GET IN, SIT DOWN, AND HOLD ON...SPEED ABOUNDS ELKHART LAKE, Wis., August 12, 1998 - Former Formula One Champion Mario Andretti, who spent many seasons driving on Europe's famous road courses, considers Road America one of the nicest and ...
GET IN, SIT DOWN, AND HOLD ON...SPEED ABOUNDS
ELKHART LAKE, Wis., August 12, 1998 - Former Formula One Champion Mario Andretti, who spent many seasons driving on Europe's famous road courses, considers Road America one of the nicest and fastest road courses in the world. Greg Moore and Patrick Carpentier are ready to put the pedal to the metal on the fast straightaways tucked deep in the heart of the wooded Wisconsin countryside. The 4.048-mile road course is the site for Round 14 of 19 of the CART FedEx Championship Series.
Moore's first two CART races at Road America were less than spectacular, yielding zero PPG Cup points. In 1996, he was punted off the course, and last season he spun off the track. But if his quick speeds and dominance of the track at a test session last month is an indication of this weekend's showing, Moore should be a front-runner.
"We're looking forward to a good weekend. Road America is a beautiful track, and as a driver it's fun to race on. It's a wild ride because you've got fast corners that you can go flat out, some slow corners, and three of the fastest straightaways where you can really fly," said Moore. "The Blue Crew had the perfect setup on the car when we tested here. This year I'm determined to finish the race. With the right setup and fast pit stops, I think we can win."
Patrick Carpentier has tasted victory at this countryside track, in 1996 during his days in the KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Series, CART's support series. During his rookie year in a Champ Car, Carpentier was forced to retire after only two laps due to loosing fourth gear. This year he intends on duplicating his recent testing success at Road America to run up front and challenge for the win.
"Thanks to Lee [Dykstra], my engineer, and the rest of the Blue Crew, we've been continuing to improve. Things are starting to come together," said Carpentier. "I like this road course. Winning here in 1996 was special. If we can qualify up front, I think we'll have a good shot at getting a podium finish."