CHAMPCAR/CART: Chicago fast facts

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WHAT: Target Grand Prix Presented by Energizer. WHERE: Chicago Motor Speedway, Cicero, Illinois. WHEN: Thursday-Sunday, July 26-29. SUPPORT EVENTS: CART Toyota Atlantic Championship, Barber Dodge Pro Series, Target Pro-Celebrity Race.

CART SCHEDULE (All times CDT): THURSDAY, JULY 26 - Barber Dodge test 8:45-9:45 a.m. Atlantic test 10 a.m.-Noon Barber Dodge test 12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m. Atlantic test 2-4 p.m. Barber Dodge test 4:15-5:15 p.m.

FRIDAY, JULY 27 - Barber Dodge practice 8-8:30 a.m. Atlantic practice 8:45-9:25 a.m. Champ Car practice 9:45-11:30 a.m. Barber Dodge practice 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Champ Car practice 1:45-3:15 p.m. Atlantic practice, 3:30-4 p.m. Barber Dodge qualifying 4:15-5:15 p.m.

SATURDAY, JULY 28 - Atlantic practice 8-8:40 a.m. Barber Dodge practice/warm-up 8:55-9:10 a.m. Champ Car practice, 9:30-11:15 a.m. Atlantic qualifying 12:15-1:15 p.m. Champ Car qualifying 1:30- 3 p.m. Barber Dodge race 3:15-4:15 p.m.

SUNDAY, JULY 29 - Atlantic warm-up, 9:45-10 a.m Champ Car warm-up, 11 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Atlantic race, Noon-1:15 p.m. Grid Champ Cars, 2:15 p.m. Target Grand Prix Presented by Energizer, 3 p.m.

BROADCAST: TV - (ABC-TV, live, 4 p.m. ET). RADIO - CART Radio Network.

INTERNET - www.cart.com .

PRE-RACE PROGRAMMING: Target Grand Prix Presented by Energizer qualifying, 6 p.m. ET Saturday, ESPN2; CART 2Day, 11 a.m. Sunday, ESPN2.

DEFENDING CHAMPION: Cristiano da Matta.

DEFENDING POLESITTER: Juan Montoya.

TRACK LAYOUT: 1.029-mile oval.

RACE LENGTH: 225 laps, 231.525 miles.

TRACK RECORDS: Qualifying (one lap) - 2000, Juan Montoya, 167.567 mph (22.107 seconds); Race - 1999, Juan Montoya, 122.236 mph.

RACE NUMBER: 12 of 21 in the FedEx Championship Series.

FedEx CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES POINTS LEADERS: 1. Kenny Brack, Team Rahal, 84 points; 2. Dario Franchitti, Team KOOL Green, 81; 3. Helio Castroneves, Marlboro Team Penske, 75; 4. Michael Andretti, Team Motorola, 73; 5. Cristiano da Matta, Newman/Haas Racing, 67.

INSTANT REPLAY

Cristiano da Matta of PPI Motorsports claimed the first victory of his two-year FedEx Championship Series career when he drove to the checkered flag in the 2000 Target Grand Prix Presented by Energizer at Chicago Motor Speedway. Da Matta (Pioneer/MCI WorldCom Toyota Reynard) claimed the first Champ Car win in the six-year history of PPI Motorsports while becoming the season's ninth different winner in 12 events. Da Matta led the final 51 laps after taking the advantage when Kenny Brack (Shell Ford Reynard) made his final pit stop under caution on the 174th of 225 laps. He became the fourth first-time winner of the season and averaged 114.432 miles per hour en route to a 1.690-second win over Michael Andretti (Kmart/Texaco/Havoline Ford Lola) of Newman/Haas Racing, who recorded his fifth podium result of the season. Gil de Ferran (Marlboro Honda Reynard) of Marlboro Team Penske finished third. Andretti exited Chicago with a 120-98 lead over Roberto Moreno of Patrick Racing in the FedEx Championship Series championship while de Ferran stood third with 89 points.

Vital Race Statistics

Time of race: 2 hours, 1 minute, 23.727 seconds. Average speed: 114.432 mph. Margin of victory: 1.690 seconds. Caution flags: 6 for 50 laps. Lap leaders: Juan Montoya 111 laps, Cristiano da Matta 51, Kenny Brack, 46, Michael Andretti 17.

TARGET GRAND PRIX PRESENTED BY ENERGIZER HISTORY (2 Events)

Year            Race Winner             Pole Winner
1999            Juan Montoya            Max Papis
2000            Cristiano da Matta      Juan  Montoya

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Max Papis , Dario Franchitti , Kenny Brack , Cristiano da Matta
Teams Team Penske