CHAMPCAR/CART: Detroit Friday Notes

Detroit, Mich. (August 6, 1999) Notes from the Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit…. Roberto Moreno, fresh from completing his driving chores as a substitute for Mark Blundell, will see action this weekend substituting for the injured ...

Detroit, Mich. (August 6, 1999) Notes from the Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit….

Roberto Moreno, fresh from completing his driving chores as a substitute for Mark Blundell, will see action this weekend substituting for the injured Christian Fittipaldi. Fittipaldi was injured in a testing accident on Monday at St. Louis.

Back in action in the Champcars this weekend driving the Walker Racing Honda Reynard is Naoki Hattori. Hattori was injured in a first lap crash at the season opener at Homestead in March.

Joining Al Unser Jr. on the Marlboro Penske team this weekend is Gonzalo Rodriquez, winner of this year's F 3000 race at Monaco. Over at Payton Coyne, the No. 34 normally driven by Dennis Vitolo, will have Memo Gidley behind the wheel this weekend.

In another driver change, Jan Magnussen replaces P. J. Jones at Patrick Racing.

The No. 16 Bettenhausen entry driven by Shigeaki Hattori has been withdrawn.

The official track distance is 2.346 miles and the scheduled race distance is 75 laps (175.95 miles).

PPG Motorsports announced their new website yesterday. Visit ppgmotorsports.com for information on the CART FedEx Championship, the Indy Racing league and the Indy Lights series.

Greg Moore left the Belle Isle circuit minutes after exiting his Players Racing Champcar to compete in the final round of the IROC series at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this afternoon. Adrian Fernandez will not be able to compete in the IROC race at IMS today after sustaining a wrist injury from contact with the turn two wall at Belle Isle.

Mark Blundell's Pac West Mercedes Reynard is sporting a new livery this weekend. The No. 18 car, which usually runs with Motorola sponsorship, will have DigitalDNA on the sidepods at Detroit. DigitalDNA solutions are used to help control engine-management systems and regulate fuel consumption.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jan Magnussen , Al Unser Jr. , Shigeaki Hattori , Memo Gidley , Adrian Fernandez , Roberto Moreno , Christian Fittipaldi , Mark Blundell , Naoki Hattori , Greg Moore