PacWest duo look ahead to Long Beach

Mark Blundell and Mauricio Gugelmin are itching to return to ChampCar action at this weekend's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach following the postponement of the recent snow-hit Nazareth race

PacWest duo look ahead to Long Beach

The PacWest duo are hoping to reproduce some of their form from 1997 when they won four races between them and took three pole positions - including a podium place at Long Beach.

Ex-McLaren Formula 1 driver Mark Blundell produced a memorable drive from 23rd to finish seventh at the event in 1998.

He is confident of a return back to the winners' rostrum in 2000.

"I still believe the basic package we have with Reynard, Mercedes and Firestone is the best one available.

"We know this team is capable of winning races and hopefully we can do just that this weekend.

"Our pre-season testing went extremely well, we've had great reliability, and I'm really impressed with the progress that Mercedes-Benz has made.

"The good thing is that we definitely know it will not be snowing this weekend."

Meanwhile, Brazilian driver Gugelmin added: "Long Beach is certainly a track where both Mark and myself would like to do well.

"The circuit is demanding and allows little room for mistakes.

"The event always attracts a huge crowd and it's a venue where we host one of our largest groups of corporate guests for the season.

"With all the improvement we have made to our package, maybe this will be the year."

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