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Jimmy Vasser - #40 Patrick Racing Toyota Reynard
Firestone Firehawk 600 Presented By Pioneer
Round 3 - 2001 Fedex Championship Series
Texas Motor Speedway - Ft. Worth, Texas - April 27-29, 2001

Jimmy Vasser has had a strong start to the 2001 FedEx Championship Series season. In his first two outings for Patrick Racing he has placed in the top six in both starts, finishing sixth at the Tecate Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix in Mexico and fifth at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Vasser is currently fifth in the FedEx Championship standings with 18 points. <pre> 2001 FEDEX CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES SEASON IN REVIEW:

RACE S F Mexico 9 6 Long Beach 8 5 </pre> *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, including five oval wins (most recent Fontana - 1998) and seven poles. He won the CART Championship in 1996

*Vasser has started 149 races with 88 top-10 finishes including 26 podium showings. He has finished 87 of his last 105 starts and placed in the points 83 times (dating to Milwaukee in 1995).

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

*The 2001 Firestone Firehawk 600 will be Vasser's 150th CART start.

*This will be the first time Vasser has raced at Texas Motor Speedway.

*Vasser placed sixth in the 2000 FedEx Championship Series standings. He finished 15 of 20 races recording 14 top-10 finishes including six top-five showings with four podiums and one victory, at Houston.

*The 2000 FedEx Championship Series season was the sixth consecutive year that Vasser has finished in the top-10 in the championship standings.

*Vasser scored Toyota's first two podium showings, finishing third at Long Beach and second at Rio in 2000. He also captured Toyota's first road course victory (Houston 2000) and scored the most points of any Toyota driver in 2000.

JIMMY VASSER QUOTES:

"Patrick Racing had a good test at Texas Motor Speedway back in February so we have a very good baseline and know what direction we want to go. I think we are a little ahead of the game because of the test. The banking at Texas Motor Speedway is high so it is fairly easy to go flat out, but there are some bumps and that can cause some problems."

"Overall, Patrick Racing has had a good start to the 2001 FedEx Championship Series season. We have finished in the top six in both races and are fifth in the points. But, the Patrick Racing team is not satisfied. We are here to win races and I know we can do it."

Roberto Moreno - #20 Visteon/Patrick Racing Toyota Reynard
Firestone Firehawk 600 Presented By Pioneer
Round 3 - 2001 Fedex Championship Series
Texas Motor Speedway - Ft. Worth, Texas - April 27-29, 2001

Roberto Moreno has finished in the points once in the first two races of the 2001 FedEx Championship Series season, an 11th place showing at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. He was running a strong race in the season opener in Mexico when he made contact in Turn 12 putting an end to his day. <pre> 2001 FEDEX CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES SEASON IN REVIEW:

RACE S F Mexico 10 27 Long Beach 22 11 </pre> *Moreno, had the two best oval performances, and best 500-mile oval finish, of his career last year, placing second at Homestead and Fontana. In nine ovals races during the 2000 FedEx Championship Series season he had seven top-10 finishes with five top-five performances including four podium showings (he has finished in the points in 11 of his last 14 oval starts dating back to the 1999 season). Moreno had the best record on ovals of any driver in 2000.

*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 18 of his last 35 CART starts and in the points 23 times.

*The 2001 Firestone Firehawk 600 will be Moreno's 84th CART start.

*This will be Moreno's first start at Texas Motor Speedway.

*Moreno finished a CART career high third in the 2000 championship race. He finished 14 of 20 races, each time in the points, scoring 12 top-10 showings including eight top five finishes and six podium appearances.

*Moreno had several career milestones in 2000. He led the CART standings for the first time, captured his first CART victory and pole (both at Cleveland), and had his best showing in a 500-mile race finishing second in Fontana. Moreno

ROBERTO MORENO QUOTES:

"I have never even seen Texas Motor Speedway so it is one of those places where everything will be new for the Visteon/Patrick Racing team. Jimmy (teammate Jimmy Vasser) tested there earlier this year and got a lot of good data. Hopefully, that will help me with the set-up. This will be the longest race we have run so far this year and the first oval race, so it will be good test for the Visteon/Patrick Racing team. Strategy, as on most ovals, will be very important, so I am fortunate to have Mr. Patrick and Jim McGee calling my race. Pit stops will also be very important. Based on our preseason testing the Toyota Reynard package should be very reliable and that is a big plus."

"The Visteon/Patrick Racing team had a bit of a slow start to the season. It is a different year than last year when we started fast. We just have to keep working hard and pay attention to detail. I am very confident. With Patrick Racing's long history of success, and the support of our manufacturers and sponsors, like Visteon, we should start producing some better results."

PATRICK RACING NOTES:

Patrick Racing's Has History of Success On Ovals:
Patrick Racing has a long history of success on ovals. However since the team's return to CART competition in 1995 it has been particularly strong. There have been 46 ovals races since 1995. Patrick Racing cars have started 79 times. They have 48 top-10 finishes, 28 top-five showings, five victories (Scott Pruett - Michigan - '95; Adrian Fernandez - Japan - '98; Fernandez - Japan - '99; Fernandez - Fontana - '99; and Fernandez - Rio - '00) and four poles (Raul Boesel - St. Louis - '97; Pruett - Michigan - '97; Fernandez - Michigan - '98; and Pruett - Fontana - '98).

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.

For background, statistical information, releases, notes, quotes plus updates on race weekends, go to (www.patrickracing.com).

-PR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Raul Boesel , Adrian Fernandez , Roberto Moreno , Scott Pruett , Emerson Fittipaldi , Gordon Johncock