CHAMPCAR/CART: Chicago Saturday Report

Cicero, IL (August 21, 1999) - Notes from the Target Grand Prix at the Chicago Motor Speedway Formula One team owner Frank Williams watched qualifying from the Target Ganassi pits this afternoon. Other interested spectators at the Chicago...

Cicero, IL (August 21, 1999) - Notes from the Target Grand Prix at the Chicago Motor Speedway

Formula One team owner Frank Williams watched qualifying from the Target Ganassi pits this afternoon. Other interested spectators at the Chicago Motor Speedway included Indy Racing League drivers Sam Scmidt and 1998 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year, Steve Knapp. Former Land Speed Record holder, Craig Breedlove also enjoyed qualifying action from the pits today.

Memo Gidley will compete in all the remaining CART races this season, except for Fontana. Gidley will pilot the Herdez sponsored Payton Coyne Ford-powered Lola entry. Dennis Vitolo is scheduled to drive for Payton Coyne at Fontana.

Mario Andretti shook down the first two-seater CART car yesterday in preparation for this afternoon's ride along program. As the sun set behind turns turns one and two Mario was still touring the one mile oval in the stretch Reynard, much to the delight of Target Stores top brass. The stretch version is only eight inches longer than a regulation Reynard.

Californina Speedway officials announced a special Saturday night concert to be held at the CART race in October. Peter Frampton will play as part of a special Fan Appreciation weekend.

Team Rahal chefs Rob Wall and Peter Herald won the CARA Charities Culinary Champions Trophy at the "Taste of CART" progressive dinner at Mid-Ohio. The winning entry was a presentation of Hor d'oeuvres.

Brad Noffsinger skipped the USAC Silver Bullet series race at Springfield today. Noffsinger spent the afternoon giving media rides aboard Winston Cup cars for the Richard Petty Driving Experience after CART activities had been completed. Mike Curb has re-upped his sponsorship for Noffsinger's Silver Bullet team, allowing the Charlotte, NC resident to compete in the remaining Silver Bullet races this season.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Memo Gidley , Mario Andretti , Steve Knapp , Richard Petty , Brad Noffsinger , Frank Williams
Teams Williams