CHAMPCAR/CART: Herdez Bettenhausen Fontana race report

The 500 presented by Toyota Round 21 of the CART FedEx Championship Sunday, November 4, 2001 California Speedway, Fontana, California 2.029-mile oval Start: 7th Finish: 16th It was a frustrating day all-around the CART paddock today as ...

The 500 presented by Toyota
Round 21 of the CART FedEx Championship
Sunday, November 4, 2001
California Speedway, Fontana, California
2.029-mile oval

Start: 7th
Finish: 16th

It was a frustrating day all-around the CART paddock today as early morning rain delayed the start of today's 500 presented by Toyota. The Herdez Bettenhausen team suffered an added blow when the primary car was diagnosed with boost problems in the pre-race warm up. Due to the delay in the start, the race was shortened to 220 laps from the scheduled 250 as the sun set over the west side of the California Speedway.

Michel Jourdain Jr. - Driver
"Obviously, it was a very bad day for us. We lost the primary car in the warm up and had to go to the back up car for the race. Then we had a fuel pressure problem with that car during the race. All the extra pit stops we had to make just killed our chances for today."

Keith Wiggins Managing Director
"It's a disappointing way to finish a season. We made quite a bit of progress as a team this year so it's a shame to finish on such a bad note. But we start testing for the next season in just a couple of weeks and we have some more changes planned for the team. Given all that, we expect to be back and even stronger next year."

What's on tap
The Herdez Bettenhausen team will begin their off-season testing program at the end of November at Sebring International Raceway. CART's schedule for the 2002 season was announced today and will kick off with the Herdez-sponsored race at Fundidora Park, Monterrey, Mexico, on March 10, 2002. For more information on the 2002 schedule, go to CART's official website, www.cart.com. Additional information on the Herdez Bettenhausen racing program will continue to be available at the team's site, www.teamherdez.com.

-HBR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michel Jourdain