CHAMPCAR/CART: 19 Weeks to Go

September 29, 30 and October 1, 2000 Michael Andretti earned his 39th career victory at Twin Ring Motegi, Japan. The win now ties him with Al Unser, Jr. for 3rd on the all- time Champ Car victory list. Also of importance is that the win...

September 29, 30 and October 1, 2000

Michael Andretti earned his 39th career victory at Twin Ring Motegi, Japan. The win now ties him with Al Unser, Jr. for 3rd on the all- time Champ Car victory list.

Also of importance is that the win earned Andretti 20 valuable points toward this year's championship. Going into the Motegi event, Andretti had 0 points. He had earned four during the Rio 200, however, the points were forfeited as a result of contact with two of his crew members during a pit stop.

Current points standings after Twin Ring Motegi, Japan:

Paul Tracy, 56 points; Jimmy Vasser, 42; Roberto Moreno, 42; Max Papis, 25; Cristiano da Matta, 25; Adrian Fernandez, 23; Gil de Ferran, 22; Michael Andretti, 20; Dario Franchitti, 20; Alex Tagliana, 18.

What's going on for the 2000 THGPH?

Last Saturday, approximately 100 officers from the Houston Police Department Bicycle Patrol, competed for their spot in the 3rd annual HPD Bike Challenge presented by Houston Cellular.

The Challenge will be held on Saturday, September 30 at the Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix at Noon. The format for 2000 will include two heats, each consisting of 30 officers racing their bikes two laps around the 1.53 mile, 10-turn course.

Funds raised by HPD and the Grand Prix for this event benefit the Houston Police Department's Assist the Officer Foundation.

Who's Who?

Jimmy Vasser is one of the veterans of the FedEx Championship Series. His first CART season was in 1992. He is a consistent driver, with eight career victories and seven poles. Last year he finished among the top 10 drivers in the Champ Car series for the fifth consecutive season.

Vasser and his teammate, Juan Montoya, made the move this year to Toyota engines. Vasser is second in the 2000 points chase.

Some 2000 Facts and Figures ---

Top speed of a Champ Car is about 230 mph. The length of the car is 190 - 199 inches. The three chassis used are Reynard, Lola and Swift. The cars weight 1,550 lbs. The engines are turbocharged V8's producing 800 hp. Annual cost is anywhere from $7 to $14 Million.

Champ Car Jargon: -- What does it mean?

Backmarker: a slow car, often one not on the lead lap. Hat Dance: The ritual of photos taken after a race with the top three drivers changing sponsor hats for each photo. Mirrors Full: Means a driver sees someone trying to pass him on the track.

All about Houston

Eighteen companies on the 2000 Fortune 500 list are headquartered in Houston.

Many other Fortune 500 companies maintain U. S. administrative headquarters in Houston, though their corporate headquarters are elsewhere.

More than half the world's largest non-U.S. based corporations have operations in Houston.

Next race for the CART FedEx Championship Series is the re-run of the snowed-out Nazareth Speedway, Saturday, May 27 Location: Nazareth, PA ESPN will air the show beginning at 1:00 pm EDT.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Max Papis , Adrian Fernandez , Roberto Moreno , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Cristiano da Matta , Al Unser , Alex T