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2001 Teams & Drivers

Brooke Racing
Max Wilson (Resume)

Dale Coyne Racing
Alex Barron
Andre Couto

Fernandez Racing
Adrian Fernandez
Shinji Nakano

Herdez/Bettenhausen Motorsports
Michel Jourdain Jr.

Marlboro Team Penske
Gil de Ferran
Helio Castroneves

Mo Nunn Racing
Tony Kanaan
Alex Zanardi

Newman/Haas Racing
Cristiano da Matta
Christian Fittipaldi

PacWest Racing Group
Mauricio Gugelmin
Scott Dixon

Patrick Racing
Roberto Moreno
Jimmy Vasser

Player's Forsythe Racing Team
Alexandre Tagliani
Patrick Carpentier

Project Racing Group
Luiz Garcia Jr.

Michael Krumm

Sigma Autosports
Oriol Servia

Target/Chip Ganassi Racing
Bruno Junqueira
Nicolas Minassian

Team Green
Paul Tracy
Dario Franchitti

Team Motorola
Michael Andretti

Team Rahal
Max Papis
Kenny Brack

Walker Racing
Toranosuke Takagi

Bryan Herta
Marcel Tiemann

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2001 Archived News and Commentary

CART Podiums - they could be better
by Paul Josephson

One of the many things that contributes to F- 1's success is the way Bernie Ecclestone, et al, package Formula 1 as a racing spectacle. Each race follows a consistent pattern in the way races are held and shown on TV, and that includes the all-important post-race show. Story 

CART 3/4" Pop-Off Valve extension ruling modified

A three-judge appellate panel issued a modification to the initial decision of the CART Protest Judges regarding Honda Performance Development's protest of the June 15 mandate of an extension on the manifold pressure relief valve following Monday's hearing at the Wyndham Cleveland Hotel. Story 

Dario Franchitti nips Memo Gidley in Cleveland
by Mark Cipolloni

Dario Franchitti just beat American Memo Gidley by 0.305 sec. to win the Marconi GP of Cleveland, as Gidley was gaining noticeably over the last few laps closed rapidly.  But the star of the day was Memo Gidley who led easily early and would have won if not for lapped traffic after Gidley made his last pit stop.  American Bryan Herta was third. Story | Memo Gidley interview pre race | Post Race Press Conference

Memo Gidley Post-race comments | Bryan Herta post-race comments

Mo Gugelmin wins pole in Cleveland in dry

Rain fell in Cleveland for the second qualifying group just as their session began, so hard in fact that the session was red-flagged due to lightening.  The first group ran in dry conditions and Mauricio Gugelmin was the fastest, followed by Adrian Fernandez, and a surprise Max Wilson.  With the grid as it is tomorrow's race will be very interesting with all the fast drivers starting from the back.  Dario Franchitti  was the fastest of the 2nd group, but he will start way back in 14th position Results | Post Qualifying Audio

Joe Heitzler meets the press, makes key points

This is an interview you probably don't want to miss.  Joe Heitzler met the press today to address a lot of issues and misconceptions that may be out there regarding CART.  Some highlights - Miami Beach has contacted CART recently about getting a CART race back, CART is trying to work out a settlement with Speedway Motorsports over the Texas lawsuit, CART out negotiated NASCAR for the Eurosport deal, CART is looking to own and promote own races in future.  Listen

CART drivers form RPM rock group

Throughout the years, rock musicians from George Harrison to Lenny Kravitz have been drawn to the ambiance of the CART FedEx Championship Series and admired first-hand the attributes of this daring and exciting profession.  Now two stars of the 'fastest racing on earth' who usually entertain with their unparalleled driving skills - Kenny Brack of Team Rahal and Patrick Carpentier of Player's Forsythe Racing - have been drawn into the ambiance of the world of rock and roll. Story

Scenes from Cleveland
by Mark Cipolloni


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Da Matta leads both practice sessions in Cleveland
Cristiano da Matta topped the speed charts in both practice sessions Friday for Sunday's Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland at Burke Lakefront Airport.  The driver of the Texaco/Havoline/Kmart Toyota/Lola had the day's best lap in the second session at 57.905 seconds, 130.932 mph around the 2.106-mile temporary circuit. Da Matta saved his best for last as he topped Helio Castroneves for "Quickest of the Day" honors at the very end of the session. Castroneves had a top lap of 57.961 seconds (130.805 mph) in the Marlboro Honda/Reynard. Kenny Brack was third fastest at 58.304 seconds (130.036 mph) in the Shell Ford-Cosworth/Lola Story
Cleveland Race Lowdown

The CART series returns this week without a break, as the cars will move from the road course in Portland to the road course in Cleveland. At Portland, Max Papis scored his second CART win as he won the pole position and led virtually the whole race to score a relatively easy win over Roberto Moreno and Christian Fittipaldi. Kenny Brack only managed 2 points with a 10th place finish while Helio Castroneves scored zero points after suffering mechanical troubles. As such, the pointís standings changed little although drivers such as Michael Andretti, Christian Fittipaldi and Cristiano da Matta did close up the gap. The race this week is in Cleveland, a 2.1-mile road course that runs along side the Cleveland International airport. Last year, Roberto Moreno led from the outset to score his first ever victory, just beating Kenny Brack. Michael Andretti has been the most consistent on this course with four straight top-5 finishes although none of them were victories. If Michael Andretti is to challenge for the victory, however, he will have to qualify better than he has been doing of late. Other drivers that must be considered at the track given their performances there are Cristiano da Matta, Gil de Ferran, Jimmy Vasser and Dario Franchitti. Patrick Carpentier has also performed admirably at the track but he has shown little on the CART circuit so far this year. The one anomaly at the track has been Helio Castroneves. He showed ability at all road and street courses in the past with the exception of Cleveland. In 3 races at the track, he has recorded 27th, 26th and 21st place finishes. No doubt he will be more competitive this year but it is also clear that the track does not conform to his preferred specifications. Qualifying will be essential for Castroneves if he is going to be a serious contender for the race. It is also important to note that Nicolas Minassian is currently not racing for the Chip Ganassi Target team and is being replaced by Memo Gidley. Minassian has been a major disappointment this year, and Chip Ganassi has decided to look elsewhere for their 2nd driver. Gidley took over for Minassian last week as a last minute decision and he did appear to be moving up until he was side swiped by Tony Kanaan. He has shown signs of ability in the past on the circuit and could be one to reckon with Ė particularly on the oval circuits. The race will be aired Sunday at at 5 p.m. GMT on ABC and Eurosport. Enjoy the race.  Register to play

Mourning the loss of both Michigan CART races
by Dan Maldonado
As companies evolve, managers have to make decisions about the path ahead. Championship Auto Racing Teams is no exception. They have the added complexity of being a public company and, therefore, have a commitment to shareholder value.  And the fans? Story
CART weekly interview - Max Papis
Last weekend's Portland race winner was this weeks guest on the weekly CART teleconference.  As always, Max was pretty straightforward with his answers.  When asked about Maserati coming into CART, he quickly perked right up.  Ferrari brought Max into the USA in sports cars and you can tell by his answer, he would love to see them in CART.  Interview Transcript (PDF)
Max Papis wins from pole in the rain in Portland
by Mark Cipolloni
Max Papis has won the GI Joes 200 at Portland today driving a perfect race on a day when most other drivers went off course one time or another. After slumping for most of the year with a lot of bad luck, this day belonged to Papis and Team Rahal. Roberto Moreno was 2nd and Christian Fittipaldi rounded out the top 3.  Rookie Max Wilson drove a good race to finish 4th  Story | Press Conference Audio
Scenes from Portland
by Michele Saunders


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Scenes from Detroit
by Mark Scheuern


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Mad Max Papis wins pole at Portland

Max Papis turned the fastest lap in qualifying in the 'slow' group at 57.785 sec., quite a bit faster than any time we have seen so far this weekend to nail down the pole position.  Cristiano da Matta was second fastest with a time of 57.866.  Helio Castroneves will start third with a qualifying time of 57.944. 1 second covered the top 22 qualifiers, unheard of on a road course, and something you will never see in F1.  Scott Dixon, Dario Franchitti and Bruno Junqueira rounded out the top 6. Story | Top 3 Press Conf.

Tracy, Gidley, Vasser & de Ferran Interviews
by Julie Andre

Listen Tracy | Listen Gidley | Listen Vasser | Listen de Ferran

An interview with Michael Andretti
by Julie Andre

Our Julie Andre was able to catch Michael Andretti standing still long enough at Portland to file this short interview. Michael talks about his Friday Portland woes, his pop-off valve woes, his thoughts on recent blocking penalties and the pending new normally aspirated engine formula.   Listen (Real Player) More interviews to follow

Castroneves tops Friday practice in Portland
by Mark Cipolloni

Helio Castroneves was 2nd fastest in the morning session, but came back to top the after noon practice session with a time of 58.318 sec.  Christian Fittipaldi jumped up to 2nd fastest at the very end of practice and a slumping Mauricio Gugelmin rebounded to take third. 1 second covered the top 17 fastest cars.  Story

If not Paul Ricard in France, then Le Mans!
by Mark Cipolloni

Mention Le Mans and everyone knows what you are talking about, even most race fans.  So if CART can't land a race at Paul Ricard in France, what about Le Mans?   There just so happens to be a track within a track at Le Mans. Story

Rebuilding CART from the grassroots up
by Mark Cipolloni

Every successful sport has a grassroots following.  In most cases that begins at a very early age, either from kids parents taking them to a ballgame, or by participating in sports programs at school or in the community.  However, auto racing doesn't enjoy that same exposure to its product that others sports do during the 'school-age' years, NASCAR being perhaps the exception.  Story

Could this be the break Gidley's been waiting for?
by Mark Cipolloni

Yesterday Memo Gidley got the call he has been waiting a long time for.  It came from Target Chip Ganassi Racing Team Manager Mike Hull.  We can hear it now "Memo, Nicolas Minassian is out, you're in.  Can you come in for a seat fitting, we want you to drive for us."  We bet Memo got off the phone, hopped in his pickup, and got to 7777 Woodland Drive before Mike could put the phone back on the hook. All kidding aside, although he never seems to get too excited, he sounded happier tonight when we spoke to him via telephone, than he has in a long time.  Story

Helio Castroneves wins from pole in Detroit
by Mark Cipolloni

Back where his fence climbing antics all started, pole sitter and Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves got to do it all over again by winning today's Tenneco Automotive GP of Detroit by the slimmest of margins over Dario Franchitti, Roberto Moreno and Michael Andretti. Story & Results

Is Paul Ricard in CART's future?  It should be!
by Mark Cipolloni

Europe has a long history of F1 racing, in fact open wheel racing of all sorts.  CART is going to Europe this year for two races, in England and Germany.  Although success at both of those venues is important for CART's future, there are many other venues in Europe that could, and possibly should host a CART race, especially some great road courses.  Today we spotlight the Paul Ricard circuit in France. Story

Helio Castroneves wins pole for Detroit GP
by Mark Cipolloni

Defending Detroit GP and Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves set a new lap record on his way to winning the pole position for tomorrows Detroit GP.  Castroneves set a time of 1:13.499 min. to just beat out rookie sensation Bruno Junqueira by 0.083 sec.  Penske teammate Gil de Ferran will start 3rd. Story

Boycott ended, Franchitti tops Friday in Detroit
by Mark Cipolloni

Dario Franchitti turned in the fastest lap today at Detroit getting around the 2.346-mile street course in 1:14.838/112.852mph.  His time is  more than a full second off the pole time from a year ago due to the 3" boost reduction and the hot humid weather in Detroit. Patrick Carpentier was 2nd and rookie Bruno Junqueira 3rd. Story

Vasser leads boycotted opening practice in Detroit
by Mark Cipolloni

Toyota driver Jimmy Vasser led the opening practice session for this weekends CART race in Detroit with a time of 1:16.305 min.  Fittipaldi and da Matta finished 2nd and 3rd fastest. Until late in the session, only Toyota cars were on the track. The Honda and Ford teams were boycotting.  Both Honda and Ford are not happy that CART has mandated a spacer be placed between the pop off valve and plenum.  CART is suspicious that some engine manufacturers have found a way to overcome the pop off valve and get perhaps 1 inch of additional boost from the engines.  The spacer is meant to prevent that. The Ford teams got the green light to run with 15 minutes left in the session. Results | Ford boycott statement

Scenes from CART Miller Lite 225
by Mark Scheuern, Mark Cipolloni & Gary Shook

Gary Shook, Mark Cipolloni and Mark Scheuern pictures Image Gallery

CART conducts special test at Michigan
by Dan Maldonado

Michigan Speedway has been the sight of some of the most exciting racing since the introduction of the Handford Device. The purpose of the Handford Device is to slow the cars by creating drag thereby increasing passing opportunities and creating some exciting racing. Story

De Ferran paces successful Michigan test

Five drivers, led by defending FedEx Series champion Gil de Ferran of Marlboro Team Penske, engaged in a successful CART Select Test on Tuesday at Michigan Speedway in which laps speeds were sufficiently reduced from last year as a result of newly mandated superspeedway engine and aerodynamic changes. Story

Ford Cosworth's Bruce Wood talks CART engines

Ford Cosworth's Bruce Wood was the guest on CART's weekly media teleconference today.  Bruce is the CART Program Director for Ford Cosworth Racing.  The topic of discussion was engines. We and other media were able to ask him some specific questions related to CART's pending new engine announcement. The question on the mind of many hard-core CART fans is "how can CART take away our beloved turbos?"  We're happy to report it won't be as bad as you thought. You will find his responses quite interesting - a must read! Interview

Interview with Max Papis

Max Papis heads into this weekendís Detroit Grand Prix 13th in the driversí championship (14 points) following back-to-back points-paying finishes at Japan (6th) and Milwaukee (8th). Last year on Belle Isle, Papis qualified fifth en route to a second place finish, his second podium appearance of the season. Papis, who was one of five CART drivers asked to participate in the test at Michigan International Speedway on Tuesday, took some time to talk about the test and share his feelings on the season to date. Interview

Interview with Kenny Brack

The 2000 Jim Trueman CART Rookie of the Year, Team Rahal driver Kenny Brackís success has continued into this season. With two victories, three pole positions and four top-five finishes in five races, Brack currently enjoys a 23-point lead in the driversí championship. Brack took some time this past weekend at Michigan International Speedway, where he was competing in the IROC race, to speak about his season thus far, his relationship with Ford Racing and Cosworth, and the upcoming Detroit Grand Prix. Interview

Turbo vs. Normally Aspirated, you decide!
by Jason Hoehn

We compare the looks of the current crop of CART Champ Cars and F1 cars to see if the air scoop for the normally aspirated engines adds to, or takes away from, the looks of each car.  We'll let you decide which you like best. Story

Rookie Scott Dixon turns heads early

Even though PacWest Racing Group driver Scott Dixon is the defending Dayton Indy Lights Series champion, very few people expected him to find the success he has found so early in his rookie campaign. In only his third career Champ Car start, the 20 year-old Dixon piloted his Reynard/Toyota to the front of the pack at the Lehigh Valley Grand Prix to become the youngest winner in open-wheel racing history. Story

CART, ALMS or NASCAR extravaganza weekends
by Mark Cipolloni

NASCAR Winston Cup, F1, IRL, ALMS and CART, they all like being the headline event on any given weekend.  However, with all racing series in the USA experiencing a softening of the gate, they have had to revert to alternate means to attract new fans and keep old ones coming back.  In this article, we make a case of why events with two headline races are a race fan's dream come true.  Story

CART weekly interview - Bruno Junqueira

Our guest this afternoon was driver Bruno Junqueira of Target/Chip Ganassi Racing who finished fourth in Sunday's Miller Lite 225 at the Milwaukee Mile for the best result of his rookie season.  Transcript

CART President Heitzler also named board Chairman
by Mark Cipolloni

In a big vote of confidence by the leadership of CART, President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph F. Heitzler has now also been named Chairman of the Board of Directors for the open-wheel racing sanctioning organization.  Story

Inside CART - Miller Lite 225
by Dan Maldonado 

Fresh off his Indy 500 victory, Helio Castroneves led CART to Milwaukee. Milwaukee has always been the following weekend after the 500. Last year, Juan Montoya was able to follow up his win at Indy with a win in Milwaukee. It looked to be a promising start to the race despite qualifying being rained out. Helio would line up outside row one.  Story

Kenny Brack wins Miller Lite 225 at Milwaukee
by Mark Cipolloni 

Kenny Brack and Michael Andretti waged a race-long battle for the lead in the Miller Lite 225, but in the end, it was Kenny Brack holding off Michael Andretti by 1.307 sec.  Rookie Scott Dixon put in another impressive performance to finish 3rd and another rookie, Bruno Junqueira was 4th.  Story

Milwaukee Qualifications rained out
by Mark Cipolloni 

Saturday has been a washout here in Milwaukee and the field will lineup tomorrow based on point standings.  Kenny Brack will start from the pole with Helio Castroneves and Cristiano da Matta next. Brack does not receive a championship point for the pole, since it was not earned during an actual qualifying session. Grid

We talk to Bobby Rahal
by Mark Cipolloni 

We sat down today with Bobby Rahal in Milwaukee to talk about the Adrian Newey controversy with McLaren, as well as other F1 and CART issues. Listen

Indy 500 winner Castroneves fastest in Milwaukee
by Mark Cipolloni 

Helio Castroneves, picked up where he left off last week at Indy and turned he fastest Friday speed in practice for this weekends CART FedEx race at the Milwaukee Mile.  Long Beach winner Cristiano da Matta was 2nd and Japan winner Kenny Brack 3rd.  Story

We visit the new Denver street course
by Mark Cipolloni staff visited the site of the soon to be announced CART Denver street race around the Pepsi Center.  The pictorial gives some of the details.  We hope some of our concerns are addressed. The image to the right shows some of our proposed changes (in black), changes we feel will open up some passing opportunities.  Story

A true global vision will serve CART well
by Mark Cipolloni 

On our rumors page, we reported that Ferrari may be coming into CART with its Maserati brand.  We examine what that would mean to CART, and why having a true global vision is a must if CART is to break out of the shackles that currently deprive it of its true potential.  Story

Scenes from Sunday & Monday at The Indy 500
by Earl Ma

Earl Ma filed these photos at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway both on race day as well as the traditional day-after winner photos. Image Gallery

Castroneves wins Indy 500 as CART sweeps top 6 
 by Mark Cipolloni

In a race interrupted twice by rain showers,  rookie driver Helio Castroneves won the 85th running of the famed Indianapolis 500 before a crowd of over 300,000.  His Marlboro Team Penske teammate Gil de Ferran finished 2nd followed by CART veteran Michael Andretti in third.  Target Ganassi drivers were 4th through 6th. Jimmy Vasser, and Vasser's teammates Bruno Junqueira and Tony Stewart followed Andretti.  In the end, CART drivers and/or teams swept the top 6 positions and after last years domination by another CART rookie, Montoya, the IRL regulars were left wondering where they went wrong. Story | Quotes
Post Race Audio Castroneves | De Ferran | Andretti

More ideas for CART & IRL to coexist peacefully
by Paul J. Josephson

I enjoyed Mark Cipolloni's article, A proposal for CART and IRL to coexist peacefully, and agree with almost everything he wrote. His proposed schedule is very interesting and could work if everyone cooperates. However, I have just a couple of suggestions/comments.  Story

Kenny Brack teleconference

Kenny Brack of Team Rahal who recorded the first victory of his FedEx Championship Series career in last Saturday's Firestone Firehawk 500 at Twin Ring Motegi, Japan, met the press today in CART's weekly teleconference Story

Ford clinches first Indy 500 win

This is the 10th in a series of articles we will be publishing in recognition of Ford's 100 year anniversary of racing being celebrated in 2001. Jim Clark, with help from the Wood Brothers, gives Ford its first victory at the famed Brickyard.  Jim Clark led 190 of a possible 200 laps to lead a Ford sweep of the top 4 positions in the 1965 Indy 500 Story

A proposal for CART & IRL to coexist peacefully
by Mark Cipolloni

Enough already!  CART and the IRL can't continue to pull each other down and drive a wedge between the fans, the sponsors and the manufacturers.  We examine how CART should position the Champ Car series to coexist peacefully with the IRL, how the IRL and CART can work together for a common goal, and how Indy Lights can support both series perfectly.  Story

Kenny Brack wins Motegi for first CART win
by Mark Cipolloni

Kenny Brack finally won his first CART Champ Car race, and he did it in grand style, driving a perfect race in his Ford powered Lola, to beat pole sitter Helio Castroneves.  Brack had a race long battle with six other Honda powered cars, but in the end Brack prevailed to keep Ford's record perfect at Honda and Toyota's hometown race. Tony Kanaan brought his Mo Nunn Honda powered car home third ahead the Toyota's of of Christian Fittipaldi and Jimmy Vasser.  Story | Results

Castroneves wins pole in Motegi, Japan

Brazilís Helio Castroneves showed he will be the man to beat by capturing the pole position Friday for Saturdayís Firestone Firehawk 500 at Twin Ring Motegi. The race is the fifth round of the 2001 FedEx Championship Series. 
Story & Results

Scenes from Motegi Japan

CART is in far-away Motegi, Japan this weekend, halfway around the world.  The Japanese fans have been extremely friendly (as always) and the weather has been perfect.  Image Gallery

Dario Franchitti leads speed chase to  216.6 MPH

Dario Franchitti and Helio Castroneves pushed their Honda powered Reynards to the top of the speed charts with 216+ MPH laps in the final practice session before qualifications later today.  The entire field is separated by only 0.9 sec. so far.  The top 17 cars were at or above last years pole speed of 212+ MPH set by Juan Montoya.  The engine manufacturers are pulling out all the stops in the battle for HP supremacy in Japan.  We have a barnburner in Japan!

CART Japan - Kanaan leads opening practice

Honda (1st and 2nd) and Toyota (3rd and 4th) drivers took the top four spots in opening  practice for Saturday's Firestone Firehawk 500 at the Twin Ring Motegi motorsports complex.   Tony Kanaan and his #55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard clocked the fastest practice time of the day for Saturday's Firestone Firehawk 500. Kanaan toured the 1.549-mile Twin Ring Motegi oval in 26.142 seconds (an average of 213.174 mph).  That is already faster than the 2000 pole speed put up by Juan Montoya.  Story

Minassian back in the saddle
by William C. Wettstein

Until a couple of weeks ago, most of my attention to auto racing has been given to the stock car and open wheel support series. Being little more than a casual observer of the CART Champ Car Series, I had the privilege (thanks to CART and Nazareth Speedway) to spend portions of the Nazareth weekend with Chip Ganassi Racing rookie Nicolas Minassian. Through this experience, I found Minassian to be one of the most sincerely good-natured people Iíve met in motorsports, and I gained a new appreciation for the practices of Chip Ganassi Racing. Story

More discussion on slowing Champ Cars down

Over the last few years, CART has worked with its teams and manufacturers to try and identify ways to slow the racecars in an effort both to make its racing safer and enhance the level of competition. Bruce Wood, Cosworth Racing's CART Program Manager, and Ray Leto, Team Rahal's Technical Director, share their thoughts and ideas on progress that the FedEx Championship series has made in this endeavor. Story (PDF)

Inside CART - Too much going on
by Dan Maldanado

There is just too much going on for me not to talk about it. Indy is starting to heat up. It looks as if this Month of May is going to be a good one. Formula 1 is in for a shake-up with the arrival of Williams BMW's return to form and there are some happenings at CART that we should talk about. Story

2001 CART Skip Barber Championship - IRP
by Landon Yee

What a wild ride I had this past weekend at Indianapolis Raceway Park for Rounds 3 and 4.  As we began to grid up, I looked in my mirrors and realized that qualifying on the pole was quite an accomplishment.  Story

The Triple Crown - a proposal for CART's success
by Bruce Miller

Simply stated, I propose that CART incorporate into its regular schedule three 500-mile "Crown Jewel" races which will serve as centerpieces for the series. Ideally, they would include a race to open the season, the Indianapolis 500, and a race to close the season. Taken together, the three events would count toward a special trophy and a bonus award of money which would amount to the richest prize in sports, not just auto racing. Story

How does CART compare to NASCAR?
by Doug Belliveau

Over the past few seasons, I've had the opportunity to cover several NASCAR races for AutoRacing1. Last weekend, a unique opportunity arose when I traveled to Nazareth, Pennsylvania to photograph the CART race. I thought it would be interesting for race fans to see a relative comparison of the aspects of the two series. Story

A look back at the Lehigh Valley GP at Nazareth
by Dan Maldonado

This is Dan's 11th in a continuing series of articles that take a different perspective on races, i.e. what happened that others might have overlooked. Check back with the week following every race for his latest article. Story

Greg Ray fastest on opening day at Indy

Greg Ray turned the fastest lap of Indianapolis Star Opening Day for the 85th Indianapolis 500 on May 6 with a speed of 224.301 mph as preparations for the Greatest Spectacle in Racing got underway. Story

Scott Dixon gets his first CART win in Nazareth
by Mark Cipolloni

Rookie Scott Dixon held off Kenny Brack by the slimmest of margins to win today's Lehigh Valley 225 at Nazareth in only his third CART Champ Car race. Paul Tracy finished 3rd, followed by Jimmy Vasser, Christian Fittipaldi and Michael Andretti.  Dixon became the youngest driver to ever win a CART FedEx Champ car race and his win put the PacWest team back in the winners circle after a 4 year absence.  The win was extra sweet for the PacWest team who had to withdraw Mauricio Gugelmin's car after the death of Gugelmin's 6-year old son on Thursday. Story to follow

Junqueira, Brack & Jourdain lead 1-4 Lola sweep
by Mark Cipolloni

Target Chip Ganassi Racing rookie Bruno Junqueira showed that yesterday was no fluke by winning pole position for tomorrows CART FedEx race at Nazareth.  This is Junqueira's very first oval race and he wins pole, proving once again that road course trained drivers can master ovals quickly.  Junqueira led a 1, 2, 3, 4 Lola sweep at the head of the grid, with Kenny Brack, Michel Jourdain Jr. and Oriol Servia close behind  The top 23 drivers were within 1.0 sec.  Story

Roger Penske talks about Nazareth & CART/IRL

Roger Penske, owner of Marlboro Team Penske, met with the press today in Nazareth to talk about the early days of Nazareth, and what's being done to try to get it back on the CART schedule in 2002.  He also talks about the CART/IRL split and as usual makes a lot of sense about the situation.  Roger feels the two series should be merged, with the weaker teams making up a strong support series.  He feels getting the engines similar would be a good first step. Audio (27:30 min.) Real Player format

Texas offers ticket refund for CART Race
Champ Cars - the world's fastest race cars, too fast for Texas to tame

Texas Motor Speedway today announced it would begin giving refunds by mail to ticket holders who purchased tickets to last Sunday's CART FedEx Championship Series event. Story

Junqueira, Papis & Castroneves top charts at Naz
by Mark Cipolloni

Target Chip Ganassi Racing rookie Bruno Junqueira was fastest in the morning session and that speed held up as the fastest speed for the day - 20.248 sec, 166.248 MPH.  That speed is well off the lap record at Nazareth of over 190 MPH set when the wing package was a high-downforce configuration.  Second fastest, and fastest in the afternoon was Max Papis and third was Helio Castroneves.  The top 22 drivers were within 1.0 sec.  Story


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CART Editor's Desk

CART & IRL - it's becoming clearer where we're going

What's the holdup on Pook?

Will CART get Shanghaied?

2002 CART season shaping up just fine

CART Franchise Board fails to ratify new engines

Is Ginger just what the doctored ordered for Alex Zanardi

Vannini plays hardball with Forsythe

Spotlight on Mexico City

Is Premier1 positioned where CART should be?

Has the Gonzalo Rodriguez lawsuit turned in CART's favor?

Jim Russell Advanced Racing Course - Learning to race

CART - a stranger in a strange land

German 500 - measuring the media impact

An in-depth interview with Jonathan Vannini

CART N/A Engine/Car Update

Comparing CART and F1

Vannini advocates major overhaul to rescue CART series

Engines - There, that was easy, now let's get on with the racing

Americans don't realize what they have in CART

A proposed solution to CART's engine dilemma

Ford Cosworth opens its doors

Bullish on CART

A German's first-time CART experience

My thoughts on a variety of CART issues - by Jon Vannini

AutoRacing1 Exclusive - Is Shanghai in CART's future?

As CART goes global, what about its sponsors?

If Mexico City will get 350,000, would India get 400,000?

The inevitable globalization of CART

New CART TV deal - don't put the CART before the horse

CART in China - Why Shanghai is the best venue

Rockingham is ready for CART.  Is CART ready for Rockingham?

Beating a dead horse.  Where's my fork?

Successful CART Venues - It takes two to tango

Setting the record straight on CART's German 500

Rebuilding CART from the grassroots up!

Could this be the break Gidley has been waiting for?

CART, ALMS or NASCAR extravaganza weekends

A true global vision will serve CART well

A proposal for CART and IRL to coexist peacefully

The Triple Crown - a proposal for CART's success

650HP, 750HP, 850HP, it doesn't seem to matter

Movie Review: DRIVEN

Ryan Arciero hopes to continue family dynasty

CART & IRL, a missed opportunity

Things are happening at CART

CART' Data Acquisition Systems - there's a new kid on the block.

CART's next moves will be crucial.

The greatest Long Beach GP of all-time.

CART & IRL - close, and yet so far.

Andretti set to return to Indy

Sam Hornish wins Phoenix, de Ferran punted

Greg Ray wins Phoenix pole, deFerran 5th

CART Engines, If it ain't broke, don't fix it

And the 2001 CART Champion will be....

The HANS Device saved my fathers life

Soft walls or soft cars?

Safety- It's going to take more than just magic to fix

Safety - It's going to take more than just magic to fix

CART vs. IRL, Hatfields vs. McCoys

DRIVEN is CART's best chance to become mainstream

Is CART's problem really a lack of American's?

CART vs. NASCAR - TV Coverage

Perhaps CART need look no further than NASCAR to understand that the Bubbas' rule auto racing

Book review - Autocourse 2000/2001

Do heroes make a sport, or does a sport make heroes?

To-Do-List, for CART's new President

 Lawsuits, Will Greg Moore's final legacy to racing be more than one of "spirit"? 

Tire Warmers, an idea whose time has come

Branding CART and their race cars

Will CART's next leader be a corporate visionary?

Addressing CART's TV issues

CART, do you know who you are?

Will CART miss this boat too, - Destined to forever race in the shadows of NASCAR?

Lights to IRL Specs - Why the new Indy Lights cars should meet IRL specs

Soft Walls - drivers take a stand while you still can

Sigma team - ready to do combat in CART

CART Fan Forum - Highlights from CART's very first Fan Forum

Warren Hughes - A name to remember

CART restarts - NASCAR Style

Mario Andretti Tribute - America's Driver of the Century

Shift w/o Lift - How it works

Aerodynamics - CART's chance to make progressive changes

CART's HP dilemma

Soft Walls - Finally, a safer wall system

Buddy Rice deserves a shot at Champ Cars

Choices, Choices, we rate possible new CART venues

CART must avoid Detroit's politics

10 ways for CART to invest $100 million

Montoya and Ganassi do CART proud at Indy

Welcome to

A year of progress shapes Rockingham

A solution for CART's franchise dilemma

Lausitzring nears completion, fighting hard to win CART date

Paul Tracy keeps his Kool, wins LBGP for 2nd time

What is an American driver?

Warming up at Nazareth

172 mph in a Champ Car is the ultimate adrenaline rush

Standing Start Rules proposed standing start rules for CART

Standing Starts are they right for CART

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