CHAMPCAR/CART: Mark Blundell leaves PacWest at season's end

"We understand it has been a frustrating couple of seasons for Mark (Blundell) and we have decided it would be in his best interests if he became a free agent at this stage," said PacWest President, Bruce R. McCaw. "Mark is an extremely talented...

"We understand it has been a frustrating couple of seasons for Mark (Blundell) and we have decided it would be in his best interests if he became a free agent at this stage," said PacWest President, Bruce R. McCaw.

"Mark is an extremely talented driver and it is unfortunate he has been unable to demonstrate his true ability recently. We have shared a lot of success and hopefully we can put together another couple of results before the end of the season. Mark is a professional on and off the track and I fully expect to see him in a Champ Car next season."

Blundell joined PacWest from the ranks of formula one in 1996 and the following season recorded three of the team's four wins and finished a career-high sixth in the series.

"I would like to thank Bruce McCaw, the PacWest team and Motorola for their support during the last five seasons," said Blundell.

"Special mention has to be made of my Motorola crew this year which has again worked tirelessly in what has been an enormously frustrating season.

"I want to remain a part of the FedEx Championship Series in 2001."

Blundell will drive the Motorola PacWest Mercedes-Benz in this weekend's Motorola 300 at the Gateway International Raceway in St Louis.

-- For further information, please call: BRETT "CRUSHER" MURRAY - (317) 714-7272 TOM HOLLETT - (317) -714-6377

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mark Blundell , Bruce McCaw