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PATRICK CARPENTIER LOOKS TO KEEP ROLLING AT ROAD AMERICA - Patrick Carpentier hopes to continue the hot streak that has propelled him into second place in the championship standings with seven events remaining in the season this weekend at Road ...

PATRICK CARPENTIER LOOKS TO KEEP ROLLING AT ROAD AMERICA - Patrick Carpentier hopes to continue the hot streak that has propelled him into second place in the championship standings with seven events remaining in the season this weekend at Road America. Carpentier has scored three consecutive top-five finishes highlighted by victories in Cleveland and at Mid-Ohio last weekend. Carpentier's performance in Mid-Ohio was impressive as he not only won the race, but also captured the provisional and final pole positions and led the most laps in the race.

FORD-COSWORTH AT ROAD AMERICA - Ford and Cosworth have combined for nine victories and four pole positions in the 20 Champ Car events held at Road America since the first race in 1980. Cosworth Racing won each of the first five CART races at Road America: Hector Rebaque in 1980, Mario Andretti in 1981 and '82, Jacques Villeneuve in 1983 and Emerson Fittipaldi in 1984. Ford and Cosworth combined forces to power Jacques Villeneuve to back-to-back wins in 1994 and 1995, while Michael Andretti won in 1996 and his teammate, Christian Fittipaldi, scored his first career Champ Car win in 1999. Jacques Villeneuve captured Ford's first Road America pole in 1995, followed by Michael Andretti in both 1998 and '99 and Kenny Brack last season.


Patrick Carpentier - Capped a dominating performance at Mid-Ohio last weekend with his second victory of the season, including his second in three races, and the third of his career. Carpentier claimed all 23 points available for the event: one point for provisional pole, one point for the final pole, 20 points for winning the race and one point for leading the most laps. Has scored top-10 finishes this season in Mexico [seventh], Japan [fourth], Laguna Seca [fifth], Portland [fifth], Toronto [10th], Cleveland [first], Vancouver [fifth] and Mid-Ohio [first], and is currently second in the championship standings with 95 points.

Mario Dominguez - Struggled to find the right setup last weekend at Mid-Ohio and finished 16th after crashing out on lap 47. Made his first points-paying finish of the season in Japan where he came home 11th [two points]. With 10 championship points, he is currently second in the Jim Trueman Rookie of the Year standings behind Townsend Bell [19 points].

Michel Jourdain, Jr. - Started 16th but managed an 11th-place finish at Mid-Ohio. Has scored points in all 11 races thus far this season [only driver in CART to have done so] and is currently fifth in the championship standings with 76 points. Has recorded top-five finishes this season in Monterrey [fourth], Long Beach [fifth], Japan [fifth], Milwaukee [fifth] and Vancouver [fourth]. Enjoyed his best weekend at Road America in 1999 when he started 18th and finished seventh.

Alex Tagliani - Qualified and finished seventh last weekend at Mid-Ohio and has now scored championship points in seven consecutive events. Has recorded five consecutive top-10 finishes, highlighted by a fifth-place result in Cleveland and is currently 10th in the points with 64. In two Champ Car starts at Road America, Tagliani has qualified third [2000] and second [2001] with his best finish of eighth coming last season.

Jimmy Vasser - Started 13th but finished eighth last weekend at Mid-Ohio. Has six top-10 results this season, highlighted by a second place finish in Long Beach. Currently 12th in the championship standings with 47 points. Has scored two top-five and five top-10 results in eight career starts at Road America, including third in 1995 and fifth in 2000, and has started inside the top 10 on two occasions - seventh in 1996 and sixth in 1999.

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 [25], followed by Rick Mears [20], Bobby Rahal [18], Mario Andretti [16] and Johnny Rutherford [16].

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 11 races this season, eclipsing last year's total of one win and five top-five finishes ... Jourdain leads all drivers this season having completed 1,484 out of a possible 1,492 laps [99.5%].


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jacques Villeneuve , Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Patrick Carpentier , Alex Tagliani , Christian Fittipaldi , Kenny Brack , Townsend Bell , Mario Dominguez , Mario Andretti , Rick Mears , Hector Rebaque , Johnny Rutherford , Michel Jourdain