What: Honda Indy 300, round 19 of the 20-race CART FedEx Championship Series. When: Sunday, Oct. 15. Local start time: 2:30 p.m. Broadcast: Midnight Eastern on ESPN. Broadcast live on CART Radio Network affiliates. Coverage of practice,...
What: Honda Indy 300, round 19 of the 20-race CART FedEx Championship Series.
When: Sunday, Oct. 15. Local start time: 2:30 p.m. Broadcast: Midnight Eastern on ESPN. Broadcast live on CART Radio Network affiliates. Coverage of practice, qualifying and the race is also live on CART.com. Qualifying - Saturday, Oct. 14. Practice - Friday, Oct. 13.
Where: The 2.795-mile temporary street course in Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia.
History: Juan Montoya started sixth and finished 16th in 1999. Jimmy Vasser started 17th and finished 18th last year.
* Jimmy Vasser is aiming for his second Honda Indy 300 victory. He earned the checkered flag here in 1996, en route to Team Target's first CART championship.
* Vasser is seeking his second straight victory. He won the Grand Prix of Houston on Oct. 1.
* Juan Montoya is looking for his third straight podium finish. He won the Motorola 300 and finished second to Vasser in Houston.
* Montoya has started on the pole in six races this year (Japan, Nazareth, Milwaukee, Detroit, Chicago and St. Louis).
* Montoya is seeking his fourth CART victory of the season. The defending CART champ has won the Miller Lite 225, the Michigan 500 and the Motorola 300.
* Montoya won the Indianapolis 500 on May 28. His teammate Jimmy Vasser placed seventh at the Brickyard.
* Vasser is looking for his sixth consecutive top-eight finish. He placed fifth in Elkhart Lake, sixth in Vancouver, eighth in Monterey, seventh at Gateway and first in Houston. He has placed ninth or better in 13 races in 2000.
* Montoya ranks sixth in the CART point standings with 122 points, just 31 behind points leader Gil de Ferran. Jimmy Vasser ranks 9th with 117 points.
* Vasser owns four top-ten finishes at Australia.
* Montoya has led 787 laps so far in 2000, more than double the next highest total (Helio Castroneves ranks second with 330 laps led).
* Montoya has 13 pole positions in his 38 career CART races. By comparison, former team driver Alex Zanardi finished his remarkable CART career with 10 poles in 51 races.
* Montoya has started sixth or better in 28 of his 38 CART races.
* Target Chip Ganassi Racing is pursuing an unprecedented fifth straight CART FedEx Series championship. Montoya is the defending CART champion. Vasser won the title in 1996. Alex Zanardi won titles for Team Target in 1997 and 1998.
* Vasser has finished in the top 10 in 20 of his last 28 CART races, dating back to the 1999 race in Toronto. He has finished fifth or better in 11 of his last 26 races.
* Including the Indy 500, Team Target has 34 victories in its last 91 starts.
* Either Montoya or Vasser has finished on the podium in 15 of the past 38 races.
St. Jude Target Chip Ganassi Racing is again donating money to Target House at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis. Target House is a comfortable place for the families of St. Jude patients to stay while their children receive treatments. The team will donate $5,000 for each race win, $1,000 for each pole position and $25 for each lap led. During the 1997 season, the team raised $46,275 for Target House. Target matched the donation and awarded St. Jude Hospital a $100,000 check. In 1998, Team Target's success on the track resulted in a $71,875 donation to St. Jude. In 1999, the team raised $68,250 for Target House, which opened May 17, 1999. Founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, St. Jude is the largest center in the U.S. for the treatment and research of pediatric cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases. Following Houston, Team Target's season total is $47,300.