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Tuesday, 11 February, 2003, 02:21 GMT
Fittipaldi becomes Cart owner
Driving legend Emerson Fittipaldi
Fittipaldi: One of only four to win Cart and F1 titles
Emerson Fittipaldi will bid to become the first man to claim the Cart title as a driver and an owner after launching his own team on Monday.

The twice former Formula One champion, who also won the 1989 Cart title with Patrick Racing before retiring in 1996, will run Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing with business partner James Dingman.

The 56-year-old Brazilian, one of only four men to win the F1 and Cart titles, won the 1972 and 1974 F1 crowns and is the uncle of former Cart driver Christian Fittipaldi, who has switched to Daytona 500.

Fittipalidi said: "I am very proud to return to Champ Car racing at a time when the sport is in the midst of its most significant turnaround in history under the leadership of Chris Pook.

"I have known the Dingmans through James's father, Michael Dingman, for several years and I am confident that this partnership will be successful on and off the track."

Portugal's Tiago Monteiro, who raced in Formula 3000 last season, will be the Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing team's driver.

Fittipaldi's team will start the season, which begins in Florida on 23 February with the inaugural Grand Prix of St Petersburg, with one car but plan to run two in 2004.

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