CHAMPCAR/CART: Long Beach; Brack to the streets

HILLIARD, OH . . . Kenny Brack last ran a non-oval race in October of 1996 in the Formula 3000 finale at Hockenheim. Three and a half years and 29 consecutive oval races later Brack is ready to return to the streets in the Grand Prix of Long ...

HILLIARD, OH . . . Kenny Brack last ran a non-oval race in October of 1996 in the Formula 3000 finale at Hockenheim. Three and a half years and 29 consecutive oval races later Brack is ready to return to the streets in the Grand Prix of Long Beach. "I am excited to go to Long Beach to resume my road racing career," said Brack. "Long Beach is a tough and demanding course, one that has a long and glorious history. The race is an event with an atmosphere the is hard to equal anywhere else." For Brack the transition back to road and street courses has been a case of shaking off the rust and relearning the "tricks and nuances" of road racing. "The first thing I will have to do is to try to get a feel for the course. I am fortunate that Team Rahal has a wealth of resources for me to tap into to learn about Long Beach. Bobby [Rahal], Don Halliday and Max [Papis] have given me some insight into the course, but my primary focus will be to learn the real estate once I get to California. Having a first hand knowledge of the course is a luxury I don't have, then again Juan Montoya didn't have that knowledge last year and he managed to pick up his first win at Long Beach." Brack's record on the road courses of Barber Saab and Formula 3000 was one of dominance. In the run to his 1993 Barber Saab Championship Brack won six of the 12 races. In his last 11 races in Formula 3000 Brack won four times not including the controversial Formula 3000 finale in 1996 which he won but was later disqualified. In three years of racing Formula 3000, Brack posted five pole positions, 11 podium appearances and 14 top-five results. "Road and street course racing is the greatest physical challenge that I face as a driver," said Brack. "I have spent a great deal of time working on my physical condition so that I am prepared to run. The biggest challenge I face now is getting used to the car and finding the set-up I want so I can use my skills and the car to their maximum potential." Team Rahal owner Bobby Rahal isn't worried about Brack's ability to run on the road courses. "For Kenny it is like riding a bike in that once you have the skill to drive these courses you never forget. Kenny is a championship racer, he will do what it takes to be successful."

Street Smarts . . .

Kenny Brack Road/Street Record '93-96

Road/Street Starts:     37
Wins:                   10*
Podiums:                17
Poles:                  5
Top-Five:               22
Top-Ten:                26

Season Results: 1993 Barber-Saab Champion 1995 3rd in FIA Formula 3000 1996 2nd in FIA Formula 3000

* Does not includes win at Hockenheim which he won but was later disqualified.

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