CHAMPCAR/CART: G.I. Joe's 200 at Portland race length shortened

CART officials announced today that this Sunday's G.I. Joe's 200 at Portland International Raceway (CBS, 3:30 p.m ET)-Round 6 of the 20-race 2002 CART FedEx Championship Series-has been shortened in length from 115 to 110 laps. The reason for...

CART officials announced today that this Sunday's G.I. Joe's 200 at Portland International Raceway (CBS, 3:30 p.m ET)-Round 6 of the 20-race 2002 CART FedEx Championship Series-has been shortened in length from 115 to 110 laps.

The reason for the shortening of the race distance is to better accommodate the window of CBS Sports' television coverage of the event. The race at the 1.969-mile road circuit will now be 216.590 miles, down from the originally scheduled 226.435-mile distance.

"Based on our experience with previous races at Portland, as well as our new race format which calls for specific pit stop windows, we felt it was in our best interest to shorten the race by five laps," said CART Director of Technology and Competition Lee Dykstra. "By shortening the length, we are ensuring that our fans watching the event on television will see the race in its entirety, as well as the pre- and post-race festivities. The fact of the matter is, unless weather creates a problem for us on Sunday, this will still be the second-longest Champ Car race at Portland International Raceway in 19 years of racing here."

The longest CART FedEx Championship Series event to be run at Portland International Raceway to date was the 2000 event, which was 112 laps in length (220.528 miles) and was won by two-time CART FedEx Championship Series champion Gil de Ferran.

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Drivers Gil de Ferran