FONTANA, CALIFORNIA - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2000 - Round 20 of the 2000 FedEx Championship Series - And then there were three. With 33 laps completed the Marlboro 500 at California Speedway in Fontana, California, was postponed due to ...
FONTANA, CALIFORNIA - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2000 - Round 20 of the 2000 FedEx Championship Series - And then there were three. With 33 laps completed the Marlboro 500 at California Speedway in Fontana, California, was postponed due to rain.
However, before the race was halted, Paul Tracy, one of four remaining contenders for the 2000 FedEx Championship Series crown, was eliminated from the competition when his engine went sending debris all over the track.
Coming into this weekend there were five drivers with a mathematical chance of taking the championship. Visteon/Patrick Racing driver Roberto Moreno was eliminated from the title chase when he failed to capture the pole and the accompanying point yesterday. Moreno was running in 11th position when the competition was suspended. Tracy is the second driver to fall from the ranks of championship contenders leaving just Gil de Ferran, Tecate/Quaker State/Patrick Racing driver Adrian Fernandez and Kenny Brack to vie for the title. De Ferran was running in fourth place, Brack in sixth and Fernandez ninth when the race was halted.
"The Tecate/Quaker State/Patrick Racing team went a little conservative with the setup for the race and unfortunately, the car had a little to much push. That was a little frustrating, but we stayed disciplined and patient. We dropped a couple of places at the start, but we were holding there and hoping for a yellow so we could make some changes. We got the yellow and we made modifications to the car and we didn't change tire. We thought that would be a good move for us, and it was because we picked up five places," Fernandez noted.
In terms of the rain, it is disappointing for everybody," Fernandez said. "I feel bad for the fans and our sponsors who came all the way here, but can't stay. We would have liked to race today, but nobody can control the weather. Hopefully we can get out there tomorrow and put on a good show for the fans who stay."
The season ending Marlboro 500 has been rescheduled for 10:00 a.m. tomorrow, Monday, October 30, weather permitting. It will be televised live on ESPN.