CHAMPCAR/CART: Nazareth Christian Fittipaldi notes and quotes

CART announced at 10 AM EST today that Round 2 of 20 in the CART FedEx Championship, the Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix of Nazareth, will be postponed due to inclement weather that included snow, high winds and low temperatures. The race has been ...

CART announced at 10 AM EST today that Round 2 of 20 in the CART FedEx Championship, the Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix of Nazareth, will be postponed due to inclement weather that included snow, high winds and low temperatures. The race has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 27, 2000 during the Memorial Day weekend. Details of a possible telecast will be announced at a later date.

Big Kmart/Route 66 driver Christian Fittipaldi scored his second front row start with his second fastest qualifying time on Saturday. He had the following comments about the postponement of the race as well as the upcoming event in Long Beach:

"I wish we could have raced today but the weather did not cooperate," said the 29-year-old Brazilian. "Since I'm from Brazil, I only see this type of weather if I go skiing. Even if we did not have the snow, it would have been too cold to race because the tires would not have been able to get up to temperature. I was happy with the set up for the existing conditions. It will be interesting to see what the format will be when we come back in May and if we will need to change anything. Many drivers will be testing on ovals before we come back to race and will learn more about their cars. For now though we will have to change our focus to Long Beach."

"I think Long Beach was one of my best races last year. People say "But you finished fifth? How could you think that was one of your best races?" It was our first race on a street course with Firestone tires and we weren't very strong so we qualified 11th. I passed everybody on the racetrack and finished in fifth. We were about the only car that passed people on the track rather than in the pits. It was a great race from the passing standpoint. I hope the Big Kmart/Route 66 car is doing all of the passing again this year but I hope we start in front."

"The first street race is always a big question mark. You end up not doing as much testing on a road course as you would like by the time you arrive into Long Beach. You think you will be good but you end up slow or vice versa. I'm pretty sure we will be competitive this year based on our testing in Sebring, Fla. We were the quickest car there when we first tested and then we went back after the Homestead race and had another good test."

"Long Beach is more challenging than a road course because of the walls. If you make a mistake on a road course, you just go off on the grass. You're not so lucky in Long Beach. The only place there is to go is into the concrete, which is never a good idea. The smallest mistake will cost you. My races at Long Beach have all been pretty exciting for one reason or another."

On To the Beach ... Round 3 of 20 will take place next weekend at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Andretti scored his CART first victory at Long Beach in 1986. Fittipaldi's highest finish is a fifth place, which he scored last season.

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