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Molson Indy Vancouver - Temporary Street Circuit Round 15 - 2001 Fedex Championship Series Vancouver, Canada - August 31-September 1, 2001 Jimmy Vasser - ...

Molson Indy Vancouver - Temporary Street Circuit
Round 15 - 2001 Fedex Championship Series
Vancouver, Canada - August 31-September 1, 2001

Jimmy Vasser - #40 Visteon/Patrick Racing Toyota Reynard

Jimmy Vasser is currently 13th in the 2001 FedEx Championship Series standings with 50 points. He started the season impressively finishing in the top-six in the first four races, but has been plagued by misfortune since then. Vasser has finished in the points just once in his last nine events despite being extremely competitive each time out. He has placed in the top-five four times and in the top-six in five of 13 races this year. Vasser has finished in the top-six in three of eight road/street races, all three times on street circuits.

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
Mid-Ohio 4 23
Elkhart Lake 11 21

*Vasser will be making his tenth start on the streets of Vancouver. In nine previous races he has qualified in the top-five three times with a best starting position of second in 1995. He has finished in the top-10 four times, including four of the last five years. Vasser has two podium appearances, second in 1997 and third in 1999.

CART PERFORMANCE HISTORY AT VANCOUVER:

YEAR    S    F

1992 17 18
1993 12 18
1994 22 15
1995 2 27
1996 5 7
1997 3 2
1998 15 26
1999 16 3
2000 11 6

*The 2001 Molson Indy Vancouver will be Vasser's 161st 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 160 CART races with 91 top-10 finishes including 26 podium showings. He has finished 92 of his last 116 races placing in the points 86 times (dating to Milwaukee `95). In 97 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 got to get back to basics. We need to start finishing some races and winning. We still have an opportunity to finish well in the championship race, but we cannot waste any opportunities starting with this weekend."

"I love the Vancouver race. The city is beautiful and the atmosphere is fantastic. The track is tricky because it is difficult to pass, but that just makes qualifying more important."

"Because the race is run in conjunction with the Greg Moore Foundation activities I have had it marked on my calendar since the start of the year. I am really looking forward to going to Vancouver and participating in all the activities."

Roberto Moreno - #20 Visteon/Patrick Racing Toyota Reynard

Roberto Moreno is 10th in the 2001 FedEx Championship Series standings with 54 points. He has finished 12 of the 13 races, the most of any driver and is second in laps and miles completed. Moreno has scored points in 10 of the 13 races, including seven of the last eight, while placing in the top-10 five times with two podium appearances. He has finished in the points in seven of eight road/street events with four top-10 showings including both his podium performances. Moreno has finished in the points in four of the five street races with two top-10 placements and one podium, third at Detroit.

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
Mid-Ohio 15 6
Elkhart Lake 14 11

*Moreno will be making his fifth appearance at Vancouver. In four previous starts he has qualified in the top-10 twice, the last two years, with a best starting position of sixth in 1999. His best finish is 10th last year.

CART PERFORMANCE HISTORY AT VANCOUVER:
YEAR S F 1996 26 27 1997 20 15 1999 6 15 2000 10 10

*The 2001 Molson Indy Vancouver will be Moreno's 95th CART start.

*Moreno, 42, a native of Brazil, 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 23 of his last 46 starts and in the points 32 times. He has finished in the points in 20 of his last 31 road/street course races with 15 top-10 placements, eight 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:

"I am very pleased that the #20 Visteon/Patrick Racing team is back in the top-10 in the championship race. The entire team has worked very hard to make this happen. We have been very consistent all year, but now we need to take it to the next level and produce some more podium finishes. There are still seven races left in the season and a lot of points available. In racing anything is possible and until we are mathematically eliminated my goal is, and will continue to be, the championship."

"Vancouver is a place that we went quick last year, but we have some unfinished business. We had a good car last year, but our strategy just didn't pay off. It is very important to qualify well in Vancouver, because it is so difficult to pass. The fact that we have been strong on the street circuits this year plus qualifying with the second group will be a big advantage."

PATRICK RACING NOTES:

Patrick Racing History At Vancouver:
In eight previous races in Vancouver, 12 starts, Patrick Racing drivers have qualified in the top-10 six times with a best starting position of second by PJ Jones in 1999. They have finished in the points seven times each time in the top-10 with two podium finishes, both thirds (Scott Pruett - 1998, Adrian Fernandez - 2000).

Patrick Racing Record on Road/Street Circuits In 2001:
Visteon/Patrick Racing has had its best performances of the season on the street circuits. In five street races, 10 starts (including Mexico), the team has produced seven finishes in the points with five top-10 performances, three top-five showings and one podium appearance. Visteon/Patrick Racing has achieved most of its success this season on the road and street circuits. In eight road/street races, 16 starts, they have finished in the points 10 times, with seven top-10 placements including four top-five and the two podium performances.

Patrick Racing Second in Craftsman Pit Crew Challenge:
After 13 races Moreno's #20 Visteon/Patrick Racing crew is sixth in the Craftsman Pit Crew Challenge with 76 points. Vasser's #40 Visteon/Patrick Racing crew is tenth 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, in its 29th year of competition, is one of the most successful teams in the history of Champ Car racing. The team has captured 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 Championship 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 , Adrian Fernandez , Roberto Moreno , Emerson Fittipaldi , Gordon Johncock , Greg Moore