CHAMPCAR/CART: Fontana: Stage set for Pit Crew Challenge

INDIANAPOLIS (October 29, 2002) - As CART's only "Official Tool and Tool Storage Supplier," Craftsman supports top teams in the CART FedEx Championship Series with mechanic's tools and sponsors the Craftsman Tech Center - CART's mobile technical...

INDIANAPOLIS (October 29, 2002) - As CART's only "Official Tool and Tool Storage Supplier," Craftsman supports top teams in the CART FedEx Championship Series with mechanic's tools and sponsors the Craftsman Tech Center - CART's mobile technical inspection facility. In addition, Craftsman continues to sponsor the Craftsman Pit Crew Challenge, which debuted in 1999, to recognize the efforts of motorsports' unsung heroes, the mechanics who build, maintain and service the Champ Cars. CART teams compete all year to see who has the best crew on pit road. Throughout the season, all pit stops are timed - less time in the pits means more points. The four teams that tallied the most pit crew challenge points, plus a fifth wildcard team, go head-to-head in California this weekend.

California Speedway's Pit Lane will serve as the battle grounds for this weekend's fourth annual Craftsman Pit Crew Challenge in Fontana. The hour-long competition starting at 3:30 p.m. PT highlights the five Champ Car teams participating in the Shoot Out, all competing for $50,000 cash, a $15,000 Waterford Crystal Trophy and bragging rights for the winning pit crew.

Shell Team Rahal will be looking to defend the title they won last year with driver Kenny Brack. This year's Rahal squad is represented in the Shoot Out by the #8 machine driven by 1996 CART champion Jimmy Vasser with a crew led by Chief Mechanic Bharat Naran. Newman/Haas Racing comes into the competition with both its CART FedEx Championship Series entries, one with newly-crowned CART FedEx Championship Series champion Cristiano da Matta in the #1 car, with Chief Mechanic Don Hoevel - the Wildcard Winner from Chicago - along with the #11 entry piloted by Christian Fittipaldi and paced by Chief Mechanic Kevin Chambers. Pedro Campuzano is the Crew Chief for both of the two Newman/Haas machines. The remaining two teams in the Shoot Out are Target Chip Ganassi Racing with Bruno Junqueira in the #4 machine with Crew Chief Ricky Davis and Player's/Forsythe Racing's #33 entry with driver Alex Tagliani and Crew Chief Roy Wilkerson.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Bruno Junqueira , Alex Tagliani , Christian Fittipaldi , Kenny Brack , Chip Ganassi , Kevin Chambers , Cristiano da Matta
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing