CHAMPCAR/CART: Nazareth Michael Andretti 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/Texaco/Havoline driver Michael Andretti will have to prolong his return to racing at his home track until May and will start 15th. Following are his comments on his opportunity to improve his car for the race in May as well as the upcoming event in Long Beach, Calif:

"We knew there was a potential for bad weather when they announced the date." said Nazareth native, Michael Andretti. "We said, "Hey it could snow during the race." I really thought we were going to get it in since the weather held up until after qualifying. I guess if there was a race that had to be postponed, this one is the easiest for me in terms of travel. It's too bad for the fans though but maybe more will be able to come in May. The postponement might be good for me though. Maybe we can work through our problems now. We are going to test in Milwaukee after Long Beach and then we'll have an extra 1-1/2 hours more of practice than we would have if we just had our 30-minute warm-up today."

"It's tough to think about Long Beach since we have some unfinished business here but I think we'll be competitive. We finished seventh last year so we would like to move up another six spots. That's our goal. It's been a while since the Big Kmart/Texaco/Havoline team won on a street course. The last street or road race I won was in 1996 which is definitely too long ago. I have always liked racing in Long Beach because it is special to me since I won my first CART race there. You never forget your first one. Last year we had a tough time here since it was our first street race on Firestone tires and we just didn't know enough about the tires yet. We were just happy to leave here with some points but this year we want more than just a few points. The challenge with Long Beach is that it is right between six oval races and most teams are 100 percent prepared for racing on a street course since they have been concentrating on oval set?ups."

"The fans are great in Long Reach. They have really supported the race over the years. The track allows for passing and good racing which is nice for both the fans and the drivers. The Long Beach race is a very important part of what the CART FedEx championship is today. This race helped grow our sport. Everyone loves racing here. The Long Beach area has changed unbelievably over the years since we started racing here. The buildings on the front straight used to be boarded up X-rated theatres and today its is a nice metropolitan area and I think the race had a lot to do with the rebirth of the area."

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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