjustifiable risk, (CART Rule 8.13), unsportsmanlike conduct (CART Rule 1.77), violation of the yellow-flag rule (CART Rule 6.10.4C) and short-cutting the course (CART Rule 6.13.2), all of which came in two separate incidents on the 48th of 59 laps. Servia first did not heed a local caution flag during the lap in question, passing three cars in the process, then made contact with Paul Tracy, forcing Tracy's retirement from the event. He received the fine and the loss of four points as a result. Servia will be credited with his finishing position although he won't earn the points. The drivers who finished in 10th through 13th positions will not move up in the finishing order. Russell issued his ruling following extensive review of the incident on tape, as well as Friday morning interviews of Servia and Tracy.

10/27/00

Team Kool Green wins Craftsman Pitstop competition  The crew for Paul Tracy (KOOL Honda Reynard) of Team KOOL Green, headed by Team Manager and Crew Chief Tony Cotman, successfully defended its championship in the Craftsman Pit Crew Challenge Friday and divided a $50,000 award from Craftsman, the Official Tool of CART, for the performance. Tracy's crew defeated the crews for Cristiano da Matta (Pioneer/MCI WorldCom Toyota Reynard) of PPI Racing, Patrick Carpentier (Player's Forsythe Racing Team Ford Reynard) of Player's Forsythe Racing, and the joint Patrick Racing entries of Adrian Fernandez (Tecate/Quaker State/Patrick Racing Ford Reynard) and Roberto Moreno (Visteon Ford Reynard) in the second annual competition. The winners averaged 37.191 seconds for the two fastest of the eight pit stops they made during the competition. Da Matta's crew finished second with an average of 38.102 seconds, followed by Carpentier's, at 38.125 seconds; Moreno's, at 38.227 seconds and Fernandez', at 38.584 seconds. Members of the winning crew included Cotman, the outside front tire changer; Eric Haverson, the outside rear tire changer; Stephen Price, the inside rear tire changer; Lenny Gauci, the inside front tire changer; Jeff Stafford, the vent/air jack man; and fuel man Chuck Miller.

10/27/00

This is a photo of a painting by James Smith.  It has been signed by the entire CART grid plus other Player's drivers and notables such as Mario, Paul Page and Parker Johnstone. As a big fan of Greg's, James wanted to do something special in his memory. He is donating this original painting to the Greg Moore Foundation (www.GregMoore.com) where it will be auctioned off in the spring of 2001Picture basis of Greg Moore Painting  On our main page we have as our 'picture of the week' an original painting titled "A MOMENT OF SILENCE" honoring the anniversary of a fallen hero, Greg Moore by James Smith (Right).  At the far right is the original picture it was based on by Bill Kistler.

10/27/00

Good Memo Gidley quotes from Fontana  On handling and setup: "The car is handling pretty good; I think it's the best car we've had on an oval at this point in a race weekend. We rolled off the truck a little bit loose, but we made major improvements through the session. Our performance is especially promising considering the fact that we are one of the few teams that did not have the opportunity to test here at Fontana." On the raw speed and powerful draft at California Speedway: "The layout at Michigan is similar, but we run about five miles per hour faster here at Fontana and you can definitely feel the difference. The draft is so strong, that you come up in back of somebody and pick up speed very quickly. You're on the rev limiter in no time, the whole car starts shaking, and things become a bit of a blur. It feels like that classic scene in Star Trek, when Captain Kirk calls for warp drive and suddenly the star-field becomes a thousand rays of light. You head into turn one at such high speed, the whole thing doesn't make sense on some kind of basic human level. It's a lot of fun." 

10/27/00

Paul Tracy and wife Liisa separated  Source: Canoe - Nearing his 32nd birthday, with his second marriage on the rocks, Tracy has focused entirely on racing. "We're legally separated," Tracy said. "If anything, it probably has made it easier to be totally into my racing, not to be arguing and fighting all the time. "It happened right before Elkhart Lake (Wis.) -- and I won two races in a row. Liisa went on living in the house (in Las Vegas) while I stayed with Jimmy (Vasser), but now she has an apartment and I'm back in the house. "I still hope we'll get back together, but we need to work through a lot of stuff before that can happen." 

10/27/00

Live CART TV for Brazil announced for 2001  The Brazilian network 'TV Record' and the Sports International Marketing company signed an exclusive contract to broadcast live all 22 CART races in 2001. Emerson Fittipaldi is involved.  They said they intend to give the series the attention it deserves.  This is this networks 1st big time sports endeavor and they intend to make it an important part of their broadcast strategy.

10/27/00

Winner of Max Papis Helmet design announced  Max Papis and Nutella have announced the winner of the Max Papis Helmet design.  Max will wear the helmet this weekend in Fontana.  CONGRATULATIONS TO: Alyssa Halfman from Wisconsin.  Max Papis: “Congratulations to Alyssa Halfman that will soon receive a signed copy of the helmet she designed. I hope that Alyssa will be proud to display it in her home, as I will be proud to wear it during the Season finale race in Fontana, California.   Thanks to everybody for caring so much and taking time to participate in the 2000 Nutella/MaxPapis helmet contest. I would like to let you know that I had a lot of fun in creating, following and, at the end, judging the entries. The final choice has not been easy because of the quality of all the work received. I would like to congratulate all of you for being creative and caring so much. Look forward to the next MaxPapis.com contest.” 

10/27/00

PPI and Toyota end relationship  After earning 25 off-road championships, a CART Toyota Atlantic Championship Series title and five years of CART FedEx Championship Series competition together, PPI Motorsports and Toyota today jointly announced the end of their successful 19-year motorsports relationship. The partnership will conclude following this season's Baja 2000 (Nov. 9-16), in which PPI Motorsports will field its Toyota Tundra Trophy Truck with drivers Ivan "Ironman" Stewart and Larry Roeseler. Full Story

10/27/00

ARCA to be support race for CART at MIS  While the Indy Lights cars will not be a support race for the Champ cars at Michigan next year, ARCA stock cars will be.

10/27/00

Title contenders discuss upcoming battle  Four of the five CART title contenders - Gil de Ferran, Adrian Fernandez, Kenny Brack and Roberto Moreno discuss the Championship battle leading into the season finale Marlboro 500 at the California Speedway Interview (18:00 min.)

10/27/00

Australian Marcos Ambrose wins Dorricott Racing test  During the Australian CART weekend a 'Young Guns' race was run.  10 drivers in identical Honda Integra saloons competed.  Australian Marcos Ambrose, who raced in British F3 this year, won the race and with it a guaranteed test for Dorricott Racing in one of their Indy Lights cars.

10/27/00

Telefonica CART sponsorship safe?  Although Telefonica has decided to pull out of F1, sources say they intend to stay in CART, the World Rally Championship, Motorcycling and the Spanish Formula Nissan series.  Therefore, we assume that wherever Spaniard Oriol Servia lands so too will his Telefonica sponsorship.

10/27/00

Friday Trivia  Did NASCAR ever run a Winston Cup race at Trenton Speedway in New Jersey?  Answer:  Yes and no.  Before it was called Winston Cup, NASCAR called their top series the NASCAR Grand National Series.  In 1969 NASCAR ran their first Grand National race at the newly extended 1.5-mile Trenton Speedway.  It was a 300 miler and the winner was David Pearson driving the blue and gold #17 Holman and Moody Ford.

10/27/00

Fittipaldi and Andretti to appear on Disney Channel  Big Kmart/Texaco/Havoline driver Michael Andretti and Big Kmart/Route 66 driver Christian Fittipaldi will appear as guest stars in an episode of the Disney Channel's original series, "The Jersey," the No. 1 rated show on The Disney Channel, which is seen in approximately 62 million homes (airdate TBD). The Newman/Haas Racing drivers shot the segment on Wednesday, October 25 at Irwindale Speedway in California prior to participating in this weekend's CART FedEx Championship Series season finale, The Marlboro 500 at California Speedway, on Sunday, October 29.  "The Jersey," follows the fantastic athletic adventures of 15-year-old Nick Lighter, his cousin Morgan and his Monday Night Football Club friends. Nick inherits an old football jersey from his deceased grandfather, but it's more than an ordinary jersey…it's a magical portal into the world of professional sports. Its bearer is transported off the couch, onto the playing field and into the shoes, or in this case race car, of major sports celebrities. Andretti and Fittipaldi will join a roster of previous guests that include many of the world's top athletes. Some of the football greats that have appeared on the show include Steve Young, Kurt Warner, Payton Manning, Marshall Faulk, Terrell Davis and Doug Flutie. Basketball icons Lisa Leslie and David Robinson as well as National Hockey League heavy hitters Jeremy Roenick and Sergei Federov have also appeared on the show. Major League Baseball All-Stars Nomar Garciaparra and Gary Sheffield as well as other top athletes including Michelle Kwan, Brandi Chastain, Tony Hawk, Michael Johnson and Dominique Dawes, as well as many others have made a guest appearance as well. In the episode entitled "Three Boys and a Nephew," Nick Lighter (Michael Galeota) desperately wants to be bumped-up to first string on the football team. He tries to win points with Coach Clifford by babysitting his eight-year-old nephew, but the Jersey transports the boy into the race car of Andretti while he, Fittipaldi, and the other series drivers race at speeds over 200 mph. 

10/26/00

Thursday Trivia  What happened to Mario Andretti when the Viceroy sponsored Vels Parnelli teamed debuted their F1 car at Watkins Glen? Answer:  The car would not start on the grid and he was left standing as the field got away.  They pushed the car to the side and after several laps got it started.  He then turned some very fast laps during the race and at one time was running faster than the leaders.

10/26/00

Fontana Pre-Race Press Releases  Pre Race Notes | Quotes | Race Facts | TV and Radio Schedule | Team Rahal | Toyota | Indy Lights Preview | Weather Forecast | Pitcrew Competition | Players

New Paint for da Matta | Target Ganassi | Team Green

10/25/00

Rahal addresses financial investors, CART earnings up again  During today's 3rd quarter CART financial status conference call, Bobby Rahal brought up these key points:
1. CART is waiting until the exclusive negotiation period with ABC and ESPN expires in mid-December. CART will then know what other networks are willing to pay for the TV contract and what their options are.
2. They settled the lawsuit over the failed Hawaiian Super Prix performance bond and CART received $1.4 million. See also their 3rd Quarter financial statement.  They have spent and/or will spend the entire $1.4 million on marketing before the end of the year.
3. They are down to eight candidates for the President/CEO position, none of which are from "inside" CART.  He said the candidates are from entertainment business backgrounds (Is this good?).
4. CART expects to have 29-30 cars in each race next year (we count less).
5. A big part of their "business model" for the future is street and road courses in the U.S. and ovals in Europe.  Existing races that "under perform" will be replaced with the stuff that performs (We could not agree more).

10/25/00

ISC undertakes feasibility study in Denver  According to this article, ISC has entered into an agreement with a land developer in Denver to study the feasibility of building a racing facility in the town of Aurora, Colorado, an eastern suburb of Denver.  The site is not far from where Penske was looking to build a a track before they merged with ISC.

10/25/00

New oval planned for Sweden  A new 1.5 mile oval and 3-mile F1 road course is planned for a site some 30 miles west of Stockholm, Sweden.  The Viking Motorsports Park would become Europe's 3rd oval track, joining Rockingham in England and the Eurospeedway in Germany, both new CART venues for 2001.  The tracks owners are not courting a CART race at this time as they doubt CART is ready to expand into Sweden.  They do, however, intend to run ASCAR races - Europe's version of NASCAR that comes online in 2001.  The facility would also include a drag strip, a racing school, karting center and rally staging area.

10/25/00

Gil de Ferran to be featured on TV sports special  Gil de Ferran will be featured on the Gillette World Sports Special, a magazine style television program which airs in over 130 countries. The in-depth interview will be shown on FOX Sports Net affiliates in the US beginning Friday, October 27 and continuing through Wednesday, November 1. Check your local listings for air times and dates. 

10/25/00

FedEx to sponsor CART in 2001  FedEx will again be the title sponsor for CART in 2001, having exercised that option recently.  No word on PPG's continued involvement or increased involvement as previously rumored.

10/25/00

CART era 500 Mile Race Trivia 2nd UPDATE Al Unser did win the 1987 500 but several drivers have started from further back than 20th and won the Indy 500. We did not include them because it happened before CART was created.  In fact Ray Harroun won the first 500 (1911) from 28th. Johnny Rutherford won from in 1974 and Louie Meyer from 28th in 1936. Here's an interesting one - Rick Mears won all four of his 500s's from the front row. 3 of his 4 wins came from the pole.  10/24/00 - we made a few corrections to include both CART and Indy 500 wins

  • There are currently only seven active drivers on the CART FedEx Championship series with 500-mile wins. Michael Andretti (2), Jimmy Vasser (2), Mark Blundell (1), Tony Kanaan (1), Adrian Fernandez (1), Juan Montoya (2), Kenny Brack (1).

  • Only three drivers have won from the pole in 500-mile races in the 90's (Rick Mears 1991 Indianapolis 500 and 1991 Marlboro 500; Al Unser Jr. 1994 Indianapolis 500; Jimmy Vasser 1996 US 500).

  • Al Unser holds the record for a win from the furthest starting position for when he started the 1987 Indianapolis 500 in 20th position. Adrian Fernandez holds the record for a win from the furthest starting position at the Marlboro 500 when he started in 13th position and won the race in 1999.

  • The U.S. 500 on July 26, 1998 in Michigan provided arguably the most exciting open wheel racing to date with 62 lead changes among nine different drivers. Before this race the record for lead changes was 27 at Michigan in 1982. The 1999 Marlboro 500 had 18 lead changes among eight drivers.

  • At the 1997 Marlboro 500, Mauricio Gugelmin recorded the fastest lap in auto racing history with a lap speed of 240.942 mph. Gugelmin's teammate, Mark Blundell won the inaugural CART race at California Speedway which was also his first 500-mile race win.

10/25/00

Bernie Ecclestone to publish F1 magazine  Bernie Ecclestone will launch his own F1 magazine, called 'F1 Magazine - 'The Ultimate Car Magazine for Drivers'. It is due to hit news-stands in February.  Former World Champion Niki Lauda will be editor-in-chief, while Nigel Mansell, Eddie Irvine and John Watson are also due to contribute.

10/25/00

Two Reynard Champ Car employees move to F1  Two Reynard Champ Car employees have moved to Arrows' F1 team.  Gearbox designer Tony Osgood is joining Arrows for the second time in his career. This season the A21's gearbox has been the car's Achilles heel with 'gearbox' being the official reason for no less than six retirements.  Alan Smith meanwhile joins the Aerodynamics department.

10/25/00

Last weekends TV Ratings (Source: Speedvision
NASCAR Winston Cup (TNN 10/22) 3.14 rating / 7 share / 2.452m households
IRL (ABC, 10/15*) 0.8 rating / 2 share / 0.806m hh
Busch (TNN 10/21) 0.77 rating / 2 share / 0.597m hh 

10/25/00

Wednesday Trivia  How do today's drivers compare to previous World Driving Champions?  From the table below you will notice on average things have not changed significantly.  One thing that really stands out - Mario Andretti did not win the World Championship until he was 38 years old, unheard of today.  Only Mansell was older at 39. The average is 30 years old. Although Andretti started at the age of 28 in 1968 (on pole first race) he did not run F1 full time until he was 36 years old.  One can only imagine how he might have faired had he started in his early 20's.

Driver Year Born Yr./Age F1 Start Yr./Age 1st Win Yr./Age 1st Champ Yrs. in F1
Current generation of top drivers

Schumacher

69

91/22

92/23

94/25

10

D.Hill

60

92/31

93/32

96/36

8

Villeneuve

71

96/24

96/25

97/26

5

Hakkinen

68

91/23

97/29

98/30

10

Coulthard

71

94/23

95/24

./.

7

Irvine

65

93/27

99/33

./.

8

Barrichello

72

93/21

00/28

./.

8

Average

-

24.5 yrs old

27.2 yrs old

29.2 yrs old

8.8 years

Previous F1 Champions

Stewart

39

65/26

66/27

69/30

5

Rindt

42

64/22

69/27

70/28

7

Fittipaldi

46

70/24

70/24

72/26

3

Lauda

49

71/22

74/25

75/26

5

Hunt

47

73/26

75/28

76/29

4

Andretti

40

68/28

71/31

78/38

11 Part Time

Scheckter

50

72/22

74/24

79/29

8

Jones

46

75/29

77/31

80/34

6

Piquet

52

78/26

80/28

81/29

4

Rosberg

48

78/30

82/34

82/32

5

Prost

55

80/25

81/26

85/30

6

Senna

60

84/24

85/25

88/28

5

Mansell

53

80/27

85/32

92/39

13

Schumacher

69

91/22

92/23

94/25

4

Average

-

25 yrs old

27 yrs old

30 yrs old

6 years

10/24/00

Interview with John Ward, Kenny Brack and Scott Roembke  John Ward is the Chief Engineer for Patrick Racing, Kenny Brack is CART Rookie of the Year and Scott Roembke is General Manager for Team Rahal.  Full Transcript (PDF)

10/24/00

CART Teleconference Transcript  Today's teleconference included drivers Gil de Ferran, Adrian Fernandez, Kenny Brack, Paul Tracy and Roberto Moreno.  These 5 drivers still have a mathematical chance of winning this years CART Championship. There is a lot of money up for grabs: $1 million to the driver who wins the championship; $1 million to the driver that wins this race.  Full Transcript

10/24/00

Della Penna Regrouping in 2001 - Can't get engines  Della Penna Motorsports will down-size immediately following the 2000 FedEx Championship Series season-finale Marlboro 500 at California Speedway, as team owner John Della Penna decides the direction his team will take for 2001 and beyond.  "In 1999, we took on the development of Toyota's Phase Six engine when we teamed up with them," Della Penna explained. "We did a lot of hard work with Richie (Hearn) on that program and I am proud to have contributed to the success that the power plant enjoys today. We had long-standing association with them throughout our tenure in the Toyota Atlantic Series, and I had hoped to build a long-term relationship with Toyota in CART as well. However, I've been informed by TRD that the engine package will not be available to our team for next year.  "It's very disheartening to be in this situation. The current climate in CART with regards to engine supply is damaging to the series, and in particular to the smaller teams. I have current sponsorships that carry over to next season, as well as excellent prospects for additional sponsorships. Memo and I have developed a great working relationship and we want to continue to work together, however, right now there's no manufacturer prepared to supply us with engines for 2001. That's very discouraging."  Della Penna is considering all of his options for 2001, but has no definite plans.  "CART is where my heart is. I enjoy the diversity it offers with races held on street courses and road courses as well as the ovals. But whatever I do, I want to be competitive," Della Penna said. "The last four years have been very difficult, as I've struggled to secure the right package. We've always been competitive in every series we've participated in. To win in CART, still remains the ultimate challenge for me personally, and I will continue to work towards that end."

10/24/00

Friday Trivia UPDATE A reader writes: The glamour track was in Beverly Hills, a 1.25-mile board track where motion picture stars such as Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin were regulars, much as Kirk Douglas, James Garner and Paul Newman were 60 years later at Ontario Motor Speedway. And, like Ontario and nearby Riverside International Raceway, it succumbed to encroaching urban development. In other words, the property became too valuable for a racetrack.  10/20/00 - Was there ever a race track in Beverly Hills, California?  Answer:  Yes.  The Beverly Wilshire Hotel at the corner of Wilshire Blvd. and Rodeo Drive was the original site of the Beverly Hills Speedway, a wooden board track of the 20's.  This track was just a few short blocks from where CART now holds its annual Awards Banquet in the beautiful Century Plaza hotel.

10/24/00

NASCAR Opening office in LA  NASCAR, with headquarters in Daytona Beach, Fla., and offices in New York and Charlotte, N.C., is opening a West Coast office in Century City. An announcement will be made today in Daytona Beach.  Paul Brooks, vice president of broadcasting for the stock car racing organization, will open the office Dec. 1. It will focus on managing NASCAR's broadcast and ancillary rights, including the Internet and other technology opportunities, but will also include marketing, licensing, sales and public relations functions.  "Los Angeles is a very important market for us, especially from a broadcasting standpoint," said Brooks. "Our offices in New York and Charlotte have proven very beneficial, and we expect the same for our West Coast presence."  Since joining NASCAR in 1993, Brooks has been actively involved in all aspects of the new $2.4-billion TV contract with NBC, Turner, Fox and FX that begins next year. He has also helped develop and launch NASCAR online and the organization's long-term broadcast and Internet strategy.  His most recent assignment was serving in the office of President Bill France, working with the senior management team.  (LA Times)

10/24/00

Tuesday Trivia  Were two F1 drivers ever killed in the same race?  Answer: Yes. In the 1960 Belgian GP at Spa, Chris Bristow and Alan Stacey were both killed.

10/23/00

Legends of Racing expected at Fontana to be honored  Some of the greatest names in auto racing history will be honored at this weekend's season-ending Marlboro 500. The most influential drivers of the last half of the twentieth century are expected to be at the California Speedway on October 27-29. Several activities have been planned throughout the weekend, including a Legends Autograph Session on Saturday, October 28 from 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. and the Monday Night Awards Banquet.  In addition, the Legends of Racing will join the current drivers in the CART FedEx Championship Series during pre-race ceremonies including a pre-race Heritage Car Parade.

  • Mario Andretti - The only driver to win the Indianapolis 500 (1969), Daytona 500 (1967), CART National Championship (1984) and the F1 Championship (1978)

  • Michael Andretti - 1991 CART Series Champion; CART's all-time winningest driver with 40 victories

  • Wally Dallenbach - Finished among the top-ten in the USAC Championship ten times; CART's long-time chief steward, who retired after the 1999 season

  • Emerson Fittipaldi - Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner (1989, 1993); 1989 CART National Champion; two-time Formula One World Champion (1972, 1974)

  • Dan Gurney - One of the founders of CART, earned seven wins and ten poles in his Champ Car career

  • Gordon Johncock - Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner (1973, 1982); ranks tenth in all-time Champ Car history for career wins (25)

  • Rick Mears - Three-time CART National Champion (1979, 1981, 1982); four-time Indianapolis 500 winner (1979, 1984, 1988, 1991)

  • Juan Montoya - 1999 CART National Champion; 2000 Indianapolis 500 winner

  • Bobby Rahal - Three-time CART National Champion (1986, 1987, 1992); 1986 Indianapolis 500 Champion

  • Johnny Rutherford - 1980 CART National Champion; Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner (1974, 1976, 1980)

  • Danny Sullivan - 1988 CART National Champion; 1985 Indianapolis 500 winner

  • Al Unser - Two-time CART National Champion (1983, 1985); four-time Indianapolis 500 winner (1970, 1971, 1978, 1987)

  • Bobby Unser - Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner (1968, 1975, 1981); two-time USAC Series Champion (1968, 1974)

  • Al Unser Jr. - Two-time CART National Champion (1990, 1994); two-time Indianapolis 500 winner (1992, 1994)

  • Jimmy Vasser - 1996 CART National Champion; nine career victories, ranks fourth among active CART drivers

  • Roger Ward - Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner (1959, 1962); two-time USAC Series Champion (1959, 1962)

  • Alex Zanardi - Two-time CART National Champion (1997, 1998); CART Rookie of the Year (1996)

10/23/00

Petronas will stay with Sauber  According to reports in a Malaysian newspaper, the Petronas, the petroleum company, will extend their current partnership with the Sauber team. Petronas chairman, Tan Sri Azizan Zainal Abidin was quoted as saying: "Yes, we will continue with the sponsorship for another two or three years. Nothing has been signed yet but we will do so soon enough. We are happy with the team set-up." 

10/23/00

Jarno Trulli to run NY City Marathon  At the beginning of the 2000 season Jarno Trulli expressed a desire to compete in the New York City Marathon.  On November 5th he will give it a try as he attempt to complete the 26 mile race.

10/23/00

Monterrey tickets sales very strong  Two decades have passed since the speed and excitement of Champ Cars were witnessed firsthand in Mexico. In five months, the stars and cars of the CART FedEx Championship Series will journey south to Mexico's third largest city for the Monterrey Grand Prix on March 11. Event promoter U.E. "Pat" Patrick today announced that over 40,000 grandstand seat tickets and general admission passes have been sold since going on sale fifteen days ago. Additional grandstand seating is now being planned for the much-anticipated event, the season-opening race of the 2001 schedule, which will be held on a new 2.1-mile temporary street circuit in the heart of Monterrey at scenic Fundidora Park.  "Based on the pace of ticket and hospitality sales, the Monterrey Grand Prix of Mexico appears on course to set a record for total sales as well as set a crowd record for a Champ Car race," said Patrick.  There has also been a strong demand for trackside suites, with 63 suites reserved.  Ticket prices range from $15, $20 and $30 (USD) for Friday, Saturday and Sunday general admission passes, to $155 for a three-day pit row reserved seat which includes a paddock pass. Group ticket sales are being handled in the United States through   Continental Sports, Inc., based in Atlanta, Ga., at (770) 225-2200, and from the   Monterrey Grand Prix office in Mexico at (528) 340-7105. Individual ticket purchases are available through Ticketmaster at (528) 369-9000.  In conjunction with CART, the Monterrey Grand Prix was announced in April of this year by Patrick, a co-founder of CART and veteran team owner, with partners Jerry Forsythe and Forsythe Racing, Mexican conglomerate FEMSA and with the cooperation of the State of Nuevo Leon. 

10/23/00

Monday Trivia  What current CART drivers raced in the 1994 F3000 Championship?  Answer: Gil de Ferran; Max Papis; Kenny Brack and Tarso Marques

10/23/00

More filming for DRIVEN  Film crews for the movie DRIVEN were surprised recently when the AutoRacing1.com car made it's first appearance at California Speedway with our Mark Cipolloni at the wheel.  Sylvester Stallone liked the florescent green helmet so much he's thinking about wearing it himself in the movie.  When asked if scenes with the AutoRacing1.com car would make the final cut, Stallone said "I guess we'll just have to wait and see how desperate we are."  Director Renny Harlin had no comment.  The movie's website has some updated information, pictures and film clips.

 

 


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