CHAMPCAR/CART: Patrick Racing Portland pre-race notes

Freightliner/G. I. Joe'S 200 Round 8 - 2001 Fedex Championship Series Portland Intl. Raceway - Portland, Oregon - June 22-24, 2001 Jimmy Vasser - ...

Freightliner/G. I. Joe'S 200
Round 8 - 2001 Fedex Championship Series
Portland Intl. Raceway - Portland, Oregon - June 22-24, 2001

Jimmy Vasser - #40 Patrick Racing Toyota Reynard

Jimmy Vasser finished in the top-six in the first four races of the season (Mexico - sixth; Long Beach - fifth; Nazareth - fourth; Japan - fifth), but has been the victim of misfortune his last two outings. In Milwaukee he was knocked out of the race while running third. At Detroit he lost control of his car and hit the wall. Vasser is tied for sixth place in the point standings. He is 34 points out of first. <pre> 2001 FEDEX CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES SEASON IN REVIEW:

RACE S F Mexico 9 6 Long Beach 8 5 Texas 22 - Nazareth 11 4 Japan 21 5 Milwaukee 5 21 Detroit 5 18 </pre> *This will be Vasser's tenth start at PIR. In nine previous races he has qualified in the top-10 six times with a high of second in 1995. He has finished in the top- 10 twice and in the points four times with a best showing of second also in 1995. <pre> CART PERFORMANCE HISTORY AT PORTLAND:

YEAR S F 1992 16 23 1993 22 11 1994 6 32 1995 2 2 1996 3 13 1997 8 19 1998 4 8 1999 7 12 2000 14 24 </pre> *The 2001 Freightliner/G. I. Joe's 200 will be Vasser's 154th 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 153 CART races with 90 top-10 finishes including 26 podium showings. He has finished 89 of his last 109 races placing in the points 85 times (dating to Milwaukee `95). In 92 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 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 Patrick Racing team got off to a good start, but we got a little sidetracked the last two races. We just have to put the last two races behind us and move forward. I know we will do that because of the leadership of Mr. Patrick and Jim McGee. This team is always calm and relaxed no matter what happens. The Patrick Racing team has been so successful over the years because they go about their business in a very professional manner no matter what. That attitude comes from Mr. Patrick and Jim McGee."

Roberto Moreno - #20 Visteon/Patrick Racing Toyota Reynard

Roberto Moreno is coming off his best performance of the 2001 season a third place finish at Detroit. He has finished in the points in four of his last five races and four of the six races this season (Long Beach - 11th; Nazareth - 12th; Japan - 10th; Detroit - third). Moreno is 13th in the championship race with 20 points. <pre> 2001 FEDEX CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES SEASON IN REVIEW:

RACE S F Mexico 10 27 Long Beach 22 11 Texas 24 - Nazareth 16 12 Japan 23 10 Milwaukee 17 15 Detroit 7 3 </pre> *Moreno will be racing for the fifth time at PIR. In four previous starts his best qualifying position is third, last year. He has finished in the top-10 twice. Last year Moreno came to Portland in third place in the 2000 FedEx standings He finished a career high second at Portland, which propelled him into first place in the championship standings for the first time in his CART career. <pre> CART PERFORMANCE HISTORY AT PORTLAND:

YEAR S F 1986 11 18 1996 22 19 1999 11 7 2000 3 2 </pre> *The 2001 Freightliner/G. I. Joe's 200 will be Moreno's 88th 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 20 of his last 39 CART starts and in the points 26 times. He has finished in the points in 13 of his last 22 road/street course starts with ten top-10 placements, six top five showings and four 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 (Cleveland), and had the two best oval performances, and best 500-mile oval finish placing second at Homestead and Fontana.

ROBERTO MORENO QUOTES:

"The Visteon/Patrick Racing team changed a couple of things this year. We have a new engine and a new engineer. I have had to adapt and it has taken some time. Last year I was an expert on saving fuel with a different engine, but this year I have had to learn how to save fuel with the Toyota engine. Jimmy (Vasser) has been a big help in this area and at Detroit I proved that I have learned how to do it. Also, I took a big step forward at Detroit with my new engineer David Dembicki. We have worked very well together so far this season, but nothing helps a relationship grow like success. The Visteon/Patrick Racing team had a great result at Portland last year. It was almost my first CART win, but we just came up a bit short. The good news was I took over the points lead for the first time in my CART career, so Portland will always be special for me."

PATRICK RACING NOTES:

Patrick Racing Scores High In Reliability:

Combining the stats of Moreno and Vasser, Patrick Racing is tied for second in finishes (nine), second in laps completed (1582), third in miles completed (2210.034) and fifth in points (60).

Patrick Racing Second in Craftsman Pit Crew Challenge:

Vasser's #40 Patrick Racing Toyota Reynard crew is currently second in the Craftsman Pit Crew Challenge standings after the first six races of the season.

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).

For background, statistical information, releases, notes, quotes plus updates on race weekends, go to (www.patrickracing.com).

-PR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Roberto Moreno