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JIMMY VASSER - #40 PATRICK RACING TOYOTA REYNARD

TENNECO AUTOMOTIVE GRAND PRIX OF DETROIT

ROUND 7 - 2001 FEDEX CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

BELLE ISLE STREET CIRCUIT - DETROIT, MICHIGAN - JUNE 15-17, 2001

Jimmy Vasser has finished in the top-six in four of the first five races this year. He is currently tied for third in the championship standings with 40 points. He is 30 points out of first, but just seven out of second.

*This will be the ninth time Vasser has competed in Detroit. In eight previous races he has qualified in the top-10 once, but has finished in the top-10 five times and in the points six times. His best finish is a second in 1995.

*The 2001 Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix will be Vasser's 153rd 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 152 CART races with 90 top-10 finishes including 26 podium showings. He has finished 89 of his last 108 races placing in the points 85 times

(dating to Milwaukee `95). In 91 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 three Americans currently competing in the FedEx Championship Series.

*Vasser placed sixth in the 2000 FedEx Championship Series standings the sixth consecutive year he has finished in the top-10 in the championship standings.

*Vasser scored Toyota's first two podium showings, finishing third at Long Beach and second at Rio in 2000. He also captured Toyota's first road course victory (Houston 2000) and scored the most points of any Toyota driver in 2000.

JIMMY VASSER QUOTES:

"The Detroit street circuit is an interesting track to drive, but it is a very difficult track to race because it is so hard to pass. I always enjoy qualifying at Detroit, which is obviously a key to success on that circuit. Over the last two years they have added some places to pass, but there is no substitute for qualifying up front at a place like Detroit."

PATRICK RACING TEAM NOTES

ROBERTO MORENO - #20 VISTEON/PATRICK RACING TOYOTA REYNARD

TENNECO AUTOMOTIVE GRAND PRIX OF DETROIT

ROUND 7 - 2001 FEDEX CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

BELLE ISLE STREET CIRCUIT - DETROIT, MICHIGAN - JUNE 15-17, 2001

Roberto Moreno has placed in the points in three of the first five races this year. He is currently tied for 17th in the championship standings with six points.

*Moreno will be making his fifth start in Detroit. He has qualified in the top ten in three of his four previous races, with a high of third in 1997, and has a best finish of fifth, also in 1997. Last year at Detroit, Moreno was running in third place when he had to go off line and spun as he tired to avoid another competitor

*The 2001 Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit will be Moreno's 87th *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 19 of his last 38 CART starts and in the points 25 times. He has finished in the points in 12 of his last 21 road/street course starts with nine top-10 placements, five top five showing and three podiums including his first career victory (and pole) 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 (both at Cleveland), and had the two best oval performances, and best 500-mile oval finish, of his career last year, placing second at Homestead and Fontana.

ROBERTO MORENO QUOTES:

"Detroit is a bit of a tricky place. You have to qualify well because it is so difficult to pass. They have added some passing zones, but the keys still remain to qualify well, have a good race strategy, save fuel, and have good pit stops. Last year I qualified tenth, but was able to get up to third place because I saved fuel. I am still learning how to save fuel with the Toyota engine, but I will spend a lot of time talking to Jimmy about how to conserve in Detroit."

"The Visteon/Patrick Racing team has not gotten off to the kind of start that I had hope for, but I am very confident that we will get things going in the right direction. I have a lot of confidence heading into the next four races. All are on street or road circuits where I have performed well over the last two years. I think we have good baseline setups for all four tracks and I am looking forward to getting back on the podium and back into the thick of the championship race."

-PR

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Roberto Moreno