CHAMPCAR/CART: Moreno Long Beach pre-race review

<pre> Patrick Racing Team Notes Roberto Moreno - ...

<pre> Patrick Racing Team Notes Roberto Moreno - #20 Visteon/Patrick Racing Toyota Reynard Toyota Grand Prix Of Long Beach Round 2 - 2001 Fedex Championship Series Temporary Street Circuit - Long Beach, Ca. - April 6-8, 2001

Roberto Moreno started tenth and was running a strong race in the season opening Tecate Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix when he made contact in Turn 12 putting an end to his day. He placed 27th. Last year at Long Beach, Moreno qualified eighth then combined an outstanding car with great fuel mileage to take the lead in the race. Unfortunately, he lost second gear and ended up finishing ninth.


Mexico 10 27 </pre> *Moreno, 42, a native of Brazil, now resides in Weston, Florida. He is in his eighth CART season and second with Visteon/Patrick Racing. Moreno has one career CART victory and one pole (both at Cleveland in 2000).

*Moreno has finished in the top-10 in 18 of his last 34 CART starts and in the points 22 times.

*The 2001 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will be Moreno's 83rd CART start.

*This will be Moreno's fifth start at Long Beach. In four previous attempts he has qualified in the top-10 three times with a high of sixth, twice (1986 and 1997) and finished in the top-10 twice with a best showing of sixth in 1986. <pre> CART PERFORMANCE HISTORY AT LONG BEACH:


1986 6 6 1996 18 24 1997 6 24 2000 8 9 </pre> *Moreno finished a CART career high third in the 2000 championship race. He finished 14 of 20 races, each time in the points, scoring 12 top-10 showings including eight top five finishes and six podium appearances.

*Moreno had several career milestones in 2000. He led the CART standings for the first time, captured his first CART victory and pole (both at Cleveland), and had his best showing in a 500-mile race finishing second in Fontana.


"I am very confident heading into the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, but I know it is going to be a very competitive race. Last year the Visteon/Patrick Racing car was outstanding under braking which allowed me to pass several cars and challenge for the lead. We definitely had the best and fastest car in the race. We also were able to save fuel, which enabled us to utilize a different pit strategy. That put us in a winning position. Unfortunately, I developed a problem with second gear and could not enter or exit the slow corners very well. It took me a few laps to figure out how to handle the situation, but in the end all I could do was defend my position. I really feel like we have some unfinished business at Long Beach."


McGee Holds Record For Most Wins:

Patrick Racing General Manager Jim McGee is tops on the all-time wins list for a Manager/Chief Mechanic with 88. McGee has nine national championships and is the only Manager/Chief Mechanic to win a championship in four decades (60's - 90's). He has at least one victory in each of his last five decades (his 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's, 60's) and a least one victory in each of the last five decades (60's-00).

Patrick Racing Facts:

Patrick Racing, which enters its 29th year of competition in 2001, is one of the most successful teams in the history of Champ Car racing with 44 victories, three Indianapolis 500 wins and two national championships (1976 - Gordon Johncock and 1989 - Emerson Fittipaldi). U. E. "Pat" Patrick is the co-founder of CART and the "father" of the Dayton Indy Lights Series.

-Patrick Racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Roberto Moreno , Emerson Fittipaldi , Gordon Johncock