Champ Car teams using LVMS to prepare for European swing


            The Champ Car World Series is heading to Europe next month, and two of its rookie drivers are using Las Vegas Motor Speedway to prepare for the May 11 race at Eurospeedway in Lausitz, Germany.

            Leading rookie of the year contender Mario Haberfeld and fellow rookie candidate Tiago Monteiro used LVMS¿ 1.5-mile superspeedway to get their first laps around an oval on Wednesday. Haberfeld, driving for MiJack/Conquest Motorsports, and Monteiro, driving for Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing, will conclude the two-day test on Thursday.

            ¿I think we needed to test on an oval before going to Germany,¿ said legendary racing great Emerson Fittipaldi, who owns Monteiro¿s car. ¿We love to come to Las Vegas. I¿m very happy to be here, because it¿s a really nice track. Tiago has never been on an oval before. This will be good experience before we go to Germany.¿

            Haberfeld, who stands ninth in the Champ Car standings, is coming off a ninth-place finish in last Sunday¿s Long Beach Grand Prix. Monteiro is third in the rookie of the year standings and 11th in the overall Champ Car standings.