PacWest Racing was a CART racing team owned by Bruce McCaw founded in 1993. The team’s first full-time season was the next year, 1994. In 1996 British Mark Blundell quit Formula One and moved to the United States and joined PacWest, alongside fellow former Formula One driver Maurício Gugelmin. The 1997 season was most successful for PacWest – Blundell won three races, and Gugelmin added one more victory. For 1998 CART season PacWest has retained the driver’s line-up, as well as chassis and engine combination –new Reynard 98 Indy powered by a Mercedes Benz V-8 turbocharged racing engine that produced approximately 900 horsepower. Blundell’s car #18 was sponsored by Motorola, and Guglemin’s #17 by Hollywood Cigarettes. The 1998 championship proved not to be as successful. Setbacks plagued the team and they struggled to get to grips with the new chassis. Gugelmin scored nine points-scoring finishes and was 15th in the championship, and Blundell with 6 point-scoring results and best finish as 6th at Fontana was 18th in the championship.
|1998||CART FedEx Championship|
|Mark Blundell||18||PacWest Racing Group|