CHAMPCAR/CART: Elkhart Lake: Team Motorola preview

INDIANAPOLIS, In.-- Fresh from a podium finish at the road course in Mid-Ohio Team Motorola and driver Michael Andretti are ready for the Motorola 220 at Road America this coming weekend. "Team Motorola has been dialing it in and getting closer...

INDIANAPOLIS, In.-- Fresh from a podium finish at the road course in Mid-Ohio Team Motorola and driver Michael Andretti are ready for the Motorola 220 at Road America this coming weekend. "Team Motorola has been dialing it in and getting closer and closer to a victory," said Andretti. "I think we're going to be extremely competitive going into Elkhart Lake this weekend and I'm looking forward to that."

Andretti and Team Motorola have been steadily gaining ground over the last few months with a podium finish at Cleveland, a sixth place finish in Vancouver and their podium finish this past weekend at Mid-Ohio. "We struggled a bit early on with our Lola chassis," said general manager Kim Green. "But I have to give our engineers due credit because they certainly seem to have found a set-up that's working for Michael and the crew has been working non-stop and on race day we've had excellent pit stops. With all of that combined, we're slowly working our way back into the championship hunt."

Andretti and Team Motorola are currently in sixth place in the championship hunt with 74 points while Cristiano daMatta continues to lead the championship with 122 points although his lead has diminished to just 27 points. Patrick Carpentier is now in second place with 95 points and Bruno Junqueira is still in third place with 86 points. Michael's technical partner Dario Franchitti is in fourth place in the championship with 84 points and Paul Tracy, also a technical partner of Michael's, is in eighth place with 68 points.

Andretti will be in a unique situation this weekend since it will be the first occasion that he and his 15-year old son Marco have competed at the same venue on the same weekend. Marco and Michael have many things in common in their racing genre including the same sponsors, Motorola and Archipelago. The one big difference is that Marco will be running the Briggs and Stratton Go-Kart .8-mile road track in his 100cc clutch kart while Michael will be racing the 4.048-mile permanent road course in his Champ Car. "This is going to be an exciting weekend for the Andretti's and our sponsors Motorola and Archipelago," said Michael. "I think with all of us being there, it might make Marco a little nervous but he's done a super job all season and I'm just glad I'm going to get to see him race."

Michael Andretti is in his19th Champ Car season and currently leads all active Champ Car drivers in number of wins at 42, number of poles at 32, number of starts with 301 and laps led with 6,564.

Practice for the Motorola 220 begins on Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. CT with provisional qualifying at 2:10 p.m. CT Friday. Final qualifying will follow on Saturday at 1:45 p.m. CT. The race will be shown live on SpeedChannel Sunday, August 18 at 2:00 p.m. CT.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Bruno Junqueira , Patrick Carpentier , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Kim Green , Cristiano da Matta