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FAST FACTS FOR THE BOSCH SPARK PLUG GRAND PRIX PRESENTED BY TOYOTA WHAT: Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix Presented by Toyota. WHERE: Nazareth Speedway, Nazareth, Pa. WHEN: Saturday, May 27. CART SCHEDULE: (All times Eastern)...

FAST FACTS FOR THE BOSCH SPARK PLUG GRAND PRIX PRESENTED BY TOYOTA

WHAT: Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix Presented by Toyota.

WHERE: Nazareth Speedway, Nazareth, Pa.

WHEN: Saturday, May 27.

CART SCHEDULE: (All times Eastern)

SATURDAY, MAY 27
Champ Car practice and warm-up, 9-10 a.m.;
Grid Champ Cars, 12:15 p.m.;
Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix Presented by Toyota, 1 p.m.

BROADCAST: TV-ESPN (Live, 1 p.m. EST). RADIO-CART Radio Network. INTERNET - www.cart.com .

DEFENDING CHAMPION: Juan Montoya.

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.

FedEx CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES POINTS LEADERS: 1. Paul Tracy, 56; 2. Jimmy Vasser, 42; 3. Roberto Moreno, 42; 4. Max Papis, 25; 5. Cristiano da Matta, 25.

NEXT EVENT: June 4, Miller Lite 225, The Milwaukee Mile, West Allis, Wis.

INSTANT REPLAY

Rookie Juan Montoya (Target Reynard Honda) turned in a thoroughly dominant performance in recording his second consecutive FedEx Championship Series victory in the 1999 Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix Presented by Toyota at Nazareth Speedway. Montoya, who two weeks earlier had won the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, led 210 of the 225 laps and averaged a race-record 120.225 miles per hour while finishing 5.103 seconds ahead of runner-up PJ Jones (Visteon Swift Ford). The victory allowed Montoya to sweep the maximum 22 championship points for winning from the pole while leading the most laps. The runner-up finish was a career best for Jones in his 44th career start. Paul Tracy rounded out the podium by finishing third, his first top-three result since a 1997 victory at Gateway International Raceway. The victory moved Montoya into the FedEx Championship Series points lead, as he became the first rookie to win back-to-back FedEx Championship Series events since Nigel Mansell at Michigan and New Hampshire in 1993. Montoya's 45 championship points gave him a two-point advantage over Adrian Fernandez (Tecate/Quaker State/Patrick Racing Ford Reynard), who stood second with 43. Greg Moore (Player's Forsythe Racing Team Mercedes Reynard) was third with 40.

<pre> Vital Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour, 46 minutes, 13.527 seconds. Average Speed: 120.225 mph. Margin of Victory: 5.103 seconds. Caution Flags: 5 for 56 laps. Lap Leaders: Juan Montoya, 225 laps; Helio Castro-Neves 15.

NAZARETH RACE HISTORY (13 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    Juan Montoya

Victories

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

Pole Positions

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
  

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Robby Gordon , Arie Luyendyk , Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Max Papis , Adrian Fernandez , Roberto Moreno , Bobby Rahal , Patrick Carpentier , Paul Tracy , Nigel Mansell , Rick Mears , Danny Sullivan , Emerson Fittipaldi , Greg Moore , Cristiano da Matta