CHAMPCAR/CART: PacWest Looking To Go One Better at Milwaukee

(Indianapolis, IN) – Just a week after recording its best result of the 2000 FedEx Championship Series, the PacWest Racing Group will be hoping to go one better in this weekend’s Miller 225 at the Milwaukee Mile in Wisconsin. Encouraging...

(Indianapolis, IN) – Just a week after recording its best result of the 2000 FedEx Championship Series, the PacWest Racing Group will be hoping to go one better in this weekend’s Miller 225 at the Milwaukee Mile in Wisconsin.

Encouraging test results at Milwaukee a couple of weeks ago have the Indianapolis-based team quietly confident of a big result in round six at North America’s oldest race speedway.

That confidence is reinforced by the fact that #17 Nextel PacWest Mercedes-Benz driver Mauricio Gugelmin drove one of the best races of his Champ Car career to finish second at Nazareth last Saturday and record PacWest’s first podium finish since the final round of the 1997 season.

#18 Motorola PacWest Mercedes-Benz driver Mark Blundell is still treating bruises after being helped into the outside wall at turn one by Helio Castroneves at Nazareth last weekend, but the Englishman is more determined than ever to score some serious points on Sunday.

Ironically, Blundell missed last year’s Milwaukee race after injuring his neck in a testing accident at the Gateway Raceway in St Louis – his two previous appearances at Milwaukee resulted in point-paying finishes.

MAURICIO GUGELMIN - # 17 NEXTEL PACWEST MERCEDES-BENZ

“We were reminded last week what this (racing) is all about,” said Gugelmin, who qualified second and finished fifth at Milwaukee in 1997.

“It had been a long drought for us, but everyone got a taste of that champagne at Nazareth and they liked it. We had a very positive test at Milwaukee a couple of weeks ago and I think a lot of that translated at Nazareth. You would think it would translate in race conditions back here this weekend.

“We need to use the Nazareth result as a stepping stone to putting us back into championship contention. There is no shortage of hard work from anyone in the Nextel team and last Saturday we got the best indication we are heading in the right direction.”

MARK BLUNDELL - # 18 MOTOROLA PACWEST MERCEDES-BENZ

“There is no doubt that I am still a little sore from last weekend’s accident, but treatment has helped me tremendously through the week,” said Blundell.

“We need to put the last couple of results behind us and concentrate on getting championship points in the bank.

“It will be important for us to qualify well at Milwaukee and race with the lead leaders.

“Our Mercedes-Benz package is improving at every race and is both powerful and reliable – we need to be in a position to make use of those assets.

“I missed the race at Milwaukee through injury – I want to make up for lost time.”

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mauricio Gugelmin , Mark Blundell