Jimmy Vasser, ...
Jimmy Vasser, #12 American Spirit/Ford-Cosworth/Reynard
Vasser's History at Mid-Ohio: 2003 marks Vasser's 11th start at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. He has started on the front row twice at Mid-Ohio; he started and finished second en route to his 1996 championship title and started second again in 1998. He has qualified in the top ten on six occasions; four of those were in the top-five. Vasser has finished in the top ten five times, twice in the top five, including his podium in 1996.
Race 199: Vasser will make his 199th Champ Car start this weekend at Mid-Ohio. His first Champ Car start came in 1992 at the Australian Indy when he drove for Hahoe/Cole Racing.
Co-Rookies: It was a talented crop of Rookies in 1992 when Vasser made his first Champ Car start at Mid-Ohio. H e was competing against a Formula One veteran for the Rookie of the Year title; that being his current boss, Stefan Johansson.
Taste of CART:
American Spirit Team Johansson will participate in this weekend's "Taste of CART." Executive Chef Scott Bodem and Assistant Chef Jordan Emerson will prepare a variety of appetizers for the event. The menu includes Shrimp Summer Rolls with a Soy dipping sauce, classic Japanese Dumplings and Thai Lettuce Wraps with a Tamarind Cashew Sauce as well as Soy Ginger Sauce. Tickets for the event are $50 and all proceeds go to charity. Tickets are available at the door.
Vasser on Mid-Ohio:
"I really enjoy the track; I have had a lot of great races there. I have never won that race and it's certainly on my to do list. American Spirit made a lot of progress last weekend at Road America; I am looking forward to continuing the progress this weekend. The Reynard should be pretty good here, I am looking forward to building on our progress and I am optimistic for a successful weekend."