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PATRICK RACING TEAM NOTES
JIMMY VASSER - #40 VISTEON/PATRICK RACING TOYOTA REYNARD
GERMAN 500
ROUND 16 - 2001 FEDEX CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
EUROSPEEDWAY OVAL - LAUSITZ, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 13-15, 2001

Jimmy Vasser is currently 14th in the 2001 FedEx Championship Series standings with 50 points. He started the season impressively with four consecutive top-six finishes, but has been plagued by misfortune since then finishing in the points just once in his last 10 races, despite being extremely competitive each time out. Vasser has placed in the top-five four times and in the top-six in five of 14 races this year. He has finished in the points twice in five oval races this year placing fifth at Japan and a season high fourth at Nazareth.

*The 2001 German 500 will be Vasser's 162nd 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. Vasser has nine career CART wins and seven poles. He won the CART Championship in 1996

*Vasser has started 161 CART races with 91 top-10 finishes including 26 podium showings. He has finished 92 of his last 117 races placing in the points 86 times (from Milwaukee `95). In 63 CART oval starts he has finished in the points 45 times with 42 top-10 finishes, 23 top-five showings, 12 podiums and five wins.

*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.

JIMMY VASSER:
"I am looking forward to racing in Germany and England, putting on a good show and hopefully winning a race or two. Roberto's victory last weekend has really energized the whole Visteon/Patrick Racing team. There hasn't been a race that we have run this year that I didn't think we could win and hopefully my time will come in Germany and England."

Commenting on the three-car effort Vasser said, "It is going to be a challenge for the Visteon/Patrick Racing team, but I am sure we are up to it."

PATRICK RACING TEAM NOTES
ROBERTO MORENO - #20 VISTEON/PATRICK RACING TOYOTA REYNARD
GERMAN 500
ROUND 16 - 2001 FEDEX CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
EUROSPEEDWAY OVAL - LAUSITZ, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 13-15, 2001

Roberto Moreno is seeking his second consecutive win, and first career victory on an oval. His win at Vancouver, the second of his eight-year CART career, 95 starts, and second in his two years with Patrick Racing, moved him to a season high eighth in the championship race with 74 points. He has scored the second most points of any driver since Detroit and is just 11 points out of fifth place and 41 out of first. Moreno has been one of the most consistent drivers this year finishing 13 of 14 races, the most of any driver, and placing in the points 11 of 14 times including eight of the last nine. He has finished in the top-10 six times with three podiums and one win this year. Moreno has finished in the points in three of the five oval races this season. (Nazareth - 12th; Japan - 10th; Detroit - third; Michigan - 12).

*The 2001 German 500 will be Moreno's 96th CART start.

*Moreno, 42, a native of Brazil, resides in Weston, Florida. He is in his eighth CART season and second with Visteon/Patrick Racing. Moreno has two career CART victories and one pole.

*Moreno has finished in the top-10 in 24 of his last 47 starts and in the points 33 times. He has scored points in 14 of his last 19 oval contests with ten top-10 finishes, six top-five performances and four podiums.

*Moreno finished a CART career high third in the 2000 FedEx Championship Series standings. He led the CART standings for the first time and captured his first CART victory and pole (Cleveland). Moreno had the best record on ovals of any active driver in 2000 with seven top-10 finishes, five top-five showings and four podiums in nine races. Moreno also notched the two best oval performances, and best 500-mile oval finish, of his CART career placing second at Homestead and Fontana.

ROBERTO MORENO:
"Starting from Detroit the #20 Visteon/Patrick Racing team has performed very well. We have been handicapped a little by being in the "slow" qualifying group on the road and street circuits, but now that we are in the fast group, and have some momentum, I think we can remain very competitive for the rest of the season. I think we have a opportunity to win some more races and move up in the points."

"European fans are going to see the most competitive racing series in the world. The FedEx Championship Series has yellow flags and restarts, which makes the racing more competitive and exciting. Also, fans in Europe have never really experienced oval racing. It is a very exciting form of racing and unlike the road circuits you can see the whole race from a seat in the stands. Plus, CART drivers are very accessible to the fans. The fans can interact with the drivers, which they cannot do in most of the other racing series in Europe."

PATRICK RACING TEAM NOTES
TOWNSEND BELL - #19 VISTEON/PATRICK RACING TOYOTA REYNARD
GERMAN 500
ROUND 16 - 2001 FEDEX CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
EUROSPEEDWAY OVAL - LAUSITZ, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 13-15, 2001

Townsend Bell is making his FedEx Championship Series champ car debut this weekend at the German 500. Bell has driven the #30 DIRECWAY Dorricott Racing Lola to a 22-point lead in the Dayton Indy Lights Championship Series, 131-109, with three races remaining. He has four wins and five poles in nine Lights races this year.

*Bell, 26, a native of San Francisco, California, resides in San Luis Obispo, California. In two Indy Lights seasons he has six wins and seven poles. He was the "Rookie of the Year" in 2000.

Bell began racing in go-karts at the age of 12 in 1987. He took the next three years off before returning to kart racing in 1991. After another hiatus of five years Bell joined the Skip Barber Formula Dodge Series for the 1997 season. In 10 races he won twice and finished on the podium six other times (four seconds and two thirds). The 1997 season also saw him compete in his first Barber Dodge Pro Series event finishing fourth. In 1998, Bell again ran the Barber Dodge Pro Series. In 12 races his best finish was third. He ran another full season in the Barber Dodge Pro Series in 1999 placing third in the championship race with one win, four runner-up finishes and one pole. The 2000 season saw Bell make the jump to the Dayton Indy Lights Championship Series. In 12 races he scored two victories with four runner-up finishes and two poles. He finished second in the championship battle and scored the most points of any driver on ovals. For his efforts Bell was named the Indy Lights "Rookie of the Year" and claimed a place on the Lights "All-Star" Team.

TOWNSEND BELL
"Needless to say I am ecstatic about running my first race in the FedEx Championship Series. It is something I have been working towards for several years. I want to thank Mr. Patrick for this tremendous opportunity.

"I would also like to thank all of my sponsors and supporters who have stuck with me over the years. In particular I would like to thank Dorricott Racing for providing me with the means to show my abilities. I am cautiously optimistic about showing well in my first race."

-Patrick Racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Roberto Moreno , Townsend Bell , Skip Barber