CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Rahal Track Talk - Vancouver

Brack Looks To Reclaim The Cart Points Lead HILLIARD, OHIO . . . Kenny Brack comes to Vancouver for this week's Molson Indy Vancouver (6:00 PM EDT ESPN2) in an unusual position, second place in the CART FedEx Championship Series points. Brack ...

Brack Looks To Reclaim The Cart Points Lead

HILLIARD, OHIO . . . Kenny Brack comes to Vancouver for this week's Molson Indy Vancouver (6:00 PM EDT ESPN2) in an unusual position, second place in the CART FedEx Championship Series points. Brack had been the points leader in CART since he claimed his inaugural Champ Car win May 19th at Twin Ring Motegi. Brack followed that victory with another triumph at the Milwaukee Mile in the Miller Lite 225 to open a substantial points lead. Although the lead has fluctuated over the summer months, Brack maintain his advantage thanks in part to his circuit leading third win which came at Chicago in late July. However, consecutive non-points paying results for Brack (Mid-Ohio & Road America) finally allowed another driver to knock the Shell car from the position atop the point standings.

"It is certainly better to be chased than to be doing the chasing," said Brack, "but we know what we have to do to be successful. Our approach hasn't changed since the start of the season, we come to the track looking to win. If you win the championship takes care of itself."

This week Brack enters the race trailing points leader Helio Castroneves by five points and holding a six point lead over third place Gil de Ferran.

"There is still a lot of racing left in the championship," noted Brack. "Some of the remaining tracks are more suited to our strengths than to our opponents and vice versa. The key is succeeding on the courses that aren't necessarily your strong point. Even though the bulk of our points have come on the ovals, I feel we have been competitive on the road courses and that it is just a matter of time until we see the results on the road and street circuits."

Brack has collected three win and a second place finish on the ovals this season. His top result on the non ovals was a fifth place result at Monterrey in the season opener. Brack has claimed a pair of pole positions and has two other top-three starts on the street courses.

"Vancouver is a low grip track and last year we had a lot of problems getting up to speed on the circuit," said Brack. "The track does have its own special characteristics and it is a pretty good track layout. The biggest thing about the Molson Indy is the feeling around the event. The Canadian fans are good at creating an event around the event. The atmosphere around the event makes this a special race."

PAPIS AND TEAM RAHAL WILL SPORT THE MGD COLORS AT VANCOUVER

Max Papis and the Miller Lite team will switch to the Miller Genuine Draft livery for the Molson Indy Vancouver this week. This is the start of a stretch of three straight races in which the Miller team will sport the "international look" of MGD.

The MGD racecar features a familiar black paint scheme that made the Miller Genuine Draft racing cars of the early 1990s extremely popular with fans and won several awards for paint design. Miller Genuine Draft-backed cars won the 1992 CART championship with driver Bobby Rahal, as well as 25 stock car events with driver Rusty Wallace. A MGD-sponsored dragster, driven by Larry Dixon, also won the prestigious U.S. Nationals drag racing title in 1995.

"We, at Team Rahal, are very excited to have Miller Genuine Draft back in motor sports and especially with our organization," said Rahal, the three-time CART series champion and 1986 Indy 500 winner. "The MGD colors will always have a soft spot in my heart after winning the 1992 CART championship for the brand. MGD was instrumental in my ownership of a team in CART and the formation of Team Rahal. Having MGD back in racing is a treat for me personally as well as Max and all of our CART operation."

RAHAL READY FOR STRETCH RUN

With his recent separation from Jaguar Formula 1 racing complete and with the CART title fight heating up, Bobby Rahal, three time CART champion and Team Rahal owner, is turning his full attention to helping his team capture the 2001 CART championship."

"I am really looking forward to re-focusing on Team Rahal and Kenny [Brack] as he tries to win the CART championship," said Rahal. "I've got a great thing here and it's refreshing to come back to CART because the ability to compete is so easy compared to F-1 and all the politics."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Rusty Wallace , Larry Dixon , Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Max Papis , Bobby Rahal , Kenny Brack