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Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Round 2 - 2002 CART FedEx Championship Series Long Beach, California - April 12 - 14, 2002 Scott Dixon Fast Facts ...

Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
Round 2 - 2002 CART FedEx Championship Series
Long Beach, California - April 12 - 14, 2002

Scott Dixon Fast Facts
#7 PWR Toyota Lola Bridgestone

* Scott Dixon enters the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach after capturing a points-paying finish with a sixth place finish at the Tecate/Telmex Grand Prix of Monterrey. Dixon is in sixth place in the Driver's Championship with eight points

* Dixon enters the 2002 season as the 2001 Jim Trueman Rookie of the year, which he clinched during round 20 in Australia

* Dixon is the youngest driver ever to win a CART race, at age 20 years, 9 months and 14 days, when he crossed the finish line at Nazareth in 2001.

* He made it to the podium again at Milwaukee when he finished third, following with fourth place results at Chicago, Road America and Laguna Seca.

* In 2002, Dixon scored championship points in 11 of 20 starts.

* Led the 2001 CART FedEx Championship Series in laps completed, with 2,521 of possible 2,610, and miles completed, with 4,351.217 of a possible 4,520.983.

* Finished eighth in the 2001 season with 98 points.

* Dixon returns to the streets of Long Beach for his second competitive visit in a Champ Car. In 2001, Dixon qualified 18th and finished 19th.

Scott Dixon Quote

"The atmosphere at Long Beach is great," said Dixon. "They have so many racing fans, so you become very motivated. As a street circuit it's difficult and challenging - everybody wants to do well at this race, so you have to be extremely focussed. After our Mexico run, I know our team believes we can win at Long Beach. The entire team has been working very hard and has a much better knowledge of the Lola chassis. We've tested a few times since Monterrey and the car continues to get better. With all the improvements and the progress we've made over the last month and the continued reliability of Toyota-power, I'm confident we'll do very well at this race. Toyota is headquartered in Torrance, so it would be great if we could get a good result for them."

Oriol Servia Fast Facts
#17 PWR Toyota Lola Bridgestone

* Oriol Servia enters the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach after capturing a points-paying finish with a tenth place finish at the Tecate/Telmex Grand Prix of Monterrey. Servia is in tenth place in the Driver's Championship with three points.

* Servia is the only driver from Catalonia, a region in Spain, racing in the FedEx CART Championship Series.

* This is Servia's third season in the FedEx CART Championship Series.

* His best finish in a CART race was 3rd place at Detroit in 2000.

* Servia's best finish during the 2001 season was 5th place in back-to-back events at Vancouver and Germany.

* Scored championship points in nine of 20 starts during the 2001 season.

* His best starting position in CART was 3rd at Texas Motor Speedway in April 2001.

* Servia was the runner-up for the Jim Trueman Rookie-of-the-Year award in 2000.

* The Toyota Long Beach of Grand Prix will be Servia's 42nd career CART start.

* Servia was the 1999 PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Champion.

* Finished second in the FedEx Championship Series in laps completed, with 2,394 of a possible 2,610; and third in miles completed, with 4,087.727 of a possible 4,520.983.

* Finished 19th in the 2001 CART FedEx Championship Series with 42 points.

* Servia returns to the streets of Long Beach for his third competitive visit in a Champ Car. In 2001, Servia qualified 24th and finished 14th.

Oriol Servia Quote

"Long Beach has always been one of my favorite races," said Servia. "When I raced in Indy Lights I was always very quick at Long Beach. I'm confident this will be a good race for us. We were very competitive at Monterrey and I had a very good car. We've tested the car in between races and it's been a very reliable and strong car. I'm very excited about this race, but with those walls there is absolutely no room for a mistake. This is a very important race for Toyota because they are headquartered here. I'm happy to be back with Toyota-power and hopefully will bring them a win."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Dixon , Oriol Servia