Team Rahal driver Kenny Brack has been crowned 2000 CART Rookie of the Year with two races still remaining in this year's Championship. The Swedish driver becomes the first Swede to win the Jim Trueman Award and has continued the standard set by Juan Montoya last year.

Brack's current points total of 118 is now unassailable as second placed rookie Oriol Servia has just 60 points with only 44 left unclaimed and his ultra consistent year sees him still in with a shout of the overall title and he currently lies seventh in points, 35 marks behind series leader Gil De Ferran.

The 1999 Indy 500 winner has notched up an impressive fourteen points paying finishes so far this year and his three podium results (2nd at Cleveland, 3rd at Road America and Nazareth) has marked him out as a Championship dark horse at the 2000 season draws to a close.

Houston may not have been kind to Brack, retiring from the crash after contact with fellow rookie Alex Tagliani, but Servia could not reduce the massive championship deficit to less than 44 points despite a strong run to tenth leaving Brack as Champion.

The award, named after the late Jim Trueman, whose small Truesports team took on the might of the factory Penske's and the March and Lola hoards in the mid-1980's with driver Bobby Rahal. The team gave Rahal his first CART title although sadly Trueman succumbed to cancer and was unable to fully celebrate the team's joy. Brack joins an exclusive club of drivers who have won the prestigious award including, Rahal himself, Nigel Mansell, Jacques Villeneuve, Alex Zanardi and Montoya.

Brack's three years of Indy Racing League experience has undoubtedly helped to hone his oval racing skills and with his background in European circuit racing, the Swedish driver did not have as much of a disadvantage as many rookie's. The pressure of being in a title chase, he won the 1998 IRL Championship, has also helped him cope this year as CART watched it's closest championship battle ever. He may be a title outsider at the moment but Brack cannot be counted out just yet.

The 31 year old driver was keen to emulate Montoya, with whom he battled for the 1996 Formula 3000 title along with BAR Formula One pilot Ricardo Zonta, and although he may not be able to repeat the Colombian's 1999 achievements, he will give it a very good go.



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