CART FEDEX CHAMPIONSHIP CROSSES "THE POND" FOR ITS SECOND TRIP TO ROCKINGHAM MOTOR SPEEDWAY - The CART FedEx Championship Series makes a trip across the Atlantic this weekend for the Rockingham 500 at the Rockingham Motor Speedway in Corby,...
CART FEDEX CHAMPIONSHIP CROSSES "THE POND" FOR ITS SECOND TRIP TO ROCKINGHAM MOTOR SPEEDWAY - The CART FedEx Championship Series makes a trip across the Atlantic this weekend for the Rockingham 500 at the Rockingham Motor Speedway in Corby, England. CART made its first appearance on an English oval track a year ago when Gil de Ferran passed polesitter Kenny Brack's Ford-powered Lola on the final turn of the final lap to claim victory in the inaugural event.
COSWORTH RACING COMPETES CLOSE TO 'HOME' - Cosworth Racing returns to its roots this weekend with the second running of the Rockingham 500 at the Rockingham Motor Speedway in Corby, England. Cosworth Racing was created in 1958 by Mike Costin and Keith Duckworth and is located just a short drive from the speedway in nearby Northampton. In addition to doing development work on both the current and future specs of Cosworth's CART powerplant, the XF engine, the Northampton facility is also where work is done on engines for the Jaguar and Arrows Formula One teams, as well as Ford's entry in the World Rally Championship.
FORD-COSWORTH DRIVER NOTES -
Patrick Carpentier - Was the top Ford-powered qualifier two weeks ago in Denver where he started eighth and ran as high as seventh before a broken gearbox ended his day on lap 61. Has now failed to finish the last two races [Montreal - 15th, engine failure] after scoring five consecutive points paying finishes, highlighted by victories in Cleveland and Mid-Ohio. For the season, he has scored top-10 finishes in Monterrey [seventh], Japan [fourth], Laguna Seca [fifth], Portland [fifth], Toronto [10th], Cleveland [first], Vancouver [fifth], Mid-Ohio [first] and Road America [seventh]. Currently fourth in the championship standings with 101 points, which equals his career-high established in 2000 when he finished 11th in the standings. Qualified seventh but finished two laps down in 16th position last year at Rockingham.
Mario Dominguez - Started 16th and finished 14th two weeks ago in the inaugural Shell Grand Prix of Denver. Scored his best Champ Car finish to date at Road America where he finished eighth after qualifying 17th. Made his first points-paying finish of the season in Japan when he came home 11th [two points]. With 15 championship points, he remains second in the Jim Trueman Rookie of the Year standings behind Townsend Bell [19 points].
Michel Jourdain, Jr. - Matched his best qualifying effort of the season [Long Beach] when he qualified 10th two weeks ago in Denver en route to a ninth-place finish. Extended his streak of consecutive points-paying finishes to 14 [a Team Rahal record] and is the only driver in the series who has finished all 14 races thus far this season. With top-five finishes this season in Monterrey [fourth], Long Beach [fifth], Japan [fifth], Milwaukee [fifth] and Vancouver [fourth], he is currently sixth in the championship with 92 points. Qualified 21st and finished 19th last year at Rockingham Motor Speedway.
Alex Tagliani - Endured an ill-handling car throughout the weekend in Denver where he struggled to a 12th-place finish. Despite his disappointing result in the Mile High City, he has scored points in 10 straight events and is currently eighth in the championship with a career-high 83 points. His 83 championship points through the first 14 races of the season eclipses his previous career-high of 80 points established last season. Scored a 14th-place finish in last year's inaugural race at the Rockingham Motor Speedway.
Jimmy Vasser - Finished 10th in the inaugural Shell Grand Prix of Denver two weeks ago to post his fourth consecutive top-10 finish and sixth in the last seven races. Has nine top-10 results this season and currently sits 12th in the championship standings with 70 points. Qualified 16th last year at Rockingham Motor Speedway but ran strongly to score a seventh-place finish.
COSWORTH RACING CHAMP CAR WINS - Patrick Carpentier's third career Champ Car victory at Mid-Ohio on August 11th, 2002 was the 214th victory for Cosworth Racing in USAC- and CART-sanctioned races since it entered North American open-wheeled racing in 1976. Cosworth has won 168 CART-sanctioned races and 46 USAC-sanctioned races, including five victories in 1996 with the Ford-Cosworth XB engine during the inaugural season of the Indy Racing League [IRL]. Michael Andretti has won the most races using a Cosworth engine , followed by Rick Mears , Bobby Rahal , Mario Andretti  and Johnny Rutherford .
SPARK PLUGS - Michel Jourdain, Jr., is the only Champ Car driver this season who has finished every race and has scored championship points in every event ... Patrick Carpentier has two wins and six top-five finishes through 14 races this season, eclipsing last year's total of one win and five top-five finishes ... Jourdain leads all drivers this season having completed 1,724 out of a possible 1,732 laps [99.5%] ... Alex Tagliani has scored championship points in all but two races this season [Long Beach - DNF; Milwaukee - DNF].