CHAMPCAR/CART: Walker Racing Milwaukee Preview




What: MILLER LITE 225 Round seven of the 20-races FedEx Championship Series for the PPG Cup.

When: Sunday June 6th , 1999 at 2:00 PM. Practice, Friday. Qualifying, Saturday

Where: The Milwaukee Mile, West Allis, Wisconsin - USA.

This one-mile, shallow-banked oval is the world's oldest permanent race track, first used in 1903, four years before Brooklands in England and six before Indianapolis. And before that it was used for horse-racing. Another unusual feature is that the track is in the middle of the city of Milwaukee, so understandably it only holds a few races per year. It's also famous for being the scene of both Jim Clark's and Nigel Mansell's first IndyCar wins.

Distance: 225 miles.

The Circuit: Track Lenght: 1.023 mile oval Degree of Banking: 2.5 straights; 9.25 turns Straight Lenght: Front 1,265 feet ; Back 1,265 feet

1998 Champion : Jimmy Vasser Defending Polesitter: Patrick Carpentier Track Records: Qualifying record: (one lap) 1998, Patrick Carpentier, 185.500 mph (20.028 seconds). Race record: 1998, Jimmy Vasser, 131.349 mph (1:34:17.011)


History: Milwaukee - 1998 Started 15th and finished 22nd , completing 88 of 200 laps before retiring due to engine problems.

Year Start Finish 1998 15th 22nd 1997 15th 7th 1996 18th 8th 1995 6th 9th

Gil de Ferran: " We tested in Milwaukee right after Nazareth... ( I'm waiting on Gil's quote)

Derrick Walker: " Milwaukee "Classic" what I would call a short oval, very much the fair ground type atmosphere. We are keen to get back on track to pick up where we left of. Building on the improvements that Goodyear and Honda have made we looking for better times..."

Milwaukee " Fast Facts"

1) Keeping the car balanced Cars have a tendency to go very loose at this track. Factors causing cars to go loose: - As fuel load decreases, car gains pitch. - Right-rear tires are severely tested - enormous loads are experienced and therefore wear out quickly, and the car balance changes.

2) Pit Stops - Pit stops under a green flag can drop you as much as two laps, so its very important to try and stop under yellow. - Making a stop, in say 25 laps, fuel and tires will take the same time ( tires take approximately 7 seconds), as opposed to making a stop in 60 laps when car will be lighter on fuel and therefore take more time to fill - Pits are closed under full course yellows, so making laps up, if you get a lap down, is difficult

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Jimmy Vasser , Patrick Carpentier , Nigel Mansell , Jim Clark