CHAMPCAR/CART: Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach fast facts

FAST FACTS FOR THE TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH <pre> WHAT: Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. WHERE: Streets of downtown Long Beach, Calif. WHEN: Friday-Sunday, April 14-16. SUPPORT EVENTS: PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship, ...

FAST FACTS FOR THE TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH <pre> WHAT: Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. WHERE: Streets of downtown Long Beach, Calif. WHEN: Friday-Sunday, April 14-16. SUPPORT EVENTS: PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship, KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship, Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, Trans-Am Championship. CART SCHEDULE (All times local): FRIDAY, APRIL 14 - Atlantic practice, 8-8:30 a.m.; Indy Lights practice, 8:45-9:25 a.m.; Champ Car practice, 10:30 a.m.-noon; Indy Lights qualifying, 1-1:30 p.m.; Champ Car qualifying, 2:30-3:45 p.m,;. Atlantic qualifying, 4:30-5 p.m. SATURDAY, APRIL 15 - Indy Lights practice, 8-8:40 a.m.; Atlantic qualifying, 8:55-9:30 a.m.; Champ Car practice, 10-11:15 a.m.; Indy Lights qualifying, 11:30 a.m.-Noon; Champ Car qualifying, 1:45-3 p.m.; Atlantic race, 3:15-4:15 p.m. SUNDAY, APRIL 16 - Indy Lights warm-up, 8:30-8:45 a.m.; Champ Car warm-up, 9-9:30 a.m.; Indy Lights race, 10:20-11:20 a.m.; Grid Champ Cars, 12:15 p.m.; Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, 1 p.m. ET.

BROADCAST: TV-ESPN (one-hour tape delay, 5 p.m. ET). RADIO-CART Radio Network. WEBCAST-Live at www.cart.com .

SUPPORT PROGRAMMING: Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach qualifying, Saturday/early Sunday, 1 a.m. ET, ESPN2 (tape delay); CART 2Day, Sunday, 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2.

DEFENDING CHAMPION: Juan Montoya.

DEFENDING POLESITTER: Tony Kanaan.

TRACK LAYOUT: Reconfigured temporary street circuit. New length to be determined by CART Timing and Scoring.

RACE LENGTH: 82 laps, Exact mileage to be determined following measurement of reconfigured street circuit.

TRACK RECORDS: N/A.

RACE ROUND: 2 of 20 in the FedEx Championship Series.

FedEx CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES POINTS LEADERS: 1, Max Papis, 20; 2, Roberto Moreno, 16; 3, Paul Tracy, 14; 4, Jimmy Vasser, 12; 5, Patrick Carpentier and Gil de Ferran, 10.

NEXT EVENT: April 30, Rio 200, Emerson Fittipaldi Speedway at Nelson Piquet International Raceway, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

</pre> INSTANT REPLAY

Juan Montoya became the first rookie since 1996 to win a FedEx Championship Series event as he led Target/Chip Ganassi Racing to its fourth consecutive Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach crown. Montoya (Target Honda Reynard), in only his third series start, ended a rookie drought which had reached 38 races following Alex Zanardi's 1996 victory at Laguna Seca. Montoya led the final 40 laps after Tony Kanaan (McDonald's Championship Racing Honda Reynard), who had earned his first career FedEx Championship Series pole position, made contact with a tire wall while leading the 46th of 85 laps. Montoya went on to a 2.805-second victory over Dario Franchitti (KOOL Honda Reynard) while averaging 87.915 miles per hour. Bryan Herta (Shell Ford Reynard) finished third, 7.003 seconds behind Montoya. The victory was the first of three consecutive for Montoya, who later added triumphs at Nazareth and Rio de Janeiro, three of a series-high seven wins he would collect en route to the FedEx Championship Series championship. Greg Moore (Player's Forsythe Racing Team Mercedes Reynard), who finished eighth, exited with Long Beach with 39 points and the championship lead, followed by Adrian Fernandez (Tecate/Quaker State/Patrick Racing Ford Reynard) and Gil de Ferran (Valvoline/Cummins Special Honda Reynard) with 33 each. <pre> Vital Race Statistics


Time of Race: 1 hour, 45 minutes, 48.688 seconds.
Average Speed: 87.915 mph.
Margin of Victory: 2.805 seconds.
Caution Flags: 5 for 19 laps.
Lap Leaders: Tony Kanaan, 44 laps; Juan Montoya, 40; Bryan Herta, 1.


LONG BEACH RACE HISTORY
(16 Events)


Year Race Winner Pole Winner
1984 Mario Andretti Mario Andretti
1985 Mario Andretti Mario Andretti
1986 Michael Andretti Danny Sullivan
1987 Mario Andretti Mario Andretti
1988 Al Unser Jr. Danny Sullivan
1989 Al Unser Jr. Al Unser Jr.
1990 Al Unser Jr. Al Unser Jr.
1991 Al Unser Jr. Michael Andretti
1992 Danny Sullivan Michael Andretti
1993 Paul Tracy Nigel Mansell
1994 Al Unser Jr. Paul Tracy
1995 Al Unser Jr. Michael Andretti
1996 Jimmy Vasser Gil de Ferran
1997 Alex Zanardi Gil de Ferran
1998 Alex Zanardi Bryan Herta
1999 Juan Montoya Tony Kanaan

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