CHAMPCAR/CART: 10 weeks to go to Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston

The FedEx Championship Series so far this year: After last weekend's event in Toronto, the points chase became very tight. New leader going into Toronto, Roberto Moreno, was unable to finish the race due to gearbox problems, thus received 0...

The FedEx Championship Series so far this year:

After last weekend's event in Toronto, the points chase became very tight. New leader going into Toronto, Roberto Moreno, was unable to finish the race due to gearbox problems, thus received 0 points. Michael Andretti, who had been a distant second, scored 20 points with his win and is now within two points of Moreno.

The Toronto win was Andretti's 40th career victory in his Champ Car career.

The top-ten drivers' points standings after 10 races:

Roberto Moreno, 90 points; Michael Andretti, 88; Gil de Ferran, 75; Paul Tracy, 73; Kenny Brack, 66; Jimmy Vasser, 63; Cristiano da Matta, 62; Adrian Fernandez, 61; Juan Montoya, 54 and Patrick Carpentier, 53.

What's going on for the 2000 THGPH

The Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) is gearing up with all their personnel to assist the Grand Prix again in 2000. Race officiating is a very important role of the SCCA. Every major U.S. road racing event is staffed by the SCCA members working in a variety of area throughout the race circuit. The SCCA's trained and licensed workers provide emergency services, course communications, timing and scoring, registration and marshalling for the course, pregrid of the cars, pit lane and paddock area.

Who's Who?

Paul Gentilozzi, Trans-Am Series

Based out of Lansing, Michigan, Paul Gentilozzi has been competing for 24 years, including 13 years in road racing. His racing career includes drag racing where he won three national records, the IMSA American Challenge and GTO. He began racing in the Trans-Am series in 1987.

He has won the Trans-Am Series Drivers' Championship twice.

Gentilozzi will be racing on Saturday during the Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston event weekend.

A History Lesson<bold><bigger><bigger>

After the interest in racing waned during the war, it revived once the war was over and a new type of circuit became popular. Instead of racing on the wooden tracks, one-mile ovals on fairground properties became popular. The first events on the oval tracks were held in Springfield, Milwaukee, Atlanta, Detroit, DuQuoin, Phoenix and Syracuse. The AAA still showed little interest in continuing their sanctioning support and many people were anxious to see a new body take over.

Champ Car Jargon:

What does it mean?

Balaclava: The fireproof hood drivers wear under their helmets to avoid burns to the face and neck.

Bodywork: The exterior of the car. The bodywork is generally made from carbon fiber. The panels lift off in sections so mechanics can get to mechanical components easily and quickly.

Pole: This historic term refers to the driver who starts at the front of the field on the inside of the front row by virtue of the fastest qualifying team. The term originated at horse tracks, where many of the original Champ Car races were held on dirt.

All about Houston

The City of Houston's City Government has over 500 building utilized by over 23,000 employees. The core of the local government is downtown in the City Hall and Annex and other downtown buildings.

One of the buildings managed by the City is the George R. Brown Convention Center, which serves as the paddock area, media center and race operations during the Grand Prix. The Brown has more than 451,000 square feet of exhibit space and 41 meeting rooms. The 3rd floor of the Brown contains an acoustically designed theater with seating for 3,600. Site of the Mayor's Gala this year, the George Bush Grand Ballroom contains over 30,000 square feet.

New balconies have been constructed on the front of the Brown overlooking the front straight of the Grand Prix course. The balconies offer prime viewing and the sales department is now offering group packages for this new area.

Next race for the CART FedEx Championship Series is this weekend, July 23 at Michigan Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. ABC will air the show beginning at 1:30pm EDT on ABC.

For the latest updates about the Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston, visit our website: http://www.texacogp.com

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Adrian Fernandez , Roberto Moreno , Patrick Carpentier , Paul Tracy , Paul Gentilozzi , Cristiano da Matta