<pre> FAST FACTS FOR THE TENNECO AUTOMOTIVE GRAND PRIX OF DETROIT WHAT: Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit. WHERE: The Raceway on Belle Isle, Detroit, Mich. WHEN: Friday-Sunday, June 15-17. SUPPORT EVENTS: Barber Dodge Pro...
FAST FACTS FOR THE TENNECO AUTOMOTIVE GRAND PRIX OF DETROIT
WHAT: Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit.
WHERE: The Raceway on Belle Isle, Detroit, Mich.
WHEN: Friday-Sunday, June 15-17.
SUPPORT EVENTS: Barber Dodge Pro Series, Trans-Am Series, Celebrity Team Challenge, Speedvision World Challenge GT.
SCHEDULE (All times Eastern): FRIDAY, JUNE 15 - Champ Car practice, 9:30 a.m-11:30 a.m.; Champ Car practice, 1:15-3 p.m. SATURDAY, JUNE 16 - Champ Car practice, 10-11:15 a.m.; Champ Car qualifying (2 groups/30 minutes each), 1:45-3 p.m. SUNDAY, JUNE 17 - Champ Car warm-up, 10-10:30 a.m.; Grid Champ Cars, 1:15 p.m.; Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit, 2 p.m.
BROADCAST: TV-ABC-TV (Live, 2 p.m., ET). RADIO-CART Radio Network. INTERNET - www.cart.com .
PRE-RACE PROGRAMMING: Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit pole qualifying, 5:30 p.m. ET Saturday, ESPN2; CART 2Day, 11 a.m. ET Sunday, ESPN2.
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Helio Castroneves.
2000 POLESITTER: Juan Montoya.
TRACK LAYOUT: 2.346-mile temporary street circuit.
RACE LENGTH: 72 laps, 168.912 miles.
TRACK RECORDS: Qualifying (one lap) - 2000, Juan Montoya, 115.604 miles per hour (1 minute, 13.056 seconds). Race - 1998. Alex Zanardi, 100.052 miles per hour.
RACE ROUND: 7 of 21 in the FedEx Championship Series.
FedEx CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES POINTS LEADERS: 1, Kenny Brack, 70 points; 2, Helio Castroneves, 59, 3, Cristiano da Matta, 40; 4., Paul Tracy, 40; 5, Jimmy Vasser, 40.
NEXT EVENT: June 24, Freightliner/G.I. Joe's 200 Presented by Texaco, Portland, Ore.
Helio Castroneves of Marlboro Team Penske claimed his first career FedEx Championship Series victory and became the seventh different winner in the first seven events of the 2000 season when he claimed the Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit on The Raceway at Belle Isle. Castroneves (Marlboro Honda Reynard) earned the 101st victory in the storied Champ Car history of Penske Racing, while allowing CART to break the record of six different winners to start the season, established in 1991. He led the final 24 laps of the 84-lap event and averaged 97.401 miles per hour en route to a 4.415-second victory over Max Papis (Miller Lite Ford Reynard) of Team Rahal, who claimed his second podium finish of the season, following a victory in the season opener at Homestead. Rookie Oriol Servia (Telefonica Toyota Reynard) finished third to deliver the first podium finish in the history of PPI Motorsports. Despite finishing 20th, Paul Tracy of Team KOOL Green maintained the FedEx Championship Series points lead exiting Detroit with 59. He was followed by Jimmy Vasser (Target Toyota Lola), second with 54 points following a seventh-place finish; and Roberto Moreno (Visteon Ford Reynard) of Patrick Racing, third with 52 points after a 17th-place result.
Vital Race Statistics
Time of Race: 2 hours, 1 minute, 23.607 seconds. Average Speed: 97.401 mph. Margin of Victory: 4.415 seconds. Caution Flags: 3 for 10 laps. Lap Leaders: Juan Montoya, 59 laps; Helio Castroneves 24, Roberto Moreno 1.
DETROIT RACE HISTORY (12 Events)
Year Race Winner Pole Winner
1989 Emerson Fittipaldi Michael Andretti 1990 Michael Andretti Michael Andretti 1991 Emerson Fittipaldi Michael Andretti 1992 Bobby Rahal Michael Andretti 1993 Danny Sullivan Nigel Mansell 1994 Paul Tracy Nigel Mansell 1995 Robby Gordon Robby Gordon 1996 Michael Andretti Scott Pruett 1997 Greg Moore Gil de Ferran 1998 Alex Zanardi Greg Moore 1999 Dario Franchitti Juan Montoya 2000 Helio Castroneves Juan Montoya
Emerson Fittipaldi 2 Michael Andretti 2 Bobby Rahal 1 Danny Sullivan 1 Paul Tracy 1 Robby Gordon 1 Greg Moore 1 Alex Zanardi 1 Dario Franchitti 1 Helio Castroneves 1
Total Pole Positions
Michael Andretti 4 Nigel Mansell 2 Juan Montoya 2 Robby Gordon 1 Scott Pruett 1 Gil de Ferran 1 Greg Moore 1