CHAMPCAR/CART: 23 Weeks To Go!!

September 29, 30 and October 1, 2000 Paul Tracy and Team Kool Green love the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Paul's first place finish makes him the 2nd winningest active driver in CART with 15 wins to Michael Andretti's 38. Alex Tagliani,...

September 29, 30 and October 1, 2000

Paul Tracy and Team Kool Green love the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Paul's first place finish makes him the 2nd winningest active driver in CART with 15 wins to Michael Andretti's 38.

Alex Tagliani, Players Forsythe Racing, is now the first rookie since 1998 to score points in the first two races of the season. Another rookie record setter was Takuya Kurosawa of Dale Coyne Racing. He is the first Japanese driver to lead a lap in CART's history. Kurosawa led laps 55 through 61.

The current points, following Long Beach for the first five place drivers:

1. Paul Tracy: 34 points 2. Jimmy Vasser: 26 points 3. Max Papis: 20 points (Max dropped from 1st to 3rd after Sunday as he earned no points) 4. Roberto Moreno 5. Gil de Ferran

CART announced last Friday a new venue for 2001. Monterrey, Mexico will host a race in March. The race will take place on a newly designed 1.9 mile road course in a 172 acre park about four miles from downtown Monterrey.

What's going on for the 2000 THGPH?

The operations department is working closely on the traffic plan to ensure easy traffic flow thorughout race weekend. The plan is based on this year's additional anticipated downtown traffic due to the Astros' games at Enron Field during race weekend. The baseball games are scheduled for the evenings following the race day's activities.

Who's Driving for Whom?

Bryan Herta, filling in for the injured Shinji Nakano, started and finished in 5th place at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Memo Gidley received a phone call Tuesday morning of race week, asking him to subsitute for Patrick Carpentier who broke his wrist in a fall. Gidley hadn't been in a Champ car since last year at Laguna Seca. Although a fuel pickup problem eventually eliminated him, he proved he could run with anyone.

Bryan and Memo will continue to fill in for Nakano and Carpentier in Brazil on April 30.

The 2000 Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix facts and figures: Race week activities will include:

The 2nd annual Transporter Procession featuring many of the CART teams, CART safety vehicles and many local officials proceeding from Memorial Park to the George R. Brown Convention Center.

Date:    Tuesday, September 26 
Route:   TBA - downtown streets

The 3rd annual Mayor's Gala on Wednesday, September 27

The 3rd annual Charity Golf Tournament on Thursday, September 28 at Northgate Country Club.

Friday through Sunday:

Race weekend features the SCCA Trans-Am teams, the Toyota Atlantic series along with the Houston Police Department Bicycle Challenge and the Racing for Children Challenge.

Who is Adrian Fernandez?

Adrian Fernandez is a fan favorite among the thousands of Houston race attendees. Fernandez, from Mexico City, pilots the Tecate- sponsored Ford/Reynard Patrick racing entry.

Adrian is the most successful Mexican driver in CART history, with five victories to his credit -- three of those wins on ovals.

Joining the CART series in 1993, Fernandez has driven for the Galles team, Tasman Motorsports and then in 1998, joined Patrick Racing.

Racing Talk --

What does it mean?

Corner worker: a track staff person, most often a volunteer, who assists with monitoring a designated area of the track during a race. In Houston for the THGPH, the corner workers are SCCA members who volunteer their time for the weekend.

All about Houston

Houston is home to the Texas Medical Center, one of the largest and most successful medical care and research facilities in the world.

On July 20, 1969, the first word spoken from the moon was "Houston".  Neil
Armstrong reported:  "Houston, Tranquility Base here.  The Eagle has landed."

Houston is best known as the energy capital of the world. However, Houston is also known as an international city, a leader in the arts, education and healthcare. The 17-block theater district attracts 2 million people annually and is second in size only to Broadway.

Next race for the CART FedEx Championship Series is Sunday, April 30 Location: The Emerson Fittipaldi Speedway at Nelson Piquet International Raceway in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. ESPN will air the show beginning at 12:30 EDT.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Memo Gidley , Max Papis , Adrian Fernandez , Roberto Moreno , Patrick Carpentier , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Bryan Herta , Shinji Nakano , Nelson Piquet , Emerson Fittipaldi , Takuya Kurosawa , Dale Coyne
Teams Dale Coyne Racing