Fittipaldi's 2002 Busch Series Debut Postponed Until May 3 at Richmond MOORESVILLE, N.C. (March 19, 2002) -- Christian Fittipaldi, who was scheduled to make his 2002 NASCAR Busch Series debut this weekend at the Channellock 250 at Bristol Motor...
Fittipaldi's 2002 Busch Series Debut Postponed Until May 3 at Richmond
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (March 19, 2002) -- Christian Fittipaldi, who was scheduled to make his 2002 NASCAR Busch Series debut this weekend at the Channellock 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway, will instead debut the #30 mike's hard lemonade Monte Carlo at the Hardees 250 at Richmond International Raceway the evening of May 3.
A conflict arose for Fittipaldi this weekend when his Newman/Haas Racing CART FedEx Championship Series team scheduled a last-minute test session in Sebring, Fla., on Thursday and Friday. The CART series remains Fittipaldi's priority this season, and the session precludes his ability to qualify his #30 Monte Carlo at Bristol.
"I am disappointed that Bristol did not work out," Fittipaldi said. "I was really looking forward to racing there. We will get everything ready for Richmond, and I am excited about racing under the lights there at night. I've raced at night in many parts of the world, in many different types of cars, and I really enjoy it."
Fittipaldi's first and only Busch Series start came last November at Homestead, Fla. Mike's hard lemonade served as the primary sponsor for that one-time effort with the Innovative Motorsports team.
Innovative Motorsports, founded in 1998 and headquartered in Mooresville, is part of a triad of companies controlled by George deBidart and Chris Lencheski, including sports and entertainment agency
Innovative Motorsports has campaigned cars in the NASCAR Busch Series for drivers Chad Little, Mike McLaughlin, Hermie Sadler, Andy Santerre and, currently, Kenny Wallace, Shane Hmiel, and Fittipaldi. IMI received the Raybestos Rookie of the Year Award in 1998 with Santerre.