CHAMPCAR/CART: Herbert announces move to CART for 2001

Veteran Formula One driver Johnny Herbert announced yesterday that he will be retiring from Formula One at the end of the 2000 season, and seeking a ride in the CART FedEx Championship Series. "I have decided that I will go to the American...

Veteran Formula One driver Johnny Herbert announced yesterday that he will be retiring from Formula One at the end of the 2000 season, and seeking a ride in the CART FedEx Championship Series. "I have decided that I will go to the American CART series next year," said Herbert at a press conference in Frankfurt, Germany. "Obviously I've got to sign a contract for a drive, but that's what I want to do."

Herbert, 36, had been widely expected to move to CART for the next season, and was, in fact, at last weekend's Michigan 500 with his manager, discussing possibilities with a number of different teams. And at Jaguar, CART front runner Dario Franchitti has tested for the team, making it clear that Herbert's seat was anything but secure for 2001.

At this point, Herbert does not yet have a definite ride in CART for 2001, but he is confident that he will come to terms with a competitive team in the near future. "We will know what is going on probably within the next month," said Herbert.

Herbert has been struggling with Jaguar this year. Lack of mechanical reliability has cost him four finishes in ten races, and his best result has been a seventh place at the Austrian Grand Prix two weeks ago. His best position on the starting grid has been 11th in three Grands Prix.

During his career, though, Herbert does have three wins to his credit, from 153 starts: British GP and Italian GP in 1995 for Benetton, and Stewart's maiden win last year at the British GP. He has driven for Benetton (1989, 1995), Tyrrell (1989), Lotus (1990-1994), Sauber (1996-1998), Stewart (1999) and Jaguar (2000) and has scored 93 points during his career.

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Series Formula 1 , IndyCar
Drivers Johnny Herbert , Dario Franchitti
Teams Sauber , Benetton