Jimmy Vasser, ...
Jimmy Vasser, #12 American Spirit/Ford-Cosworth/Reynard
Milwaukee Stats: A former Milwaukee Mile race winner, Vasser will make his 11th start at the mile with American Spirit. Three of his ten previous starts were in the top five (1998, 1999 and 2001), his average starting position at the mile is 10th. Champ Car's only active Champion won here in 1998 and has earned two additional top five finishes (third in 1997 and fourth in 1999); his average finishing position is ninth. Vasser scored points in each of his first seven trips to The Milwaukee Mile.
Oval Precision: Vasser has proven he has mastered the oval. Five of his ten victories have come won on the oval (Homestead, Michigan, Nazareth, Milwaukee and Fontana). He is just as successful when qualifying, five of his eight pole positions occurred on the oval (Michigan three times, Fontana and Motegi).
Endurance: The month of May has made Vasser one of the world's busiest athletes. Vasser has logged a total of 1,767 miles in his race car, only to be beaten by his air miles total, when he arrives in Milwaukee he will have flown a total of 11,937 miles. Vasser started the month at Brands Hatch, followed by the German 500, followed by the Indy 500; he is testing Tuesday, May 27th at Nazareth Speedway and will wrap up the month of May at the Milwaukee Mile, with his fourth race in 30 days.
Lap Leader: Vasser has led the last two races he has competed in, first the German 500 followed by the Indy 500 last weekend.
Vasser on The Mile: "I always look forward to returning to the Milwaukee Mile, it has been a good track for me in terms of success and it is just an awesome place. This year will be particularly special; racing under the lights should be very cool. We had a tough time in Europe, but we're putting some extra miles on the car testing at Nazareth and the guys are working hard on improving the cars every day. We're sitting ninth in the points right now it is going to be very important for me to leave Milwaukee with a solid finish."