CHAMPCAR/CART: Australia Player's Preview

Round 19 of FedEx CART Championship BUSINESS BEFORE PLEASURE FOR PLAYER'S CART TEAM DRIVERS GREG MOORE AND PATRICK CARPENTIER AS RACE SERIES STOPS AT IDYLLIC SURFERS PARADISE Queensland, Australia, October 13, 1999 - The race setting is ideal...

Round 19 of FedEx CART Championship

BUSINESS BEFORE PLEASURE FOR PLAYER'S CART TEAM DRIVERS GREG MOORE AND PATRICK CARPENTIER AS RACE SERIES STOPS AT IDYLLIC SURFERS PARADISE

Queensland, Australia, October 13, 1999 - The race setting is ideal and Player's CART Team drivers Greg Moore and Patrick Carpentier are hoping their results will be likewise when they compete in Round 19 of the FedEx CART Championship, staged this weekend on the 2.795-mile street course of Surfers Paradise.

"Fortunately, I've been able to get to the podium at Surfers Paradise twice in the last three years," said Moore, of Maple Ridge, B.C. "I think the key on this street course is to qualify near the front or work your way to the front early in the race, so that you can control the pace. I really enjoy the Australia race, not only because I've had some success there but it's just a beautiful setting for a race, and it gets your adrenaline flowing."

Australia is one of three races in the CART series held outside of North America - Brazil and Japan are the others - and the chance to expose the series to an extended audience is an additional incentive for the drivers.

"As a driver you get excited about the opportunity to put on a good show for the growing number of racing fans on another continent," explained Carpentier, of Joliette, Que. "The whole week leading up to the race at Surfers Paradise is really a big 'happening', almost like a festive atmosphere. But I don't think any of us lose our focus when it's time to get down to business.

"Surfers Paradise can be a tough track," he added. "There are some good passing spots, which worked to my advantage last year, when I managed to gain seven positions during the race. But you have to watch out for cars getting bottled up in some of the chicanes. You definitely need all your wits about you on this street course."

With a logjam of drivers just ahead of him in the standings, the ninth-place Moore could still leap into fifth place with strong finishes in the final two races on the schedule. With 97 points, Moore trails fifth-place Max Papis by 23 points.

Carpentier, currently in 13th place, still has a mathematical chance of getting into the top 10. Jimmy Vasser holds down 10th spot with 94 points, 33 more than Carpentier. Directly ahead of Carpentier, however, are Bryan Herta and Tony Kanaan, both with 72 points, an 11-point edge over the Quebec driver.

Racing fans can watch the 57-lap CART race live on The Sports Network, starting at midnight (ET) on Saturday.

WEEKEND SCHEDULE

Australia Time Montreal Time (-14)

Friday, Oct. 15 CART practice   10:30 a.m.-noon.    8:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.(Thurs)
(Group 1)  CART Qualifying  2:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. 12:30 a.m.-1:00 a.m. (Fri.)
(Group 2)  CART Qualifying  3:15 p.m.-3:45 p.m.  1:15 a.m.-1:45 a.m. (Fri.)
Saturday, Oct. 16 CART practice  9:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m. 7:00 p.m.-8:15 p.m. (Fri)
(Group 1)  CART Qualifying 12:45 p.m.-1:15 p.m. 10:45 p.m.-11:15 p.m.(Fri)
(Group 2)  CART Qualifying  1:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. 11:30 p.m.-midnight (Fri)
Sunday, Oct. 17 CART Warm Up    10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. 8:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. (Sat)
          CART Race           2:00 p.m.-          midnight- 

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Max Papis , Patrick Carpentier , Tony Kanaan , Greg Moore