CHAMPCAR/CART: Patrick Racing Cleveland facts and notes

Jimmy Vasser - ...

Jimmy Vasser - #40 Visteon/Patrick Racing Toyota Reynard
Marconi Grand Prix Of Cleveland Presented By Firstar
Round 9 - 2001 Fedex Championship Series
Burke Lakefront Airport-Cleveland, Oh. -June 29-July 1, 2001

Jimmy Vasser finished in the top-six in the first four races of the 2001 season (Mexico - sixth; Long Beach - fifth; Nazareth - fourth; Japan - fifth), but has been plagued by misfortune, his last three outings. Vasser is tied for ninth in the standings with 40 points. <pre> 2001 FEDEX CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES SEASON IN REVIEW:


Mexico 9 6 Long Beach 8 5 Texas 22 - Nazareth 11 4 Japan 21 5 Milwaukee 5 21 Detroit 5 18 Portland 9 15 </pre> Vasser will be making his ninth start at Cleveland. In eight previous starts he has started in the top-10 twice (poles 1996 and 1998). He has finished in the top-10 four times with a best showing of third in 1995. <pre> CART PERFORMANCE HISTORY AT CLEVELAND:


1992 16 14 1994 11 31 1995 15 3 1996 1 10 1997 15 13 1998 1 7 1999 15 23 2000 12 8 </pre> The 2001 Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland will be Vasser's 155th CART start.

Vasser, 35, a native of California, now resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is in his tenth CART season and first with Patrick Racing. He has nine career CART victories and seven poles. He won the CART Championship in 1996

Vasser has started 154 CART races with 90 top-10 finishes including 26 podium showings. He has finished 90 of his last 110 races placing in the points 85 times (dating to Milwaukee `95). In 93 CART career road/street starts Vasser has placed in the points 55 times with 48 top-10 finishes including 24 top-five showings, 14 podium appearances and four victories.

Vasser is one of four CART Champions and one of four Americans currently competing in the FedEx Championship Series.

Vasser has finished in the top-10 in the point standings six consecutive years.


"First of all my ankle is fine. It's just a sprain. I have had them before playing basketball. It's no big deal. As far as the championship race, every team goes through a stretch like this during the season. You try and avoid them, but when they occur you just try and keep it as short as possible.

"Cleveland is a unique track because it is a runway circuit. It is really bumpy and getting the car to work over the bumps is always paramount. The first turn is also very important. Anytime you start the race and all the cars funnel into the first corner you are going to have some problems."

Roberto Moreno - #20 Visteon/Patrick Racing Toyota Reynard
Marconi Grand Prix Of Cleveland Presented By Firstar
Round 9 - 2001 Fedex Championship Series
Burke Lakefront Airport-Cleveland, Oh. -June 29-July 1, 2001

Defending Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland Champion Roberto Moreno is coming off his best performance of the 2001 FedEx Championship Series season, a second place showing last weekend at the Freightliner/G. I. Joe's 200. It was Moreno's second consecutive podium showing (third in Detroit) and the second year in a row that he has finished second at Portland. Moreno has now placed in the points in five of his last six races and five of the seven races this season (Long Beach - 11th; Nazareth - 12th; Japan - 10th; Detroit - third; Portland - second). He is 12th in the standings with 36 points. <pre> 2001 FEDEX CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES SEASON IN REVIEW:


Mexico 10 27 Long Beach 22 11 Texas 24 - Nazareth 16 12 Japan 23 10 Milwaukee 17 15 Detroit 7 3 Portland 8 2 <pre> Moreno, who captured his first career CART pole and win last year at Cleveland, will be making his fifth start at Cleveland. In four previous races he has qualified in the top-10 twice starting fifth in 1999 to go with the pole last year. He has also finished in the top-10 twice placing eighth in 1999 along with last year's victory. <pre> CART PERFORMANCE HISTORY AT CLEVELAND:


1986 11 25 1996 22 14 1999 5 8 2000 1 1 </pre> The 2001 Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland will be Moreno's 89th CART start.

Moreno, 42, a native of Brazil, now resides in Weston, Florida. He is in his eighth CART season and second with Visteon/Patrick Racing. Moreno has one career CART victory and one pole (both at Cleveland in 2000).

Moreno has finished in the top-10 in 21 of his last 40 CART starts and in the points 27 times. He has finished in the points in 14 of his last 23 road/street course starts with 11 top-10 placements, seven top five showings and five podiums including his first career victory last year at Cleveland.

Moreno finished a CART career high third in the 2000 FedEx Championship Series standings. He led the CART standings for the first time, captured his first CART victory and pole (Cleveland), and had the two best oval performances, and best 500-mile oval finish placing second at Homestead and Fontana.


"It was great last year in Cleveland. I captured my first career CART pole and I am very proud of that. Starting on pole really helped me to win the race because there were a lot of crashes behind me and I didn't have to get involved in all of that. We had the fastest car in the race and the Visteon/Patrick Racing crew did a great job in the pits so we were able to bring home my first career CART victory. The memories of that race are fantastic for me. Winning your first CART race stays in your mind forever. Cleveland is a very challenging place. There are a lot of chicanes and that makes things interesting. Also, because you are on an airport runway it is very difficult to find your braking points. The track is wide and you have no reference points so all you see is the cones in the corners. The biggest challenge at Cleveland is to know where you have to brake."


Patrick Racing Scores High In Reliability:
Combining the stats of Moreno and Vasser, Patrick Racing is tied for second in finishes (11), second in laps completed (1734), third in miles completed (2509.322) and fifth in points (76).

Patrick Racing Second in Craftsman Pit Crew Challenge:
After seven races Vasser's #40 Visteon/Patrick Racing Toyota Reynard crew is second in the Craftsman Pit Crew Challenge standings with 58 points. Moreno's #20 Visteon/Patrick Racing crew finished first at Portland and has moved into fifth in the standings with 46 points.

McGee Holds Record For Most Wins:
Patrick Racing General Manager Jim McGee is tops on the all-time wins list for a Manager/Chief Mechanic with 88. McGee has nine national championships and is the only Manager/Chief Mechanic to win a championship in four decades (60's - 90's). He has at least one victory in each of his last five decades (his 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's, 60's) and a least one victory in each of the last five decades (60's-00).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Roberto Moreno