CHAMPCAR/CART: Brack returns to Road America

HILLIARD, OH . . . Fourth in the season point standings with six top-five results in the first 13 races of the 2000 FedEx Championship Series, Kenny Brack has made an immediate impact in his rookie year in CART. Team Rahal's Shell driver comes to...

HILLIARD, OH . . . Fourth in the season point standings with six top-five results in the first 13 races of the 2000 FedEx Championship Series, Kenny Brack has made an immediate impact in his rookie year in CART. Team Rahal's Shell driver comes to Elkhart Lake's Road America this week looking for his first Champ Car win. Road America is a course he has raced twice before, both during the 1993 Barber-Saab season in which he won the championship. In fact Brack clinched his Barber-Saab Championship with a win at Road America on August 22, 1993, almost seven years to the day of this weekend's Motorola 200. "I have good and bad memories of racing at Road America," said Brack. The first time I raced there I nearly broke my neck and ended up in the hospital. Fortunately I escaped with a strained neck muscle and was sore for a couple of weeks. The second time we raced there I won and clinched the Barber Saab title. Road America is a track that rewards aggressive driving. It is so much larger than Mid-Ohio where we raced last week. I really enjoy attacking the track. I feel that if we can get the car to handle the way we want we have the ability to be successful. We feel pretty positive about this weekend." Brack has certainly adapted to driving the road and street courses of CART. After racing in the IRL the last three years, Brack hadn't seen a road course since his days in Formula 3000. In his first two street races this year, Brack posted DNF's (Long Beach & Detroit), however in his last four road races he has notched four top-tens and a pair of top-fives including a podium appearance at Cleveland when he finished second. "There is no doubt that I feel more at home on the road and street courses than I did at the start of the season," said Brack. "There were some adjustments for me personally from driving in Formula 300 and Barber-Saab. First I had to dust off the road racing skills, but those races were basically sprints where here there is so much more involved by the time you mix in pit stops and fuel strategies. To me the biggest adjustment was learning what I needed from the car for the road races. I think our team has a pretty good grasp on what it takes to be successful on any track we run."

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