CHAMPCAR/CART: Ford Racing Vancouver preview

WHEN: September 2, 2001 TRACK LAYOUT: 1.781-mile temporary street course RACE DISTANCE: 160.290 miles (90 laps) TELEVISION COVERAGE (ET): ESPN2; 6:00pm (Live) DEFENDING CHAMPION: Paul Tracy 2DEFENDING POLESITTER: Dario Franchitti (106.144 miles...

WHEN: September 2, 2001
TRACK LAYOUT: 1.781-mile temporary street course
RACE DISTANCE: 160.290 miles (90 laps)
TELEVISION COVERAGE (ET): ESPN2; 6:00pm (Live)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Paul Tracy 2DEFENDING POLESITTER: Dario Franchitti (106.144 miles per hour; 1 minute, 0.405 seconds)
QUALIFYING RECORD: Dario Franchitti (106.144 miles per hour; 1 minute, 0.405 seconds)
2001 DRIVER POINTS (13 races): Helio Castroneves (110), KENNY BRACK (105), Gil de Ferran (99), Michael Andretti (89), Scott Dixon (82)
2001 MANUFACTURER POINTS (13 races): Honda (229), Toyota (194), FORD-COSWORTH (191)

FORD-COSWORTH AT VANCOUVER - Following a weekend off, Ford and Cosworth Racing head to Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada) for this weekend's Molson Indy. Ford-Cosworth Racing has scored two victories at Vancouver in the 11 years of the event, both of them at the hands of Michael Andretti (1992 and 1996). Ford-Cosworth has also scored four pole positions at Vancouver, all of which came between 1992 and 1995. Andretti won from the pole in 1992, while Scott Goodyear claimed pole in 1993, Robby Gordon in 1994 and Jacques Villeneuve in 1995.

BRACK FALLS TO SECOND IN DRIVERS' CHAMPIONSHIP; FORD-COSWORTH THIRD IN THE MANUFACTURERS' CHAMPIONSHIP - After leading the CART drivers' standings for 12 consecutive weeks, Team Rahal driver Kenny Brack fell to second after finishing 14th two weeks ago at Road America. Brack (105 points) now trails Helio Castroneves (110 points) by five points with seven races remaining in the 2001 CART season. Ford-Cosworth stands third in the manufacturers' championship points behind both Honda and Toyota. Ford-Cosworth (191 points) trails Honda (229) by 38 points and trails Toyota (194) by just three points with seven races remaining.

FORD FAVORITES AT VANCOUVER - Although there are several drivers capable of winning a race in the FedEx Championship Series, Ford-Cosworth drivers Kenny Brack, Patrick Carpentier and Alex Tagliani each stand a strong chance of sipping champagne this weekend. Here's a quick look at each of these drivers and why they should be considered favorites:

Kenny Brack - Despite just one top-five finish in the last five races, Kenny Brack (105 points) is still second in the drivers' point standings just five points behind leader Helio Castroneves (110 points). Brack has scored five pole positions and three victories in his sophomore season, including poles at Mexico to open the season and two weeks ago at Road America. Brack has six career top-10 results on temporary street courses and finished ninth a year ago at Vancouver as a rookie.

Patrick Carpentier - Carpentier continues to score championship points at a brisk pace after posting his sixth top-10 result of the season two weeks ago at Road America (ninth). Carpentier has now scored 54 of his 69 championship points (78 percent) in the last four events and currently sits eighth in the CART drivers' standings. The French-Canadian has qualified in the top 10 in five of the eight races this season on road and/or street courses with top 10 finishes at Detroit (eighth), Portland (fifth), Mid-Ohio (third) and Road America (ninth).

Alex Tagliani - Alex Tagliani is currently one of the most consistent drivers in CART, having scored championship points in seven consecutive races and in eight of the last nine. During that stretch Tagliani has four top-10 qualifying efforts (Cleveland - seventh; Toronto - fifth; Mid-Ohio - sixth, Road America - second) and six top-10 finishes, including a career-best second-place result at Toronto on July 15th.

COSWORTH CHAMP CAR WINS - Kenny Brack's third career Champ Car victory at Chicago on July 29th was the 210th victory for Cosworth Racing in USAC- and CART-sanctioned races since entering North American open-wheeled racing in 1976. Cosworth has won 163 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) (was sanctioned by USAC). 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 - Kenny Brack's pole position at Road America two weeks ago was the fifth of his career and the 62nd for Ford since it re-entered Champ Car competition in 1992 ... Herdez Bettenhausen driver Michel Jourdain, Jr., scored his best career result at Vancouver in 1998 when he drove to a 10th-place finish ... Brack leads all CART drivers with five pole positions this season ... Sigma Autosport driver Oriol Servia is third among all CART drivers in laps completed with 1,670.

-Ford Racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jacques Villeneuve , Robby Gordon , Scott Goodyear , Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Patrick Carpentier , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Oriol Servia , Kenny Brack , Mario Andretti , Rick Mears , Johnny Rutherford