CHAMPCAR/CART: Eleven weeks to Houston

Texas is "hot".....CART just announced the addition of another event in Texas for 2001. The Texas Motor Speedway will host its inaugural FedEx Championship Series event on May 6. This new venue gives CART fans two chances to enjoy open-wheel...

Texas is "hot".....CART just announced the addition of another event in Texas for 2001. The Texas Motor Speedway will host its inaugural FedEx Championship Series event on May 6. This new venue gives CART fans two chances to enjoy open-wheel racing in Texas.

Christian Fittipaldi, driver for Newman/Haas Racing said, "Now we will have two good races in Texas and they are different kinds of tracks which will be good. The CART series has a good fan base in Texas and now we can increase that."

This weekend the teams are competing in Toronto at the Molson Indy. Five former Toronto winners are on this weekend's entry list: Michael Andretti (he has won Toronto five times), Adrian Fernandez, Mark Blundell, Dario Franchitti (defending champion) and Paul Tracy.

ESPN2 will air the qualifying sessions at 6:30pm ET on Saturday.

What's going on for the 2000 THGPH?

With the support of our sponsors, there are going to be several great promotions running in the marketplace leading up to the event weekend.

If you're an AAA member, be sure to read your Journeys August/September issue for a special AAA ticket offer.

Late August, be sure to visit McDonald's and pick up a value meal. They will have ticket coupons on their large fry boxes.

Thirsty? In September, Coca Cola will offer a ticket promotion with their 2-liter bottles of Coke Classic.

There are many morepromotions planned and details will be forthcoming as they develop.

Who's Who? Marlboro Team Penske

A change in team organization, two new drivers, new chassis, new motors and new tires have helped Team Penske win three races so far this season. And, Gil de Ferran is the only driver who has repeated wins this year in Nazareth and Portland. Helio Castroneves won at Michigan.

Roger Penske, team owner, is the winningest owner in Champ Car history. His teams have won seven CART championships and 102 Champ car races.

Penske began racing as a driver, racing in the '50's and '60's. In 1961, he was named Sports Illustrated's driver of the year. He formed Penske Racing in 1966, competing in Trans Am and Can Am with Mark Donohue.

Some 2000 Facts and Figures ---

Discovery Channel is airing a piece during its "Discovery News" broadcast focusing on the concepts of race-car technology being applied to consumer cars to make them more fuel-efficient. The piece is scheduled to air this Friday, July 14. Check local listings.

Alex Zanardi completed two days of testing at Sebring for Mo Nunn Racing. This was his first time behind the wheel of a racing car in eight months, since the end of the 1999 Formula 1 season. Zanardi won the FedEx Championship Series championship in 1998 and then moved on to Formula 1.

Bryan Herta will continue to drive for injured Tony Kanaan.

Tony hopes to be able to get back in the car at the Michigan race on July 23.

A History Lesson

From 1909 until the early 1930's, AAA was very active in Champ car racing. The number of races varied from a season-high of 27 races in 1915 to a low of five in 1929. The speedways then were board tracks -- constructed entirely of wood. The rapid detioration led to a lack of race facilities available to host the events.

Then, with the stock market crash in 1929, the matter was made worse as there were no new tracks being built. In 1930, eight races were held, but dwindled down to two races in 1938. The sport was withering away.

Champ Car Jargon: -- What does it mean?

Slicks: a racing tire with no tread. On dry pavement, the maximum amount of contact is desirable.

Rain tires: treaded tires used on a wet track. Also referred to as "wets".

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Adrian Fernandez , Christian Fittipaldi , Dario Franchitti , Alex Zanardi , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Mark Blundell , Roger Penske , Mark Donohue , Mo Nunn
Teams Team Penske , Team Penske