CHAMPCAR/CART: Teamwork key to ChampCar success

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (April 17, 2001) - Multi-car teams working together to reach victory lane is an integral part of the CART FedEx Championship Series. This cooperation may well produce a driver standing on the victory podium Sunday, April 29 when...

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (April 17, 2001) - Multi-car teams working together to reach victory lane is an integral part of the CART FedEx Championship Series. This cooperation may well produce a driver standing on the victory podium Sunday, April 29 when CART's stars tackle Texas Motor Speedway in the Firestone Firehawk 600, presented by Pioneer.

A total of 28 cars are expected to take the green flag in the inaugural CART event at the 1.5-mile superspeedway. The grid will be composed of 11 two-car efforts and six single-car entities although two of the "single-car" teams have direct ties with multi-car operations.

The concept of teamwork will be even more significant on Friday, April 27 as the first official practice sessions are staged. Only a few CART drivers have tested at the highest-banked speedway on the 21-race schedule, making the sharing of data gathered during the practices critical for success in the race.

Adrian Fernandez, last season's CART FedEx Championship Series runner-up and a new car owner, realizes the importance that a multi-car operation can have.

"We were planning on running just one car this season but then we had the opportunity for Shinji (Nakano) to join our team," said Fernandez. "Having the input of two drivers and two engineers is a huge advantage during race weekends. This allows us to prepare a better race setup for both cars."

Both winners in early-season CART FedEx races at Monterrey and Long Beach were from multi-car operations, Cristiano da Matta of the Texaco Havoline Newman/Haas Racing team and Helio Castroneves of Marlboro Team Penske.

Tickets for the Firestone Firehawk 600, presented by Pioneer, are available at the speedway ticket office, by calling (817) 215-8500, online at www.texasmotorspeedway.com and at all Ticketmaster locations. Free Motorola Radio Shack Qualifying Day tickets are available at area Radio Shack stores. <pre> CART FEDEX CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES TEAMS/DRIVERS

Arciero Brooke Racing: Max Wilson (Brazil).

Dale Coyne Racing: Michael Krumm (Germany), Luiz Garcia Jr. (Brazil).

Fernandez Racing: Adrian Fernandez (Mexico), Shinji Nakano (Japan).

Herdez Bettenhausen: Michel Jourdain Jr. (Mexico).

Marlboro Team Penske: Gil de Ferran (Brazil), Helio Castroneves (Brazil).

Mo Nunn Racing: Tony Kanaan (Brazil), Alex Zanardi (Italy).

Newman/Haas Racing: Cristiano da Matta (Brazil), Christian Fittipaldi (Brazil).

PacWest Racing Group: Mauricio Gugelmin (Brazil), Scott Dixon (New Zealand).

Patrick Racing: Roberto Moreno (Brazil), Jimmy Vasser (USA).

Player's/Forsythe Racing: Patrick Carpentier (Canada), Alex Tagliani (Canada).

Sigma Autosport: Oriol Servia (Spain).

Target Chip Ganassi Racing: Bruno Junqueira (Brazil), Nicolas Minassian (France).

Team KOOL Green: Paul Tracy (Canada), Dario Franchitti (Scotland).

Team Motorola: Michael Andretti (USA), associated with Team KOOL Green.

Team Rahal: Max Papis (Italy), Kenny Brack (Sweden).

Walker Racing: Tora Takagi (Japan).

Zakspeed/Forsythe Racing: Bryan Herta (USA), Gerald Forsythe team co-owner.

-TMS-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Bruno Junqueira , Nicolas Minassian , Max Papis , Adrian Fernandez , Roberto Moreno , Patrick Carpentier , Alex Tagliani , Christian Fittipaldi , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Alex Zanardi , Tony Kanaan , Mauricio Gugelmin , Max Wilson , Oriol Servia , Tora Takagi , Michael Krumm , Bryan Herta , Shinji Nakano , Kenny Brack , Gerald Forsythe , Chip Ganassi , Dale Coyne , Cristiano da Matta , Michel Jourdain , Luiz Garcia , Mo Nunn
Teams Team Penske , Chip Ganassi Racing , Dale Coyne Racing , Team Zakspeed