CHAMPCAR/CART: PacWest Laguna Seca Pre-event notes and quotes

Honda Grand Prix Of Monterey Featuring The Shell 300 Round 19 - 2001 Cart Fedex Championship Series Monterey, California: October 12 - October 14 What: Honda Grand Prix of Monterey - Round 19 of the 21-race CART FedEx Championship...

Honda Grand Prix Of Monterey Featuring The Shell 300
Round 19 - 2001 Cart Fedex Championship Series
Monterey, California: October 12 - October 14

What: Honda Grand Prix of Monterey - Round 19 of the 21-race CART FedEx Championship Series

When:  Sunday, October 14.  Broadcast: 4:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.  Broadcast live
on CART Radio Network affiliates.  Qualifying television coverage: Sunday,
October 14, 2:00 a.m. ESPN2.  Coverage of practice, qualifying and the race
is also live on CART.com.  Practice - Friday, October 12.

Where: Laguna Seca Raceway, Monterey, California 2.238-mile permanent road course

Mauricio Gugelmin Fast Facts

#17 Nextel PacWest Toyota

* Gugelmin returns to Laguna Seca where he has finished in the top-ten five of the last six years, including finishes of third and fifth in 1995 and 1996 respectively. Gugelmin finished seventh in last year's event - the same position where he qualified.

* This season, Gugelmin has tallied four top-ten finishes, all of which have come since Round Six of the FedEx Championship Series. He earned his fourth career pole in Cleveland this season and finished a season-best seventh in Toronto.

* Gugelmin raced Formula One for five years, 1988-1992, for March-Judd, Leyton House-Judd, and Jordan-Yamaha Formula One teams. Gugelmin's top finishes in Formula One competition included a third place podium finish at the Brazilian Grand Prix in 1989 with March-Judd and four other top-ten finishes in his five-year F1 career.

* Gugelmin, one of CART's most experienced drivers, is in his ninth year of FedEx Championship Series competition, and eighth full season.

* Mauricio is currently in his second year as President of the Championship Drivers Association.

Mauricio Gugelmin Quote

"Laguna Seca has always been a good circuit for me. Five of the last six years I've raced there I've been able to finish in the top-ten. One reason is because we have a great set-up for Laguna and, as a result of that, we have always been able to qualify well. This is such a tough track to pass on that qualifying up front is very important. This is also another circuit where conserving fuel is an important part of race strategy because there usually aren't too many yellow flags during the race. Overall, I just enjoy the circuit and all of its elevation changes and I'm looking forward to my seventh year of competition in Monterey."

Scott Dixon Fast Facts

#18 Nextel Powerware Panasonic PacWest Toyota

* Scott Dixon enters the Monterey Grand Prix in seventh place in the Driver's Championship with 86 points - just 14 points away from sixth.

* The New Zealand rookie is currently leading the standings for the Jim Trueman Rookie of the Year award, holding a 36-point lead over his nearest rival.

* Dixon has completed 2165 of the 2249 laps run this season, the series leader in that category.

* Scott has one victory, five top-fives, and nine top-tens at this point of his rookie campaign. He has also scored championship points in six of his past nine starts, including three top-five finishes.

* This will be Dixon's first competitive visit to Laguna Seca in a CHAMP car. In 2000, Dixon won the Dayton Indy Lights Championship with six wins, seven podiums and one pole for PacWest - including his fifth win of the season in Monterey.

* Dixon is the youngest-ever winner of a Champ Car race, scoring a victory earlier this season in Nazareth at the age of 20 years, nine months.

Scott Dixon Quote

"I've raced at Laguna Seca only twice, but have had good results there both times. In 1999 we pulled off a second place finish after starting fourth, and last season in Indy Lights I won my fifth race of the year there after qualifying second. The circuit is a lot of fun to drive but you have to choose your passing points carefully because you don't get too many opportunities to pass there. We're coming off a disappointing result in Houston, so we need another good finish to keep a solid lead in the Rookie of the Year title, which is my main goal now that we're out of championship contention. I've really learned a lot this season and hopefully we can manage a few good results out of the remaining races and carry some positive momentum into next season."

-PacWest-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Dixon , Mauricio Gugelmin