CHAMPCAR/CART: 16 Weeks to Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston

The 3rd Annual Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston 16 Weeks to go.... September 29, 30 and October 1, 2000 Juan Montoya took it all -- after winning the Indy 500, he followed up and took the checkered flag at the rain-delayed Miller 225...

The 3rd Annual Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston 16 Weeks to go....

September 29, 30 and October 1, 2000

Juan Montoya took it all -- after winning the Indy 500, he followed up and took the checkered flag at the rain-delayed Miller 225 at the Milwaukee Mile. Montoya led 179 of the 225 laps.

Montoya earned 22 points, moving him to a tie for 4th place with Michael Andretti. He received points for the pole, leading the most laps and the win.

Second place finisher was Michael Andretti and third place went to Patrick Carpentier.

Even though points leader Paul Tracy earned no points this past weekend (his first non-scoring performance of the season), he still retains the lead with 59 points. Roberto Moreno is in 2nd place with 52 points, Jimmy Vasser in 3rd with 48 and Andretti and Montoya in 4th with 44 points each.

What's going on for the 2000 THGPH?

Last week, CART and the Grand Prix announced the addition of the Dayton Indy Lights Championship to the 2000 Grand Prix weekend. The Indy Lights program is designed primarily to produce talent for the FedEx Championship Series.

Several former Indy Lights racers, Paul Tracy, Adrian Fernandez, Tony Kanaan, Helio Castroneves and Cristiano da Matta now compete in the CART racing series.

The race will take place on Sunday, October 1, beginning at 12:30pm, just prior to the CART event at 3pm. Time trials and qualifying will take place on Friday and Saturday.

The Trans-Am race will still take place on Saturday and the Toyota Atlantics will race Sunday.

Who's Who?

John Della Penna, owner

John Della Penna was born and raised in Argentina so it's no surprise that his racing hero was legendary Argentine driver, Juan Fangio.

After driving for a decade in the Atlantic series, Della Penna made the switch from driver to team owner. In 1990, Jimmy Vasser brought Della Penna the first victory in the Atlantic Series as an owner. Richie Hearn won the team's first Atlantic championship in 1995.

In 1996, Della Penna joined the FedEx Championship Series on a part-time basis, and then full-time the following year.

Della Penna has provided cars for Jimmy Vasser, Willy T. Ribbs, Juan Fangio II, Richie Hearn, and current driver, Norberto Fontana.

Some 2000 Facts and Figures ---

Montoya's victory in the Toyota is the first victory for a U.S. designed and built engine since Mike Mosley won at the Milwaukee Mile in a Gurney Eagle-Chevrolet in June of 1981. The Toyota RV8E is built at Toyota Racing Development in Costa Mesa, CA.

Montoya is the ninth driver to follow a victory in the Indy 500 with a win at the Milwaukee Mile. The last driver was Al Unser, Jr. in 1994.

In the first six CART events of 2000, there have been six different winners, tying the record set in 1991. This year's winners: Max Papis at Homestead, Paul Tracy at Long Beach, Adrian Fernandez at Rio de Janeiro, Michael Andretti at Japan, Gil de Ferran at Nazareth and Juan Montoya at Milwaukee.

Champ Car Jargon: --
What does it mean?

Nomex: The most predominant material that goes into fire suits worn by drivers, team members and officials.

Hustling the car: A driver pushing the car to the limit, often one that is not handling well.

Set up: Adjustments made by the crew to the various components of a car: spring tensions, shock absorber settings, stagger, gear ratios, wind angles, etc. - to try to gain optimum performance at a given track.

All about Houston:

When it comes to public transportation, Houstonians enjoy one of the nation's most efficient and reliable public transit systems.

There are over 117 million passengers riding annually on 1,402 buses. There are 1,281 square miles in the service area with over 2000 miles on 133 routes.

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) is recognized by other transit authorities as one of the best and safest in the country. The on-time performance averages 85.5 percent and accidents per 100,000 miles average 0.97.

Since its start in 1979, METRO has nearly doubled the ridership, tripled the bus fleet and set industry standards for use of new technology.

METRO provides Park & Ride transportation for the Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston.

Next race for the CART FedEx Championship Series is the Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit on Sunday, June 18.
Location: Detroit, MI
ESPN will air the show beginning at 1:00 pm EDT.

For the latest updates about the Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston, visit our website: http://www.texacogp.com

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Adrian Fernandez , Roberto Moreno , Patrick Carpentier , Paul Tracy , Tony Kanaan , Richie Hearn , Willy T. Ribbs , Norberto Fontana , Cristiano da Matta , Al Unser
Teams Toyota Racing