PATRICK RACING DRIVER: ROBERTO MORENO ...
DRIVER: ROBERTO MORENO
#20 - VISTEON/PATRICK RACING FORD-COSWORTH
FREIGHTLINER/G.I. JOE'S 200 - PORTLAND INT. RACEWAY
ROUND 8 - 2000 FEDEX CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
PORTLAND, OREGON - JUNE 23-25, 2000
Last weekend in Detroit, Roberto Moreno was running in third place and poised to move into first place in the FedEx Series standings, when he fell victim to a back-marker fighting for a spot on the track at the wrong time. Moreno was challenging Max Papis for second place when he had to take a wide line to avoid colliding with rookie Takuya Kurosawa. Kurosawa, who was two laps down, had temporarily lost control of his car, but after correcting decided to fight for the line going into the next turn. Moreno's maneuver prevented him from negotiating the next corner and he crashed into the tire barrier. The 17th place finish was only the second time in seven races that Moreno has failed to place in the top-10 and his lowest showing of the season. Fortunately, the talented Brazilian only lost one place in the standings. He is currently in third place with 52 points, two points out of second and seven out of first. <pre> 2000 FEDEX CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES SEASON IN REVIEW: RACE S F Miami 7 2 Nazareth 7 14 Long Beach 8 9 Rio 12 6 Motegi 4 3 Milwaukee 7 5 Detroit 10 17 </pre> *Moreno has finished five of seven races this year, each time in the top-10. He has qualified in the top-10 in six of seven races. Moreno is first in miles completed (1486.471 out of 1541.451), second in laps completed (1045 out of 1075) and eighth in laps led (34).
*Moreno, 41, a native of Brazil, now resides in Weston, Florida. He is in his seventh CART season, but will have a full-time ride for just the third time. This is his first season with Patrick Racing. Moreno's best qualifying position is second (Rio-'97) and his best finish is second (Laguna Seca-'99; Miami-'00). *The 2000 Freightliner/G.I. Joe's 200 will be Moreno's 69th career CART start.
*Moreno will be racing at PIR for the fourth time. In three previous visits he has qualified as high as 11th twice (1986 and 1999) and finished as high as seventh, (1999). <pre> CART PERFORMANCE HISTORY AT PORTLAND: YEAR S F 1986 11 18 1996 22 19 1999 11 7 </pre> *Best known as "Super-sub" for his ability to take over for injured drivers and produce at a very high level, Moreno is coming off a highly productive 1999 season. He scored points in eight of 13 starts, substituting for Mark Blundell (PacWest) and Christian Fittipalidi (Newman/Haas), and placed a CART career best 14th in the standings with 58 points. He has finished in the points in 13 of his last 22 races.
"Portland is going to be a very important race for the Visteon/Patrick Racing team in terms of the championship. With so many drivers separated by so few points, it is almost like the beginning of the season where everyone starts out the same. With the championship race this close it just reemphasizes how competitive the FedEx Championship Series has become. I like the Portland road course very much. It is a circuit where the set-up is very important. In the past, race and fuel strategy have also been a key so I think I have a bit of an advantage because of Mr. Patrick and Jim McGee. The Visteon/Patrick Racing team should be good at Portland. We believe that some of the things we learned about setting up the car at the test in Mid-Ohio and the Detroit race will help us at Portland."
Patrick Racing General Manager Jim McGee is tops on the all-time wins list for a General-Team Manager/Chief Mechanic with 87. McGee 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 and 60's) and a least one victory in each of the last five decades (60's - 00).
Patrick Racing, entering its 28th year of competition, is one of the most successful teams in the history of Champ Car racing with 42 victories, three Indianapolis 500 wins and two national championships. U. E. "Pat" Patrick is the co-founder of CART and the "father" of the Dayton Indy Lights Series.