CHAMPCAR/CART: da Matta, Servia Vancouver pre event notes

Event: Molson Indy Vancouver Track: Concord Pacific Place, Vancouver, British Columbia 1.781-Mile Temporary Street Circuit Date: September 3, 2000 TV: ABC-TV, Sunday, September 3, 2000; 4:00 PM (EST) Series: CART FedEx Championship...

Event: Molson Indy Vancouver

Track: Concord Pacific Place, Vancouver, British Columbia 1.781-Mile Temporary Street Circuit

Date: September 3, 2000

TV: ABC-TV, Sunday, September 3, 2000; 4:00 PM (EST)

Series: CART FedEx Championship Series, Round 15

CRISTIANO da MATTA, #97 PIONEER ELECTRONICS/WORLDCOM/TOYOTA-REYNARD
CART Season: 2 @Best CART Start: 2 (Toronto, 2000) @Best CART Finish: 1 (Chicago, 2000) @Points Standings: 7

Top Toyota:  Da Matta is currently the highest ranked Toyota in the CART
FedEx Championship Series.  Da Matta is ranked 7th in the series.

14X Brazilian Rally Champion: Antonio da Matta, father of Cristiano and 14-time Brazilian Rally champion, will be a featured guest at the Manufacturers Forum on Friday at 1:30 p.m. All forum guests will be family members of CART drivers.

One Year Ago in Vancouver: Da Matta qualified 17th and finished a very impressive fifth in his rookie Champ Car run at Vancouver.

Cristiano on Vancouver: "The last two races have been very tough for myself and the team. I think we have the potential to do very well here in Vancouver. I love this city and the track is great. I had a very good race here last year despite the wet conditions. In fact, I really enjoyed the wet conditions here last year, and I wouldn't mind it again. I would prefer optimum dry racing conditions of course, but if I have to run in the rain, I can think of worse places. Most of all, I have to focus on a strong qualifying performance on Friday to get me back into the fast group on Saturday. I am really disappointed with the way we have qualified at the last two races. My goal this weekend is pole. Also, I have slipped from fourth to seventh in the points the last two races, now 18 points separates me from Tracy, this is very frustrating. I must finish well, and collect as many points as possible. My guys have been working incredible hours, especially after my accident last week at the test in Laguna, they were supposed to have the weekend off and instead they were fixing my car. I am going to give them a very good weekend here in Vancouver."

ORIOL SERVIÀ, #96 TELEFONICA/TOYOTA-REYNARD @CART Season: 1 @Best CART Start: 7 (Portland, 2000) @Best CART Finish: 3 (Detroit, 2000) @Points Standing: 16

Master of the Street Circuit: Servià is one to watch on the temporary street circuits. The rookie started 21st, and finished sixth in Long Beach, where he made his street circuit debut in a Champ Car. In Detroit, he claimed PPIM's first ever Champ Car podium, with a third place finish, where he made his maiden voyage to the podium in just his seventh attempt. And in Toronto, the rookie was running as high as fifth before an off course excursion. Servià fought back and finished the race an impressive eleventh.

Front Runner: Servià has run in the top ten in five of the last six events, including Michigan, the rookie's first ever 500 mile event, where he led two laps.

Mr. Consistency: Champ Car Rookie, Oriol Servià is the only driver on the circuit to have finished in the points in six of the seven contested road courses this year. Servià's one exception occurred in Cleveland, where he was hit from behind and retired on the first lap.

Servià on Vancouver: "I am excited to be returning to Vancouver. I have not been here since they changed the track, so I look forward to the changes. I have had very good races on the street circuits this year, and I am definitely due for a successful finish, so this race couldn't come at a better time. I have finished tenth in the last two races, but I can't seem to break away from the 16th points place in the standings, I must improve that position this weekend. We tested at Laguna Seca last week, and I was very happy with my test. That circuit took some getting used to with a Champ Car, and I spent a lot of time learning on the first day. But, by the second day, I felt very happy with the car, and I was able to set the fifth fastest time. I think the next few races should be very successful for myself and the Telefonica team."

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