CHAMPCAR/CART: PacWest to Stay with Mercedes Engines in 2000

Fontana, CA (October 30, 1999) - PacWest Racing Group's two Champ Cars will remain Mercedes-powered for the 2000 FedEx Championship Series season, Team Owner Bruce R. McCaw confirmed today. The announcement preceded the second annual World Party,...

Fontana, CA (October 30, 1999) - PacWest Racing Group's two Champ Cars will remain Mercedes-powered for the 2000 FedEx Championship Series season, Team Owner Bruce R. McCaw confirmed today. The announcement preceded the second annual World Party, a celebration of open-wheel motorsport jointly organized by PacWest and Mercedes-Benz.

"The World Party is another product of the outstanding relationship that PacWest and Mercedes-Benz have enjoyed since joining forces in 1997," declared McCaw. "The three-pointed star is recognized worldwide as a symbol of automotive excellence, and PacWest is proud of its contribution to MercedesBenz's illustrious motorsport heritage."

The PacWest/Mercedes-Benz partnership has produced four victories, three pole positions, forty-five top-ten finishes, and the world's fastest qualifying lap of 240.942 mph set by Mauricio Gugelmin.

"As Mercedes-Benz competes this weekend for its second consecutive World Championship in Formula One, we also reinforce our commitment to success in the CART FedEx Series," said Hal Whiteford, Vice President of Operations for Mercedes-Benz USA. "We're thrilled to continue our partnership with a team of the quality and competitiveness of PacWest Racing,"

Affirmed McCaw: "With the return of proven winners like Mauricio Gugelmin and Mark Blundell, combined with the technical expertise of our partners at Mercedes-Benz and Ilmor Engineering, I am confident that we possess an extremely competitive package for the 2000 season."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mauricio Gugelmin , Mark Blundell