BUSCH: CHAMPCAR/CART: Fittipaldi and Brett Favre at Packers training camp

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Christian Fittipaldi figures that Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre is the only NFL player the diminutive race car driver has anything in common with. ``Brett is involved with NASCAR, so I would say if there is one of ...

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Christian Fittipaldi figures that Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre is the only NFL player the diminutive race car driver has anything in common with.

``Brett is involved with NASCAR, so I would say if there is one of them who has a little bit of a link to what I do, it would be him,'' said Fittipaldi, who races in the CART FedEx Series. ``Apart from that, I just want to run away from all the other ones, because if they grab me .

None of them could match Fittipaldi's speed in a car, however.

Fittipaldi was in town to promote the Motorola 220 at Elkhart Lake on Aug. 19, and he was eager to get a close-up look at the Packers at training camp.

He compared the NFL's popularity to soccer's stranglehold on the sports pages in his native Brazil and said he became a football fan several years ago when he saw the empty streets on Super Bowl Sunday.

But he said he never realized the players were so big.

``One thing I'm going to tell you is. I'm never going to pick a fight against these guys,'' Fittipaldi said. ``They are huge. I was pretty impressed. They're all big. You don't see a small guy out there.

``Even the small guys are bigger than average.''

Favre concurred, telling Fittipaldi: ``Now, 6-2, 225 pounds for a fullback is small.''

But the conversation quickly turned to racing.

Favre and Dale Jarrett are co-owners of a NASCAR Busch racing team sponsored by Rayovac.

A few years ago, they also formed the Jarrett-Favre Driving Adventure, a business that allows people to ride in or drive Winston Cup cars at North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham, N.C.

Favre told Fittipaldi he doesn't dare drive the race cars himself.

``They tried to get me in a car,'' Favre said. ``I said, `No, I'm reckless enough in my own car.'''

Fittipaldi, who finished in last place at the Target Grand Prix in Cicero, Ill., on Sunday when his Toyota Lola had mechanical problems on lap 102 of the 225-lap race, won his first CART race at Elkhart Lake in 1999.

Back then, the race was called the Texaco-Havoline 200 at Road America.

``I've always liked Elkhart,'' Fittipaldi said. ``I think it's one of the best tracks that we go to during the whole season.''

- NHR/Arnie Stapleton

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Series IndyCar , NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Christian Fittipaldi