JACKSON, MI - - DECEMBER 19, 2001 - - Patrick Racing team owner U. E. "Pat" Patrick, the co-founder of CART, today expressed his unqualified and enthusiastic support for Chris Pook the newly elected CART President and CEO of CART.
"On behalf of Patrick Racing I want to welcome with great enthusiasm Chris Pook as the president and CEO of CART," Patrick said. "In my opinion this is the greatest accomplishment CART has achieved since its formation. Since CART's inception over 20 years ago we have never had a professional manager with the expertise and background of Chris running our business," Patrick noted. "The last year was a very difficult time for CART primarily due to a lack of leadership by both the Board of Directors and CART's management. I am confident that Chris will be able to restructure CART's management staff so that the company can grow and prosper in the way I envisioned when CART was first formed. I look forward to supporting Chris in any way I can and I wish him all the best," Patrick concluded.
Patrick Racing, which is entering its 30th year of competition, is one of the most successful teams in the history of Champ Car racing. The team has captured 45 victories, three Indianapolis 500 wins and two national championships (1976 - Gordon Johncock and 1989 - Emerson Fittipaldi). In addition to being the co-founder of CART, Patrick is the "father" of the Dayton Indy Lights Championship Series.