CHAMPCAR/CART: PacWest comments on Mercedes-Benz withdrawal in 2001

(Laguna Seca) – The following are comments from PacWest Racing Group President, Bruce R. McCaw on today’s announcement that Mercedes-Benz will be withdrawing from the FedEx Championship Series in 2001. Mercedes-Benz has been the engine ...

(Laguna Seca) – The following are comments from PacWest Racing Group President, Bruce R. McCaw on today’s announcement that Mercedes-Benz will be withdrawing from the FedEx Championship Series in 2001.

Mercedes-Benz has been the engine supplier to PacWest since the beginning of the 1997 championship. In that time PacWest has won four Champ Car races, claimed three pole positions and set the world “closed-course” speed record of 240.942mph at the California Speedway. The team has achieved a total of nine podium finishes, 16 top-five results and 454 championship points for Mercedes-Benz in the manufacturers’ championship.

“We would certainly like to thank Mercedes-Benz for their commitment to PacWest during the past four years and to the sport of Champ Car racing,” said Bruce R. McCaw.

“We have developed many personal and business relationships along the way and I am sure many of those will continue. While we respect Mercedes-Benz’ decision to leave CART we are disappointed we will not have the chance to bring the IC108F engine program to the top of the championship.

“Mercedes-Benz and Ilmor have committed to a strong effort through to the end of the season and we will all be working together to ensure our relationship ends on a high note.”

“I believe we have a lot to offer an engine manufacturer both on and off the track and obviously we are now be talking with other manufacturers to lay a solid foundation for our future as soon as possible,” said McCaw.

“We have a dedicated and loyal team of professionals who are desperate to get back into the winner’s circle – and stay there.”

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