CHAMPCAR/CART: Milwaukee Lola history making day

Lola makes history with 100th victory Kenny Brack scores historic win Lola Cars International Ltd. has become the first chassis manufacturer in CART FedEx Championship Series history to achieve 100 CART victories. Kenny Brack scored "Brack to...

Lola makes history with 100th victory
Kenny Brack scores historic win

Lola Cars International Ltd. has become the first chassis manufacturer in CART FedEx Championship Series history to achieve 100 CART victories.

Kenny Brack scored "Brack to Brack" victories, following his break-through win in Japan last month. Brack, who started on pole in his #8 Shell Lola/Ford, due to his leadership in the point standings, led the most laps and led Michael Andretti's #39 Reynard/Honda to the checkered flags by 1.307-seconds.

Lola finished the 2000 CART series on a high note with Christian Fittipaldi's victory at California Speedway -- one of seven Lola wins in 2000 -- and started the 2001 season in dominant style with Cristiano da Matta's win in Mexico. Lola continued to impress, as last year's Jim Trueman Rookie of the Year, 35-year-old Kenny Brack qualified on the front row of the grid for the first four rounds of the 2001 season. Brack nabbed his first CART win at Twin Ring Motegi, moving him two points ahead of Helio Castroneves in the Championship standings. Underlining the Company's top form, a Lola driver has led the 2001 championship from the onset.

Statistically, 2000 was Lola's most successful year in Champ Car racing since it won the CART title with Nigel Mansell and Newman-Haas Racing in 1993. The 1992 Formula One World Champion seamlessly made the transition from Formula One to Champ Car racing and became the only reigning F1 champion to also hold the PPG Cup title.

Driver of the Century Mario Andretti gave Lola its first win in 1983 at Elkhart Lake, in a Ford-Cosworth-powered Newman-Haas entry. In 1991, his son Michael notched Lola's 50th victory in Portland, also with Newman-Haas Racing. The Illinois-based team has a great history with Lola Cars, reinforced by the fact that it has scored 55 of Lola's 100 wins.

"I'm extremely pleased to be part of Lola's 100th CART win," said Team Rahal owner Bobby Rahal. "Lola cars have been a major part of my racing career. I drove a Lola T290 sports car to my first SCCA national championship in 1974, and one of my first Formula Atlantic cars was a Lola T360. I won my last two CART series championships, in 1987 and 1992, in Lola Champ Cars. So it is fitting that we can bring Lola its 100th victory this year. It is exciting to give Lola this landmark achievement with Team Rahal and Kenny Brack. Lola cars have accomplished a tremendous feat in our sport and the Lola staff should be commended for its continued success."

"I feel very honored to have helped Lola reach this impressive goal," Brack acknowledged. "The Lola car has been a great car in the past and this year, already I see the Lola being the premier car for the CART championship. I just hope I can bring another championship to Lola this year."

"This is a great day for Lola," enthused Daniel Partel, president of Lola Cars International Inc.. "I would particularly like to congratulate winner Kenny Brack and Team Rahal."

"I'm absolutely thrilled! Everyone at Lola has worked incredibly hard for this and we will, of course, continue to challenge for the coveted Constructors' title this season," said David Bowes, managing director of Lola Cars International Ltd.

"One hundred CART race wins is a fantastic achievement for Lola Cars International. I'd like to congratulate everyone involved," noted Martin Birrane, chief executive officer of Lola Cars International Ltd.

"This is fantastic," designer Ben Bowlby exulted. "Every one of these wins has been hard-earned, and I think it's great that Juan Montoya took this race for us last year and opened the door for Kenny to do the same in 2001."

The FedEx Championship series takes a hiatus from ovals and heads to the temporary street course at Belle Isle for the Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit on June 17th.

TEAM OWNER AND DRIVER QUOTES On Lola Cars 100th Champ Car Victory

"It is very exciting to capture Lola's 100th CART win. Lola has produced winning cars in many forms of motorsports, including Champ Cars, for many years. And this year's model is one of the finest racing cars that I have ever driven. I hope Team Rahal can continue to bring CART wins to the Lola family" -- Max Papis, driver, #7 Miller Lite Lola/Ford

"Each year, we try to raise the bar, and so does Lola. Each year we try to raise the level of what we're doing. Lola also has the same philosophy. They have always tried to be one step ahead of what their competitors are doing. That is the key to winning in this series." -- Chip Ganassi, team owner

"We have done a lot of off-season testing on oval tracks. The Lola chassis has been very reliable and gives the driver excellent feedback. You can feel what the car is doing, and adjust your driving style accordingly. I have been very happy with the performance of the Lola chassis." -- Bruno Junqueira, driver, #4 Lola/Toyota

"I like the Lola B1/00 chassis. It is very good on all of the different tracks where we race. It is very stable and easy to adjust as the car changes. I hope that I'll be the one to give Lola its 100th win." -- Nicolas Minassian, driver, #12 Lola/Toyota

"Having been close to the Lola team for many years and having personally been a part of Lola for two years, I am exceedingly happy to see their plans for success realized. The 100th win demonstrates that Lola has fulfilled its goal of providing a truly competitive and high-quality product for the Champ Car market. From our team's point of view, we are very happy to be part of this historic achievement." -- Keith Wiggins, managing director

"Congratulations to Lola on their 100th CART win! I have been driving Lola chassis almost my entire CART career. I feel very good for everyone involved with the development of this latest Lola -- I know they have worked very hard to overcome the difficulties of the past, to produce the best car in the CART paddock. I am looking forward to contributing many more wins to Lola's victory count." -- Michel Jourdain Jr., driver, #16 Lola/Ford

"I'm very happy to be driving a Lola Champ Car. I went to the Lola factory and saw how the cars are made. The Lola engineers work hard to give us a winning car. I hope that very soon Arciero-Blair Racing can help increase Lola's winning numbers." -- Max Wilson, driver, #25 Lola/Ford

"Lola certainly has the history and many great years of experience in all types of racing, from Formula One to Champ Cars. We at Sigma Autosport congratulate Lola on their 100th victory today." -- Paul Cherry, managing director

"Congratulations to Lola! I only wish I could have delivered the 100th victory, but they have earned it. Lola has a long, rich tradition in racing, and I know I have always enjoyed racing a Lola. They will continue to win for many more years." - Oriol Servia, driver, #22 Lola/Ford

"Lola has been a winner in the racing industry for over 35 years. During that time, Newman-Haas Racing has had the pleasure of sharing many of those wins, and we are looking forward to sharing many more. Congratulations on your 100th victory and good luck with the next 100." -- Carl Haas, co-owner

"Lola has had a rich history in racing over the years. Congratulations on your 100th Champ Car victory. I'm proud to have added to that number. Now that Lola has accomplished that milestone, let's keep working toward the Constructors championship." -- Christian Fittipaldi, driver, #11 Lola/Toyota

"Before the season started, we knew the Lola/Toyota package would be competitive, but we were pretty surprised to win our first race. I thought it would take longer for the team and myself to gel. I am glad to be able to contribute to Lola's success. Congratulations on your 100th Champ Car win, and good luck on your next 100. We are going to work hard to add to that number." -- Cristiano da Matta, driver, #6 Lola/Toyota

-Lola Cars International Inc

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Michael Andretti , Max Papis , Bobby Rahal , Christian Fittipaldi , Max Wilson , Oriol Servia , Kenny Brack , Nigel Mansell , Mario Andretti , Carl Haas , Chip Ganassi , Cristiano da Matta , Michel Jourdain