CHAMPCAR/CART: New All-Star Team Announced

A new form of all-star team was announced today for the 1999 FedEx Championship Series. CART has established an annual five driver all-star team and the top vote getter over the course of the season will receive the newly created...

A new form of all-star team was announced today for the 1999 FedEx Championship Series. CART has established an annual five driver all-star team and the top vote getter over the course of the season will receive the newly created Mario Andretti Trophy, an aptly named trophy honoring one of the best drivers in racing history. "Everyone knows that racing was my work, but also the joy in my life. It is the ultimate compliment to me that CART looks back at those years and finds them so meaningful and worthy," said an all-too-modest Andretti. "I am honored to have this trophy in my name and cherish the opportunity that it gives me to have a lasting bond with CART. I am genuinely appreciative of everyone who continues to acknowledge my part in racing history. In the future, I will certainly enjoy watching young drivers in pursuit of this trophy. And, with a touch of sentiment, I will let this trophy bridge the gap between past and present for me." The 59 year old former champion is the all-time leader for Champ Car pole positions, with 67, laps led with 7,587 and starts with 407. He also ranks second in all-time victories with 52. HIs Champ Car career began in 1964 and ended after the 1994 season. He was the 1984 series champion. The five drivers named to the team will be selected by balloting of a select panel of motorsports media, drivers from the FedEx Championship Series and a small group of celebrity race enthusiasts. The group will consist of 50 motorsports media representatives, including one from each race market on this year's schedule, all active, full-season driver entrants and three celebrity panelists who will be chosen to participate based on their keen interest in the series. Voters will select five drivers and rank them in order on the ballots. Top ballot position will receive 10 points, second, seven points, third, five points, fourth, three points and fifth spot on the ballot will be worth one point. Halfway through the season the voters will make an unofficial vote to allow fans and drivers to see where the standings are. In addition to the Mario Andretti Trophy the four other drivers selected to the CART All Start Team will also receive trophies to honor their standing on the team. The quest for the trophy begins in earnest this weekend at Homestead as the 1999 season begins its 20 race schedule.

Source: CART Online

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mario Andretti