CHAMPCAR/CART: Two weeks to Champ Cars at Rockingham, England

28th August 2001 -- ROCKINGHAM MOTOR SPEEDWAY -- Great Britain 25 Days to Go to the UK's Fastest Ever Motor Race Laps of Honour and Dishonour A unique lap record on the oval was set on 28th June, on the visit of Her Majesty The Queen and His...

28th August 2001 -- ROCKINGHAM MOTOR SPEEDWAY -- Great Britain
25 Days to Go to the UK's Fastest Ever Motor Race

Laps of Honour and Dishonour

A unique lap record on the oval was set on 28th June, on the visit of Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh to Rockingham. Without their Royal Highnesses aboard, the Rolls-Royce Phantom Royal Limousine sped around the 1.5 mile banked track, to set a new British lap record of 65mph for a Royal Limousine!

The slowest recorded lap by a vehicle competing on the Rockingham oval is a time something around 15 minutes (we got tired of waiting for it to reappear). The lap at an average of just under 8 mph though, was the most economical in motoring history. It came during the Shell Eco-Marathon when French based Team Microjoule achieved a staggering 10,227 miles per gallon, beating the previous record by nearly 400mpg.

The fastest lap of the 2.5-mile infield International Road Course was set by Britain's Tony Worswick during qualifying for the BOSS Formula Championship in July 2001. Tony pushed his Formula One Jordan 194/Judd to record a time of 1m32.880 at an average speed of 101.12mph.

The first driver to visit a gravel trap, designed to catch out of control cars - was none other than Rockingham's Chief Executive David Grace. A former five-times British Champion, Grace slid off the track during the first 'trial' race meeting on May 13, before the track was formally opened to the public.

And finally, the first driver to hit the wall during an oval race was American Mark Claussner, who had been leading the first ASCAR race on August 27th. Mark was suitably shamed faced about this honour as he is an experienced oval racing driver back home in the United States. Mark is also an instructor with the Richard Petty Driving Experience and had taught most of the ASCAR field about the finer points of oval racing. This was one lesson they didn't want to follow.

The inaugural UK round of the CART FedEx Championship Series will be held at Rockingham Motor Speedway on September 20th to 22nd. 24 Hour Ticket Hotline - 0870 013 4044. Tickets from £25.00.

- www.rockingham.co.uk

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mark Claussner , Richard Petty , Tony Worswick