CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Rahal Rockingham preview

ROCKINGHAM, ENGLAND . . . Shell driver Kenny Brack comes to England for this weekend's Rockingham 500 (k) as the CART points leader, a position he has held the majority of the 2001 CART season. Brack reclaimed the CART points lead with a stellar...

ROCKINGHAM, ENGLAND . . . Shell driver Kenny Brack comes to England for this weekend's Rockingham 500 (k) as the CART points leader, a position he has held the majority of the 2001 CART season. Brack reclaimed the CART points lead with a stellar victory at The American Memorial at EuroSpeedway last weekend. The win was Brack's series leading fourth which matched Bobby Rahal's team record set in 1992. Brack pushed his series high laps led total to 565 which is also a team record.

"It is always better to be chased than to be doing the chasing," said Brack. There is still a long way to go in the season and the championship will go to the team that is most consistent over the remaining five races. We had a pretty good car all day, but we tried to make sure we didn't have to pit one more time in the end and that strategy paid off. This was a needed result in our quest for the championship."

The Team Rahal win at The American Memorial at EuroSpeedway last weekend was part of Team Rahal's first ever one-two sweep. Max Papis piloted the Miller Genuine Draft Ford-Cosworth/Lola to second after starting 16th. For Papis it was his second podium result of the 2001 season and moved him Brack captured his fourth win of the 2001 into 12th in the season point standings. season at Germany.

"Going to a new circuit is a test of a team, especially when the weather contrives to limit track time," said Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Team Rahal. "The value of teamwork was magnified especially with the tragedy last week and the fact that the team members were a long way from home and their loved ones. With this success I can't think of a moment in the history of Team Rahal when I have been prouder."

With five races remaining each stop on the series schedule takes on added importance. All four of Brack's 2001 victories have come on ovals and just two ovals remain including this weekend's stop at Rockingham. "We have been successful on the ovals but we have show we are fast on the street courses as well," said Brack. "The biggest problem for us has been finishing what we have started on the street circuits. We are approaching each of the remaining races the same as we have approached the previous events. We are going to win. If we can win great if not we will try to maximize our points. This series is so competitive that you can't take anything for granted."

PAPIS CARRIES MOMENTUM INTO CART'S ENGLAND DEBUT

Max Papis snapped a four race points drought with one of his strongest outings of the 2001 season when he finished second at Ger- many's EuroSpeedway. The podium was the second of the season and the seventh of Papis Champ Car career. It marked the fourth time since joining Team Rahal that Papis had finished second in the Miller car to go along with his two career wins.

Papis will look to carry that momentum to Rockingham Raceway this weekend when CART makes a second European stop on the 2001 sched- ule. Papis who jumped to 12th in the season points based on his result at Germany, is focused Papis is looking to build on the momentum which saw him on moving up the points standings. finish second in last week's CART race in Germany.

"The Miller team has been working very hard to achieve success, and while we have had our share of setbacks we have shown we can be very competitive," said Papis. "I am so proud of my guys because through the tough times they have continued to work as hard as when success comes easier. That dedication will pay off and we saw the fruits of that effort last week at Germany."

Papis won the GI Joe's 200 from the pole in mid-June. The victory came in a dominating fashion as Papis led 69 of 77 laps en route to his second career win."

-Team Rahal

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Max Papis , Bobby Rahal , Kenny Brack