FORT WORTH-DALLAS, Texas (July 11, 2000) --- Michael Andretti, the winningest active Championship or Indy car driver, and Christian Fittipaldi, a contender for race wins and poles who compete for Newman/Haas Racing will join fellow...
FORT WORTH-DALLAS, Texas (July 11, 2000) --- Michael Andretti, the winningest active Championship or Indy car driver, and Christian Fittipaldi, a contender for race wins and poles who compete for Newman/Haas Racing will join fellow Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) competitors in the inaugural race at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) beginning in 2001. The announcement was made today by CART interim President and CEO Bobby Rahal and Texas Motor Speedway General Manager Eddie Gossage at The Movie Studios at Las Colinas in Irving, Texas.
"The Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston has been a success since the first race in 1998 and I know this race will be a big success as well," said Andretti, driver of the No. 6 Big Kmart/Texaco/Havoline Ford. "It is a fast track so I am interested to see which wing configuration we will run there. The fans in the area are some of the biggest sports enthusiasts in the United States and they have been brought up watching some of the best organizations in pro sports like the Dallas Cowboys and Dallas Stars. Our series has never been more competitive and we plan to put on some exciting racing."
"The Dallas-Fort Worth area is an important market for both Kmart and Texaco/Havoline and we are looking forward to racing there," added Christian Fittipaldi, driver of the No. 11 Big Kmart/Route 66 Ford. "Now we will have two races in Texas and they are different types of tracks which will be good. They can see some exciting street racing in Houston and then watch an oval race a few hours away in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The CART series has had a good fan base in Texas and now we can increase that. I've been to the area a lot over the years but it has basically only been at the airport. It will be great to race there."
The Texas 600k will be one of two in the state of Texas for the CART FedEx Championship series. Newman/Haas Racing co-owner, Carl A. Haas, is the CEO of an entity that has promoted the Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston street race since 1998.
The 2000 CART FedEx Championship enters Round 10 of 20 this weekend at the Molson Indy in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Andretti is currently in second place in the standings only 22 points (maximum for one race) behind Championship leader Roberto Moreno and is confident heading into the Toronto race which is the site of five of his 39 victories. Despite running in the top-three in the previous three events, Fittipaldi has been the victim of bad luck and has only finished one of those three due to conditions beyond his control. He is currently 52 points out of first place at the midway point of the season and plans to keep up the level of competitive racing and follow up his third place podium finish from 1999 with his first victory of the season.