CHAMPCAR/CART: Silly Season Starts with Pruett

August 20, 1998 -- Arciero-Wells Racing made the first noise of the so-called "silly season" at Road America last weekend when co-owner Cal Wells III announced that the team had reached a multi-year agreement with Scott Pruett to drive...

August 20, 1998 -- Arciero-Wells Racing made the first noise of the so-called "silly season" at Road America last weekend when co-owner Cal Wells III announced that the team had reached a multi-year agreement with Scott Pruett to drive the #24 Reynard Toyota Champ Car through the year 2000 with options. "I see Toyota as being one, a tremendous car company, but being one also with the resources and dedication to what it takes to succeed in this business," Pruett said. "This is a tough business. You look at the players that are involved, with Honda, with Ford, with Mercedes as well as Toyota and the gains that they have made and it puts me in a great position to take advantage of it when they come out with an engine at the level of some of these other guys, which I believe is going to be in the very near future. I can't say enough for Cal's operation.

It's first class, and being involved with MCI is just tremendous." Pruett (Visteon Reynard Ford), a nine-year veteran of the FedEx Championship Series, is currently in his fourth year with Patrick Racing, for whom he has recorded both of his career victories - at Michigan in 1995 and Australia last year - as well as all three of his career pole positions. While with the Patrick team, he posted three consecutive top-10 finishes in the PPG Cup standings, topped by seventh in 1995. He stands sixth this year, with 92 points and season-best efforts of second at Portland and Mid-Ohio.

Source: CART Online

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Pruett