PWR Championship Racing

Team Personnel

Owner(s):

Bruce McCaw

Team Manager:

Russell Cameron

Team Address:

PacWest Racing Group
4001 Methonal Lane
Indianapolis, IN 46268

Web Address:

http://www.pwrracing.com

Team Statistics

Team Victories

5

Team Poles

4

Team Existence

10 Years

Team Equipment:

Chassis

2002 Lola

Engine

Toyota

Tires

Bridgestone Potenza

Team History

PacWest Racing Group entered FedEx Championship Series competition in 1993, contesting three races with driver Dominic Dobson. In 1994, Bruce McCaw's PacWest organization made CART history as the first team to campaign a two-car effort in its first full season of competition. Dobson and teammate Scott Sharp impressed by claiming thirteen points-paying positions, and Dobson earned the team's first podium finish in the Marlboro 500.

Brazilian Mauricio Gugelmin joined PacWest in 1995 and partnered with 1988 CART champion Danny Sullivan to produce several memorable performances. Gugelmin started the year on a high note with a magnificent second place finish in the Miami season opener, and went on to lead the most laps at the lndianapolis 500. A regular front-runner, Gugelmin also led five other events and finished tenth in the PPG Cup standings.

In 1996, Briton Mark Blundell joined PacWest and rebounded from a terrifying crash in the second race of the season to capture eight points-paying finishes in the final eleven events. Teammate Gugelmin reached the podium at both the U.S. 500 and the Marlboro 500, and PacWest earned the best overall performance record in superspeedway races.

PacWest switched to Mercedes-Benz engines and Firestone tires in 1997, and the team's dominance on superspeedways continued. Blundell won the Marlboro 500 at California Speedway and finished second in the U.S. 500 at Michigan Speedway, while Gugelmin started from the front row in both 500-mile races and recorded a pair of top-six finishes.

Blundell's mid-season victory at Portland marked not only his first CART win, but also the first for the PacWest organization. The team's maiden victory was the closest in CART history, coming by just 0.027 seconds over runner-up Gil de Ferran. Blundell followed his Portland success with a dominating win at Toronto, while Gugelmin prevailed at the other Canadian event, capturing his first CART victory at Vancouver.

After earning 1997 pole positions at Rio and Road America, Gugelmin collected his third career pole in spectacular fashion, setting a world closed-course speed record with his qualifying lap of 240.942 mph at the 2-mile California Speedway. Gugelmin and Blundell finished the season fourth and sixth, respectively, in the PPG Cup points standings. The duo combined for four victories, three pole positions, twenty-three points-scoring finishes, and propelled PacWest to its most successful CART campaign to date.

As a result, PacWest began the 1998 season as championship favorites, yet finished the year an uncharacteristic fourteenth (Gugelmin) and seventeenth (8lundell) in the title chase.

In fact, the team's sole 1998 victory came not in the FedEx Championship Series but in PPG-Dayton lndy Lights competition, as driver Didier Andre won at Laguna Seca to claim the first victory for the second-year PacWest Lights team. Andre, who partnered first with Paul Morris and later with Paul Jasper in the team's two-car lndy Lights effort, also earned two pole positions and finished second in the championship. PacWest first entered PPG-Dayton lndy Lights competition in 1997, with driver Robby Unser scoring six top-ten finishes in CART's official development series.


Bruce R. McCaw: President, PacWest Racing Croup

Bruce R. McCaw formed PacWest Racing Group in 1993. PacWest currently fields two cars in the FedEx Championship Series and also competes in the PPG-Dayton lndy Lights Championship.

The son of broadcast pioneers. McCaw began his business career in radio and television. After working in operations management in the aircraft industry, he formed his own aviation insurance company that later became Forbes Westar. McCaw also co-founded Horizon Air, which quickly expanded into one of the nation's largest regional airlines and was purchased by Alaska Airlines in 1986. In partnership with his three brothers, McCaw was a founder and director of McCaw Cellular Communications, which was acquired by AT&T in 1994 and now operates as AT&T Wireless.

In addition to his involvement with PacWest. McCaw serves as a director on the board of Championship Auto Racing Teams, Inc. (CART), and is deeply involved in several charitable and community activities. McCaw and two longtime aviation friends established the Friendship Foundation in 1988 and set a new around-the-world speed record in a Boeing 747 while raising $500,000 for children's charities. He is the president of the McCaw Foundation, and he recently concluded a nine-year term as trustee of Lakeside School. McCaw is also a trustee of Washington State University Foundation, a trustee and officer of the Museum of Flight, and a director of Universal Space Lines, Inc. and Rocket Development Company.

McCaw has been a licensed commercial pilot for many years and is a qualified Lear Jet captain. He spends many hours in the cockpit of aircraft due to his business and travel schedule. McCaw also collects classic automobiles and race cars, and competes in vintage racing events. McCaw, his wife Jolene, and their daughter Skye make their home in the Seattle area.


Roy McCauley: Race Engineer

Roy McCauley joined PacWest in early 1998 from Patrick Racing. Last season, McCauley worked with Andy Brown as the assistant engineer on Gugelmin's #17 Hollywood PacWest Mercedes-Benz. McCauley began engineering Gugelmin's car during 1998 post-season testing and was promoted to race engineer in January 1999. In addition to his experience with Patrick Racing, McCauley worked on vehicle research and development as a consultant to the Ford Motor Company.

Bernie Marcus: Aerodynamist

Bernie Marcus joined PacWest in late 1998 to undertake the team's aerodynamic development program. Marcus will utilize Reynard's Automotive Research Center in lndianapolis to condud wind tunnel testing for PacWest. The experienced engineer has worked for numerous CART teams, most recently Dan Gurney's All American Racers, as well as various Formula 1 and F3000 teams.

Bill Trowbridge: Development Engineer

Bill Trowbridge joined PacWest in late 1998 and is responsible for special projects engineering. Trowbridge spent many years at Penske Racing where he was involved in the design of Penske race cars. He joined Penske Racing in 1989 and later worked for Bettenhausen Motorsports.

Dave Brzozowski: Chief Mechanic #17

Leading the #17 crew will be Dave Brzozowski, who joined PacWest in January 1999. Brzozowski comes to the team from VDS Racing where he built Mercedes-Benz Champ Car engines. Prior to his four year tenure at VDS, Brzozowski was the Chief Mechanic for Hall VDS Racing and Crew Chief for Granatelli Racing. He's been working on Champ Cars since 1984.

Daryl Fox: Chief Mechanic #18

Daryl Fox became the chief mechanic for Mark Blundell's #18 Motorola PacWest Mercedes-Benz in Augvst of 1998. Fox, a native of New Zealand, has spent the last decade rising through the ranks of Formula Fords, Formula Atlantic, lndy Lights and CART.

Mark Moore: Test Team Crew Chief

Mark Moore has worked for PacWest since the team's inception in 1993. For 1999, Moore leads PacWest's autonomous test team and oversees special projects. Moore, a former Formula Atlantic driver, has been involved in racing since the age of 15.

John K. Anderson: Vice President, Racing Operations

John Anderson has been with PacWest since the team's formation in 1993. As Vice President of Race Operations, he is responsible for all aspects of the team's race car preparation. Anderson began his racing career in his native Australia in 1972, and spent the next eight years working in F5000. He moved to the United States in 1980 to join the VDS Can-Am team, and entered Champ Car competition in 1983. One of the most experienced and respected members of the CART community, Anderson has worked for Alsup Racing, Forsythe Racing, Mike Curb Motorsparts, Galles Racing, Truesports, A.J. Foyt Racing, and Kin Motorsports. He has teamed with numerous winning drivers, including A.J. Foyt, Danny Sullivan, Al Unser Jr., Roberto Guerrero, and Tom Sneva.

Steven M. Fusek: Vice President, Business Operations

Steve Fusek joined PacWest in January 1995. Fusek is responsible for the team's marketing and business departments. He also serves as a spotter on race day. A native of West Allis, Wisconsin, Fusek earned a Bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Colorado, and later became a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Following graduation, he worked as a Senior Auditor at Touche Ross and Company in Denver. Fusek worked part-time with driver Scott Atchison prior to earning his first full-time position in CART racing as Manager of Business Operations for Dick Simon Racing in 1989. From 1990 until 1992, he worked with drivers Scott Brayton, Raul Boesel, Hiro Matsushita, Tero Palmroth, Philippe Gache, and Roland Ratzenberger. Fusek moved on to Walker Racing in 1993, where he served as Team Coordinator during the 1994 season.

Allen McDonald: Technical Director

Allen McDonald is responsible for overseeing the technical staff and sen/es as Mark Blundell's race engineer. McDonald and Blundell worked directly together in 1997 when the pair won three races. McDonald joined PacWest in late 1996 and has an extensive background in Formula 1. The Briton has worked for the Brabham, Arrows, and Stewart Grand Prix teams.

Russell Cameron: Team Manager

In his role as Team Manager, Russell Cameron is responsible for overseeing the operation of the two Champ Car teams. Cameron also acts as strategist far Mauricio Gugelmin on race day. Cameron worked with Galles, Granatelli, Ganassi, and Patrick Racing before joining PacWest in 1994. He was promoted to Team Manager in 1997.

Source: PWR Championship Raing

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