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Sat 09 Feb 2002
CHAMPCAR/CART: Chicago Motor Speedway suspends 2002 auto racing seasonHeadline

CHAMPCAR/CART: Chicago Motor Speedway suspends 2002 auto racing season

CICERO, IL -- Officials of Chicago Motor Speedway today suspended the track's 2002 auto racing schedule, which includes the CART FedEx Series Target Grand Prix and the Sears Craftsman 175 in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Horse racing at ...

Thu 07 Feb 2002
CHAMPCAR/CART: Mauricio Gugelmin retires as a driverHeadline

CHAMPCAR/CART: Mauricio Gugelmin retires as a driver

Mauricio Gugelmin has announced his retirement from racing after a career spanning more than twenty years. His career started racing in his home country of Brazil, where he was the Brazilian National Karting Champion in 1980. From there his...

Thu 28 Feb 2002
IRL: Cheever Indy Racing signs Tomas ScheckterHeadline

IRL: Cheever Indy Racing signs Tomas Scheckter

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 27, 2002) - Red Bull Cheever Racing general manager Richard Caron announced today that Tomas Scheckter will drive the No. 52 Red Bull Cheever Racing Infiniti in the 2002 Indy Racing League series. Tomas ...

Sat 09 Nov 2002
CHAMPCAR/CART: Lotterer to drive for Coyne Racing in MexicoHeadline
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CHAMPCAR/CART: Lotterer to drive for Coyne Racing in Mexico

Former Jaguar test driver Andre Lotterer is to join Dale Coyne Racing for the finale of the CART season in Mexico next week. The 20-year-old German will drive a Ford Cosworth/Lola in the race and Coyne is cautious but thinks Lotterer will do fine...

Sat 25 May 2002
CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Kool Green gets new colorsHeadline

CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Kool Green gets new colors

INDIANAPOLIS - Same drivers, same team, same sponsor, different - read bright - new colors. Team Kool Green is still exactly that, but will be wearing some new paint and graphics on its Reynard-Hondas as its longstanding sponsor, Brown & ...

Mon 04 Feb 2002
CHAMPCAR/CART: Michel Jourdain Jr., Gigante sign with Team RahalHeadline

CHAMPCAR/CART: Michel Jourdain Jr., Gigante sign with Team Rahal

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO -- Team Rahal, a franchise member of Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART), and the Gigante Group, one of the leading self-service retail chains in Mexico, announced today a primary partnership that will place Michel Jourdain...

Fri 31 May 2002
CHAMPCAR/CART: Da Matta happy with Formula One testHeadline
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CHAMPCAR/CART: Da Matta happy with Formula One test

CART driver Cristiano da Matta missed the Indianapolis 500 in favour of Formula One testing with Toyota on the 17th May and was more than happy to do so. Da Matta is one of three drivers from the American series to be testing with Toyota for...

Wed 10 Apr 2002
IRL: Walker Racing releases Sarah Fisher from driver contractHeadline

IRL: Walker Racing releases Sarah Fisher from driver contract

April 8, 2002 Indianapolis, IN -- Walker Racing announced today that Sarah Fisher has been released from her drivers contract with Walker Racing to pursue other opportunities in racing. Fisher became the youngest person to compete in the Indy...

Tue 17 Sep 2002
CHAMPCAR/CART: IRL: Castroneves Toyota test this weekHeadline
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CHAMPCAR/CART: IRL: Castroneves Toyota test this week

Helio Castroneves will get behind the wheel of an F1 car this week when he tests for Toyota at the Paul Ricard circuit in France. Regular Toyota tester Stephane Sarrazin will be joined by drivers Mika Salo and Allan McNish while Castroneves is due...

Wed 27 Nov 2002
IRL: Cheever Racing signs Buddy RiceHeadline

IRL: Cheever Racing signs Buddy Rice

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 25, 2002) - Buddy Rice of Phoenix, Ariz., has signed a multiyear contract with Red Bull Cheever Racing to drive in the Indy Racing League championship. "We are pleased to officially sign Buddy" team owner Eddie Cheever...

Sun 03 Nov 2002
CHAMPCAR/CART: Kanaan knocks Junqueira from Fontana poleHeadline

CHAMPCAR/CART: Kanaan knocks Junqueira from Fontana pole

Fontana, Calif (November 2, 2002) - Tony Kanaan earned the pole position for Sunday's 500 presented by Toyota after averaging 232.483 mph around the 2-mile California Speedway. Kanaan used just one of his two qualifying laps before returning to...

Wed 17 Apr 2002
CHAMPCAR/CART: Michael Andretti wins GP of Long BeachHeadline

CHAMPCAR/CART: Michael Andretti wins GP of Long Beach

Michael Andretti won the Grand Prix of Long Beach after holding off a charging Jimmy Vasser. Andretti's Team Green used pit strategy and luck to get him in front and a canny restart by Michael with 10 laps to go prevented a pass from an obviously...

Thu 24 Jan 2002
CHAMPCAR/CART: Papis signs with Sigma for 2002 seasonHeadline

CHAMPCAR/CART: Papis signs with Sigma for 2002 season

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. - Sigma Autosport announced today that Massimiliano (Max) Papis, one of the top stars in the CART FedEx Championship Series, has signed a contract to drive the ...

Tue 10 Sep 2002
CHAMPCAR/CART: Minardi to test BellHeadline
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CHAMPCAR/CART: Minardi to test Bell

Minardi continue with the enthusiastic trying out of new drivers it has been doing lately with another American, former Barber Dodge Pro and CART racer Townsend Bell. Minardi formerly had Bryan Herta behind the wheel and Bell is set to take to an...

Sat 19 Jan 2002
CHAMPCAR/CART: Junqueira remains with Ganassi RacingHeadline

CHAMPCAR/CART: Junqueira remains with Ganassi Racing

Indianapolis, Indiana - Target Chip Ganassi Racing announced today that Bruno Junqueira will team with Kenny Brack for the 2002 CART FedEx Championship series. In 2001, his rookie season, Junqueira scored one victory and one pole position while ...

Fri 22 Nov 2002
CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Players announces 2003 lineupHeadline

CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Players announces 2003 lineup

Montreal, Quebec, November 19, 2002 Team Player's announced its drivers' lineup for the 2003 CART Championship today, as Patrick Carpentier returns for his sixth season and fellow Canadian Paul Tracy signs on as his new teammate. "We are...

Thu 18 Apr 2002
IRL: Helio Castroneves unveils image on Borg Warner TrophyHeadline

IRL: Helio Castroneves unveils image on Borg Warner Trophy

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, April 15, 2002 - Last year's Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves from Sao Paulo, Brazil and living in Miami, Florida was honored this evening in ceremonies at the Hall of Fame Museum. His sculptured image was added to the six foot...

Mon 07 Oct 2002
CHAMPCAR/CART: Da Matta da man at MiamiHeadline

CHAMPCAR/CART: Da Matta da man at Miami

MIAMI (October 6, 2002) - Newman Haas teammates Cristiano da Matta and Christian Fittipaldi finished one-two in the inaugural Grand Prix Americas at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami. Da Matta's seventh victory of the season clinched the 2002 CART...

Sun 12 May 2002
IRL: Donnie Beechler down but not out at IndyHeadline

IRL: Donnie Beechler down but not out at Indy

Back in early April, Springfield, Illinois' popular 40-year old Donnie Beecher, a four time Indy 500 veteran, rode one of A.J. Foyt's Indy cars into a wall at the IRL season opener in Homestead, Florida, suffered a concussion, and spent a night ...

Sun 30 Jun 2002
IRL: Sam Hornish wins wild Richmond raceHeadline

IRL: Sam Hornish wins wild Richmond race

Richmond, VA, June 29 - Sam Hornish Jr. led one and a half laps winning a wild, action packed race on the 3/4 mile Richmond International Raceway. Sam did it the way he and his team have gotten most of their successes: with a car that Sam could...

Sat 26 Oct 2002
CHAMPCAR/CART: Junqueira sets new track record with provisional pole at Surfers ParadiseHeadline

CHAMPCAR/CART: Junqueira sets new track record with provisional pole at Surfers Paradise

Brazilian Bruno Junqueira of Target Chip Ganassi Racing has clinched the provisional pole in the first qualifying race of the Gold Coast Honda Indy 300, clocking a new track record of 1:31.515 (1:09.949mph) on his ninth lap. In his second year...

Sun 12 May 2002
IRL: Indy 500: Bruno Junqueira provisional pole-sitterHeadline

IRL: Indy 500: Bruno Junqueira provisional pole-sitter

Being second sometimes is a benefit -- Bruno Junqueira drew number two in qualifying attempt for the 86th Indianapolis 500. The CART veteran, driving the No. 33 Target Chip Ganassi Racing G Force/Chevrolet/Firestone, is currently sitting on the...

Tue 16 Jul 2002
CHAMPCAR/CART: Carpentier wins Cleveland Grand PrixHeadline

CHAMPCAR/CART: Carpentier wins Cleveland Grand Prix

Patrick Carpentier won the CART Cleveland Grand Prix today, despite a furious pursuit by Team Green drivers Michael Andretti and Paul Tracy, who exchanged the race's fastest laps late in the race. Carpentier took the lead from Dario Franchitti on...

Sat 04 May 2002
IRL: Scheckter penalized for unsportsmanlike conductHeadline

IRL: Scheckter penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct

INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, May 3, 2002 -- Indy Racing League rookie Tomas Scheckter has been suspended from all on-track activity through May 7, fined an undisclosed amount and placed on extended probation for unsportsmanlike conduct, IRL Vice...

Mon 23 Dec 2002
CHAMPCAR/CART: SPEED profile - Derek DalyHeadline
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CHAMPCAR/CART: SPEED profile - Derek Daly

Over the next several months, SPEED Channel will profile members of its on- air team as well as key figures behind the scenes at the nation's fastest growing sports cable network. The fourth profile in this series highlights veteran racer Derek ...

Tue 05 Nov 2002
CHAMPCAR/CART: 2002 champion Da Matta heads to Formula 1Headline

CHAMPCAR/CART: 2002 champion Da Matta heads to Formula 1

Dominant 2002 season sends reigning CART Champion Cristiano da Matta to Formula One with two-year Toyota contract. INDIANAPOLIS (November 5, 2002) - 2002 CART FedEx Championship Series champion Cristiano da Matta will leave the Champ Car series...

Sun 14 Apr 2002
CHAMPCAR/CART: A conversation with Bobby RahalHeadline

CHAMPCAR/CART: A conversation with Bobby Rahal

Friday, April 12 -- In the paddock at the Grand Prix of Long Beach, CART team owner Bobby Rahal sat down for a chat with several media representatives. Motorsport.com writer and photographer John Francis was there and filed this account. Q:...

Sun 15 Sep 2002
CHAMPCAR/CART: Dario Franchitti wins his first oval at RockinghamHeadline

CHAMPCAR/CART: Dario Franchitti wins his first oval at Rockingham

Dario Franchitti won his first oval race at his home circuit in Great Britain. He ran near the front of the field for most of the race and benefited from a late quick pitstop to take the lead from Kenny Brack. Franchitti held off a late challenge...

Sun 10 Feb 2002
IRL: CHAMPCAR/CART: Michael Andretti to return to Indy 500Headline

IRL: CHAMPCAR/CART: Michael Andretti to return to Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002 - Team Green announced Feb. 7 that Michael Andretti will return to Indianapolis for the second consecutive year to compete in the 86th Indianapolis 500. Andretti will drive the Motorola/Archipelago entry for...

Sun 27 Oct 2002
CHAMPCAR/CART: Da Matta grabs the pole at Surfers ParadiseHeadline

CHAMPCAR/CART: Da Matta grabs the pole at Surfers Paradise

Reigning champion Cristiano da Matta is on track to become the first two-time winner of the Gold Coast Honda Indy 300 as he turned the fastest lap of the weekend at 1:30.204 (111.547 mph) in Saturday's final qualifying session for Sunday's race ...

Sun 01 Dec 2002
CHAMPCAR/CART: Da Matta sad at Champ Car regressionHeadline
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CHAMPCAR/CART: Da Matta sad at Champ Car regression

Christiano da Matta is sad that the CART series is heading into decline as teams and drivers leave, despite it being the best motor racing in America. The Indy Racing League is attracting drivers but da Matta thinks the oval-only racing will not...

Tue 26 Mar 2002
IRL: California: Hornish by a nose over LazierHeadline

IRL: California: Hornish by a nose over Lazier

FONTANA, Calif. (March 24, 2002) - Sam Hornish won his second consecutive Indy Racing League event after swapping the lead several times during the final laps with runner-up Jaques Lazier. The margin of victory was the second closest in Indy...

Tue 29 Oct 2002
CHAMPCAR/CART: Rookie Dominguez steals the thunder at Surfers ParadiseHeadline

CHAMPCAR/CART: Rookie Dominguez steals the thunder at Surfers Paradise

Rookie driver Mario Dominguez earned a milestone first victory for Herdez Competition in Round 17 of the 2002 CART FedEx Championship Series, following a wet and wild day on the streets of Surfers Paradise. Dominguez's victory places him in the...

Wed 13 Nov 2002
IRL: Mo Nunn Racing to field two-car team in 2003Headline

IRL: Mo Nunn Racing to field two-car team in 2003

INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, Nov. 11, 2002) -- Mo Nunn Racing will double up its efforts for the 2003 Indy Racing League season by expanding to a two-car team and partnering with Toyota as the championship engine manufacturer turns its attention to the...

Tue 24 Dec 2002
CHAMPCAR/CART: New 2003 CART team formed with Lavin as driverHeadline

CHAMPCAR/CART: New 2003 CART team formed with Lavin as driver

Motorsport.com has learned through reliable sources in Mexico that a new team for the 2003 CART Champ Car World Series has been formed by Modelo Group. The Corona Racing Team has signed Mexican driver Rodolfo Lavin. Modelo Group formed a ...

Sat 19 Oct 2002
IRL: McNish to test for PenskeHeadline
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IRL: McNish to test for Penske

Allan McNish is to test for Penske Racing in the IRL series on Monday at the Fontana speedway in California. McNish finished his F1 season with Toyota by way of a huge crash in qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix, which he escaped from...