CHAMPCAR/CART: Montreal: Vasser to celebrate 200th Champ Car start

Jimmy Vasser, ...

Jimmy Vasser, #12 American Spirit/Ford-Cosworth/Reynard

200th Champ Car Race: 200 Champ Car races ago, the 25-year old American made his Champ Car debut driving a Lola at the Australian Indy for Hayhoe/Cole Racing. Since then he has won ten races, earned eight pole position and the series championship. Currently in his 12th Champ Car season, Vasser has finished in the top-ten in seven of the eleven seasons contested. Vasser is the sixth driver to have reached the 200 race milestone.

Consecutive Starts: Vasser is second only to Al Unser Jr. in the most consecutive starts overall. Since Laguna Seca in 1993, Vasser has made 178 consecutive race starts; just 14 race starts shy of Unser's record.

Celebrating Vasser's 200th: American Spirit and Champ Car will launch a contest today celebrating Jimmy's 200th, watch CART.com and AmericanSpiritTeamJohansson.com for details. Champ Car will recognize Vasser's accomplishments with a pre-race presentation on grid and American Spirit has a few surprises planned for Champ Car's only active Champion, tune in to SPEED Channel Sunday at 9:00 pm ET and join the celebration.

2002 at Montreal: Vasser started the 2002 event sixth and finished fifth while driving for Team Rahal.

Most Popular Driver: The MCI Most Popular Driver Contest is back, visit CART.com or www.AmericanSpiritTeamJohansson.com and vote for your favorite driver.

Vasser on Montreal: "My first few years of Champ Car racing, I dreamed of racing in the series for 10 years. Here I am heading in to Montreal for my 200th Champ Car race, it's pretty cool. This series has been very good to me. It's been a huge part of my life. You won't see me celebrating 400 Champ Car starts, but I am at the top of my game and I would like to stick around and set some records. Montreal is a special place to be, it's a prestigious circuit with a lot of history. I had a good weekend there last year, ran in the top-ten all weekend, started sixth and finished fifth I think. I am looking forward to it, the team is coming off a big weekend in Mid-Ohio, it's going to be a bit of a test to see if we can carry the positive momentum and build on it."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Al Unser Jr. , Jimmy Vasser