CHAMPCAR/CART: Marlboro Team Penske Pit Notes 2001-03-26

"AND THE WINNER IS..." Last season saw one of the tightest points battles in CART FedEx Championship Series history. Based on the diversity of choices for the 2001 champion by twenty-five motor sports journalists, it appears that this season...

"AND THE WINNER IS..."

Last season saw one of the tightest points battles in CART FedEx Championship Series history. Based on the diversity of choices for the 2001 champion by twenty-five motor sports journalists, it appears that this season may prove to be another great battle to the end.

<pre> Journalist 2001 Pick (Publication)

Elton Alexander                 Michael Andretti
(Cleveland Plain Dealer)        

Steve Ballard Kenny Brack (USA Today)

Mike Berres Helio Castroneves (Reading Eagle)

Andy Bornhop      Kenny Brack (Road & Track)

Louis Brewster                  Gil de Ferran
(Inland Valley Bulletin)        

Curt Cavin         Gil de Ferran (Indianapolis Star)      

David Coffin Michael Andretti (Monterey County Herald)

Damian Dottore Helio Castroneves (Orange Country Register)

Tony Fabrizio Kenny Brack (Dallas Morning News)

Lewis Franck                    Gil de Ferran 
(Reuters)       

Shav Glick Paul Tracy (LA Times)

Herb Gould                      Dario Franchitti
(Chicago Sun-Times)              
Tim Haddock                     Helio Castroneves
(LA Daily News)         
Mike Harris                     Michael Andretti
(Associated Press)              

Dave Kallman Gil de Ferran (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Gordon Kirby Cristiano da Matta (Autosport)    

Keith Lair                      Paul Tracy 
(San Gabriel Valley News)       

John Mason Gil de Ferran (Wisconsin State Journal)

John Oreovicz     Paul Tracy (National Speed Sport News)   

Dave Philips        Helio Castroneves (Racer)         

Mike Pryson Jimmy Vasser (Jackson Citizen Patriot)

Jeremy Shaw                     Gil de Ferran
(Champ Car)     

Jeff Vettraino     Gil de Ferran (Autoweek)

Marshall Wilson                 Paul Tracy
(San Francisco Chronicle)       
Dave Woolford                   Gil de Ferran
(Toledo Blade)          

</pre> DO LUNCH WITH GIL DE FERRAN

Gil de Ferran will be in Long Beach on Wednesday, April 4 to attend the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach media luncheon. He is available for one-on-one interviews that day to discuss the race and the 2001 season.

De Ferran will then be in Ft. Worth on Monday, April 9 to host a media luncheon at Texas de Brazil restaurant. Journalists will have the opportunity to sit down for lunch and discuss the inaugural Texas 600 scheduled for Sunday, April 29 at Texas Motor Speedway.

<pre> FEDEX CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES POINT STANDINGS

1.   Cristiano da Matta         21
2.   Gil de Ferran              16
3.   Paul Tracy                 14
4.   Michael Andretti           12 
5.   Kenny Brack                11
6.   Jimmy Vasser               8
7.   Tony Kanaan                6
8.   Helio Castroneves          5
9.   Dario Franchitti           4
10. Tora Takagi                 3
11. Nicolas Minassian           2
12. Max Papis                   1

-MTP

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Nicolas Minassian , Max Papis , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Tora Takagi , Kenny Brack , Jeremy Shaw , Andy Bornhop , Cristiano da Matta
Teams Team Penske