FAST FACTS FOR THE TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH WHAT: Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. WHERE: Streets of downtown Long Beach, Calif. WHEN: Friday-Sunday, April 6-8. SUPPORT EVENTS: Dayton Indy Lights Championship, Toyota ...
FAST FACTS FOR THE TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH
WHAT: Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
WHERE: Streets of downtown Long Beach, Calif.
WHEN: Friday-Sunday, April 6-8.
SUPPORT EVENTS: Dayton Indy Lights Championship, Toyota Atlantic Championship, Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, Trans-Am Championship.
CART SCHEDULE (All times local): FRIDAY, APRIL 6 - Atlantic practice, 8-8:25 a.m.; Indy Lights practice, 8:40-9:15 a.m.; Champ Car practice, 9:30-11:30 a.m.; Champ Car practice, 1:15-3 p.m.; Atlantic qualifying, 3:15-3:45 p.m.; Indy Lights qualifying, 4:35-5:05 p.m.
SATURDAY, APRIL 7 - Atlantic qualifying, 8-8:40 a.m.; Indy Lights practice, 9-9:40 a.m.; Champ Car practice, 10-11:15 a.m.; Indy Lights qualifying, 1-1:30 p.m.; Champ Car qualifying (2 groups/30 minutes each), 1:45-3 p.m.; Atlantic race, 3:15-4:15 p.m.
SUNDAY, APRIL 8 - Indy Lights warm-up, 8:30-8:45 a.m.; Champ Car warm-up, 9-9:30 a.m.; Indy Lights race, 10:15-11:25 a.m.; Grid Champ Cars, 12:15 p.m.; Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, 1 p.m. ET.
BROADCAST: TV-ABC-TV, live , 4 p.m ET. RADIO-CART Radio Network.
WEBCAST-Live at www.cart.com .
SUPPORT PROGRAMMING: Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach qualifying, Sunday, 2 a.m. ET, ESPN2 (tape delay); CART 2Day, Sunday, 11 a.m. ET, ESPN2.
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Paul Tracy.
DEFENDING POLESITTER: Gil de Ferran.
TRACK LAYOUT: 1.968-mile temporary street circuit.
RACE LENGTH: 82 laps, 161.376 miles.
TRACK RECORDS: Qualifying (one lap) - 2000, Gil de Ferran, 104.969 mph (1 minute, 7.494 seconds). Race - 2000, Paul Tracy, 82.626 mph.
RACE ROUND: 2 of 21 in the FedEx Championship Series.
FedEx CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES POINTS LEADERS: 1, Cristiano da Matta, Newman/Haas Racing, 21; 2, Gil de Ferran, Marlboro Team Penske, 16; 3, Paul Tracy, Team KOOL Green, 14; 4, Michael Andretti, Team Motorola, 12; 5, Kenny Brack, Team Rahal, 11.
NEXT EVENT: April 29, Texas 600, Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas.
Paul Tracy of Team KOOL Green recorded the 16th victory of his 10-year Champ Car career and his second on the streets of Long Beach, Calif. when he captured the 2000 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. The victory gave Tracy (KOOL Honda Reynard) sole possession of eighth place on CART's all-time victory list, breaking a tie with two-time FedEx Championship Series champion Alex Zanardi. Tracy's triumph from the 17th starting position represented the second-deepest position the grid from which anyone had driven to victory in a CART road- or street-course event. Tracy led the final 21 laps of the 82-lap event en route to a 3.191 second victory over Helio Castroneves (Marlboro Honda Reynard) of Marlboro Team Penske. Jimmy Vasser (Target Toyota Lola) finished third. His victory allowed Tracy to take a 34-26 points lead over Vasser into Round 3 of the championship at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Max Papis (Miller Lite Ford Reynard) of Team Rahal stood third in the championship with 20 points.
Vital Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour, 57 minutes, 11.132 seconds.
Average Speed: 82.626 mph.
Margin of Victory: 3.191 seconds.
Caution Flags: 6 for 20 laps.
Lap Leaders: Gil de Ferran, 30 laps; Paul Tracy, 21; Michael Andretti, 13; Roberto Moreno, 10; Takuya Kurosawa, 7; Memo Gidley, 1.
<pre> LONG BEACH RACE HISTORY (17 Events)
Year Race Winner Pole Winner 1984 Mario Andretti Mario Andretti 1985 Mario Andretti Mario Andretti 1986 Michael Andretti Danny Sullivan 1987 Mario Andretti Mario Andretti 1988 Al Unser Jr. Danny Sullivan 1989 Al Unser Jr. Al Unser Jr. 1990 Al Unser Jr. Al Unser Jr. 1991 Al Unser Jr. Michael Andretti 1992 Danny Sullivan Michael Andretti 1993 Paul Tracy Nigel Mansell 1994 Al Unser Jr. Paul Tracy 1995 Al Unser Jr. Michael Andretti 1996 Jimmy Vasser Gil de Ferran 1997 Alex Zanardi Gil de Ferran 1998 Alex Zanardi Bryan Herta 1999 Juan Montoya Tony Kanaan 2000 Paul Tracy Gil de Ferran
1. Al Unser Jr. 6 2. Mario Andretti 3 3. Alex Zanardi 2 Paul Tracy 2 5. Michael Andretti 1 Danny Sullivan 1 Jimmy Vasser 1 Juan Montoya 1
1. Mario Andretti 3 Michael Andretti 3 Gil de Ferran 3 4. Danny Sullivan 2 Al Unser Jr. 2 6. Nigel Mansell 1 Paul Tracy 1 Bryan Herta 1 Tony Kanaan 1