CHAMPCAR/CART: PacWest Racing Detroit pre-race notes and quotes

Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix Of Detroit !Round 7--2001 Fedex Championship Series The Raceway On Belle Isle-Detroit, Mi-June 15-17 What: Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit-Round 7 of the 21-race CART FedEx Championship Series When: ...

Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix Of Detroit !Round 7--2001 Fedex Championship Series
The Raceway On Belle Isle-Detroit, Mi-June 15-17

What: Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit-Round 7 of the 21-race CART FedEx Championship Series

When: Sunday, June 17. Broadcast: 2 p.m. ET on ABC. Broadcast live on CART Radio Network affiliates. Qualifying television coverage: Saturday, June 16; 5:30 p.m. ESPN2. Coverage of practice, qualifying and the race is also live on CART.com. Practice-Friday, June 15.

Where: The 2.346 mile street course in Detroit, Michigan

Mauricio Gugelmin Fast Facts
#17 Nextel PacWest Toyota

* Mauricio Gugelmin enters the Detroit race off two consecutive point-scoring finishes.

* Gugelmin collected his first top-10 result of the season in Milwaukee.

* The veteran has seven career starts at the Raceway on Belle Isle. Highlights include qualifying in the 5th position as a rookie in 1994 on way to an 8th place finish. In 1997, Gugelmin inherited the lead from PacWest Racing Group teammate Mark Blundell on the final lap, leading for most of the lap until his machine ran out of fuel.

* Last season at Detroit, Gugelmin qualified 18th and battled an ill-handling car to a 16th place finishing position.

* Gugelmin's only CART FedEx Series victory came on a temporary street circuit-Vancouver in 1997.

* Gugelmin, one of CART's most experienced drivers, is in his ninth year of FedEx Championship Series competition.

Mauricio Gugelmin Quotes

"I'm coming off a couple of points-paying finishes in Japan and Milwaukee, so I think the Nextel team is starting to gel at the right time. It will be nice to get back to racing on a street course after a few oval races in a row. Since 1997, we haven't really put on a good show in Detroit, so we're definitely due. If I can start qualifying better than I have been so far this season, our chances to remain up front will obviously improve. I anticipate a close race with a lot of action for the fans and I'm looking forward to returning to Detroit. The track is definitely challenging and I plan on staying consistent and gathering up some more points."

Scott Dixon Fast Facts
#18 Powerware Panasonic PacWest Toyota

* PacWest Racing rookie driver, Scott Dixon, ranks 6th in the 2001 CART FedEx Series with 38 points.

* Dixon has scored the second highest point total over the last three events, trailing only point-leader Kenny Brack during that period.

* Dixon leads the Jim Trueman Rookie of the Year standings by 15 points over his nearest rival.

* Dixon is the youngest-ever winner of a Champ Car race.

* In 2000, Scott finished 4th in the Dayton Indy Lights Race at Detroit, and finished 7th in 1999, his rookie season in Indy Lights.

* Dixon was the 2000 Dayton Indy Lights Champion with six wins, seven podiums, and one pole position, finishing the season with 155 points.

Scott Dixon Quotes

"I'm looking forward to getting back to some street course racing even though I've had pretty good success on the ovals so far this year. I think Detroit is one of the more challenging and difficult street courses we run on all year. I haven't had real good luck there in the past in Indy Lights, but with Toyota power we should be good. My Powerware Panasonic crew has been working really hard in the shop for me, and with the great pit stops they've been giving me, I'm sure they will put me in position to score some more points."

-PacWest-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Dixon , Mauricio Gugelmin , Kenny Brack , Mark Blundell