Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston 4 Weeks to Go.... September 29, 30 and October 1, 2000 The FedEx Championship Series so far this year: Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti will remain teammates next year (2001) with Team Kool...
Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston
4 Weeks to Go....
September 29, 30 and October 1, 2000
The FedEx Championship Series so far this year: Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti will remain teammates next year (2001) with Team Kool Green. Tracy signed a long-term contract with the team through 2005. Franchitti has decided to remain in CART next year rather than go to Formula One.
The CART teams are in Vancouver this weekend for the Molson Indy. Juan Montoya is the defending champion and polesitter.
Kenny Brack has a huge lead in the points standings for rookie of the year. Brack has 102 points followed by 2nd place Alexandre Tagliana with 45.
Just a little tidbit: If Michael Andretti comes in 7th or higher, and if Roberto Moreno comes in first, Moreno will take the points lead. If Michael finishes 10th and Roberto finishes 2nd, they will be tied.
What's new at the Houston track:
When the teams race around the circuit during the event weekend, they will notice a little bit of a change on Avenida de las Americas. During the three days of the Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix, the front straight will be referred to as the Mario Andretti Straightaway.
The Mayor's Grand Prix Gala on Wednesday evening, September 27 will feature the Pointers Sisters. Dini Partners is handling the event. For ticket information, the number is 713-942-1210.
2000 is the first year for Oriol Servia in the Champ car series. Racing for PPI Motorsports, he is driving the Telefonica Toyota/Reynard. Servia was the 1999 Dayton Indy Lights champion. His teammate, Cristiano da Matta was the 1998 champion in Indy Lights.
Servia is from Spain. His father and mother are racers and have teamed up to win the Spanish Rally championship twice.
Servia is currently 16th in the points standings.
Champ Car Jargon:
Blue Flag: This flag is displayed by corner workers around the track to signal a driver that a faster car is either approaching (steady flag) or attempting to pass (waved flag). The driver being flagged has no obligation to do anything other than to be alert, maintain the racing line and avoid intentionally obstructing the faster car.
Turn in: As a car reaches a corner, this is the moment at which a driver actually begins to turn the wheel. The timing of this action and the car's response to it are crucial for setting fast lap times.