CHAMPCAR/CART: Chicago Friday notes

By David Reininger - motorsport.com Chicago, IL (July 28, 2000) - Notes: The official track distance is 1.029 miles. The scheduled race distance will be 225 laps. Team Rahal announced today that the team has reached an agreement on a ...

By David Reininger - motorsport.com

Chicago, IL (July 28, 2000) - Notes:

The official track distance is 1.029 miles. The scheduled race distance will be 225 laps.

Team Rahal announced today that the team has reached an agreement on a contract extension with 1999 Indianapolis 500 winner Kenny Brack. The contract extension is through the end of the 2001 CART FedEx Championship Series. The Swedish driver came to the CART series after capturing the 1998 Indy Racing League Championship and the 83rd running of the Indianapolis 500. Since joining the CART FedEx Series, Brack has scored seven top-ten finishes and has appeared on the podium twice. Currently seventh in championship points, Brack leads the battle for the Jim Truemans Rookie of the Year Award.

Shell has signed a multi-year agreement to continue as a primary sponsor at Team Rahal. Shell began its association with Team Rahal in 1993, moving to primary sponsorship in 1996. "We'll go beyond a decade with this relationship," said team owner Bobby Rahal regarding Shell's extended commitment to the team.

A ceremony elevating the Vanderbilt Cup from a one-race trophy to the ultimate prize in the FedEx Championship Series will be held on Saturday night in downtown Chicago.

This year's Target Grand Prix at the Chicago Motor Speedway will feature the Target Celebrity Challenge at 3:15 P.M. Saturday afternoon. The pro-am event will feature teams of three, in relay style, with each member making six laps around the track. The team with the fastest time wins. Race team rosters include Tim, Allen, Mario Andretti, Renny Harlin, Jimy Vasser, Dario Franchitti Chris Miles, Larry Murphy, Mark Blundell, Casey Mears and others.

U. S. Transportation Secretary Rodney L. Slater was at the Chicago Motor Speedway this afternoon to announce the continuation of a multi-faceted partnership with U.S. Department of Transportation, CART, Ford and Target Racing teams regarding seat belt use and vehicle safety. Three public service announcements featuring Michael Andretti and Adrian Fernandez, have been produced for television to promote the use of seat belts. The PSA done by Fernandez has been produced in English and Spanish.

Secretary Slater recognized CARA Charities for their work in providing needy families with car seats. Through the "Buckle Up Baby" infant car seat program, over $330,000 has been donated to children's hospitals since 1993. CARA National Director, Mary Lou Beauudry-Bogner accept the award on behalf of the members.

CARA Charities will present the annual "Taste of CART" progressive dinner at Mid-Ohio. The event will be held Friday, August 11, at 6:00 P.M. in the paddock area. Tickets can be obtained by contacting CARA at (317) 293-8932.

An on track camera session was held at Chicago Motor Speedway this morning for the "Champs" movie starring Sylvester Stallone. Race cars circled the track allowing close-shot filming from the camera car. The camera car, a Chevrolet El Camino with a race suspension, sports a small Bonneville 200-mph sticker on one of its windows. The camera session was open to all competitors. Drivers were encouraged to "safely interact with the camera car".

Firestone has supplied 700 tires this weekend. The number is based on 25 cars entered and 28 tires per car.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Casey Mears , Michael Andretti , Adrian Fernandez , Bobby Rahal , Kenny Brack , Mark Blundell , Mario Andretti