Herbert’s CART dream set to be realised

Johnny Herbert will continue his racing career in CART next season, and the announcement is due "within two weeks."

Herbert’s CART dream set to be realised

Herbert's manager, Mark Perkins (second left), confirmed the news on Monday night, adding that the ex-Grand Prix driver will be racing with a top, experienced and well-funded team.

"You will have heard of them, but with the nature of the contracts I can't say who it is," said Perkins.

Herbert, recovering from heavy bruising to his knee sustained in the crash that ended his final GP, has long made it clear of his desire to continue racing in CART from 2001. But as the months have worn on, the number of places remaining has dwindled.

Patrick Racing would seem to be the favourite, with title contender Adrian Fernandez leaving to set up his own team for next year. The team has already confirmed Roberto Moreno in one of its cars, along with a switch from Ford to Toyota power. In recent weeks, Jimmy Vasser has been linked with the Patrick drive - and even had a seat fitting - but we believe Vasser will end up at Mo Nunn Racing alongside Tony Kanaan.

The other possible seat is at Players Forsythe, but they are expected to confirm Patrick Carpentier and Alex Tagliani will continue as team mates in 2001.

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