CHAMPCAR/CART: Brack's team captures Pit Crew Challenge

TEAM RAHAL NO. 8 TAKES CRAFTSMAN PRIZE Wins Craftsman Pit Crew Challenge Shootout FONTANA, Calif. Team Rahal No. 8 with driver Kenny Brack laid claim to being the best pit crew in the CART FedEx Championship Series today as they executed the...

TEAM RAHAL NO. 8 TAKES CRAFTSMAN PRIZE
Wins Craftsman Pit Crew Challenge Shootout

FONTANA, Calif. Team Rahal No. 8 with driver Kenny Brack laid claim to being the best pit crew in the CART FedEx Championship Series today as they executed the fastest pit stop in the shootout to determine the Craftsman Pit Crew Challenge champions.

Five teams, all qualified for the finals based on their regular season pit stop performance, went head to head in the winner-take-all competition. Each had two opportunities to make a perfect pit stop that included entering the pit lane, changing four tires and returning to the track.

Team Rahal No. 8 emerged victorious with a come-from-behind pit stop of 37.143 seconds, a mere .047 seconds faster than the runner up team, PacWest No.17 and driver Mauricio Gugelmin.

"The team has had a great year this year. We didn't get all the way we wanted, but Craftsman tools helped us get as far as we got," said Rahal crew chief Ricardo Nault. "The Craftsman Pit Stop competition helped propel Shell to second place in the championship. Next year we go for first with Craftsman's help."

"This just validates what these guys have done week after week this season," said Team Rahal owner Bobby Rahal. "Good pit stops are critical to a team's success and the Shell crew has been instrumental in Kenny's [Brack] championship run by consistently turning in great pit stops."

"Winning this competition is a payoff for those countless hours of practice that this group has put in over the year to perfect our stops," said Shell Chief Mechanic Ricardo Nault. "This was a new group of mechanics that came together at the start of this season with the goal of becoming one of the top-crews in CART. Today we proved that we are among the best in the series."

The Team Rahal No. 8 crew members who participated in the contest included:

Ricardo Nault, 37, Columbus, Ohio  Crew Chief and Right Front Tire Changer
Mike Verhagen, 21, Columbus, Ohio  Left Front Tire Changer
Greg Cates, 32, Gallaway, Ohio  Right Rear Tire Changer
Jim Millar, 25, Columbus, Ohio  Left Rear Tire Changer
Sean Smith, 54, Honesdale, Pa.  Fueler
Eric van Bibber, 37, Bexley, Ohio  Jackman

Craftsman Pit Crew Champions/AddOne

In addition to a certain swagger in their walk, the crew members picked up a custom Waterford Crystal trophy and a cash prize of $50,000 from Craftsman, the Official Tools of CART.

Team Rahal is a franchise member of Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART). Headquartered in Hilliard, Ohio, the team owned by three-time CART Champion Bobby Rahal and CBS LATE SHOW host David Letterman, currently fields a pair of Championship Cars for Max Papis and 2000 CART Rookie of the Year Kenny Brack in the CART FedEx Championship Series. The 90-member team enjoys primary sponsorship from the Shell/Texaco Alliance and Miller Brewing Company.

Craftsman is the Official Tools of CART and has sponsored the Craftsman Pit Crew since 1999.

-Team Rahal/cpcc-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Max Papis , Bobby Rahal , Mauricio Gugelmin , Kenny Brack