CHAMPCAR/CART: Surfers Paradise: Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing preview

Tiago Monteiro in Australia Surfer's Paradise, Queensland Australia (Thursday, October 23, 2003) - Coming off their best finish of the season, Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing is now preparing for this weekend's Lexmark Indy 300 in Surfer's Paradise ...

Tiago Monteiro in Australia

Surfer's Paradise, Queensland Australia (Thursday, October 23, 2003) - Coming off their best finish of the season, Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing is now preparing for this weekend's Lexmark Indy 300 in Surfer's Paradise Australia. With a 2nd place starting position and a 6th place finish, the team has shown what they can do. They've been getting better and better all season and are hoping to keep the trend alive on the streets of Surfer's Paradise. Always one of the more popular events of the season for the drivers and the teams, this year's event looks to be another stepping stone for the rookie team and their rookie driver.

Monteiro came in early to get a jump on the jet lag and to enjoy some of the great Australian sights, making a stop in Sydney to visit the famous Opera House and many other attractions the city has to offer. After a few days their, Tiago arrived in Surfer's and has been relaxing as well as preparing for the weekend ahead. "Australia is probably one of the greatest events of the season," he said. "I've heard a lot about it and am looking forward to it. I know the track is a street course, but it's supposed to be very quick; the type of track that suits me. It's a setup that I like, a great track and a great event. After the amazing result we had this past weekend and the last few races I'm confident. We just need to keep up the good work."

With just two races to go, Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing and Tiago Monteiro look to finish the season on a high note. The Lexmark Indy 300 kicks off with practice and first-round qualifying on October 24. Final-round qualifying taking place Saturday at 11:45 p.m. Eastern Time, with the 65-lap event getting underway at 12:30 a.m. Eastern Time on October 26. The Lexmark Indy 300 can be seen live on SPEED Channel. For those fans that do not wish to stay up that late to see the event, SPEED will rebroadcast the race Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m.

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Series IndyCar
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