CHAMPCAR/CART: Laguna Seca: Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing preview

Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing anticipates good results from west coast events. The trucks are headed west and the crew is soon to follow as the Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing team prepares for the CART Champ Car World Series' west coast swing that kicks...

Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing anticipates good results from west coast events.

The trucks are headed west and the crew is soon to follow as the Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing team prepares for the CART Champ Car World Series' west coast swing that kicks off in Northern California this weekend at the famous Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The picturesque 2.238-mile permanent facility will host the series' return to road course racing after two consecutive oval races in Germany and Milwaukee.

Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing team owner Emerson Fittipaldi is looking forward to the upcoming event. "Laguna Seca is a special place," he said. "It's a traditional track and I'm looking forward to our going there. Hopefully the Reynard chassis will work well there. We were competitive in Milwaukee and we're hoping that we can continue that trend at Laguna Seca."

While he enjoyed his first two experiences on ovals, rookie driver Tiago Monteiro is eager to return to road course racing. The young driver hasn't been to the famed track as yet, but knows its reputation for excitement. "Laguna Seca is obviously an amazing track," said Tiago. "It's going to be very demanding with its famous corkscrew turn. I'm really looking forward to the event. I've heard it's an amazing event with lots of fans. The team and Emerson have told me that from their experience they think I'm going to love the next two events. They think the tracks will suit my driving style with their long sweeping turns. With the car, we can be low and competitive and I'm really looking forward to getting to Laguna Seca and seeing for myself."

Team co-owner James Dingman is looking forward to helping Ford Motor Company celebrate their 100th anniversary at this weekends event. "I'd like to congratulate Ford Motor Company on 100 years of excellence. Fittipaldi-Dingman Racingis proud to be competing in a series that utilizes such a great product as Ford. This is a special race for Bill Ford and the rest of the Ford family and we expect to put on a strong showing for our engine supplier. Hopefully the team will build on our recent momentum and once again finish in the top 10."

Round 7 of the 2003 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford will air live on CBS Sports, 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday, June 15th.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Emerson Fittipaldi