CHAMPCAR/CART: Alex Zanardi looks for winning ways at Texas

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (April 19, 2001) - Alex Zanardi is back in CART after a two-year hiatus, and he couldn't be happier. The two-time CART FedEx Championship Series champion has been reunited with the team owner who was there in those glory days.

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (April 19, 2001) - Alex Zanardi is back in CART after a two-year hiatus, and he couldn't be happier. The two-time CART FedEx Championship Series champion has been reunited with the team owner who was there in those glory days. Zanardi will be driving for his old friend, Morris Nunn, and Mo Nunn Racing in the Firestone Firehawk 600 presented by Pioneer at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday, April 29.

After winning his second consecutive CART title in 1998, the Italian born Zanardi bolted for the prestigious Formula One circuit. But one year of that circuit was enough for him, and he sat out of racing in the 2001 season.

"The whole story had been wrong since the beginning and was badly managed," Zanardi said of his F1 experience. "The cause was not the poor expertise of some people. Instead, it was due to the fact that we could not agree on the right approach so that we all could do our best." Zanardi was eager to return to his familiar surroundings of Mo Nunn Racing. The time away from the series may have rejuvenated him. It certainly has him endorsing the mission of the CART series.

"I was looking for a challenge where, if you are a good driver, if you are capable to give your engineers the right information, eventually in the course of the season you will be able to make it, you will be able to succeed," Zanardi said. I think this is what CART is. It's a World Championship."

Zanardi joins drivers from around the world next week for the inaugural Firestone Firehawk 600 presented by Pioneer at Texas Motor Speedway. For ticket information, contact the speedway ticket hotline at (817) 215-8500, go on line at www.texasmotorspeedway.com, or visit any participating Ticketmaster location.

-TMS

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Alex Zanardi , Morris Nunn , Mo Nunn