<pre> FAST FACTS FOR THE RIO 200 WHAT: Rio 200. WHERE: Emerson Fittipaldi Speedway at Nelson Piquet International Raceway, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. WHEN: Friday-Sunday, April 28-30. SUPPORT ...
<pre> FAST FACTS FOR THE RIO 200
WHAT: Rio 200. WHERE: Emerson Fittipaldi Speedway at Nelson Piquet International Raceway, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. WHEN: Friday-Sunday, April 28-30. SUPPORT EVENTS: Formula 3. SCHEDULE: (All times local) FRIDAY, APRIL 28 - Champ Car practice 10:30 a.m.-Noon.; Champ Car practice, 2:30-3:30 p.m. SATURDAY, APRIL 29 - Champ Car practice 9:30-10:45 a.m.; Champ Car qualifying, 1-3:15 p.m. SUNDAY, APRIL 30 - Champ Car warm-up, 9:30-10 a.m.; Grid Champ Cars, 12:45 p.m.; Rio 200, 1:30 p.m. (Time difference is one hour later than Eastern Daylight Time). BROADCAST: TV- ESPN (live, 12:30 p.m. ET). RADIO-CART Radio Network. WEBCAST - Live at www.cart.com.
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Juan Montoya. DEFENDING POLESITTER: Christian Fittipaldi. TRACK LAYOUT: 1.864-mile oval. RACE LENGTH: 108 laps, 201.312 miles. TRACK RECORDS: Qualifying (one lap) - 1999, Christian Fittipaldi, 174.002 mph (38.565 seconds); Race - 1999, Juan Montoya 125.120 mph (for 108 laps, 201.312 miles). RACE ROUND: 4 of 20 in the FedEx Championship Series. FedEX CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES POINTS LEADERS FOR THE PPG CUP: 1. Paul Tracy, 34; 22. Jimmy Vasser, 30; 3. Max Papis, 20; 4. Roberto Moreno, 20; 5. Gil de Ferran, 18. NEXT EVENT: May 13, Firestone Firehawk 500, Motegi, Japan.
Juan Montoya (Target Honda Reynard) of Target/Chip Ganassi Racing became the first rookie in FedEx Championship Series history to win three consecutive events when he captured the 1999 GP Telemar Rio 200 on the Emerson Fittipaldi Speedway at Nelson Piquet International Raceway. Montoya, who led a race-high 93 of 108 laps, finished 1.736 seconds ahead of runner-up Dario Franchitti (KOOL Honda Reynard) to claim his third straight win following back-to-back triumphs at Long Beach and Nazareth Speedway. Christian Fittipaldi (Big Kmart Ford Swift), who claimed his first career pole position a day earlier, finished third, 3.954 seconds behind Montoya, who averaged 125.120 miles per hour en route to the victory. Montoya exited with 66 points and the FedEx Championship Series lead, followed by Franchitti with 51 and Christian Fittipaldi with 49.
Vital Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour, 36 minutes, 32.233 seconds. Average Speed: 125.120 mph. Margin of Victory: 1.736 seconds. Caution Flags: 6 for 30 laps. Lap Leaders: Juan Montoya, 93 laps; Al Unser Jr., 10; Dario Franchitti, 3; Christian Fittipaldi, 2.
RIO 200 RACE HISTORY (4 Events)
Year Race Winner Pole Winner 1996 Andre Ribeiro Alex Zanardi 1997 Paul Tracy Mauricio Gugelmin 1998 Greg Moore Dario Franchitti 1999 Juan Montoya Christian Fittipaldi
Andre Ribeiro 1 Paul Tracy 1 Greg Moore 1 Juan Montoya 1
Total Pole Positions
Alex Zanardi 1 Mauricio Gugelmin 1 Dario Franchitti 1 Christian Fittipaldi 1