<pre> FAST FACTS FOR THE LEHIGH VALLEY GRAND PRIX PRESENTED BY TOYOTA WHAT: Lehigh Valley Grand Prix Presented by Toyota. WHERE: Nazareth Speedway, Nazareth, Pa. WHEN: Thursday-Sunday, May 4-6 SUPPORT EVENTS: CART Toyota Atlantic ...
<pre> FAST FACTS FOR THE LEHIGH VALLEY GRAND PRIX PRESENTED BY TOYOTA
WHAT: Lehigh Valley Grand Prix Presented by Toyota. WHERE: Nazareth Speedway, Nazareth, Pa. WHEN: Thursday-Sunday, May 4-6
SUPPORT EVENTS: CART Toyota Atlantic Championship, USAC Coors Light Silver Bullet Series.
CART SCHEDULE: (All times Eastern) THURSDAY, MAY 3 Atlantic test, 10 a.m.-noon Atlantic test, 2-4 p.m.
FRIDAY, MAY 4 Atlantic practice, 8:45-9:25 a.m. Champ Car practice, 9:45-11:45 a.m. Champ Car practice, 1:30-3:15 p.m. Atlantic practice, 3:30-4 p.m.
SATURDAY, MAY 5 Atlantic practice, 8:45-9:15 a.m. Champ Car practice (2 groups, 45 minutes each), 9:30-11:15 a.m. Atlantic qualifying, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Champ Car qualifying, 1:30-3 p.m.
SUNDAY, MAY 6 Atlantic warm-up, 8:30-8:45 a.m. Champ Car warm-up, 9-9:30 a.m. Atlantic race, 10:15-11:30 a.m. Grid Champ Cars, 12:15 p.m. Lehigh Valley Grand Prix Presented by Toyota, 1 p.m.
BROADCAST: TV-ABC-TV (Live, 1 p.m. EST). RADIO-CART Radio Network. INTERNET - www.cart.com .
PRE-RACE PROGRAMMING: Lehigh Valley Grand Prix Presented by Toyota qualifying, 12:30 a.m. Sunday, ESPN2 CART 2Day, 11 a.m. Sunday, ESPN2.
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Gil de Ferran. 2000 POLESITTER: Juan Montoya.
TRACK LAYOUT: 0.946-mile oval. RACE LENGTH: 225 laps, 212.85 miles.
TRACK RECORDS: Qualifying (one lap) - 1998, Patrick Carpentier, 184.896 mph (18.419 seconds) Race - 1999, Juan Montoya, 120.225 mph.
RACE NUMBER: 3 of 21.
FedEx CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES POINTS LEADERS: 1. Cristiano da Matta 37 2. Gil de Ferran 30 3. Helio Castroneves 27 4. Paul Tracy 26 5. Jimmy Vasser 18.
NEXT EVENT: May 19, Firestone Firehawk 500, Twin Ring Motegi, Motegi, Japan.
INSTANT REPLAY </pre> Gil de Ferran broke a victory drought of nearly three years for Penske Racing when he captured the team's 100th Champ Car victory at the rescheduled 2000 Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix Presented by Toyota at Nazareth Speedway. De Ferran (Marlboro Honda Reynard), who led the final 68 laps, recorded the Penske team's first victory since Paul Tracy won at Gateway International Raceway on May 24, 1997, and the 100th since the team began operations in 1968. It was Penske Racing's 88th victory in CART competition and its 59th Champ Car win on an oval. De Ferran averaged 101.129 miles per hour and finished 0.815 seconds ahead of Mauricio Gugelmin (Nextel PacWest Mercedes) of the PacWest Racing Group, whose runner-up effort was his best effort since recording his lone Champ Car victory at Vancouver in 1997. Rookie Kenny Brack (Shell Ford Reynard) of Team Rahal took third to record the first podium finish of his career. The event was contested on Saturday, May 27 after snow forced postponement from its original April 9 date. Paul Tracy (KOOL Honda Reynard) of Team KOOL Green, who finished 10th, exited Nazareth with 59 points and the FedEx Championship Series lead, followed by Jimmy Vasser (Target Toyota Lola) of Target Chip Ganassi Racing, with 48, and Roberto Moreno (Visteon Ford Reynard) of Patrick Racing, with 42. <pre> Vital Race Statistics
Time of Race: 2 hours, 6 minutes, 10.334 seconds. Average Speed: 101.219 mph. Margin of Victory: 0.815 seconds. Caution Flags: 8 for 80 laps. Lap Leaders: Juan Montoya, 110 laps; Gil de Ferran , 68; Tony Kanaan 39; Paul Tracy 8.
NAZARETH RACE HISTORY (14 Events)
Year Race Winner Pole Winner
1987 Michael Andretti Michael Andretti 1988 Danny Sullivan Danny Sullivan 1989 Emerson Fittipaldi Rick Mears 1990 Emerson Fittipaldi Bobby Rahal 1991 Arie Luyendyk Rick Mears 1992 Bobby Rahal Michael Andretti 1993 Nigel Mansell Nigel Mansell 1994 Paul Tracy Emerson Fittipaldi 1995 Emerson Fittipaldi Robby Gordon 1996 Michael Andretti Paul Tracy 1997 Paul Tracy Paul Tracy 1998 Jimmy Vasser Patrick Carpentier 1999 Juan Montoya Juan Montoya 2000 Gil de Ferran Juan Montoya
1. Emerson Fittipaldi 3 2. Michael Andretti 2 Paul Tracy 2 4. Danny Sullivan 1 Arie Luyendyk 1 Bobby Rahal 1 Nigel Mansell 1 Jimmy Vasser 1 Juan Montoya 1 Gil de Ferran 1
1. Paul Tracy 2 Michael Andretti 2 Rick Mears 2 Juan Montoya 2 5. Danny Sullivan 1 Bobby Rahal 1 Nigel Mansell 1 Emerson Fittipaldi 1 Robby Gordon 1 Patrick Carpentier 1