ASCAR: Nicolas Minassian - Rockingham 500 weekend preview

In summary: In his first year in the ASCAR series, Nicolas Minassian is looking forward to taking up the challenge of this tightly fought championship in the next two rounds at Rockingham. Currently sitting in third place in the Championship ...

In summary: In his first year in the ASCAR series, Nicolas Minassian is looking forward to taking up the challenge of this tightly fought championship in the next two rounds at Rockingham. Currently sitting in third place in the Championship standings with 1885 points the Ray Mallock driver is eager to assert his position and close the 89 point gap to the championship leader, team-mate Kelvin Burt.

Three weeks ago, at the 1.479-mile British oval, Minassian enjoyed a tough battle with, then championship leader, Colin White, making a daring pass on the last lap of the first race on Sunday to take a well deserved podium position. In the second race the Frenchman went one better, taking second place on the podium, ahead of the highly rated Darren Turner.

ROCKINGHAM MOTOR SPEEDWAY: Ray Mallock Limited (RML) driver Nicolas Minassian is looking forward to racing in front of the large crowds at Rockingham this weekend.  

"It is great to be driving for a team like RML in a brand new series for both of us and I'm really excited about being a part of this event. The CART teams will attract a large crowd and it is such a buzz to race in front of so many enthusiastic fans," said Minassian. "Of course to be able to showcase my driving skills in front of the American teams and sponsors is something I have to take advantage of too. Returning to the States is undoubtedly my goal in 2003."

Minassian competed in seven races, including the Indy 500, for Ganassi Racing in 2001 and is the only current driver in the European series to have taken part in the very competitive CART FedEx Championship. Minassian's pedigree speaks volumes as does his work-rate, positive attitude and aggressive driving style that has made him a firm favourite with the fans.

"My fans are really important to me as without them we wouldn't be here," he commented. "Racing is very important to the fans here and in the States and it is nice to be able to give a little something back. I always take time out to talk to people, it's something I believe in very strongly."

2000 FIA Formula 3000 Championship runner up, Minassian, has been on the podium no less than six times this season, with one win under his belt and will be looking to continue his attack on the title this weekend.

-JARL-

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Series Stock car
Drivers Nicolas Minassian , Darren Turner , Colin White , Kelvin Burt , Ray Mallock