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September 24, 1997 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Jimmy Vasser called Alex Zanardi, his friend and teammate, last week in Italy, he had words of advice for the driver who succeeded him as the PPG CART World Series champion: "You better get your running shoes on." Vasser didn't mean racetrack running shoes. He meant the ones Zanardi will need to keep up with all the outside activities associated with winning the championship.
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October 3, 2003 | SHAV GLICK
Championship Auto Racing Teams, or CART, might be riding to its final roundup Nov. 2 at California Speedway, but durable Jimmy Vasser, one of its champions, is looking forward to being there. And he wants to be in on whatever direction new ownership takes the troubled open-wheel racing series in the future. "I've dabbled around in a lot of things this year, even took a long look at NASCAR, trying to sort out what I want to do," Vasser said.
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September 8, 1997 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Chip Ganassi's two-car team of Honda-powered Reynards was right on target Sunday at Laguna Seca Raceway. Alex Zanardi finished third in the red No. 4 to clinch the PPG CART World Series championship and its $1-million bonus. Jimmy Vasser drove the red No. 1 to victory in the Toyota Grand Prix of Monterey in the fastest race run on the 11-turn, 2.235-mile hillside road course. Vasser averaged 109.647 mph for the 185-mile race, shattering Zanardi's year-old record of 102.687.
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April 11, 2003 | Shav Glick, Times Staff Writer
Stefan Johansson's American Spirit team may have the most appropriate name in motor racing. Johansson is Swedish, but the team's two drivers, veteran Jimmy Vasser of Las Vegas and rookie Ryan Hunter-Reay of Boca Raton, Fla., are the only two Americans in CART, whose champ car drivers will race this weekend in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the marquee event of an 18-race schedule.
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May 27, 1996 | MIKE KUPPER
Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the U.S. 500 was that nobody was injured in the 12-car prestart accident. Winner Jimmy Vasser, whose contact with the car driven by Adrian Fernandez touched off the melee, said his knees were sore. "I've got knots and bruises on both of them and they ache now, but I didn't feel a thing during the race," he said. * Parker Johnstone on his view of the prestart accident: "I looked up and saw a projectile heading right for me.
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September 8, 1996 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Can a fast-fading Jimmy Vasser hold off a fast-finishing Michael Andretti and win the $1-million PPG Cup Indy car championship today at Laguna Seca Raceway? All Vasser--a Monterey favorite who played high school football in Morgan Hill, about 45 miles north of here--needs to do is finish fifth or better in the Bank of America 300, even if Andretti leads the most laps and wins the 186-mile race around Laguna Seca's 2.238-mile hillside road course.
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May 12, 1996 | From Associated Press
Jimmy Vasser was hottest at Michigan International Speedway, where temperatures plunged Saturday. Vasser, who has won three Indy-car races this season, drove his Reynard-Honda around the high-banked two-mile oval in 31.031 seconds, averaging 232.025 mph to qualify for the pole position for the first U.S. 500, offered as an alternative to the May 26 Indianapolis 500 by the owners of Championship Auto Racing Teams. Adrian Fernandez was next at 231.
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April 17, 2000 | MIKE KUPPER
My, my, look who's making noise again in CART champ car racing. It's nice little Jimmy Vasser, who won the series championship in 1996, then faded as more flashy teammates--first Alex Zanardi, then last year Juan Montoya-- stepped to the forefront and made the Target Chip Ganassi team CART's most feared and respected. Four consecutive championships raised Ganassi's outfit out of the mundane and into the elite.
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April 14, 1996 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If one of his stated reasons for founding the Indy Racing League was to develop young American drivers, Tony George need have looked no further than Jimmy Vasser. Vasser, 30, is the quintessential Californian who worked his way to the top of the PPG Indy Car World Series standings by racing in purely American series.
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April 15, 1996 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The record books will show that Jimmy Vasser won three of the first four races in this year's PPG Indy Car World Series, but there should be an asterisk beside the third one. "They say sometimes you'd rather be lucky than good, and today it seemed that we were lucky," Vasser said after winning the 22nd Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach before a record 88,000 on a picture-perfect Sunday.
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October 31, 2002 | Shav Glick, Times Staff Writer
After Sunday's Toyota 500 at California Speedway, Jimmy Vasser may be the only American left standing in Championship Auto Racing Teams. Or maybe he'll be gone too. "I still want to work at saving CART, but things are very much up in the air about next year," the 36-year-old former CART champion said after arriving home from a harrowing trip to Australia last week. "Nothing is 100% right now.
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May 23, 2000 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It took a vote of all CART owners to open a window of opportunity for their teams and drivers to run in the Indianapolis 500 this year, but only Chip Ganassi elected to venture into Indy Racing League territory. His drivers, Juan Montoya and Jimmy Vasser, will start second and seventh in Sunday's 84th 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but the owner of Target-Chip Ganassi Racing insists it's neither an attempt to show up the IRL drivers nor a foreshadowing of other CART teams making the move.
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April 17, 2000 | MIKE KUPPER
My, my, look who's making noise again in CART champ car racing. It's nice little Jimmy Vasser, who won the series championship in 1996, then faded as more flashy teammates--first Alex Zanardi, then last year Juan Montoya-- stepped to the forefront and made the Target Chip Ganassi team CART's most feared and respected. Four consecutive championships raised Ganassi's outfit out of the mundane and into the elite.
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November 2, 1998 | J.A. ADANDE
As soon as the Marlboro 500 ended, Debi Rahal did something unprecedented for her. She grabbed a headset, put it on and talked to the driver in the No. 7 car, her husband Bobby. Bobby Rahal's 29 years of racing--the last 17 of which were on the CART circuit--had just concluded. More important, Rahal would be around to talk about them. "Congratulations, Bob," she said. "You're out safely. I love you." He made it. In one piece.
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September 24, 1997 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Jimmy Vasser called Alex Zanardi, his friend and teammate, last week in Italy, he had words of advice for the driver who succeeded him as the PPG CART World Series champion: "You better get your running shoes on." Vasser didn't mean racetrack running shoes. He meant the ones Zanardi will need to keep up with all the outside activities associated with winning the championship.
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September 8, 1997 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Chip Ganassi's two-car team of Honda-powered Reynards was right on target Sunday at Laguna Seca Raceway. Alex Zanardi finished third in the red No. 4 to clinch the PPG CART World Series championship and its $1-million bonus. Jimmy Vasser drove the red No. 1 to victory in the Toyota Grand Prix of Monterey in the fastest race run on the 11-turn, 2.235-mile hillside road course. Vasser averaged 109.647 mph for the 185-mile race, shattering Zanardi's year-old record of 102.687.
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May 27, 1996 | MIKE KUPPER, TIMES ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR
Once they got it started Sunday, the drivers representing Championship Auto Racing Teams put on just about the kind of show everyone here was hoping for in the U.S. 500, the anti-Indianapolis 500. In a race of sweeping passes, frequent lead changes and multicar position competition, winner Jimmy Vasser had the kind of day that usually shows up only in bad fiction.
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March 31, 1996 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Pole-winner Jimmy Vasser won his second race of the PPG Championship season, leading for all but five laps to take the Australian Indy Car Grand Prix at Surfers Paradise today. Vasser, in his Target Reynard Honda, held off second-place and fellow American Scott Pruett in the 65-lap, 181.675-mile race on the 2.794-mile Surfers Paradise temporary street course. It was the third victory in three races for Honda-powered cars--Vasser won at Miami and Andre Ribeiro at Rio de Janeiro.
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September 8, 1996 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Can a fast-fading Jimmy Vasser hold off a fast-finishing Michael Andretti and win the $1-million PPG Cup Indy car championship today at Laguna Seca Raceway? All Vasser--a Monterey favorite who played high school football in Morgan Hill, about 45 miles north of here--needs to do is finish fifth or better in the Bank of America 300, even if Andretti leads the most laps and wins the 186-mile race around Laguna Seca's 2.238-mile hillside road course.
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September 6, 1996 | SHAV GLICK
If Jimmy Vasser finishes fifth or better in the season-ending Indy car race Sunday at Laguna Seca, it will give car owner and former driver Chip Ganassi a clean sweep of CART honors this year. Alex Zanardi, Vasser's teammate from Italy, has already clinched the $50,000 Jim Trueman award as rookie of the year after winning two races and five pole positions in one of Ganassi's Reynard-Hondas.
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