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JIMMY VASSER - #40 VISTEON/PATRICK RACING TOYOTA REYNARD
Vasser is coming off a fifth place finish at the Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland, which snapped a streak of three consecutive finishes out of the points. It was his fourth top-five finish and the fifth time he has placed in the top-six in eight races this year (Mexico - sixth; Long Beach - fifth; Nazareth - fourth; Japan - fifth; Cleveland - fifth). Vasser is seventh in the championship race with 50 points.
Vasser will be racing in Toronto for the tenth time. In nine previous attempts he has qualified in the top-10 four times (high of second in '95) and finished in the points seven times and in the top-10 the last five consecutive years including one podium showing, a third in 1998.
The 2001 Moson Indy Toronto will be Vasser's 156th 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 155 CART races with 91 top-10 finishes including 26 podium showings. He has finished 91 of his last 111 races placing in the points 86 times (dating to Milwaukee `95). In 94 CART career road/street starts Vasser has placed in the points 56 times with 49 top-10 finishes including 25 top-five showings, 14 podium appearances and four victories.
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.
"Hopefully, the fifth place finish in Cleveland will get the #40 Visteon/Patrick Racing team started on a hot streak that will put us back at the top of the championship race. We were very consistent at the start of the season then we had a couple of unfortunate incidents. To win this championship we have to string together some podium finishes and start winning races."
"I have had some success at Toronto over the years. Like all the street circuits Toronto is challenging. It has a nice combination of tight radius and fast corners. There are surface changes, from asphalt to cement, and bumps, which can make things both interesting and difficult. Getting the right compromise in the setup is the key. I really enjoy the race in Toronto. The city is beautiful and the Canadian fans know their racing."
ROBERTO MORENO - #20 VISTEON/PATRICK RACING TOYOTA REYNARD
Moreno will be competing at Toronto for the fifth time. In four previous races he has qualified in the top-10 once (fourth in 1986 and finished in the top-10 once (fourth in 1999).
The 2001 Molson Indy Toronto will be Moreno's 90th 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 41 CART starts and in the points 28 times. He has finished in the points in 15 of his last 24 road/street course starts with 12 top-10 placements, seven top five showings and five podiums including his first career victory last year at Cleveland.
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.
"The #20 Visteon/Patrick Racing team has accomplished what it set out to do during this portion of the season. We needed to score points, finish on the podium and get into the top-10 in the standings. We had a bit of bad luck in Cleveland, but we still managed to come away with some valuable championship points. The Visteon/Patrick Racing team has done a tremendous job preparing the cars, in the pits and with our race strategy. We just have to keep working hard and keep the momentum going."
"Toronto is a very interesting, very challenging circuit. We missed on the set-up a bit last year, but based on what we have been doing on the street circuits this year I think we should be good in qualifying. I like racing on the street circuits. It is my favorite kind of racing. You have to contend with a variety of corners and surfaces. It makes it very challenging and fun for the driver."