BIG KMART/TEXACO/HAVOLINE DRIVER ANDRETTI BREAKS TIE WITH AL UNSER TO TAKE THIRD IN CART ALL-TIME WINS WITH 40th VICTORY AT THE MOLSON INDY TORONTO Fast Facts --- July 16, 2000 Big Kmart/Texaco/Havoline driver Michael Andretti, 37, scored his...
BIG KMART/TEXACO/HAVOLINE DRIVER ANDRETTI BREAKS TIE WITH AL UNSER TO TAKE THIRD IN CART ALL-TIME WINS WITH 40th VICTORY AT THE MOLSON INDY TORONTO
Fast Facts --- July 16, 2000
Big Kmart/Texaco/Havoline driver Michael Andretti, 37, scored his 40th career CART win at the Molson Indy Toronto and broke a tie with Al Unser (39 wins) for third in the All-Time Race Winner category with today's victory.
This is Andretti's 260th career CART start as well as his second victory of the season after winning in Motegi, Japan. This is Andretti's 26th win on a street course of his 40 total.
It is Andretti's SIXTH win at Toronto ('89, '91, '92, '94, '95 '00) and 26th overall on road/street courses. His sixth win breaks a personal tie of the track where he scored his most wins. Prior to the race he had scored five wins each at Milwaukee and Toronto.
It is also the fifth victory for the all-new FORD-COSWORTH XF engine. Max Papis drove to victory in the season-opener in Homestead (3-26); Adrian Fernandez won in Rio (4-30); Andretti won in Japan (5-14); Roberto Moreno won in Cleveland (7-2) and Andretti won TODAY'S event. It was the second victory for Andretti in a LOLA since the team switched back to the chassis after three seasons with Swift. It was also the THIRD victory for Lola since Andretti's victory in 1996 at Vancouver. (Montoya scored a win for Lola in Milwaukee.) Newman/Haas Racing ran a Lola chassis from their first season in 1983 to 1996.
The win is the 57th for Newman/Haas Racing (NHR) in their 285th Champ car event since being formed in 1983. NHR is the second most successful team in CART history with 57 victories including today's win.
Newman/Haas Racing has scored eight of the last 17 Ford-Cosworth engine victories. (Andretti: Road America & Vancouver in '96; Homestead in '97 & '98, St. Louis in '99, Japan in '00 and today's event; Fittipaldi: Road America '99; Scott Pruett scored a win in Australia in '97 and Adrian Fernandez won in Japan and Mid-Ohio in 1998; Herta won in Laguna Seca in 1998 and 1999; Fernandez won the '99 Japan and Fontana races and the 2000 Rio event; Max Papis won in Homestead '00).