What to look for at Milwaukee: TOYOTA MAINTAINS CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD - For the third time in four events, Toyota will arrive at Milwaukee leading the CART FedEx Series Manufacturer's Championship. The manufacturer is currently tied in points with...
What to look for at Milwaukee:
TOYOTA MAINTAINS CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD - For the third time in four events, Toyota will arrive at Milwaukee leading the CART FedEx Series Manufacturer's Championship. The manufacturer is currently tied in points with Honda, but takes the top spot due to its greater number of wins. Toyota will be looking for its third win in five races this season, and its second straight victory at Milwaukee, June 3.
BALANCING ACT - Four different Toyota drivers have finished fourth or better in the season's first four events. Cristiano da Matta (first Monterrey, second at Long Beach), Scott Dixon (won Nazareth), Jimmy Vasser (fourth at Nazareth) and Christian Fittipaldi (fourth at Motegi) all have scored top-four finishes this season.
MILWAUKEE WINNER MADE IN THE USA - When Juan Montoya's U.S.-designed and built Toyota RV8E powerplant won its first race in Milwaukee last year, it was almost 19 years to the day since the last time a U.S.-designed and built engine won a Champ Car race. On that day, Mike Mosley went from last to first at The Milwaukee Mile on June 7, 1981.
Of course, when Montoya was victorious a year ago, it also marked the first win for Toyota since entering Champ Car competition in 1996. The Colombian dominated the event, winning from the pole position after leading 179 of 225 laps. The Toyota RV8E went on to win five races in total a year ago.
A NEW MADE IN THE USA WINNER IN 2001? - After making history in 2000 with its U.S.-designed and built Toyota RV8E, the manufacturer looks to put a new U.S.-designed and built engine into the Milwaukee Winner's Circle this year in the Toyota RV8F. Designed and built from the ground up at Toyota Racing Development in Costa Mesa, Calif., the Toyota RV8F arrives in Milwaukee with a series-high two victories (Monterrey, Mexico and Nazareth, Pa.).
2000 LIGHTS WINNER DIXON MAKES HISTORY IN 2001 - A year ago, then 19-year-old Scott Dixon won his second Indy Lights race of the year at Milwaukee on his way to clinching the Lights title for PacWest. This year, Dixon entered his Champ Car campaign with enormous potential for future stardom. Few expected Dixon to fulfill that potential so soon, though, as he became the youngest winner in major open-wheel history when he took the checkered flag at the season's third event at Nazareth, Pa., in early May. The 20-year-old showed that victory was no fluke by following it up with a ninth-place finish last weekend at Japan to raise his rookie-high points total to 24 - 13 ahead of his next highest competitor, Bruno Junqueira. In addition, the young New Zealand native also currently sits eighth overall in points in his PacWest Toyota.
MR. CONSISTENCY - In auto racing, fast is obviously good. When your sights are set on a championship, however, it's usually consistency that pays off. If that's the case this season, look for Jimmy Vasser to make a serious run at his second CART title. The native Californian has compiled three top-five finishes and finished no worse than sixth this year on his way to a third-place standing in the FedEx Championship Series points race. In addition, the California-native also placed fourth at Sunday's Indianpolis 500. What makes Vasser's CART accomplishments even more impressive is his quick start while still making the adjustments to a new team (Patrick Racing) after six seasons with Target Ganassi.
TOYOTA DRIVERS MAKE THEIR POINTS - Four Toyota drivers enter Milwaukee in the top nine in FedEx Championship Series points. Cristiano da Matta and Jimmy Vasser currently are in a tie for third with 40 points. They're followed by rookie Scott Dixon in eighth with 24 points and fast-rising Christian Fittipaldi who sits in ninth with 22 points after finishing fourth and fifth in the last two races.
TOYOTA ATLANTIC FIGHT CONTINUES AT THE MILE - After a one-month layoff, the Toyota Atlantic Championship returns to the track at Milwaukee with title contenders Hoover Orsi, Tony Ave and David Rutledge separated by a total of four points after two events.
Jim Aust, Toyota vice president of motorsports: "Milwaukee brings back great memories for all those involved with the motorsports program at Toyota. I think we'll always consider it a sentimental favorite. Not only is it the track where Toyota earned its first victory, but it's also the most historic venue on the CART schedule. Hopefully, we can combine the two and make it a tradition of Toyota winning at Milwaukee."
<pre> TOYOTA motorsports 2001 CART FedEX CHAMPIONSHIP FAST FACTS MILLER LITE 225
Date: June 3, 2001 Broadcast: ABC, 4 p.m. ET Race Length: 225 laps for 232.2 miles Track Length: 1.032-mile oval 2000 Winner: Juan Montoya Toyota's Best Finish: 1st, Juan Montoya, 2000 Toyota's Best Qualifying: 1st, Juan Montoya, 2000 Track Speed Records: Qualifying: 1998, P. Carpentier, (185.500 mph) Race: 1999, Juan Montoya, (142.684 mph)
Manufacturer's Championship: 1. Toyota 70 2. Honda 70 3. Ford 52