CHAMPCAR/CART: Homestead Team Target Pre-Race Fact Sheet

What: Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami, round one of the 20-race CART FedEx Championship Series. When: Sunday, March 26, 2 p.m. (local time). Practice - Friday, March 24. Qualifying - Saturday, March 25. Where: Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports ...

What: Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami, round one of the 20-race CART FedEx Championship Series.

When: Sunday, March 26, 2 p.m. (local time). Practice - Friday, March 24. Qualifying - Saturday, March 25.

Where: Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex.

History: Jimmy Vasser started ninth and finished fourth in the 1999 race. Vasser posted his first CART win here in 1996. Juan Montoya started eighth and finished 10th last year in his CART debut.

Fast Facts:

* Target/Chip Ganassi Racing is pursuing an unprecedented fifth straight CART FedEx Series championship.

* Team Target's Juan Montoya is the defending CART FedEx Series champion.

* Jimmy Vasser earned his first CART win at the 1996 Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami. He went on to win the 1996 CART title.

* Team Target has 30 victories in its last 72 starts, a rate of one victory every 2.4 races.

* Vasser finished ninth in the final PPG Cup point standings in 1999.

* The Grand Prix of Miami is Target/Chip Ganassi Racing's first race running a Toyota engine and Lola chassis.

* Target/Chip Ganassi Racing will race in the Indianapolis 500 on May 28.

* Team Target has won at least one of CART's first three races every year since 1996.

* Team Target has moved into a new shop in Indianapolis in 2000. The 70,000 square-foot facility features 10 car bays, nine truck bays, a show room, a sales area, a workout room and a cafeteria.

Store Visit: Vasser and Montoya are scheduled to appear at the Target store located at 7795 South West 40th St. in Miami from 6-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 23.

St. Jude: Target/Chip Ganassi Racing is again donating money to Target House at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis. Target House is a comfortable place for the families of St. Jude patients to stay while their children receive treatments. The team will donate $5,000 for each race win, $1,000 for each pole position and $25 for each lap led. During the 1997 season, the team raised $46,275 for Target House. Target matched the donation and awarded St. Jude Hospital a $100,000 check. In 1998, Team Target's success on the track resulted in a $71,875 donation to St. Jude. In 1999, the team raised $68,250 for Target House, which opened May 17, 1999. Founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, St. Jude is the largest center in the U.S. for the treatment and research of pediatric cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing