CHAMPCAR/CART: Montreal: Team Motorola preview

INDIANAPOLIS, In.^× Team Motorola and driver Michael Andretti are making preparations for their third race in as many weeks.  After finishing 10th in last weekend^Òs CART Grand Prix featuring the Motorola 220 at Road America, the team is hoping...

INDIANAPOLIS, In.^× Team Motorola and driver Michael Andretti are making preparations for their third race in as many weeks.  After finishing 10th in last weekend^Òs CART Grand Prix featuring the Motorola 220 at Road America, the team is hoping to return to the form that was evident in the week prior at Mid-Ohio.  ^ÓWe didn^Òt have one of our best days on track at Elkhart Lake,^Ô said driver Michael Andretti.  ^ÓAfter getting hit on the first lap and losing two laps, we just hung in there and hoped to gain some championship points by finishing the race which we were able to do.^Ô  Andretti and Team Motorola began the four race stretch with a third place finish at Mid-Ohio and would like to see a similar or better result this weekend in Montreal.  ^ÓWe^Òre all looking forward to Montreal,^Ô said general manager Kim Green.  ^ÓDespite our end result in Elkhart Lake, Michael has been happy with the race car and I think we^Òve done a reasonably good job in giving him a car that is capable of podium finishes.^Ô

Andretti and Team Motorola are currently in eighth place in the championship hunt with 77 points while Cristiano daMatta continues to lead the championship with 143 points after posting his sixth win of the season at Elkhart Lake.  Patrick Carpentier is still in second place with 101 points and Bruno Junqueira remains in third place also with 101 points but one less victory than Carpentier. Michael^Òs technical partner Dario Franchitti is in fourth place in the championship with 85 points and Paul Tracy, also a technical partner of Michael^Òs, is in ninth place with 69 points.

Andretti is one of seven drivers in the CART FedEx Championship who have raced on the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in the past.  ^ÓAlthough I had an opportunity to race in Montreal in Formula One, Formula Ford and Formula Atlantic I don^Òt think my experience from those cars and from that long ago will offer me much of an advantage this weekend,^Ô said Andretti.  Andretti and the other drivers will have their first opportunity on the circuit in their Champ Cars during Friday morning^Òs opening practice.  Team Motorola general manager Kim Green has no false illusions when the comparison is made between the Formula One cars, who normally race this circuit, and the CART FedEx Champ Cars.  ^ÓI don^Òt expect that we will be as quick as the Formula One cars on this circuit,^Ô said Green.  ^ÓThey have technology on the race car, such as carbon fiber brakes which are key on a heavy braking track such as this and we also carry almost 400 pounds more weight on the race car so there will be a distinct difference in lap times.  I^Òve been a spectator many times at this circuit and I^Òm looking forward to my first weekend as a participant.^Ô

Michael Andretti is in his19th Champ Car season and currently leads all active Champ Car drivers in number of wins at 42, number of poles at 32, number of starts with 302 and laps led with 6,564.

Practice for the Molson Indy Montreal begins on Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. ET with provisional qualifying at 2:10 p.m. ET Friday.  Final qualifying will follow on Saturday at 1:45 p.m. ET.  The race will be shown live on SpeedChannel Sunday, August 25 at 2:00 p.m. ET.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Bruno Junqueira , Patrick Carpentier , Paul Tracy , Kim Green , Cristiano da Matta
Teams ART Grand Prix