CHAMPCAR/CART: PacWest - Getting to Motegi

PacFacts: Getting to Motegi!!! Getting PacWest and the other CART teams to Japan for the Budweiser 500 at Twin Ring Motegi is a major exercise in logistics. It tests the planning skills of the teams and utilizes the abilities of series sponsor...

PacFacts: Getting to Motegi!!!

Getting PacWest and the other CART teams to Japan for the Budweiser 500 at Twin Ring Motegi is a major exercise in logistics. It tests the planning skills of the teams and utilizes the abilities of series sponsor Federal Express to get everyone there on time and ready to race.

Here's a snap shot of what's involved:

DEPARTURE:

Indianapolis International Airport Sunday, March 22, 1998 at 5:00, 8:21 and 9:30 a.m. ET..

ARRIVAL:

Tokyo, Japan Monday, March 23, 1998 at 10:30, 1:50 and 2:59 p.m..

PLANES: Three FedEx MD-11's.

FLIGHT DISTANCE:

6,446 miles per plane.

FLIGHT TIME: 15.5 hours (includes a fuel stop in Anchorage, Alaska)

FUEL BURNED:

132,000 gallons for all three planes.

CRUSING SPEED:

575 miles per hour.

APPROX. GROSS PAYLOAD:

198,000 pounds per plane.

TOTAL CARGO VALUE:

Over $60 Million.

WEIGHT PER TEAM:

8,350 pounds of cargo, plus two race cars.

TYPICAL TEAM CARGO (for a two-car team):

Four assembled race cars, Four race engines, 16,500 pounds of equipment, 260 spare gears, 17 skids, 14 spare sets of wheels, 10 tool boxes, 4 driver helmets, 2 tents, 2 drink poles, 25 firesuits, 2 pit boards, 40 two-way radios, 100 spare springs, 300 spare decals for cars, 200 team hats.

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