CHAMPCAR/CART: Nazareth Friday Notes

Nazareth, Pa. (April 7, 2000) - Notes from the Bosch Grand Prix at Nazareth Speedway. The official lap distance for Nazareth Speedway is .946. The scheduled race distance will be 225 laps (212.85 miles). With 4 parade laps and one pace lap, the...

Nazareth, Pa. (April 7, 2000) - Notes from the Bosch Grand Prix at Nazareth Speedway.

The official lap distance for Nazareth Speedway is .946. The scheduled race distance will be 225 laps (212.85 miles). With 4 parade laps and one pace lap, the fuel allotment will be 117.6 U.S. gallons. The fuel allotment is based on the cars achieving 1.85 miles per gallon of fuel.

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Della Penna Motorsports announced today the signing of fetchOmatic.com, a new major associate sponsor. FetchOmatic.com is a new search engine and portal designed for users who want to experience the interactivity of broadband on the web. Norberto Fontana's car will display the fetchOmatic.com logo on the car this weekend. Richie Hearn, who has driven for Della Penna Motorsports in Toyota Atlantic and CART FedEx competition, has been released from his contract.

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With the Grand Prix of Long Beach event starting just four days after the conclusion of the Nazareth race, CART teams will be facing one of the toughest "turnarounds" ever as they change the cars from an oval configuration to a road course setup. Fans will be able to watch the team as they prepare the cars for Long Beach via a live "shopcam" at the team's Indianapolis headquarters. Visit the www.pacwestracing.com website and register to use the "shopcam" as the team performs a high pressure 18-hour marathon to ready the cars for Long Beach. The camera is currently on but it is focused on an empty bay. If everything goes according to plan there should be some movement in the bay by 4:00 a.m. Monday morning.

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Teams will use several different strategies to cope with the back to back weekends on opposite coasts. Some teams will start working on the Long Beach cars at Nazareth as soon as the green flag drops. Others, like Pac West, will return to their shops and pull an all-nighter to turn the cars around. Players Racing has purchased extra cars and is preparing their cars for Long Beach while the rest of the team races at Nazareth.

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Should qualifying be rained out on Saturday, the grid for Sunday's race would be set using today's practice times.

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Kenny Brack has been named as a spokesperson for Futaba Motorsports, a market leader in display technology in the automotive industry. Brack continues a relationship with Futaba North America, which began in 1997 while driving for Rick Galles in the Indy Racing League.

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The USAC Coors Silver Bullet series is the support event for Sunday's Bosch Grand Prix. The weekend's event is the third race in the 14-race schedule. Brian Tyler won the season opener at Walt Disney Speedway near Orlando, FL in January. Jason Leffler won the Copper Classic race at Phoenix International Raceway in February.

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Ed Carpenter is starting in his second USAC Silver Bullet race this weekend. Carpenter, stepson of Indy Racing League founder Tony George finished ninth at the Copper Classic race at Phoenix, capturing the rookie of the race award.

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Stevie Reeves is subbing for Jason Leffler in the Silver Bullet race at Nazareth. Reeves has been spending his Sundays working as a spotter for Robby Gordon on the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jason Leffler , Robby Gordon , Kenny Brack , Richie Hearn , Brian Tyler , Tony George , Stevie Reeves , Norberto Fontana , Ed Carpenter