IRL: Hometown Indy Car Team leading "Rookie of the Year" race

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (Sept. 28, 2000) - To paraphrase an old saying, "He's not from Texas, but top rookie Indy car driver Airton Dare got here as fast as he could" -- as in 200 mph fast. The 22 year-old Dare, originally from Bauru, Brazil, is the ...

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (Sept. 28, 2000) - To paraphrase an old saying, "He's not from Texas, but top rookie Indy car driver Airton Dare got here as fast as he could" -- as in 200 mph fast. The 22 year-old Dare, originally from Bauru, Brazil, is the rookie points leader in the Indy Racing Northern Light Series and a member of TeamXtreme Racing, based locally in Rockwall, Texas.

Despite some tough races this season, Dare and TeamXtreme are pushing forward and looking to take the Indy Racing rookie title at the Excite 500 on October 15. This year's "Rookie of the Year" race has been one of the closest in the series history. Dare leads Jeret Schroeder by only two points coming into the final race.

"I am so glad to be in Texas, my team and I are ready for the big shoot-out in front of our hometown crowd," said Dare. "Hopefully people in Dallas and Fort Worth will see what we are doing for them and come out to cheer us on to win the rookie race and the Excite 500."

"This year's rookies are all very accomplished drivers and the points race is very close," said team manager John Lopes. "I think there has been a 'changing of the guard' in Indy Racing with these young drivers, we are so happy to have Airton in our car leading the way."

It's been a year of mixed results for TeamXtreme with the experience of running a multi-car team for the first time. Nevertheless, Dare in the #88 car and teammate Jacques Lazier, now driving the #16 car, continue to run at the top.

In the June Casino Magic 500 at Texas, Dare and TeamXtreme ran a good race and finished 10th. The team is looking forward to racing on their hometown track again for the Excite 500.

"We learned a lot of good things here in June, especially about the aerodynamics," said Lopes. "We'll be changing and adjusting things to get the best possible car in the field."

Dare seems to be the bright star in the future of Indy Racing and one Texas race fans will see for years to come.

Tickets for the Excite 500 weekend are available by calling the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500 or going on line to www.texasmotorspeedway.com.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Airton Daré , Jeret Schroeder , Jacques Lazier