CHAMPCAR/CART: Newman/Haas Racing Rockingham Friday notes

Late Thursday, the CART FedEx Championship Series amended the on-track schedule for Friday to include a two hour practice session before a qualifying session would be attempted. If the green-flag requirements were satisfied, CART would proceed...

Late Thursday, the CART FedEx Championship Series amended the on-track schedule for Friday to include a two hour practice session before a qualifying session would be attempted. If the green-flag requirements were satisfied, CART would proceed with a qualifying session. On-going water problems that have plagued the track for the past two days forced track activities to be canceled today.

A new schedule has been devised for race day to include the following: - The traditional 30-minute race morning warm-up has been replaced by a two-hour practice session to begin at 10 am local time. - An installation check session will then take place at 2:20 PM for 10 minutes of green time. - The 210 lap Rockingham 500 will begin at 3:10 PM (TV air time to be determined).

CRISTIANO da MATTA, #6 Texaco/Havoline/Kmart Toyota-Lola will start in 8th place. 0x00aa NOTE: Will be his first Champ car race in England. Last competed in England during the 1996 Formula 3000 series. Also ran in England during the 1995 British Formula 3 season where he won one race and finished eighth in the Championship. Is currently only 52 points out of first place in the Championship with 78 with five races to go.

CHRISTIAN FITTIPALDI, #11 Kmart Toyota-Lola will start in 13th place. 0x00aa NOTE: Is currently 74 points back from first place in the Championship standings in 13th place with 54 to leader Kenny Brack, 131. Racing history in EnglandWill be his first time to race at Rockingham. Has raced in England extensively while competing in Formula One from 1992-1994, Formula 3000 (1991) where he won the Championship and in the British Formula 3 series (1990) where he won a race and finished fourth in the Championship.

The Rockingham 500 will mark the second European event sanctioned by Championship Auto Racing Teams in the organization's 23-year history. The Rockingham 500, round 17 of 21, was initially scheduled to air live in the United States beginning at 7:30 a.m. on ESPN. A revised TV schedule is not yet available. Twenty of 21 FedEx Championship Series events are being televised live on ABC-TV or ESPN and 18 are being televised live on Eurosport, a European network that reaches 250 million viewers in 54 countries. Saturday's race will also air on the CART Radio Network - which will provide audio to nearly one million American servicemen and women worldwide through the American Forces Radio Network - and on CART's official website, which will also carry Friday's qualifying, at www.cart.com .

Following the Rockingham 500, the FedEx Championship Series returns home for Round 18, the Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston, Oct. 5-7 on the streets of downtown Houston, Texas. Newman/Haas Racing co-owner Carl A. Haas is a co-promoter of the event with Texaco/Havoline.

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Drivers Kenny Brack