ITT Automotive Detroit Grand Prix WHAT: ITT Automotive Detroit Grand Prix WHERE: The Raceway on Belle Isle, Detroit, Mich. WHEN: Friday-Sunday, June 5-7. SUPPORT EVENTS: PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship, NTB Trans-Am...
ITT Automotive Detroit Grand Prix
WHAT: ITT Automotive Detroit Grand Prix
WHERE: The Raceway on Belle Isle, Detroit, Mich.
WHEN: Friday-Sunday, June 5-7.
SUPPORT EVENTS: PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship, NTB Trans-Am Championship, Neon Charity Challenge, Barber Dodge Pro Series.
SCHEDULE:(All times Eastern)
FRIDAY, JUNE 5 Indy Lights practice, 9:30-10:10 a.m.; CART practice, 10:30 a.m.-Noon; Indy Lights qualifying, 1-1:30 p.m.; CART practice (2 groups/30 minutes each), 2:30-3:45 p.m.
SATURDAY, JUNE 6 Indy Lights practice, 8-8:40 a.m.; CART practice, 9-10:15 a.m.; Indy Lights qualifying, 11:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.; CART qualifying (2 groups/30 minutes each), 12:45-2 p.m.
SUNDAY, JUNE 7 - Indy Lights warm-up 10-10:15 a.m.; CART warm-up, 10:30-11 a.m.; Indy Lights race, noon; Grid Champ Cars,1:45 p.m.; ITT Automotive Detroit Grand Prix, 2:30 p.m.
BROADCAST: TV-ABC (Live, 2:30 p.m., ET). RADIO-CART Radio Network (WWJ 950 AM).
PRE-RACE PROGRAMMING:ITT Automotive Detroit Grand Prix pole qualifying, midnight ET and 9 a.m. Sunday, ESPN2; CART 2Day, 2 p.m. ET Sunday, ESPN2.
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Greg Moore.
DEFENDING POLESITTER: Gil de Ferran.
TRACK LAYOUT: 2.36-mile temporary street circuit.
RACE LENGTH: To be determined.
TRACK RECORDS: Will be set this year due to new track configuration.
RACE ROUND: 8 of 19 in the FedEx Championship Series.
PPG CUP POINT LEADERS: 1, Alex Zanardi, 92 points; 2, Greg Moore, 85; 3, Jimmy Vasser, 72; 4, Adrian Fernandez, 59; 5, Michael Andretti, 49.
NEXT EVENT: June 21, Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 Presented by Texaco/Havoline, Portland, Ore.
Greg Moore (Player's/Indeck Reynard Mercedes) was the unexpected beneficiary when PacWest Racing Group teammates Mauricio Gugelmin (Hollywood PacWest Mercedes) and Mark Blundell (Motorola PacWest Mercedes) ran out of fuel consecutively while leading the final lap, allowing Moore to claim his second consecutive FedEx Championship Series victory at the 1997 ITT Automotive Detroit Grand Prix. Moore, who a week earlier at The Milwaukee Mile had become the youngest driver to win a FedEx Championship Series event, was running third entering the last of 77 laps, but Gugelmin ran out of fuel on The Raceway at Belle Isle's back straightaway, then Blundell ran out just a few hundred feet from the checkered flag after taking over the lead. Michael Andretti (Kmart/Texaco/Havoline Swift Ford) finished second while polesitter Gil de Ferran (Valvoline/Cummins Special Reynard Honda) finished third. Paul Tracy (Marlboro Penske Mercedes), who entered the race with the PPG Cup points lead, did not start due to cervical muscle spasms. Following the race, Tracy maintained the PPG Cup points lead with 94 points, followed by Andretti with 86 and Moore with 85.
Vital Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour, 52 minutes, 45.143 seconds.
Average Speed: 86.047 mph.
Margin of Victory: 1.818 seconds.
Caution Flags: 5 for 18 laps.
Lap Leaders: Gil de Ferran, 27 laps; Mauricio Gugelmin, 25; Greg Moore, 20; Dario Franchitti, 4; Roberto Moreno, 1.
DETROIT RACE HISTORY
Year Race Winner Pole Winner 1989 Emerson Fittipaldi Michael Andretti 1990 Michael Andretti Michael Andretti 1991 Emerson Fittipaldi Michael Andretti 1992 Bobby Rahal Michael Andretti 1993 Danny Sullivan Nigel Mansell 1994 Paul Tracy Nigel Mansell 1995 Robby Gordon Robby Gordon 1996 Michael Andretti Scott Pruett 1997 Greg Moore Gil de Ferran
Emerson Fittipaldi 2 Michael Andretti 2 Bobby Rahal 1 Danny Sullivan 1 Paul Tracy 1 Robby Gordon 1 Greg Moore 1
TOTAL POLE POSITIONS
Michael Andretti 4 Nigel Mansell 2 Robby Gordon 1 Scott Pruett 1 Gil de Ferran 1