HILLIARD, OH . . . Technically Kenny Brack is a CART rookie. The 33-year-old native of Sweden is preparing for his first Champ Car season with Team Rahal as the pilot of the Shell Ford-Cosworth/Reynard. In reality, Brack comes to the series...
HILLIARD, OH . . . Technically Kenny Brack is a CART rookie. The 33-year-old native of Sweden is preparing for his first Champ Car season with Team Rahal as the pilot of the Shell Ford-Cosworth/Reynard. In reality, Brack comes to the series as the most highly anticipated rookie since Nigel Mansell left Formula 1 in 1993. Brack enters CART with an impressive resume of accomplishments including the 1998 IRL Championship and a win at the 1999 Indianapolis 500 as well as a second place finish in the series. Prior to his domination of the IRL, Brack raced in Formula 3000 where he finished as the series runner up in 1996 when he was disqualified during the final race on a controversial call. In Formula 3000 Brack raced head-to head with current his teammate Max Papis and Penske driver Gil de Ferran and he raced head-to head against 1999 CART Champion Juan Montoya during his 1993 Barber Saab Championship season. "The move to Team Rahal and CART came down to one thing for me, I needed a new challenge" said Brack. "When I began racing in the IRL I was learning how to drive the ovals and be the best oval racer I could be. When I began to feel comfortable in my abilities I set my sites on winning the championship. After I won the title in 1998 I wanted to win the Indy 500 and another title. After I won at Indy and nearly won a second title again I felt I had met most of the goals I had set for myself and that it was time to find a new challenge. I had talked to Bobby a few years before about driving for him but nothing came of the conversation. This time the pieces fell into place and when the opportunity presented itself I was ready." If his results from winter testing are any indication, Brack is going to be a force to be reckoned with. Consistently he has been among the fastest cars on the track at Sebring, Homestead, Firebird and Phoenix. "Kenny is a great competitor that is constantly focused on the sport and that is just one reason why he is so successful," said three-time PPG Cup Champion Bobby Rahal. "Certainly his track record as a consistent championship contender speaks volumes about his ability, however this kid has guts and heart and those intangibles are what makes a champion." Brack downplays the hype around his arrival in CART as an experienced rookie or the first champion driver to switch open wheel series. "I am here to race and win," said Brack. "Technically I am a rookie because I haven't driven the majority of these tracks and I am going through a learning process with the cars. However, I do bring my racing experience with me and I know what has to be done to be successful. Certainly one of the biggest adjustments will be shaking off the rust and returning to my roots as a road racer. Fortunately for me the CART season begins with a series of ovals so I can acclimate myself to the series."
Papis Ready for New Expectations In 2000
A year ago when Team Rahal came to Spring Training the big story was in Max Papis replacing the retiring Bobby Rahal behind the wheel of the Miller Lite Ford-Cosworth/Reynard. Papis took advantage of his higher profile ride and turned in a career year posting 11 top-five finishes en-route to a fifth place finish in the CART Championship Points. Having proved he can run at the front of the field and dominate a race as he did at Michigan last year has led to Papis being touted as a championship contender in 2000. "Last year the Miller Lite team proved we were able to run up front and lead a race," said Papis. "All we have done is raise the expectations for ourselves as a team. When we came to the track at the start of last season what we considered a successful race then we would now consider a disappointing effort. I am greatly encouraged by the hunger and the will to win that is evident in this team. That is the passion that will drive us to be better as the season unfolds."
Papis and Dyson Racing Finish Fifth At Daytona
Max Papis joined New York based Dyson Racing for the 24 Hours of Daytona run last Saturday and Sunday at Daytona Motor Speedway. The Dyson team drove a Riley & Scott Ford to a win in the Sports Racer class and a fifth place finish overall. The team battled mechanical problems over the last nine hours of the race losing what at one point was a 13 lap lead in the race. "I was glad to be here because Daytona has been my calling card in the United States for many fans," said Papis. "I would really love to win this race and also this year we tried hard and were close to our goal. Unfortunately, mechanical problems denied our Dyson Team an overall victory. I give a lot of credit to the team and my fellow drivers for the fact that we won our class. Winning the 24 Hours of Daytona is one of my goals and I plan to be back here in future years giving my best to win this race."
Shell Unveils New Design On Team Rahal Car
The Alliance and the Shell brand will debut a new paint scheme for 2000 as their CART program enters the new century. The new look on Kenny Brack's Shell Ford-Cosworth/Reynard will be much brighter, incorporating more yellow and white, with red as a heavy accent. The scheme is based on Shell's retail make-over that will align the United State locations more with the international look of Shell Oil Company. The 2000 car integrates the same colors and style that the retail locations will have, namely, a yellow base color with red letters.