CHAMPCAR/CART: PacWest Vancouver preview

What: Molson Indy Vancouver - Round 15 of the 21-race CART FedEx Championship Series When: Sunday, September 2. Broadcast: 6:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Broadcast live on CART Radio Network affiliates. Qualifying television coverage: Sunday, September...

What: Molson Indy Vancouver - Round 15 of the 21-race CART FedEx Championship Series

When: Sunday, September 2. Broadcast: 6:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Broadcast live on CART Radio Network affiliates. Qualifying television coverage: Sunday, September 2, 1:00 a.m. ESPN2. Coverage of practice, qualifying and the race is also live on CART.com. Practice - Friday, August 31.

Where: Concord Pacific Place, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - 1.781-mile temporary street circuit

Mauricio Gugelmin Fast Facts - #17 Nextel PacWest Toyota

* Gugelmin returns to Vancouver - the sight of his first Champ Car victory in 1997.

* 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 six times on the picturesque Vancouver street course. In those six years, Gugelmin has finished in the top-six three times although his best starting position has been fifth in 1997 - they year he won.

* Last year, Gugelmin qualified thirteenth but fell victim to an accident that knocked the Brazilian from contention after 14 laps.

* 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

"I like the Vancouver circuit a lot and my results there have certainly proven that. I think between 1997 and 1999 we never finished worse than sixth, and I won my first and only CART race there during the 1997 event. Last season we were having a pretty good weekend, and were the quickest Mercedes in the field, until I got caught up in someone else's accident and went out of the race on lap 14. It's always good to get back to the street courses, and this one has a lot to offer. Of course, weather is always a factor but there are a couple of good passing spots on the course, which is better than most of the street circuits we go to. The kink on the back of the track is always a challenge, but we're looking forward to the weekend and happy to be going back to such a great city like Vancouver."

Scott Dixon Fast Facts - #18 Powerware Panasonic PacWest Toyota

* Scott Dixon enters the Molson Indy Vancouver after capturing his ninth points-paying result in the past 11 races with a finish of fourth at Elkhart Lake. Dixon is now in fifth place in the Driver's Championship, only seven points out of fourth.

* The New Zealand rookie is currently leading the standings for the Jim Trueman Rookie of the Year award, holding a 35-point lead over his nearest rival.

* Dixon has completed 1711 of the 1757 laps run this season, the series leader in that category.

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

* This will be Dixon's second competitive visit to Vancouver; his only previous experience on this circuit was in 2000 during his Dayton Indy Lights campaign. Dixon went on to win the Molson Indy on his way to becoming the 2000 Dayton Indy Lights Champion with six wins, seven podiums, and one pole position, finishing the season with 155 points.

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

Scott Dixon Quote

"I enjoyed Vancouver a lot last year. We won the Lights race and had a really good weekend all around. The track is pretty challenging from what I remember. My team is coming off a really great effort in Elkhart Lake so we feel as though we have the momentum to pull off another good finish. I need to keep up the pace on my street course efforts because I know we have a few more podiums left in us this year. The important thing for me is to remain consistent because we're in a great position now to battle for the championship. I know my crew is primed for the challenge, so we're ready to get back to Canada and make some noise."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Dixon , Mauricio Gugelmin