REYNARD TAKES TOP FOUR PLACES AT CHICAGO CHAMP CAR RACE Reynard Champ Cars swept the board at the Chicago race, round 15 of the 1999 Fedex Championship Series. Juan Montoya driving the Honda Reynard of Ganassi Racing took the chequered flag to...
REYNARD TAKES TOP FOUR PLACES AT CHICAGO CHAMP CAR RACE
Reynard Champ Cars swept the board at the Chicago race, round 15 of the 1999 Fedex Championship Series. Juan Montoya driving the Honda Reynard of Ganassi Racing took the chequered flag to record the sixth win of his rookie season, a new record for the Championship, to overtake the previous record set by Nigel Mansell in 1993. Dario Franchitti, Team KOOL Green with Honda Reynard finished 0.783 seconds behind Montoya to take second place. Montoya's team-mate, Jimmy Vasser, in his Honda Reynard, completed the podium in third place. Max Papis rounded out the top four finishers in the Team Rahal Ford Reynard.
The 225 lap race was the inaugural event at the Chicago Sportsman Park race track, a one-mile short oval in Cicero, a suburb of the city. A sell-out crowd of 60,000 enjoyed the spectacle of Champ Car racing for the first time in this location.
Juan Montoya, Target Honda Reynard: "I'm so pleased. All weekend was really bad. We couldn't get the car working the way we wanted to. [Race engineer] Morris Nunn and the guys stayed late last night and they made the right changes. This morning, when we went out for the warmup, the car was so much better. I knew coming into the weekend that we had a chance at winning the race, but I wasn't really a contender until this morning. [Regarding the CART rookie record of six victories in the season] It's good, but it's not what I think about when I'm out there. I just go racing and try to win."
Barry Ward, Chief Designer for Champ Cars, Reynard Motorsport, comments," The Fedex Championship Series brought a great show to Chicago today. Fans were entertained with fast, furious racing and plenty of track action. We've had a good result here for the first event at this track. The Reynards were in contention all weekend and stayed there right to the chequered flag."
The 1999 Fedex Championship Series returns to the track in two weeks time with the second Canadian event of the season, the Vancouver Grand Prix held on September 5th on a downtown temporary street circuit.