CHAMPCAR/CART: Morris Nunn Set with Mercedes-Benz, but No Driver

Nunn Set to Sign Mercedes-Benz Deal Lack of a driver is only remaining obstacle. by Gordon Kirby Veteran race engineer Morris Nunn says he's close to signing a deal to own and operate a factory-backed Mercedes-Benz CART team with PacWest...

Nunn Set to Sign Mercedes-Benz Deal Lack of a driver is only remaining obstacle.

by Gordon Kirby Veteran race engineer Morris Nunn says he's close to signing a deal to own and operate a factory-backed Mercedes-Benz CART team with PacWest boss Bruce McCaw as a minority owner and former Patrick manager Steve Newey running the team.

The only missing link at this point, according to Nunn, is a driver. Nunn and Mercedes-Benz had hoped to sign Helio Castro-Neves, but Castro-Neves signed instead with Penske to replace the deceased Greg Moore.

"Castro-Neves was the guy we wanted," Nunn said on Sunday, "But he's signed with another team. I don't know which one, but I guess it must be Penske."

"That's a bit of a setback," Nunn added, "Because I don't see anybody out there who I believe can win races. But we're taking a look at everyone that's available. We're looking at guys in Formula 1 and Formula 3000. I'm not sure there's anyone in Indy Lights who can do the job."

Chip Ganassi and Target boss Bob Uhlrich want Nunn to continue with Ganassi's team, but the Florida-domiciled Englishman says he's ready to sign with Mercedes if he can find the right driver. "Everything has been laid out and agreed to by Mercedes-Benz," Nunn said. "It's just waiting for our signatures. We just need a driver."

If the team comes together it will operate initially out of an unused, older PacWest shop in Indianapolis. After a few months the team will move to a newer, larger shop near PacWest's current facility in northwestern Indianapolis. PacWest is the only major two-car Champ Car team to continue with Mercedes into 2000, so Nunn's team would mean PacWest is by far Mercedes-Benz's most serious player in CART.

"Bruce McCaw has laid out his proposal as well," Nunn says. "He wants to make this a joint effort with PacWest so everybody can work together and benefit from it."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Morris Nunn , Chip Ganassi , Bruce McCaw , Greg Moore