CHAMPCAR/CART: LAguna Seca Reynard Notes

Bryan Herta claimed victory in his Team Rahal Reynard Ford Cosworth Champ Car at Laguna Seca this weekend, in round 16 of the Fedex Championship Series. His team-mate, Max Papis, in the No.7 Rahal Reynard Ford Cosworth, took third sport on the ...

Bryan Herta claimed victory in his Team Rahal Reynard Ford Cosworth Champ Car at Laguna Seca this weekend, in round 16 of the Fedex Championship Series. His team-mate, Max Papis, in the No.7 Rahal Reynard Ford Cosworth, took third sport on the podium with Roberto Morena, Newmaan-Haas Racing sandwiched between the Team Rahal drivers in second place.

Reynard driver Bryan Herta captured pole for the second consecutive year at Laguna Seca Raceway as the FedEx Championship Series established a new single-season record for different race winners. Herta (Shell Ford Reynard) became the 10th different winner in 17 events, eclipsing the former mark of nine set in 1985 and equaled in 1995, in convincing fashion on the 2.238-mile permanent road course. He led all 83 laps, becoming the first Champ Car driver to accomplish the feat since Paul Tracy in 1994, en route to a 1.825-second victory over Roberto Moreno (Big Kmart Ford Swift) at Newman/Haas Racing.

Herta commented on his victory," The only trouble I had was toward the end of the second stint. I started to slide around a lot. But we came in and put a new set of Firestones on and the car was great the rest of the way. Roberto [Moreno] was pushing me at the end, but I felt I had an answer for whatever he had for me. [Regarding his recent dominance at Laguna Seca] I'm not telling. If there is a reason, I don't know what it is and I don't really care. I'm just happy to have a place like this where I've experienced some success and I hope it will continue."

Reynard took the Constructor's Championship title at the fourteenth round of the Series, in Chicago, and this weekend, Reynard-driver, Paul Tracy's fourth-place finish clinched the 1999 Manufacturer's Championship for Honda, its third title in the past four years. Honda, which previously won the championship in 1996 and '98, holds an insurmountable 327-250 lead over Ford with a maximum of 66 points available in the remaining three events.

The 1999 Fedex Championship Series continues in two weeks time when it moves on to Houston on the temporary street circuit in the city, with the race taking place on 26th September.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Max Papis , Roberto Moreno , Paul Tracy , Bryan Herta