De Ferran Leads Fan Balloting For 2001 Cart Fedex Championship Series All-Star Team As Voting Enters Final Week
DETROIT (December 5, 2001) - Championship Auto Racing Teams, Inc. announced today that back-to-back FedEx Championship Series champion Gil de Ferran of Marlboro Team Penske leads the fan portion of voting for the 2001 CART FedEx Championship Series All-Star Team.
Drivers earn points based on the amount of first, second, third, fourth, and fifth place votes they receive. Each first place vote is worth ten points, while a second place vote is worth seven points, third place is worth five points, fourth place is worth three points, and fifth place is worth one point. Entering the final week of voting, de Ferran leads the fan vote with a total of 11,163 points.
Second place is currently being held by former Team Rahal driver Kenny Brack with 8,623 points. Brack will join four-time FedEx Championship Series champions Target Chip Ganassi Racing for the 2002 season. In third place is Team Motorola driver Michael Andretti with 8,248 points, followed by Marlboro Team Penske's Helio Castroneves with 6,978 points. Rounding out the top five currently is 2001 Jim Trueman Rookie of the Year Scott Dixon of PacWest Racing with 3,316 points.
Other drivers who have received strong consideration from the fans for the 2001 CART FedEx Championship Series All-Star Team include two-time FedEx Championship Series champion Alex Zanardi, Newman/Haas Racing's Cristiano da Matta, and Patrick Carpentier of Player's Forsythe Racing.
The fan voting, which is being conducted on the official web site of the FedEx Championship Series, www.cart.com, will account for ten percent of the total votes, with the remaining percentage being accounted for by Champ Car drivers and media members who regularly cover the FedEx Championship Series. Voting concludes on Monday, December 10.
The top five vote-getters will comprise the 2001 CART FedEx Championship Series All-Star Team, and the leading vote-getter will receive the Mario Andretti Trophy. Past recipients of the Mario Andretti Trophy are 1999 FedEx Championship Series champion Juan Montoya and de Ferran in 2000. The 2000 CART FedEx Championship Series All-Star Team consisted of de Ferran, Montoya, Andretti, Paul Tracy, and Adrian Fernandez.
Championship Auto Racing Teams, Inc. (NYSE: MPH) owns, operates and markets the FedEx Championship Series. Reigning two-time champion Gil de Ferran and former series champions Michael Andretti (1991) and Jimmy Vasser (1996) are among the stars who battle for the FedEx Championship Series title on ovals, temporary street circuits and permanent road courses. CART also owns and operates its top development series, the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship. Learn more about CART's open-wheel racing series at www.cart.com.