CHAMPCAR/CART: Motegi fast facts

<pre> WHAT: Firestone Firehawk 500. WHERE: Twin Ring Motegi, Motegi, Japan. WHEN: Thursday-Saturday, May 17-19. SUPPORT EVENTS: None. SCHEDULE: (All times local) THURSDAY, MAY 17 - Champ Car practice, 9:45-11:30 ...

<pre> WHAT: Firestone Firehawk 500.

WHERE: Twin Ring Motegi, Motegi, Japan.

WHEN: Thursday-Saturday, May 17-19.

SUPPORT EVENTS: None.

SCHEDULE: (All times local)

THURSDAY, MAY 17 - Champ Car practice, 9:45-11:30 a.m. Champ Car practice, 1:45-3:15 p.m.

FRIDAY, MAY 18 - Champ Car practice (2 groups/45 minutes each), 9:30-11:15 a.m. Champ Car qualifying, 1:30-3 p.m.

SATURDAY, MAY 19 - Champ Car warm-up, 9-9:30 a.m. Grid Champ Cars, 11:45 a.m. Firestone Firehawk 500, 12:30 p.m..

BROADCAST: TV- ABC-TV (tape delay, 1 p.m. ET Saturday, May 19). RADIO - CART Radio Network. INTERNET - www.cart.com .

DEFENDING CHAMPION: Michael Andretti.

2000 POLESITTER: .Juan Montoya

TRACK LAYOUT: 1.549-mile oval.

RACE LENGTH: 500 kilometers (312 miles), 201 laps.

TRACK RECORDS: Qualifying - 1999, Gil de Ferran, 219.000 mph (25.463 seconds); Race - 1999, Adrian Fernandez, 176.195 mph.

RACE: 4 of 20 in the FedEx Championship Series.

FedEx CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES POINTS LEADERS: 1. Cristiano da Matta, Newman/Haas Racing, 40 points 2. Paul Tracy, Team KOOL Green, 40 points 3. Gil de Ferran, Marlboro Team Penske, 30 points 4. Jimmy Vasser, Patrick Racing, 30 points 5. Helio Castroneves, Marlboro Team Penske, 29 points 6. Kenny Brack, Team Rahal, 29 points.

NEXT EVENT: June 3, Miller Lite 225, West Allis, Wis.

</pre> 2000 Race

Michael Andretti (Big Kmart/Texaco/Havoline Ford Lola) of Newman/Haas Racing reached several milestones while capturing his FedEx Championship Series-leading 39th career victory in the rain-delayed 2000 Firestone Firehawk 500 at Twin Ring Motegi, Japan. Andretti led the final 26 laps to finish 0.546 seconds ahead of Dario Franchitti (KOOL Honda Reynard) of Team KOOL Green, whose runner-up effort represented his first podium finish since his 1999 victory at Australia. Andretti averaged 157.154 miles per hour en route to the victory, which tied him with Al Unser for third place on the all-time Champ Car victory list. He also established a CART record for most seasons with at least one victory (13), breaking a tie with Rick Mears. Roberto Moreno (Visteon Ford Reynard) of Patrick Racing finished third, 2.825 seconds behind Andretti. Pole-sitter Juan Montoya (Target Toyota Lola) of Target Chip Ganassi Racing, who led 172 of the first 175 laps, encountered a boost problem late in the 201-lap event and finished seventh. Paul Tracy (KOOL Honda Reynard) of Team KOOL Green, who finished sixth, exited Japan with 56 points and the FedEx Championship Series points lead, followed by Jimmy Vasser (Target Toyota Lola) of Target Chip Ganassi Racing and Moreno, with 42 each.

<pre> Vital Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour, 58 minutes, 52.201 seconds. Average Speed: 157.154 miles per hour. Margin of Victory: 0.546 seconds. Caution Flags: 5 for 29 laps. Lap Leaders: Juan Montoya, 172 laps; Michael Andretti, 26; Adrian Fernandez, 3.

MOTEGI CART RACE HISTORY (3 Events)

Year    Race Winner                     Pole    Winner
1998    Adrian Fernandez                Jimmy Vasser
1999    Adrian Fernandez                Gil de Ferran
2000    Michael Andretti                Juan Montoya

Total Victories

Adrian Fernandez        2
Michael Andretti        1

Total Pole Positions

Jimmy Vasser            1
Gil de Ferran           1
Juan Montoya            1

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Adrian Fernandez , Roberto Moreno , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Kenny Brack , Rick Mears , Chip Ganassi , Cristiano da Matta , Al Unser
Teams Team Penske , Chip Ganassi Racing