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Team Target Poised For Championship Title Chase Brack and Junqueira excited for season-opener Monterrey, Mexico - Team Target drivers Kenny Brack and Bruno Junqueira head south of the border this weekend as they pursue the team's fifth title in...

Team Target Poised For Championship Title Chase
Brack and Junqueira excited for season-opener

Monterrey, Mexico - Team Target drivers Kenny Brack and Bruno Junqueira head south of the border this weekend as they pursue the team's fifth title in seven years. The 2.1-mile road course in Fundidora Park will host the season-opening race for the CART FedEx Championship Series on Sunday. Last year in Monterrey, Kenny Brack won the pole and led 28 laps before encountering brake problems. Brack wound up finishing 5th in the race. This year, the Swede is looking to get the year started off with a win.

"We won the pole down there last year and we led 28 laps in that race," Brack said. "I'm hoping to start this season with a victory down in Mexico this year. It's going to be a tough race for championship this year. There are 20 first-class drivers and teams, so it's extremely to win. I'm with a fantastic team here at Team Target. They have won a lot of championships and have a lot of resources. Most of all, these guys are really hungry to win races. We have been working hard to prepare ourselves for the season and I think we're ready."

Second year driver Bruno Junqueira is looking to avenge a sub-par performance in Monterrey last year. Junqueira was taken out of the race on the first lap the 2001 season. He was able to restart his car, but only after he had gone several laps to the leader. After a successful off-season testing schedule, Junqueira is excited to kick off the 2002 season.

"I am very excited about the upcoming season," Junqueira said. "We had a very good pre-season testing program. With another year of experience with this team, I really think that we can compete for the championship. I like the track in Monterrey and I think that it will be a good race for Team Target. This weekend is going to be special for 3 reasons. First, it is the opening race of the season. Second, there are new rules that are going to create exciting racing on the track. Third, the traction control system is going to fun to have on the car. I'm really looking forward to it."

The Tecate Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix can be seen live on Speed Channel beginning at 4:00 p.m. ET.

KENNY BRACK AND BRUNO JUNQUEIRA, TEAM TARGET;

PRE-RACE FACT SHEET/NEWS RELEASE: MEXICO

What: Tecate Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix 300 - Round 1 of the 20-race CART FedEx Championship Series.

When: Sunday, March 10. Broadcast: 4 p.m. Eastern, Speed Channel. Coverage of practice, qualifying and the race is also live on CART.com. Qualifying --is on Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9.

Where: The 2.1-mile road course in Monterrey, Mexico.

Fast Facts:

Kenny Brack won 4 races, 6 poles and led 621 laps last season. These were season-highs in the three categories.

Team Target has captured 38 career victories.

Team Target has scored at least one championship point in ten of the last eleven races.

Team Target won 34 of the 92 CART FedEx Series events from 1996 through 2000.

Team Target has claimed four CART FedEx Series championships (1996-1999) and won the Indianapolis 500 in 2000.

Team Target drivers have claimed 32 of the 111 pole positions since 1996.

For the sixth straight season, Target Chip Ganassi Racing is raising money for Target House at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital by donating $5,000 for victories, $1,000 for pole positions and $25 for each lap led. The team has donated more than $240,000 since 1997.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Kenny Brack , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing