CHAMPCAR/CART: PacWest Road America preview

Mauricio Gugelmin ...

Mauricio Gugelmin

#17 Nextel PacWest Toyota

* Coming into the demanding Road America round of the Championship, Mauricio Gugelmin has been running at the finish of seven of the last eight events. At Mid-Ohio, the most recent race of the Championship, Gugelmin incurred a late-race penalty during a pit stop that relegated him to a non-points paying result.

* This season, Gugelmin has tallied four top-ten finishes, all of which have come since Round Six of the FedEx Championship Series.

* Mauricio has competed eight times at the picturesque Road America course. In 1997, Big Mo qualified on the pole position and led eight laps on the way to a second place finish, his career best at the track.

* Last year, Gugelmin qualified tenth and fell victim to mechanical problems early in the race, which knocked the Brazilian from contention.

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

Mauricio Gugelmin:
"Road America is definitely my favorite track to race on all year. It's a four-mile track and the elevation changes along with the entire layout of the facility makes it a really fun place to compete. There are definitely several places to pass, which makes things interesting on race day. I can say that this track is especially tough on engines and gearboxes, so it will be a battle of attrition for everyone. I think that if we can take care of our car, we can be there at the end to fight for a victory. I won my second career pole at Elkhart Lake in 1997 but ended up finishing the race in second place, so to win there would be very special for my Nextel crew and me. Elkhart has always been a race that's pretty tight on fuel, so with the great fuel mileage we have been getting with our Toyota engines I'm really looking forward to this weekend."

Scott Dixon

#18 Powerware Panasonic PacWest Toyota

* Scott Dixon enters Road America after capturing his eighth points-paying result in the past ten races with a finish of twelfth at Mid-Ohio. Dixon is now tied for sixth place in the Driver's Championship, only three points out of fifth.

* The New Zealand rookie is currently dominating the standings for the Jim Trueman Rookie of the Year award, holding a commanding 43-point lead over his nearest rival.

* Dixon has completed 1666 of the 1712 laps run this season, the series leader in that category.

* Scott has one victory, four top-fives, and seven top-tens at this point of his rookie campaign.

* This will be Dixon's first competitive visit Road America; his only previous experience at the facility was in a rookie test prior to the Toronto race in July.

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

* Dixon was the 2000 Dayton Indy Lights Champion with six wins, seven podiums, and one pole position, finishing the season with 155 points.

Scott Dixon
"I've never really competed at Road America, so I'm looking forward to running there this weekend. We did test there a while back, but I didn't get a lot of seat time to really be able to evaluate things the way I had hoped, but it still gave me a chance to get to know the circuit a little bit and it's a lot of fun to drive. My year so far has been pretty much what I anticipated it would be. I've had some success, but my crew and I are ready to return to the podium. I'm still in a good position to battle for the championship and I think the fuel mileage that I've been able to get this year with Toyota will definitely help me this weekend. I need a few good results in row on road courses before we hit the ovals again in Europe. But I think Sunday's race will come down to whoever can get good fuel mileage and take car of their cars. I'm ready for the challenge."


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Dixon , Mauricio Gugelmin