CHAMPCAR/CART: Milwaukee: Team Motorola preview

What: Miller Lite 250 Round 4 of 20 of the CART FedEx Championship Series Where: Milwaukee Mile, 1.032-Mile Oval West Allis, Wisconsin When: Sunday, June 2 at 11:45 a.m. CST 12:30 p.m. EDT Pre-Race Coverage on CBS Live Fast Facts: Sunday...

What: Miller Lite 250
Round 4 of 20 of the CART FedEx Championship Series

Where: Milwaukee Mile, 1.032-Mile Oval
West Allis, Wisconsin

When: Sunday, June 2 at 11:45 a.m. CST
12:30 p.m. EDT Pre-Race Coverage on CBS Live

Fast Facts:

Sunday will be Andretti's 294th start in the CART FedEx Championship Series.  A record for active Champ Car drivers.

Andretti has won at the Milwaukee Mile on five occasions; 1986, '87, '91, '92 and '96.

In 2001, Andretti started 10th and finished 2nd.

Andretti has scored 14 victories in his career on ovals.  His last oval victory was at Twin Ring Motegi in 2000.

Indianapolis, IN--Team Motorola and driver Michael Andretti are looking forward to returning to the Milwaukee Mile this weekend for the 250-lap race on the historic 1.032-mile oval.  "Milwaukee following Indy is like peanut butter and jelly, they just go together," said Andretti when asked about the tradition of Milwaukee being the next race after the grueling month of May.  "For as long as I can remember, it's been Indy and usually a disappointing Memorial Day, and then we're off to Milwaukee."

Andretti and his teammates spent the month of May competing in the 86th running of the Indianapolis 500 where Andretti started 25th and finished seventh.  During the month the team also took on the massive change from the Reynard chassis to the Lola.  General Manager Kim Green put it into perspective.  "Team Motorola took on a huge amount of work over the last four weeks," Green explained.  "Not only were we running the Dallara chassis at Indy but while one crew was at the Speedway, we had a second crew in the shop preparing our Lolas for the upcoming CART FedEx events.  I can't say enough about the effort the Team Motorola crew has put forth to get the Lolas ready and also their efforts for a successful month at Indianapolis." Andretti has already competed in one event using the Lola chassis this season, the Bridgestone Potenza 500 at Twin Ring Motegi, held in April.  "We certainly had some growing pains with the new chassis," said Andretti after a failure of the rear wing- mounting bracket took him out of the race on lap 115.  "We know what we need to do to go fast but it will take some time to learn the nuances of the Lola."

Andretti is hoping his past success at Milwaukee will be a factor when Sunday rolls around.  "I've always had pretty good success at Milwaukee," Andretti remarked. "For some reason, it's like Toronto and I'm able to do well so I'm hoping we have a good weekend.  It's been really tough on everyone with the work load so a victory at Milwaukee would be a nice pick-me-up for the entire team."  Team Motorola already has one victory this season, captured at the Long Beach Grand Prix in April.  They are currently in sixth place in the championship race with 22 points.  Michael's technical partner Dario Franchitti is in first place with 34 points, while Michel Jourdain Jr. is in second with 32 points.

Andretti is in his 19th Champ Car season and currently leads all active Champ Car drivers in number of wins at 42, number of poles at 32, number of starts with 293 and laps led with 6,563.

Team Motorola will begin practice for the Sunday event on Friday, May 31at 10:00 a.m.  Practice will be shown on SPEED Channel at 3:00 p.m. EDT, CART Friday Night will be shown Friday at 10:30 p.m. EDT with Qualifying live on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. EDT.  The race will be shown live on CBS Sunday at 12:30 p.m. EDT.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Dario Franchitti , Kim Green , Michel Jourdain