CHAMPCAR/CART: Patrick Racing Mid-Ohio preview

Originally-From: Jack Durbin <jackd@motorsport.com> Patrick Racing Team Notes Miller Lite 200 Round 13 - 2001 Fedex Championship Series Mid-Ohio Road Course - Lexington, Oh. - August 10-12, 2001 Jimmy Vasser - ...

Originally-From: Jack Durbin <jackd@motorsport.com>

Patrick Racing Team Notes
Miller Lite 200
Round 13 - 2001 Fedex Championship Series
Mid-Ohio Road Course - Lexington, Oh. - August 10-12, 2001

Jimmy Vasser - #40 Visteon/Patrick Racing Toyota Reynard

Jimmy Vasser Has Been The Victim Of Bad Luck Since Starting The Season With Top-Six Finishes In The First Four Races. He Has Scored Points In Just One Of The Last Seven Contests Despite Being Extremely Competitive At Every Event. Vasser Has Finished In The Top-Five Four Times This Year And Has Placed In The Top-Six In Five Of 11 Races (Mexico - Sixth; Long Beach - Fifth; Nazareth - Fourth; Japan - Fifth; Cleveland - Fifth). He Has Finished In The Top-Six In Three Of Six Road/Street Races This Year With A Best Showing Of Fifth At Long Beach And Cleveland. Vasser Is Tenth In The Championship Standings With 50 Points.

2001 Fedex Championship Series Season In Review:

RACE            S       F

Mexico 9 6
Long Beach 8 5
Texas 22 -
Nazareth 11 4
Japan 21 5
Milwaukee 5 21
Detroit 5 18
Portland 9 16
Cleveland 24 5
Toronto 16 26
Michigan 15 23
Chicago 6 14

*Vasser will be competing at Mid-Ohio for the 10th time. In nine previous races he has qualified in the top-10 seven times with a best starting position of second in 1996. Vasser has finished in the top-10 five times including four of the last six years. He has finished in the top-five three of the last five years. His best showing is second in 1996.

CART PERFORMANCE HISTORY AT MID-OHIO:

YEAR    S       F

1992 20 25
1993 9 10
1994 12 14
1995 10 9
1996 2 2
1997 9 5
1998 2 27
1999 5 4
2000 11 21

*The 2001 Miller Lite 200 will be Vasser's 159th CART start.

*Vasser, 35, a native of California, now resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is in his tenth CART season and first with Patrick Racing. He has nine career CART victories and seven poles. He won the CART Championship in 1996

*Vasser has started 159 CART races with 91 top-10 finishes including 26 podium showings. He has finished 92 of his last 114 races placing in the points 86 times (dating to Milwaukee `95). In 95 CART career road/street races, Vasser has finished in the points 56 times with 49 top-10 finishes, 25 top-five showings, 14 podium appearances and four wins.

*Vasser is one of four CART Champions and one of four Americans currently competing in the FedEx Championship Series.

*Vasser has finished in the top-10 in the point standings six consecutive years.

JIMMY VASSER QUOTES:

"The #40 Visteon/Patrick Racing team has just run into a streak of bad luck. We have had very competitive cars at every race, but for one reason or another we keep coming up against situations that have prevented us finishing the way we know we should. The good news is there are still nine races left in the season so we still have a chance to get back into the title hunt. As a team we have to focus on the details, keep fighting and start winning races if we are going to fight for the championship."

"Traditionally, I always look forward to going to Mid-Ohio.  It is a very
challenging track, but one that is fun for the driver.  I have done well
there in the past.  I have never won, but I finished second there in 1996
and have always been in contention.  Mid-Ohio is a track where qualifying up
front is a big help.  The #40 Visteon/Patrick Racing team needs to qualify
well and have a good result this weekend.  I know we can do that."

Roberto Moreno - #20 Visteon/Patrick Racing Toyota Reynard

Roberto Moreno has been one of the most reliable and consistent drivers this year. He has completed ten of the 11 races, the most of any driver, and is second in laps and miles completed. Moreno has placed in the points in eight of the 11 races including five of the last six and eight of the last 10. He has four top-10 finishes and two podium appearances (Long Beach - 11th; Nazareth - 12th; Japan - 10th; Detroit - third; Portland - second; Cleveland - eighth; Toronto - 11th; Michigan - 12). Moreno has finished in the points in five of the six road/street events this year with three top-10 showings including both his podium performances (second at Portland and third at Detroit). He is tied for 12th in the standings with 44 points, but holds down the number 13 position based on best finishes.

2001 FEDEX CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES SEASON IN REVIEW:

RACE            S       F

Mexico 10 27
Long Beach 22 11
Texas 24 -
Nazareth 16 12
Japan 23 10
Milwaukee 17 15
Detroit 7 3
Portland 8 2
Cleveland 25 8
Toronto 9 11
Michigan 17 12
Chicago 7 20

*Moreno will be competing at Mid-Ohio for the sixth time. In five previous starts he has qualified in the top-10 twice with a best starting position of fifth in 1985. His best finish is 11th, last year, his first season with Visteon/Patrick Racing.

CART PERFORMANCE HISTORY AT MID-OHIO:

YEAR    S    F

1985 5 25
1986 10 16
1996 21 23
1999 19 16
2000 15 11

*The 2001 Miller Lite 200 will be Moreno's 93rd CART start.

*Moreno, 42, a native of Brazil, now resides in Weston, Florida. He is in his eighth CART season and second with Visteon/Patrick Racing. Moreno has one career CART victory and one pole (both at Cleveland in 2000).

*Moreno has finished in the top-10 in 22 of his last 44 starts and in the points 30 times. He has finished in the points in 16 of his last 25 road/street course races with 12 top-10 placements, seven top-five showings and five podiums including one victory.

*Moreno finished a CART career high third in the 2000 FedEx Championship Series standings. He led the CART standings for the first time, captured his first CART victory and pole (Cleveland), and had the two best oval performances, and best 500-mile oval finish placing second at Homestead and Fontana.

ROBERTO MORENO QUOTES:

"We have had good race cars at all the road/street circuits this year. That has allowed Mr. Patrick and Jim McGee to do what they do best, which is work the fuel and race strategy to our advantage. When the car is good the driver can save fuel while still remaining competitive. Then you work the strategy, get good pit stops and you have good results. That is what the Visteon/Patrick Racing team has done this year."

"Last year, I learned a valuable lesson at Mid-Ohio. Basically, the corners at Mid-Ohio require you to left foot brake. When you left foot brake you can keep the power down and brake at the same time. By doing that the back end of the car remains low and you have more stability going through the corner. That also allows you to put down more power on the exit. I started to left foot brake at Mid-Ohio last year during practice. In the race I was right and left foot braking, but this year I will brake with my left foot exclusively. I am looking forward to going back there and having a good result."

Patrick Racing History At Mid-Ohio:

In 24 previous starts at Mid-Ohio Patrick Racing has finished in the points a 17 times including 15 top-10 finishes with nine top-five placements and two wins. The team swept the top-two places in 1998 (Adrian Fernandez and Scott Pruett).

Patrick Racing Strong On Road/Street Circuits In 2001:

A strong record on road/street courses this year provides additional fuel for the team's drive back to the championship battle. After six road/street course races in 2001, a total of 12 starts, the Visteon/Patrick Racing team has eight points paying finishes with six top-10 showings and two podium performances.

Patrick Racing Scores High In Reliability:

Combining the stats of Moreno and Vasser, Patrick Racing is tied for first in finishes (17). They are third in laps (2856) and miles (4316.475) completed, and fifth in points (94).

Patrick Racing Second in Craftsman Pit Crew Challenge:

After 11 races Moreno's #20 Visteon/Patrick Racing crew is second in the Craftsman Pit Crew Challenge with 70 points. Vasser's #40 Visteon/Patrick Racing Toyota Reynard crew is seventh with 60 points.

Patrick Racing In 2001:

Patrick Racing has placed two cars in the top-10 twice this season (Japan - Vasser, fifth, Moreno, 10th and Cleveland - Vasser, fifth, Moreno, eighth). Both drivers have finished in the points four times this year (Long Beach - Vasser, fifth, Moreno, 11th;Nazareth, Vasser, fourth, Moreno, 12th; Japan - Vasser, fifth, Moreno, 10th; Cleveland - Vasser, fifth, Moreno, eighth).

McGee Holds Record For Most Wins:

Patrick Racing General Manager Jim McGee is tops on the all-time wins list for a Manager/Chief Mechanic with 88. McGee has nine national championships and is the only Manager/Chief Mechanic to win a championship in four decades (60's - 90's). He has at least one victory in each of his last five decades (his 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's, 60's) and a least one victory in each of the last five decades (60's-00).

Patrick Racing Facts:

Patrick Racing, which enters its 29th year of competition in 2001, is one of the most successful teams in the history of Champ Car racing with 44 victories, three Indianapolis 500 wins and two national championships (1976 - Gordon Johncock and 1989 - Emerson Fittipaldi). U. E. "Pat" Patrick is the co-founder of CART and the "father" of the Dayton Indy Lights Series.

-PR-

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