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The 2001 FedEx Championship Series season, the twenty-third in the CART era of U.S. open-wheel racing, consisted of 20 of the 21 originally scheduled races, beginning in Monterrey, Mexico on March 11 and concluding in Fontana, California on November 4. What would have been the third race in the season, the Firestone Firehawk 600 in Fort Worth, Texas was canceled after qualifying due to safety concerns. The FedEx Championship Series Drivers' Champion was Gil de Ferran, while the Rookie of the Year was Scott Dixon.

2001 CART season
FedEx Championship Series
Season
Races22 20
Start dateMarch 11
End dateNovember 4
Awards
Drivers' championBrazil Gil de Ferran
Constructors' CupUnited Kingdom Reynard
Manufacturers' CupJapan Honda
Nations' CupBrazil Brazil
Rookie of the YearNew Zealand Scott Dixon
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Bryan Herta's #77 Forsythe Reynard at Rockingham Motor Speedway in 2001

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Drivers and constructorsEdit

The following teams and drivers competed in the 2001 CART Championship Series season.

Team Chassis Engine Tyre No Drivers Races Primary Sponsors
  Team Penske Reynard 01i Honda F 1   Gil de Ferran All Marlboro 19
Penske Racing 2
3   Hélio Castroneves All
  Chip Ganassi Racing Lola B1/00 Toyota F 4   Bruno Junqueira All Target
12   Nicolas Minassian 1-7
  Memo Gidley 8-21
  Walker Motorsport Reynard 01i Toyota F 5   Toranosuke Takagi All Pioneer 20
Walker Racing 1
  Newman-Haas Racing Lola B1/00 Toyota F 6   Cristiano da Matta All Texaco-Havoline
11   Christian Fittipaldi All Kmart
  Team Rahal Lola B1/00 Ford Cosworth F 7   Max Papis All Miller Lite 17
Miller Genuine Draft 4
8   Kenny Bräck All Shell
  Bettenhausen Racing Lola B1/00 Ford Cosworth F 16   Michel Jourdain, Jr. All Herdez
  PacWest Racing Reynard 01i Toyota F 17   Maurício Gugelmin All Nextel
18   Scott Dixon All Powerware 19
Nextel 2
  Patrick Racing Reynard 01i Toyota F 20   Roberto Moreno All Visteon
40   Jimmy Vasser All OXXO 1
Patrick Racing 4
Visteon 15
  Sigma Autosport Lola B1/00 Ford Cosworth F 22   Oriol Servià All Sigma Autosport
  Arciero-Blair Racing Lola B2K/00 Phoenix F 25   Max Wilson 1-4 winnerB2B.com 9
Driving 101 10
Ford Cosworth 6-10, 13-19
  Alex Barron 20-21
  Team Green Reynard 01i Honda F 26   Paul Tracy All KOOL 19
Team Green 2
27   Dario Franchitti All
  Forsythe Racing Reynard 01i Ford Cosworth F 32   Patrick Carpentier All Player's 19
Racing Since 1961 2
33   Alex Tagliani All
77   Bryan Herta All Indeck
  Team Motorola Reynard 01i Honda F 39   Michael Andretti All Motorola
  Fernández Racing Reynard 01i Honda F 51   Adrián Fernández All Tecate
52   Shinji Nakano All Avex
  Mo Nunn Racing Reynard 01i Honda F 55   Tony Kanaan All Hollywood Cigarettes 19
No Limits 2
66   Alex Zanardi 1-16 Pioneer 19
Mo Nunn Racing 1
  Casey Mears 18-21
Part Time Entries
  Dale Coyne Racing Lola B2K/00 Ford Cosworth F 19   Michael Krumm 1-2 The Dark Dog
21   Luiz Garcia, Jr. 1-2 Embratel
  Patrick Racing Reynard 01i Toyota F 19   Townsend Bell 16-17 Visteon

RacesEdit

Rnd Race Name Circuit City/Location Date
1   Tecate/Telmex Grand Prix of Monterrey Fundidora Park (S) Monterrey, Mexico March 11
-   Rio 200 (Cancelled) Autódromo de Jacarepaguá (O) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil March 25
2   Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Streets of Long Beach (S) Long Beach, California April 8
-   Firestone Firehawk 600 (Cancelled) Texas Motor Speedway (O) Fort Worth, Texas April 29
3   Lehigh Valley Grand Prix Nazareth Speedway (O) Nazareth, Pennsylvania May 6
4   Firestone Firehawk 500 Twin Ring Motegi (O) Motegi, Japan May 19
5   Miller Lite 225 Milwaukee Mile (O) West Allis, Wisconsin June 3
6   Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit The Raceway on Belle Isle Park (S) Detroit, Michigan June 17
7   Freightliner/G.I. Joe's 200 Portland International Raceway (R) Portland, Oregon June 24
8   Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport (S) Cleveland, Ohio July 1
9   Molson Indy Toronto Exhibition Place (S) Toronto, Ontario July 15
10   Harrah's 500 Michigan International Speedway (O) Brooklyn, Michigan July 22
11   Target Grand Prix of Chicago Chicago Motor Speedway (O) Cicero, Illinois July 29
12   Miller Lite 200 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (R) Lexington, Ohio August 12
13   Motorola 220 Road America (R) Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin August 19
14   Molson Indy Vancouver Streets of Vancouver (S) Vancouver, British Columbia September 2
15   The American Memorial EuroSpeedway Lausitz (O) Klettwitz, Germany September 15
16   Rockingham 500 Rockingham Motor Speedway (O) Corby, United Kingdom September 22
17   Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston Streets of Houston (S) Houston, Texas October 7
18   Honda Grand Prix of Monterey Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (R) Monterey, California October 14
19   Honda Indy 300 Surfers Paradise Street Circuit (S) Surfers Paradise, Australia October 28
20   Marlboro 500 California Speedway (O) Fontana, California November 4

(R) Dedicated road course, (O) Oval/Speedway, (S) Temporary street circuit

  • The original calendar called for 22 races on five continents, by far the most ambitious calendar CART had ever attempted. With the race at Texas being canceled and the Rio 200 being dropped, the 2001 season ultimately had the same number of races as the previous year.
  • For the first time, CART would race in the United Kingdom and Germany and also return to Mexico for the first time in almost twenty years.
  • The original calendar released on August 5, 2000 had the first round of the season at Jacarepaguá in Brazil, but disagreements with the track owners several months later led to the event being dropped.
  • The events at Homestead-Miami and Gateway were dropped after negotiations with the tracks owners failed; rival series Indy Racing League secured the contracts instead, and both tracks were featured in the 2001 Indy Racing League season.
  • The removal of Gateway from the calendar meant that Memorial Day weekend would be empty, allowing several teams and drivers the opportunity to compete at the Indianapolis 500.

Season summaryEdit

Race resultsEdit

Rnd Race Name Pole position Fastest lap Lead most laps Winning driver Winning team Report
1   Tecate/Telmex Grand Prix of Monterrey   Kenny Bräck   Dario Franchitti   Cristiano da Matta   Cristiano da Matta Newman-Haas Racing Report
2   Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach   Hélio Castroneves   Hélio Castroneves   Hélio Castroneves   Hélio Castroneves Team Penske Report
3   Firestone Firehawk 600   Kenny Bräck Race cancelled Report
4   Lehigh Valley Grand Prix   Bruno Junqueira   Tony Kanaan   Kenny Bräck   Scott Dixon PacWest Racing Report
5   Firestone Firehawk 500   Hélio Castroneves   Alex Zanardi   Hélio Castroneves   Kenny Bräck Team Rahal Report
6   Miller Lite 225   Kenny Bräck   Dario Franchitti   Kenny Bräck   Kenny Bräck Team Rahal Report
7   Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit   Hélio Castroneves   Michael Andretti   Hélio Castroneves   Hélio Castroneves Team Penske Report
8   Freightliner/G.I. Joe's 200   Max Papis   Max Papis   Max Papis   Max Papis Team Rahal Report
9   Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland   Maurício Gugelmin   Roberto Moreno   Memo Gidley   Dario Franchitti Team Green Report
10   Molson Indy Toronto   Gil de Ferran   Hélio Castroneves   Gil de Ferran   Michael Andretti Team Motorola Report
11   Harrah's 500   Kenny Bräck   Patrick Carpentier   Max Papis   Patrick Carpentier Forsythe Racing Report
12   Target Grand Prix of Chicago   Tony Kanaan   Kenny Bräck   Hélio Castroneves   Kenny Bräck Team Rahal Report
13   Miller Lite 200   Gil de Ferran   Hélio Castroneves   Hélio Castroneves   Hélio Castroneves Team Penske Report
14   Motorola 220   Kenny Bräck   Bruno Junqueira   Hélio Castroneves   Bruno Junqueira Chip Ganassi Racing Report
15   Molson Indy Vancouver   Alex Tagliani   Hélio Castroneves   Alex Tagliani   Roberto Moreno Patrick Racing Report
16   The American Memorial   Gil de Ferran   Tony Kanaan   Kenny Bräck   Kenny Bräck Team Rahal Report
17   Rockingham 500   Kenny Bräck   Patrick Carpentier   Gil de Ferran   Gil de Ferran Team Penske Report
18   Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston   Gil de Ferran   Jimmy Vasser   Gil de Ferran   Gil de Ferran Team Penske Report
19   Honda Grand Prix of Monterey   Gil de Ferran   Hélio Castroneves   Gil de Ferran   Max Papis Team Rahal Report
20   Honda Indy 300   Roberto Moreno   Jimmy Vasser   Roberto Moreno   Cristiano da Matta Newman-Haas Racing Report
21   Marlboro 500   Alex Tagliani   Max Papis   Max Papis   Cristiano da Matta Newman-Haas Racing Report

Final driver standingsEdit

Pos Driver MTY   LBH   NAZ   MOT   MIL   DET   POR   CLE   TOR   MIC   CHI   MDO   ROA   VAN   LAU   ROC   HOU   LAG   SUR   FON   Pts
1   Gil de Ferran 2 3 23 13 7 6 13 4 14* 24 3 2 5 2 8 1* 1* 3* 4 6 199
2   Kenny Bräck1 5 25 2* 1 1* 9 11 6 20 17 1 20 14 8 1* 2 7 25 5 26 163
3   Michael Andretti 4 28 6 23 2 4 8 15 1 19 24 26 2 3 4 5 21 14 2 7 147
4   Hélio Castroneves 8 1* 11 2* 26 1* 17 12 19 8 7* 1* 7* 18 12 4 5 6 20 22 141
5   Cristiano da Matta 1* 2 10 25 25 7 10 7 15 4 19 10 6 20 26 3 6 20 1 1 140
6   Max Papis 12 17 24 6 8 11 1* 18 8 16* 13 24 16 22 2 11 9 1 9 2* 107
7   Dario Franchitti 9 6 8 17 9 2 6 1 24 2 15 16 19 9 25 9 2 19 23 23 105
8   Scott Dixon  RY  13 19 1 9 3 22 7 20 5 10 4 12 4 13 9 22 18 4 15 17 98
9   Tony Kanaan 7 7 16 3 6 Wth 24 16 10 21 8 5 12 4 7 8 12 8 17 5 93
10   Patrick Carpentier 25 23 25 19 17 8 5 26 21 1 2 3 9 16 3 16 10 26 11 10 91
11   Alex Tagliani 21 18 22 22 12 21 12 9 2 6 6 7 8 23* 21 14 19 15 3 3 80
12   Jimmy Vasser 6 5 4 5 21 18 16 5 26 23 14 23 21 19 15 7 11 5 6 12 77
13   Roberto Moreno 27 11 12 10 15 3 2 8 11 12 20 6 11 1 23 13 22 22 22* 19 76
14   Paul Tracy 3 4 3 18 24 14 21 24 6 7 12 4 26 26 10 6 24 18 14 24 73
15   Christian Fittipaldi 20 24 5 4 18 5 3 11 12 18 25 8 18 11 19 24 8 9 8 13 70
16   Bruno Junqueira  R  22 9 7 24 4 19 23 23 13 9 17 13 1 12 11 25 23 7 21 4 68
17   Memo Gidley 25 2* 17 14 5 11 20 10 14 18 3 2 10 14 65
18   Adrián Fernández 19 16 19 16 5 12 19 21 3 25 10 22 3 21 24 23 14 10 19 18 45
19   Oriol Servià 14 14 9 14 14 16 9 17 23 11 18 9 10 5 5 10 26 17 25 11 42
20   Michel Jourdain, Jr. 17 13 13 11 13 25 15 25 16 3 23 17 17 6 17 19 25 23 7 16 30
21   Toranosuke Takagi  R  10 20 14 20 202 20 18 14 223 13 11 21 22 7 6 26 4 13 16 15 29
22   Bryan Herta 16 10 21 21 22 15 14 3 18 5 21 25 24 17 27 15 13 12 18 25 28
23   Alex Zanardi 24 26 20 7 11 24 26 13 4 20 9 19 13 24 204 24
24   Maurício Gugelmin 15 22 12 10 10 20 10 7 15 22 14 23 15 16 20 20 16 24 20 17
25   Max Wilson  R  28 21 17 23 23 4 19 25 15 25 25 18 21 16 24 12
26   Shinji Nakano 18 12 15 8 16 13 22 22 9 22 16 18 15 14 22 17 15 21 12 21 11
27   Nicolas Minassian  R  11 8 18 15 19 17 7
28   Casey Mears  R  17 11 26 8 7
29   Alex Barron 13 9 4
30   Townsend Bell  R  13 12 1
31   Michael Krumm  R  23 15 0
32   Luiz Garcia, Jr. 26 27 0
Pos Driver MTY   LBH   NAZ   MOT   MIL   DET   POR   CLE   TOR   MIC   CHI   MDO   ROA   VAN   LAU   ROC   HOU   LAG   SUR   FON   Pts
Color Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green 4th-6th place
Light Blue 7th-12th place
Dark Blue Finished
(Outside Top 12)
Purple Did not finish
Red Did not qualify
(DNQ)
Brown Withdrawn
(Wth)
Black Disqualified
(DSQ)
White Did not start
(DNS)
Blank Did not
participate
(DNP)
Not competing
In-line notation
Bold Pole position
Italics Ran fastest race lap
* Led most race laps
 RY  Rookie of the Year
 R  Rookie
  1. ^ Kenny Bräck also awarded 1 point for his pole position in Fort Worth. The race was canceled after qualifying due to excessively high speeds.
  2. ^ Toranosuke Takagi was excluded from the race on Lap 134 for taking out Jimmy Vasser as he was being lapped.
  3. ^ Toranosuke Takagi was penalized 2 points for rough driving in Toronto.
  4. ^ Alex Zanardi's car was impacted from the side by Alex Tagliani's car at EuroSpeedway Lausitz. He lost both of his lower legs in the impact. This signaled the end of his open-wheel racing career.

Nation's CupEdit

  • Top result per race counts towards Nation's Cup.
Pos Country MTY   LBH   NAZ   MOT   MIL   DET   POR   CLE   TOR   MIC   CHI   MDO   ROA   VAN   LAU   ROC   HOU   LAG   SUR   FON   Pts
1   Brazil 1 1 5 2 4 1 2 4 7 5 3 1 1 1 7 1 1 3 1 1 341
2   United States 4 5 4 5 2 4 8 2 1 4 5 11 2 3 4 5 3 2 2 7 240
3   Canada 3 4 3 18 12 8 5 9 2 1 2 3 8 16 3 6 10 15 3 3 187
4   Sweden 5 25 2 1 1 9 11 6 20 17 1 20 14 8 1 2 7 25 5 26 163
5   Italy 12 17 20 6 8 11 1 18 4 16 9 19 13 22 2 11 9 1 9 2 118
6   United Kingdom 9 6 8 17 9 2 6 1 24 2 15 16 19 9 25 9 2 19 23 23 105
7   New Zealand 13 19 1 9 3 22 7 20 5 10 4 12 4 13 9 22 18 4 15 17 98
8   Mexico 17 13 9 11 5 12 15 21 3 3 10 17 3 6 17 19 14 10 7 16 75
9   Japan 10 12 14 8 16 13 18 14 9 13 11 18 15 7 6 17 4 13 12 15 42
10   Spain 14 14 9 14 14 16 9 17 23 11 18 9 10 5 5 10 26 17 25 11 42
11   France 11 8 18 15 19 17 7
12   Germany 23 15 0
Pos Country MTY   LBH   NAZ   MOT   MIL   DET   POR   CLE   TOR   MIC   CHI   MDO   ROA   VAN   LAU   ROC   HOU   LAG   SUR   FON   Pts

Chassis Constructor's CupEdit

Pos Chassis Pts
1   Reynard 378
2   Lola 335
Pos Chassis Pts

Engine Manufacturer's CupEdit

Pos Engine Pts
1   Honda 342
2   Toyota 309
3  
  Ford-Cosworth
297
4   Phoenix 0
Pos Engine Pts

ReferencesEdit

  • Åberg, Andreas. "CART FedEx Champ Car World Series 2001". Driver Database. Archived from the original on 2009-05-28. Retrieved 2009-05-19.
  • "2001 CART FedEx Champ Car World Series". Champ Car Stats. Archived from the original on 2009-05-28. Retrieved 2009-05-19.
  • "CART Postpones Firestone Firehawk 600 Presented by Pioneer Due to Unprecedented Physical Demands on Drivers" (Press release). CART / PR Newswire. 2001-04-30.
  • "Standings after Fontana". Champ Car World Series. Archived from the original on 2009-05-28. Retrieved 2009-05-19.

See alsoEdit