CHAMPCAR/CART: FNIPPON: Reynard Vancouver/Fuji Notes

Reynard Champ Cars took the top seven places in this weekend's Fedex Championship Series race in Vancouver, the 17th event in the 20 race series. Victory was taken by Juan Montoya, driving a Reynard Honda for Target Ganassi Racing, closely...

Reynard Champ Cars took the top seven places in this weekend's Fedex Championship Series race in Vancouver, the 17th event in the 20 race series. Victory was taken by Juan Montoya, driving a Reynard Honda for Target Ganassi Racing, closely followed home by Patrick Carpentier, with his Reynard Mercedes-Benz, Forsythe Racing. Jimmy Vasser, drove his Reynard Honda, Target Ganassi Racing, to third place to complete the podium sweep for Reynard. It was the third consecutive victory for Montoya and his seventh in the Championship, which he leads by 23 points to second placed driver, Dario Franchitti. Montoya celebrated a maximum points weekend, taking pole position for the race and leading the race for all laps bar one.

Juan Montoya, race winner, commented, "This morning during the warmup, the car wasn't brilliant and I was kind of concerned about a damp track. But we did some changes after the warmup and the car improved. [Regarding Franchitti's attempt at a pass for the lead on Lap 60] I got a bit concerned when I got into the corner. I knew he was going to go for the move, and he was too far back. But fortunately, it worked out okay. I wasn't going to be soft with him, just like he wouldn't be with me. I know he scored a few points, but it feels good to leave here with 22 points in my pocket."

Reynard clinched the CART Constructors Championship at the previous race in Chicago, the marque's 100th race in Champ Cars, and gave the company its fifth straight title (1995 - 1999). This weekend's domination consolidates Reynard as the leading chassis manufacturer in the Series and extends the run of podium sweeps to five, with the company now having 64 wins and 70 pole positions in the Series, since entering in 1994.

PODIUM SWEEP FOR REYNARD IN FORMULA NIPPON ROUND 7

Reynard continued to dominate the 1999 Formula Nippon Series in Japan this weekend, taking the top six places at the Fuji Speedway, with Tom Coronel, PIAA Nakajima Racing, taking victory to extend his Championship lead.

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Series IndyCar , Other open wheel
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Patrick Carpentier , Dario Franchitti , Tom Coronel
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing