Vasser wants to win with new team

Jimmy Vasser believes that his new American Spirit Team Johansson squad can fight for victory at the Champ Car World Series season opener in St Petersburg this weekend, so long as the outfit can achieve reliability

Vasser wants to win with new team

The 1996 Champ Car champion will be back on familiar ground for the race, after making his NASCAR Busch series debut last weekend. Vasser had been quick all month in testing for the race at Daytona, and was running in the top-ten until he was taken out in a multi-car accident shortly before the end of the race.

"St Pete is the perfect place to kick off the 2003 season; it is a great setting and has a strong foundation for a successful future in racing, " said Vasser. "As for our team, we need to focus on reliability. I have no doubt that if we run to the end, problem-free, we will fight for a trophy."

American Spirit Team Johansson was set up for this season by former Formula 1 and Champ Car driver Stefan Johansson. Although new the team, which will run American rookie Ryan Hunter-Reay alongside Vasser, features many personnel with long and successful records in Champ Cars.

"We are a new team, but Stefan has done a great job at finding some of the best people in the business," said Vaser. "There is a ton of experience here; in fact most of us have worked together before at one place or another. I have never seen such a high level of energy and excitement, this is a very experienced and determined group."

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