CHAMPCAR/CART: Gateway Schedule and Preview

Motorola 300 WHAT: Motorola 300 WHERE: Gateway International Raceway, Madison, Ill. WHEN: Thursday-Saturday, May 21-23. SUPPORT EVENTS: PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship; KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship. SCHEDULE:(All times ...

Motorola 300

WHAT: Motorola 300

WHERE: Gateway International Raceway, Madison, Ill.

WHEN: Thursday-Saturday, May 21-23.

SUPPORT EVENTS: PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship; KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship.

SCHEDULE:(All times Central)

THURSDAY, MAY 21 - Atlantic practice, 8:45-9:15 a.m.; Indy Lights practice, 9:30-10:10 a.m.; CART practice 10:30 a.m.-Noon.; Indy Lights practice, 1-1:30 p.m.; Atlantic practice, 1:45-2:15 p.m.; CART practice (2 groups/45 minutes each), 2:30-4:15 p.m.; Atlantic qualifying, 5-5:45 p.m.

FRIDAY, MAY 22 - Indy Lights practice, 9-9:40 a.m.; CART practice 10-11:15 a.m.; Indy Lights qualifying, 12:15-1:15 p.m.; Atlantic warm-up, 1:30-1:45 p.m.; CART qualifying, 2:15-3:45 p.m.; Atlantic race, 4:30-5:15 p.m.

SATURDAY, MAY 23 - CART warm-up, 9-9:30 a.m.; Indy Lights warm-up, 10:15-10:30 a.m.; Grid Champ Cars, 11:15 a.m.; Motorola 300, noon.; Indy Lights race, 3:30 p.m.

BROADCAST: TV-ABC (Live, 1 p.m. EST). RADIO-CART Radio Network (WIBV, 1260 AM).

PRE-RACE PROGRAMMING: Motorola 300 pole qualifying, 5 p.m. ET Friday, ESPN2; CART 2Day, 12:30 p.m. ET Saturday, ESPN2.

DEFENDING CHAMPION: Paul Tracy.

DEFENDING POLESITTER: Raul Boesel.

TRACK LAYOUT: 1.27-mile oval.

RACE LENGTH: 300 miles, 236 laps.

TRACK RECORDS: Qualifying (one lap) - 1997, Raul Boesel, 187.963mph (24.324 seconds); Race - 1997, Paul Tracy, 113.884 mph.

RACE ROUND: 6 of 19 in the FedEx Championship Series.

PPG CUP POINT LEADERS: 1. Greg Moore, 71 points; 2. Alex Zanardi, 67; 3. Adrian Fernandez, 55; 4. Jimmy Vasser, 39; 5. Bryan Herta, 37.

NEXT EVENT: May 31, Miller Lite 200, West Allis, Wis.

REPLAY

Paul Tracy (Marlboro Penske Mercedes) earned his third consecutive victory of the season at the inaugural Motorola 300, passing rookie Patrick Carpentier (Alumax Reynard Mercedes) on the 235th of 236 laps and going on to a 2.391-second victory before a sellout crowd of 48,500. Tracy's win made him the sixth driver in CART history to win three consecutive events, and the first since Al Unser Jr. did it twice in 1994. Carpentier's runnerup finish was the best in the then 12-year history of Bettenhausen Motorsports. Gil de Ferran (Valvoline/Cummins Special Reynard Honda) finished third, 5.316 seconds behind Tracy, who averaged 113.884 miles per hour en route to the victory. Tracy held an 85-67 PPG Cup points lead over Alex Zanardi (Target Reynard Honda) as the series headed to Milwaukee, with Scott Pruett (Brahma Reynard Ford) in third place with 61 points.

Vital Race Statistics

Time of Race: 2 hours, 37 minutes, 46.135 seconds.

Average Speed: 113.884 mph.

Margin of Victory: 2.391 seconds.

Caution Flags: 8 for 88 laps.

Lap Leaders: Michael Andretti, 66 laps; Raul Boesel, 41; Jimmy Vasser, 36; Dario Franchitti, 31; Patrick Carpentier, 25, Paul Tracy, 25; Greg Moore, 9; Alex Zanardi, 3.

GATEWAY RACE HISTORY

(1 Event) Year Race Winner Pole Winner 1997 Paul Tracy Raul Boesel

TOTAL VICTORIES

Paul Tracy 1

TOTAL POLE POSITIONS

Raul Boesel 1

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Al Unser Jr. , Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Raul Boesel , Adrian Fernandez , Patrick Carpentier , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Alex Zanardi , Bryan Herta , Scott Pruett , Greg Moore