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SIX OF A KIND FOR TERRI HUNDERTMARK IN VEGAS
LAS VEGAS- Sunday, October 29, 2000- A season of perfect top-ten finishes
was guaranteed today as Terri Hundertmark brought home a tenth-place finish
in the #4 Wholesale Tire Distributors/ Michelin/ Racing For Kids/
MsSpeed.com/ TCR Panoz here at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
(LVMS). The season-finale Women's Global GT Series Grand Prix of Las Vegas presented by
Race Rock, closed out the Indianapolis resident's season with her sixth
top-ten finish in the six WGGTS events. Though starting tenth, the perfect
record was not easy.
"I got hung out on the start by being on the outside," reflected Hundertmark
on her start. "I just couldn't find a hole to get the car to the inside.
By the time we got to the infield several cars had gotten around me and I
knew I was going to have to fight hard to make my way back up."
Hundertmark had qualified 11th in the field but a late withdrawal by another
driver moved her to the tenth position. In this case, bettering her
starting position hurt the WGGTS rookie. The one position advance moved her
from the inside- preferred- line to the outside of the track. Five cars
were able to get past the gold #4 Panoz as she struggled to bring the car
onto the racing line. Through constant effort Hundertmark was able to
battle her way up to the tenth position.
"The race was tough and the car was starting to push about half way through
the race. We got another top-ten finish for Michelin and Racing For Kids
and that was important to me. My parents and family are here this weekend
and it is the first time they have watched me race in person. That meant a
lot to me."
The top-ten performance was a bright spot on a busy weekend for
Hundertmark. In Thursday testing, the Colorado-born driver took the orange #6 off the
track doing heavy damage to the car forcing a change to the #4 entry. To
closeout her visit to Las Vegas, she will be married to CART crew chief Dave
Popielarz on Monday.
"I definitely want to thank all the guys at the Panoz Racing School, the
WGGTS, at Michelin and Dr. Panoz for giving us a really strong year to show
how competitive women drivers can be," offered Hundertmark on her 2000 race
season. "We finished in the top-ten every race, the top-ten in points and
got a top-five at Road Atlanta. I am proud of that because this series is
so tight and there are some good drivers out there. The Women's Series is a
huge example of how to make it in racing; start at the Panoz Racing School,
through the WGGTS and work your way up to the ALMS. That is my goal and how
I am planning to get there."
As the sole female spokesperson for Racing For Kids, Hundertmark helps raise
awareness of the health-care needs of children in the communities in which
she races. Racing For Kids, has raised over $1.5 million since its
Race reports written by Terri are available on her web site,
www.MsSpeed.com. For information on Michelin, please visit
www.michelin.com. Additional information on the Women's Global GT Series
can be found at www.americanlemans.com. For more about Racing For Kids,
please see www.racingforkids.org.
Silly Season Ends For Terri Hundertmark and Dave
Popielarz; Couple Reaches Long-Term Agreement
Las Vegas, October 30, 2000 -- Following a busy weekend of racing for both,
professional race car driver Terri Hundertmark and CART chief mechanic Dave
Popielarz met at the Circus-Circus wedding chapel here in Las Vegas to close
the deal on a negotiation that has been ongoing this season. Despite a
rain-delay, the agreement was reached at the scheduled time and date.
Terri, a professional race car driver competing in the Women's Global GT
Series for Michelin, raced at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday for her
final Women's Global GT race of the season during the weekend's Grand Prix
of Las Vegas. Dave, the chief mechanic for Mo Nunn Racing, was set to end
his season in Fontana, California the same day. However, wedding plans were
interrupted as rain fell on the California Speedway.
The Monday wedding plans were touch and go following the red flag that
postponed the end of the CART race until Monday morning. However, as if
delivered by Lady Luck herself, a blown engine in the Mo Nunn entry early
after the restart of the race let their wedding plans continue as scheduled.
"It was an interesting night, knowing it was raining in Fontana," offered
the bride. "But, we knew we'd get the deal done. We just didn't know when
"When they said there was a 40% chance of rain on Monday, I knew there was a
60% chance that we'd get married on time." said the groom.
"I guess we all knew that these two had to 'do it their way.' Viva-Las
Vegas!" said their wedding singer, Elvis.
Following their honeymoon in Hawaii, the couple will continue to live in
Terri & Dave, from everyone here at
racerchicks.com! We wish you all the happiness
in the world!!