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NASCAR/CART: Pruett Leaving CART; Will Race in Winston Cup in 2000

7 October 1999

By Terry Callahan
Motorsports Editor, The Auto Channel
CONCORD, NC: Multi-talented racing driver Scott Pruett will be leaving the CART FedEx Championship series at the end of the 1999 season. Pruett will be running in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series beginning in 2000.

The announcement was made by car owner Cal Wells on Wednesday. Wells is forming a new NASCAR Team which will debut at the Daytona 500 next year.

Pruett is a proven winner in a variety of racing series including IMSA, SCCA, and IROC. He was leading the 1995 Indy 500 late in the race before crashing. He won the closest 500 mile race in open wheel history at Michigan over Al Unser Jr.

Pruett is the second big name to announce his departure from the CART series this month. Al Unser Jr, a two-time Indy 500 winner, will be leaving CART to run in the Indy Racing League in 2000.

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