<pre> FAST FACTS FOR THE MICHIGAN 500 PRESENTED BY TOYOTA WHAT: Michigan 500 Presented by Toyota. WHERE: Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn Michigan. WHEN: Thursday-Sunday, July 19-22. SUPPORT EVENTS: ARCA RE/MAX Series. CART ...
<pre> FAST FACTS FOR THE MICHIGAN 500 PRESENTED BY TOYOTA
WHAT: Michigan 500 Presented by Toyota. WHERE: Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn Michigan. WHEN: Thursday-Sunday, July 19-22.
SUPPORT EVENTS: ARCA RE/MAX Series.
CART SCHEDULE (All times local):
FRIDAY, JULY 20 Champ Car rookie drivers practice, 9-9:30 a.m.; Champ Car practice, 9:30-11:15 a.m.; Champ Car practice, 1:45-3 p.m.
SATURDAY, JULY 21 Champ Car practice, 9-10 a.m.; Champ Car qualifying, noon-2 p.m.
SUNDAY, JULY 22 Champ Car warm-up, 9:30-10 a.m.; Grid Champ Cars, 12:45 p.m.; Michigan 500 Presented by Toyota, 1:30 p.m.
BROADCAST: TV - (ABC, live, 1:30 p.m. EDT, and in 195 countries worldwide).
RADIO - CART Radio Network. INTERNET - www.cart.com .
PRE-RACE PROGRAMMING: Michigan 500 Presented by Toyota pole qualifying, 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday, ESPN2; CART 2Day, 11 a.m. ET Sunday, ESPN2.
2000 CHAMPION: Tony Kanaan. DEFENDING POLESITTER: Paul Tracy.
TRACK LAYOUT: Two-mile oval. RACE LENGTH: 250 laps, 500 miles.
TRACK RECORDS: Qualifying (one lap) - 2000, Paul Tracy, 234.949 miles per hour. Race (500 miles) - 1990, Al Unser Jr., 189.727 mph.
RACE NUMBER: 11 of 21 in the FedEx Championship Series.
FedEx CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES POINTS LEADERS: 1. Kenny Brack, Team Rahal, 84 points 2. Michael Andretti, Team Motorola, 73 3. Helio Castroneves, Marlboro Team Penske, 70 4. Dario Franchitti, Team KOOL Green, 65 5. Gil de Ferran, Marlboro Team Penske, 58. <pre> INSTANT REPLAY
Juan Montoya of Target Chip Ganassi Racing and Michael Andretti of Newman/Haas Racing waged a spellbinding wheel-to-wheel duel for the final 20 laps before Montoya emerged with the third-closest victory in Champ Car history in the 2000 Michigan 500 Presented by Toyota at Michigan Speedway. During a breathtaking afternoon that featured an official 52 lead changes at the start/finish line - second in all-time CART history to the 62 recorded in 1998 - and an unofficial 162 on the racetrack overall, Montoya (Target Toyota Lola) and Andretti (Kmart/Texaco/Havoline Ford Lola) went side-by-side until Montoya nosed ahead of his adversary coming off the final turn of the final lap to claim a 0.040-second victory, the ninth of his career. The margin of victory stands as the third-closest in the history of Champ Car competition, exceeded only by Mark Blundell's 0.027-second victory over Gil de Ferran at Portland in 1997 and Tony Kanaan's 0.032-second win over Montoya at Michigan in 1999. Dario Franchitti (KOOL Honda Reynard) of Team KOOL Green finished third, a career best in a 500-mile event. Despite coming up short at the checkered flag, Andretti assumed the FedEx Championship Series lead by virtue of his runner-up finish. He departed Michigan with 104 points, followed by Roberto Moreno (Visteon Ford Reynard) of Patrick Racing with 90 and Paul Tracy (KOOL Honda Reynard) of Team KOOL Green with 80.
Vital Race Statistics
Time of race: 2 hours, 48 minutes, 49.790 seconds. Average speed: 177.694 mph. Margin of victory: 0.040 seconds. Caution flags: 5 for 38 laps. Lap leaders: Helio Castroneves, 85 laps Michael Andretti, 58; Juan Montoya, 39; Kenny Brack, 18; Christian Fittipaldi, 13; Adrian Fernandez, 13; Max Papis, 9; Paul Tracy, 8; Alex Tagliani, 5; Oriol Servia 2.
MICHIGAN CART RACE HISTORY (32 Events) (All races 500 miles unless otherwise indicated)
Year Race Winner Pole Winner
1979 (125 miles) Gordon Johncock Bobby Unser 1979 (125 miles) Bobby Unser Gordon Johncock 1979 (150 miles) Bobby Unser Bobby Unser 1980 (200 miles) Johnny Rutherford Bobby Unser 1980 (150 miles) Mario Andretti Mario Andretti 1981 Pancho Carter Tom Sneva 1981 (150 miles) Rick Mears Rick Mears 1982 Gordon Johncock Mario Andretti 1982 (150 miles) Bobby Rahal Rick Mears 1983 John Paul Jr. Teo Fabi 1983 (200 miles) Rick Mears Bobby Rahal 1984 Mario Andretti Mario Andretti 1984 (200 miles) Mario Andretti Johnny Rutherford 1985 Emerson Fittipaldi Bobby Rahal 1985 (200 miles) Bobby Rahal Bobby Rahal 1986 Johnny Rutherford Rick Mears 1986 (250 miles) Bobby Rahal Rick Mears 1987 Michael Andretti Michael Andretti 1988 Danny Sullivan Rick Mears 1989 Michael Andretti Emerson Fittipaldi 1990 Al Unser Jr. Emerson Fittipaldi 1991 Rick Mears Rick Mears 1992 Scott Goodyear Mario Andretti 1993 Nigel Mansell Mario Andretti 1994 Scott Goodyear Nigel Mansell 1995 Scott Pruett Parker Johnstone 1996 (U.S. 500) Jimmy Vasser Jimmy Vasser 1996 Andre Ribeiro Jimmy Vasser 1997 (U.S. 500) Alex Zanardi Scott Pruett 1998 (U.S. 500) Greg Moore Adrian Fernandez 1999 (U.S. 500) Tony Kanaan Jimmy Vasser 2000 Juan Montoya Paul Tracy
Mario Andretti 3 Rick Mears 3 Bobby Rahal 3 Gordon Johncock 2 Bobby Unser 2 Johnny Rutherford 2 Michael Andretti 2 Scott Goodyear 2 Pancho Carter 1 John Paul Jr. 1 Emerson Fittipaldi 1 Danny Sullivan 1 Al Unser Jr. 1 Nigel Mansell 1 Scott Pruett 1 Jimmy Vasser 1 Andre Ribeiro 1 Alex Zanardi 1 Greg Moore 1 Tony Kanaan 1 Juan Montoya 1
All-time pole positions
Rick Mears 6 Mario Andretti 5 Jimmy Vasser 3 Bobby Unser 3 Bobby Rahal 3 Emerson Fittipaldi 2 Gordon Johncock 1 Tom Sneva 1 Teo Fabi 1 Johnny Rutherford 1 Michael Andretti 1 Nigel Mansell 1 Parker Johnstone 1 Scott Pruett 1 Adrian Fernandez 1 Paul Tracy 1