CHAMPCAR/CART: Detroit GP Track Notes (Complete)

TENNECO AUTOMOTIVE GRAND PRIX of DETROIT - Track Notes FIRDAY 6 August 1999 · Good Morning from Belle Isle in downtown Detroit, Michigan for the first day of practice and qualifying for Sunday's Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit! ...

TENNECO AUTOMOTIVE GRAND PRIX of DETROIT - Track Notes

FIRDAY 6 August 1999

· Good Morning from Belle Isle in downtown Detroit, Michigan for the first day of practice and qualifying for Sunday's Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit! Today's weather has opened the weekend with mostly cloudy skies and a stiff, cool breeze from the east across the 2.346-mile, 14-turn temporary street circuit. Temperatures are predicted to reach the low 80's, sun or no sun. The weekend's first practice session is scheduled for the Green Flag at 10:30 a.m. This full-field session will last 90 minutes. At 2:30 p.m., the FedEx Championship Series teams will again take to the track for the split-group provisional qualifying session with the fastest drivers from the FedEx Championship Series previous road-course venue's qualifying sessions (Toronto) making up Group One. Each split-session provisional qualifying Group will be on-track for 30 minutes with a 15-minute break between the two groups' efforts. Saturday's schedule has the Champ Cars again on-track for practice from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. with the final round of qualifying scheduled from 12:45 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. This final qualifying session will again be in the split-group format with the fastest drivers from Friday's provisional qualifying comprising Group Two. Again, each group will be on-track for 30 minutes with a 15- minute break between the two Groups. Sunday's schedule has the traditional 30-minute warm-up beginning at 11:00 a.m. followed by the Green Flag for the 75-lap, 175.95 mile-Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit at 3 p.m. (All times are local.) · This weekend's official CART entry list again features quite a few changes. Veteran pilot ROBERTO MORENO will again drive in the FedEx Championship Series but this time in place of the recuperating CHRISTIAN FITTIPALDI. MORENO had just completed his driving chores for the PacWest/Motorola Racing team last week at Michigan Speedway in place of the injured MARK BLUNDELL. FITTIPALDI was injured this past Monday in a testing incident at St. Louis and will be sidelined for this weekend's race, so in steps the Super Sub, MORENO. And a big welcome back is in order for MARK BLUNDELL, returning to his Motorola-sponsored Mercedes Reynard in this week's race. BLUNDELL has been absent since Round Four at Nazareth, PA. Also, another welcome is in order as NAOKI HATTORI returns to the CART FedEx Championship Series to compete in this weekend's Detroit Grand Prix in the Alpine-sponsored #15 Walker Racing Honda Reynard after missing all but the first lap of the first race of the 1999 FedEx Championship Series season. HATTORI was injured at Miami in the second turn of the first lap in a grinding collision with AL UNSER Jr. · More driver changes have GONZALO RODRIQUEZ piloting the #3 Marlboro Mercedes Lola with teammate AL UNSER Jr. also driving a Lola for this weekend's race after the team ran Penske chassis two weeks ago at Michigan. Danish ace JAN MAGNUSSEN replaces P.J. Jones in the #20 Patrick Racing Visteon Ford Reynard this week and MEMO GIDLEY steps in the #71 Payton Coyne Ford Lola now sponsored by Herdez/Viva Mexico. Cars not appearing this weekend on the Official Entry List are the #34 Payton Coyne entry normally driven by DENNIS VITOLO and the #16 Walker Racing entry, driven by SHIGEAKI HATTORI. · Motorola, one of the world's leading suppliers of embedded electronic solutions and integrated electronic systems to the automotive industry, today unveils a new design for Champ Car #18 piloted by MARK BLUNDELL. "Motorola has launched a significant effort to promote our embedded solutions, which we call DigitalDNA," said Bob Schaul, Corporate Vice President and Director of Global Account Management and Marketing for Motorola's Integrated Electronic Systems Sector. DigitalDNA represents Motorola's new brand that powers smart products that make life easier for consumers. DigitalDNA embedded solutions can be found throughout virtually every Champ Car. DigitalDNA solutions are used to help control engine-management systems and regulate fuel consumption. · GREEN FLAG waves at 10:30 a.m. to start the first practice session of the weekend. · At 10:40 a.m., 10 minutes into the session, the fastest driver is #4X MONTOYA with a lap of 108.592 mph (1:17.774), followed by #9 CASTRO-NEVES (107.476 mph; 1:18.581) and #10 HEARN (107.064 mph; 1:18.884). · At 10:42 a.m., #18 BLUNDELL spins into the run-off at Turn 3 but continues on course to his Pit Area without apparent damage to the car. · RED FLAG waves at 10:49 a.m. after #40X FERNANDEZ slides into the inside wall at Turn 2 and makes hard contact against the concrete with the right side of the car. FERNANDEZ slides to the inside of the track and exits the car under his own power. FERNANDEZ evidently sustains a slight injury to his right wrist. (See attached note at the end of the session). The car sustains major damage to the front right side wheel and suspension. CART safety workers quickly tow the car back to the garage area. · At 10:50 a.m., 20 minutes into the session and under the Red Flag, the fastest driver is now #6 ANDRETTI with a speed of 110.139 mph (1:16.681), followed by #4X MONTOYA (109.161 mph; 1:17.368), and #33 CARPENTIER (109.159 mph; 1:17.370). · At 11:00 a.m., 30 minutes into the session, the session is still Red-Flagged and the fastest drivers and speeds remain unchanged from the 10:50 a.m. report. · GREEN FLAG waves at 11:01 a.m. to resume the session. · RED FLAG waves at 11:05 a.m. after #9 CASTRO-NEVES impacts the wall at the exact spot FERNANDEZ did exiting Turn 2. CASTRO-NEVES car slides to a stop against the outside wall of the turn exit. CASTRO-NEVES is uninjured in the incident but the car sustains major damage to the right side suspension. The drivers crew readies his secondary car for use in the rest of the session. · At 11:10 a.m., 40 minutes into the session and under the Red Flag, the fastest drivers and speeds remain unchanged from the 11 a.m. report. · GREEN FLAG waves at 11:18 a.m. to resume the practice session. · At 11:20 a.m., 50 minutes into the practice session, the fastest drivers and speeds remain unchanged from the 11:10 a.m. report. · At 11:23 a.m., #36 SALLES pulls off course at Turn 6 with fire showing at the rear of the car. SALLES is uninjured in the incident and exits the car under his own power as CART safety workers quickly extinguish the fire. · BLACK FLAG is shown to #9X CASTRO-NEVES at 11:27 a.m. for a Pit Road speed violation at Pit Out. CASTRO-NEVES subsequently pits the car to comply with the Black Flag drive thru penalty. · At 11:30 a.m., one hour into the session, the fastest driver is now #4X MONTOYA with a speed of 110.727 mph (1:16.274), followed by #26 TRACY (110.668 mph; 1:16.315) and #6X ANDRETTI (110.435 mph; 1:16.476). · At 11:40 a.m., 70 minutes into the session, the fastest driver is still #4X MONTOYA with his earlier lap of 110.727 mph (1:16.274), followed by #26 TRACY (110.668 mph; 1:16.315) and #6 ANDRETTI (110.462 mph; 1:16.457). · BLACK FLAG is shown at 11:43 a.m. to #7 PAPIS for a Pit Road speed violation at 11:36 a.m. on Pit Road. PAPIS subsequently pits the car to comply with the Black Flag driver thru penalty. · At 11:50 p.m., 80 minutes into the session, the fastest drivers are #6 ANDRETTI and #4X MONTOYA with an identical speed of 110.727 mph (1:16.274), followed by #27 FRANCHITTI (110.713 mph; 1:16.284). · BLACK FLAG is shown to #5 de FERRAN at 11:51 a.m. for a Pit Road speed violation at 11:49 a.m. De FERRAN subsequently pits the car to comply with the Black Flag drive thru penalty. · At 11:56 a.m., #18 BLUNDELL slides into the run-off at Turn 6 and stalls the car. CART safety workers quickly get the car pulled to safety to await the end of the session. · At 11:58 a.m., #44 KANAAN logs the fastest lap of the session with a speed of 111.879 mph (1:15.489). · CHECKERED FLAG waves at 12 p.m. to end the session with #44 KANAAN the fastest driver with a faster lap of 112.421 mph (1:15.125), followed by #8 HERTA (111.514 mph; 1:15.736) and #6 ANDRETTI (111.406 mph; 1:15.809). FedEx Championship drivers introduced a total of 36 different cars to the track in this morning's session with secondary cars utilized by #4X MONTOYA, #9X CASTRO-NEVES, #6X ANDRETTI, #19X JOURDAIN Jr., #40X FERNANDEZ, #17X GUGELMIN, #22X GORDON, #99X MOORE, #36X SALLES, #71X GIDLEY, #5X de FERRAN, and #25X da MATTA. There are seven cars within one second and 17 cars within two seconds in lap times at the end of the session. CART drivers logged a total of 409 laps during this morning's session. · Medical update: Adrian Fernandez sustained an injury to his right wrist after making contact with the Turn 2 wall during this morning's practice session. According to Dr. Trevor Gilmore of the CART medical team, Fernandez was transferred to Detroit Receiving Hospital to have definitive x-rays done on the wrist to rule out injury. Due to the incident, Fernandez will not compete as scheduled in today's season-ending IROC race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. · Next up is the Provisional Qualifying set for the Green Flag at 2:30 p.m. · During the break between the morning session and the start of qualifying, the sun has broken through the cloud layer and temperatures have steadily inched up. There will be 26 drivers taking a crack at the track qualifying record of 114.859 mph (1:13.530) set by GREG MOORE in 1998. ADRIAN FERNANDEZ will not be taking part in this provisional round of qualifying due to the wrist injury from this morning's session. · GREEN FLAG waves at 2:30 p.m. to start the Group One qualifying session. · RED FLAG waves at 2:34 p.m. after #27 FRANCHITTI makes contact with the outside wall exiting Turn 2. FRANCHITTI loses the left rear wheel and comes to a stop in Turn 6. The driver exits the car under his own power as the Team Kool Green readies the secondary car for use in the session, but FRANCHITTI will still have to serve the standard eight-minute penalty for delaying the qualifying session. CART safety workers quickly retrieve the damaged car from the track. · At 2:35 p.m., five minutes into the Group One session and under the Red Flag, the fastest driver is #4 MONTOYA with a speed of 111.559 mph (1:15.705), followed by #8 HERTA (110.482 mph; 1:16.443) and #12 VASSER (110.362 mph; 1:16.526). · At 2:40 p.m., 10 minutes into the Group One session, the course is still under the Red Flag and therefore the fastest drivers and speeds remain unchanged from the 2:35 p.m. report. · GREEN FLAG waves at 2:42 p.m. to resume the Group One qualifying session. · At 2:45 p.m., 15 minutes into the Group One session, the fastest driver is now #26 TRACY with a lap of 112.652 mph (1:14.971), followed by #44 KANAAN (112.473 mph; 1:15.090) and #4 MONTOYA (111.750 mph; 1:15.576). · At 2:48 p.m., #6 ANDRETTI moves to the top of the speed board on his second lap with a speed of 113.509 mph (1:14.405). · Also, at 2:48 p.m. #12X VASSER pulls on course in his secondary car and forfeits the two timed laps that he earned with his primary car. · 2:50 p.m., 20 minutes into the Group One session, the fastest driver is still #6 ANDRETTI with his earlier lap of 113.509 mph (1:14.405), followed by #99 MOORE (112.939 mph; 1:14.780) and #4 MONTOYA (112.722 mph; 1:14.924). · At 2:51 p.m., #27X FRANCHITTI pulls off course between Turns 5 and 6 with a mechanical problem on his first lap in his secondary car after his eight-minute penalty expired allowing FRANCHITTI to re-enter the qualifying session. FRANCHITTI exits the car, apparently retiring from the provisional session with no official qualifying laps to his credit. · At 2:55 p.m., 25 minutes into the session, the fastest Group One drivers and speeds remain unchanged from the 2:50 p.m. report. · CHECKERED FLAG waves at 3 p.m. to end the Group One provisional qualifying session with #26 TRACY the fastest driver with his earlier lap of 113.716 mph (1:14.269), followed by #4 MONTOYA (113.573 mph; 1:14.363) and #6 ANDRETTI (113.509 mph; 1:14.405). · GREEN FLAG waves at 3:15 p.m. to start the Group Two provisional qualifying session. · BLACK FLAG is shown at 3:17 p.m. to #9 CASTRO-NEVES after CASTRO-NEVES jumps the Green Flag starting the Group Two session. CASTRO-NEVES subsequently pits his car to comply with the drive thru Black Flag penalty. · At 3:20 p.m., five minutes into the Group Two qualifying session, the fastest Group Two driver is #17 GUGELMIN with a lap of 109.789 mph (1:16.926; 12th-fastest overall), followed by #18 BLUNDELL (109.171 mph; 1:17.361; 13th-fastest overall) and #19 JOURDAIN Jr. (108.469 mph; 1:17.862; 14th-fastest overall). · RED FLAG waves at 3:21 p.m. after #11 MORENO slides into the tire barrier at Turn 7 drivers left first. MORENO is uninjured in the incident but the car sustains some damage to the left side suspension of the car. MORENO's crew readies the secondary for use in the remainder of the session after MORENO serves the standard eight minute penalty for delaying the qualifying session. · Also at 3:22 p.m. during the slowdown part of the session from the Red Flag for MORENO, #18 BLUNDELL brushes the outside wall in Turn 13 and immediately pits his car. · GREEN FLAG waves at 3:28 p.m. to resume the Group Two qualifying session. · At 3:29 p.m., #10 HEARN and #20 MAGNUSSEN make wheel-to-wheel contact at turn 12 but both cars continued on course without apparent damage to their cars. · At 3:30 p.m., 15 minutes into the Group Two session, the fastest Group Two driver is #7 PAPIS (112.080 mph; 1:15.353; ninth-fastest overall), followed by #18 BLUNDELL (110.386 mph; 1:16.510; 13th-fastest overall) and #17 GUGELMIN (109.789 mph; 1:16.929; 14th-fastest overall.) · At 3:35 p.m., 20 minutes into he Group Two session, the fastest Group Two session is #7 PAPIS (112.080 mph; 1:15.353; ninth-fastest overall), followed by #22X GORDON (111.061 mph; 1:16.045; 12th-fastest overall) and #9X CASTRO-NEVES (110.758 mph; 1:16.253; 13th-fastest overall). · At 3:36 p.m., #11X MORENO pulls on course in the secondary car after serving his eight minute penalty and forfeits the timed laps earned with the primary car. · BLACK FLAG is shown at 3:39 p.m. to #2 UNSER Jr. for a Pit Road speed violation. UNSER Jr. subsequently pits the car to comply with the Black Flag drive thru penalty. · At 3:40 p.m., 25 minutes into the Group Two qualifying session, the fastest Group Two driver is still #7 PAPIS with his earlier lap of 112.080 mph; 1:15.353; ninth-fastest overall), followed by #17 GUGLEMIN (111.192 mph; 1:15.955; 12th-fastest overall) and #22X GORDON (111.061 mph; 1:16.045; 13th-fastest overall). · CHECKERED FLAG waves at 3:45 p.m. to end the Group Two qualifying session with the fastest Group Two driver #18 BLUNDELL with a lap of 112.249 mph (1:15.240; ninth-fastest overall), followed by #7 PAPIS (112.082 mph; 1:15.352: 10th-fastest overall) and #3 RODRIGUEZ (111.963 mph; 1:15.432; 11th-fastest overall.) · PAUL TRACY sits on the provisional pole with his lap of 113.716 mph (1:14.269). TRACY is chasing his first pole of the 1999 season, his current best start being a second in St. Louis. · JUAN MONTOYA is second on the provisional grid with a speed of 113.573 mph (1:14.363). MONTOYA is after his sixth front-row start of the 1999 season. · MICHAEL ANDRETTI is third after today's provisional qualifying with a lap of 113.509 mph (1:14.405). If he hangs on, ANDRETTI will have his fifth consecutive top-four start of the season including a pole won at Road America. · The Indy Lights Ladder System is alive and well as the results from today's provisional qualifying will attest. Six of the top 11 qualifiers today are past champions in the CART "ladder system" development series, Indy Lights. Only provisional second place qualifier JUAN MONTOYA came into the Champ Cars without competing in Indy Lights. · Quotes from today's top three qualifiers follow: · PAUL TRACY, KOOL Honda Reynard: "We went out this morning and the car was good. We ran heavy on fuel and one set of tires throughout the whole morning. This afternoon, we had to slide the car around a lot; the track was kind of dirty, so we'll have to improve the grip a lot tomorrow. We went for a time today because there's rain in the [weather] forecast tomorrow. So it's good to be on the provisional pole." · JUAN MONTOYA, Target Honda Reynard: "Sometimes you have good races, sometimes not. Since we've arrived this morning, the car has been working pretty good, then we made some changes to make it better for qualifying. I'm pretty happy. [On racing here previously in the Barber Dodge Pro Series] The track has changed a bit since then. A couple of corners are different, and you're about 20 seconds a lap different, which is a pretty big difference." [On rookie Gonzalo Rodriguez, who makes his FedEx Championship Series debut this weekend and who was a rival of Montoya's in the Formula 3000 series] "He's a good driver. I guess he was 11th today, so good for him." · MICHAEL ANDRETTI, Kmart/Texaco/Havoline Ford Swift: "The morning session was pretty good. We never put on new tires and we were still in the top three. We went out with a new set of tires and were quick right away. Then we made a change and basically we went the wrong way and then the session ended, so we were disappointed with that. But I'm happy to be in the top three; this is a big race for us with Ford and Kmart being in their backyard." · This concludes the Pit Notes for today from Detroit. We'll see you tomorrow for the Saturday morning practice session at 9 a.m. followed by the final round of qualifying for Sunday's Detroit Grand Prix. Have a great Friday night!

SATURDAY 7 AUGUST 1999

· Good Morning from steamy Detroit, Michigan for the final day of qualifying for Sunday's Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit! Today's weather has started with sunshine and a lot more humidity than yesterday's provisional sessions. Temperatures will again climb into the low eighties, with a chance of showers. With the amount of race traffic beginning to scrub rubber into the Belle Island street course, the speeds should climb enough to counter the slick conditions that the heat will surely develop. PAUL TRACY sits on the provisional pole with a speed of 113.716 mph (1:14.269). The FedEx Championship Series starts today's program with a 75-minute practice session starting at 9 a.m., followed by the final round of qualifying at 12:45 p.m. · GREEN FLAG waves at 9 a.m. to start the morning practice session. · RED FLAG waves at 9:09 a.m. after #8 HERTA slides into the outside tire barrier at Turn 12. The driver is uninjured in the incident and the car sustains light, if any, damage. CART safety workers quickly get the car restarted and HERTA continues to his Pit Area. · At 9:10 a.m., 10 minutes into the session and under the Red Flag, the fastest driver is #33 CARPENTIER with a speed of 112.683 mph (1:14.950), followed by #27 FRANCHITTI (111.867 mph; 1:15.497) and #7 PAPIS (111.637 mph; 1:15.652). · GREEN FLAG waves at 9:12 a.m. to resume the practice session. · At 9:20 a.m., 20 minutes into the session, the fastest drivers and speed remain unchanged from the 9:10 a.m. report. · At 9:22 a.m., #33 CARPENTIER makes contact with the tire barrier at Turn 11, but continues slowly to his Pit Area. The crew subsequently reports a broken suspension on the left rear wheel upon examination in the Pits. · At 9:25 a.m., #36 SALLES stalls at the entrance to Pit Road. CART Pit workers quickly get the car towed into the Pit Area without causing a caution flag. · At 9:30 a.m., 30 minutes into the session, the fastest driver is still #33 CARPENTIER with his earlier lap of 112.683 mph (1:14.950), followed by #26 TRACY (112.368 mph; 1:15.160) and #27 FRANCHITTI (111.867 mph; 1:15.497). · At 9:31 a.m., #26 TRACY brushes the wall at Turn 11 and continues to his Pit Area without apparent damage to the car. · At 9:33 a.m., #20 MAGNUSSEN slide off course at Turn 3 but regains control and heads back on course without apparent damage to the car. · RED FLAG waves at 9:36 a.m. after #20 MAGNUSSEN slides nose first into the outside tire barrier at Turn 12. One second later, #99 MOORE enters the blind right-hand corner at speed, passing teammate #33CARPENTIER to the outside, and slides into the rear of the stalled car of MAGNUSSEN, briefly knocking MAGNUSSEN's car airborne. MOORE comes to rest on the downtrack side of MAGNUSSEN. Both drivers exit the cars under their own power and are uninjured in the incident, but both cars sustain major damage to suspensions and bodywork. Both teams ready their secondary cars for use in the remainder of the session. · At 9:40 a.m., 40 minutes into the session and under the Red Flag, the fastest driver is #33 CAPERTIER with his earlier lap of 112.683 mph (1:14.950), followed by #26 TRACY with a faster lap of 112.510 mph (1:15.065) and #99 MOORE (112.021 mph; 1:15.393). · At 9:50 a.m., 50 minutes into the session and still under the Red Flag, the fastest drivers and speeds are obviously unchanged from the 9:40 a.m. report. · GREEN FLAG waves at 9:52 a.m. to resume the practice session. · At 10 a.m., one hour into the session, the fastest driver is still #33 CARPENTIER with his earlier lap of 112.683 mph (1:14.950), followed by #26 TRACY (112.510 mph; 1:15.065), and #9X CASTRO-NEVES (112.370 mph; 1:15.579). · At 10:10 a.m., 70 minutes into the session, the fastest drivers and speeds remain unchanged from the 10 a.m. report. · At 10:11 a.m., #18 BLUNDELL slides slightly off course, then back on at Turn 3 and continues on course without apparent damage to the car. · At 10:12 a.m., #18 BLUNDELL slides into the run-off at Turn 3. BLUNDELL gets the car stopped without making contact and BLUNDELL continues on course without apparent damage and does not pit the car. · At 10:14 a.m., #9X CASTRO-NEVES clocks the fastest lap of the session with a speed of 113.262 mph (1:14.567) on his 16th lap of the session. · Also at 10:14 a.m., #36 SALLES spins in the middle of Turn 8 and stalls the car. The field streams past on the inside without contact. · CHECKERED FLAG waves at 10:15 a.m. to end the session with #9 CASTRO-NEVES the fastest driver of the session with his earlier lap of 113.262 mph (1:14.567), followed by #7 PAPIS (113.025 mph; 1:14.723) and #33 CARPENTIER (112.837 mph; 1:14.848). FedEx Championship Series drivers introduced a total of 31 different cars to the track in this morning's session with secondary cars utilized by #9X CASTRO-NEVES, #11X MORENO, #99X MOORE, #25X da MATTA, #27X FRANCHITTI, #12X VASSER, #22X GORDON, #20X MAGNUSSEN, and #36X SALLES. CART drivers logged a total of 360 laps during this morning's session. · Of the top ten qualifiers from yesterday's provisional session, only two ran faster in this morning's practice. #33 CARPENTIER posted a .502 mph gain over his provisional qualifying speed and #7 PAPIS posted a .942 mph gain. Compared to the Friday morning practice sessions, PAPIS has again posted the largest gain with an increase of 1.828 mph over his Friday morning time. · While waiting for the final round of qualifying, a few stats could be dispersed to go with those enjoyable box lunches. A few possible milestones that could be reached this weekend by drivers in the FedEx Championship Series are as follows: · DARIO FRANCHITTI needs $46,250 to hit $500,000 winnings in the 1999 season. · MAURICIO GUGLEMIN needs $49,020 to achieve the $4 million dollars-won level in CART competition. · BRYAN HERTA needs 16 more laps to log 9000 laps in career CART competition while GIL de FERRAN needs 15 laps to hit the same level. · Even though JUAN MONTOYA did not lead that many laps in Round 12's U.S. 500 (28 to be exact) at Michigan Speedway, MONTOYA has still led 36% of the laps that he has completed in the 1999 season. Previous to Michigan, MONTOYA had led 41.8% laps that he had run by the end of the Elkhart Lake race. · ADRIAN FERNANDEZ will not compete in today's qualifying session or the race tomorrow due to a wrist injury received in Friday's sessions. Therefore, PATRICK RACING has withdrawn the #40 car for the remainder of the weekend. · GREEN FLAG waves at 12:45 p.m. to start the Group One qualifying session. · At 12:50 p.m., five minutes into the Group One session, the fastest driver is #11X MORENO with the fastest lap of the weekend at 114.338 mph (1:13.865), followed by #27X FRANCHITTI (112.180 mph; 1:15.286) and #25X da MATTA (111.926 mph; 1:15.457). · At 12:55 p.m., 10 minutes into the session, the fastest driver is still #11X MORENO with his earlier lap of 114.338 mph (1:13.865), followed by #27X FRANCHITTI with a faster lap of 114.016 mph (1:14.074) and #17 GUGELMIN (112.813 mph; 1:14.864). · At 1 p.m., 15 minutes into the Group One session, the fastest drivers and speeds remain unchanged from the 12:55 p.m. report. · At 1:05 p.m., 20 minutes into the Group One session, the fastest drivers and speeds remain unchanged from the 1 p.m. report. · At 1:10 p.m., 25 minutes into the Group One session, the fastest drivers and speeds remain unchanged from the 1:05 p.m. report. · At 1:13 p.m., #11 MORENO brushes the wall at Turn 12 with the left rear tire but maintains control and continues onto his Pit Area. Upon examination in the pits, the crew reports that the car has sustained damage to the left rear suspension. · At 1:15 p.m., #19 JOURDAIN Jr. makes contact at Turn 8 and stalls on course. JOURDAIN Jr. is uninjured in the incident but the car sustains damage and has to be towed back to the garage area. · CHECKERED FLAG waves at 1:15 p.m. to end the Group One session with #27X FRANCHITTI the fastest driver with his earlier lap of 114.451 mph (1:13.792), followed by #11X MORENO (114.338 mph; 1:13.865) and #12X VASSER (113.585 mph; 1:14.355). · GREEN FLAG waves at 1:30 p.m. to start the Group Two qualifying session. · At 1:35 p.m., five minutes into the Group Two session, the fastest Group Two driver is #99 MOORE with a lap of 113.726 mph (1:14.263), followed by #26 TRACY (113.701 mph; 1:14.279) and #44 KANAAN (113.060 mph; 1:14.700). · At 1:40 p.m., 10 minutes into the session, the fastest driver is now #4 MONTOYA with the fastest lap of the weekend at 114.733 mph (1:13.585), followed by #5 de FERRAN (114.456 mph; 1:13.789) and #26 TRACY (114.450 mph; 1:13.793). · At 1:45 p.m., 15 minutes into the group Two session, the fastest driver and speeds remain unchanged from the 1:40 p.m. report. · At 1:50 p.m., 20 minutes into the group Two session, the fastest driver and speeds remain unchanged from the 1:45 p.m. report. · At 1:55 p.m., 25 minutes into the group Two session, the fastest driver and speeds remain unchanged from the 1:50 p.m. report. · At 1:56 p.m., #33 CARPENTIER makes contact with the nose of his car against the left rear wheel of #3 RODRIGUEZ at Turn 8 and knocks off the right front wing in the process. RODRIGUEZ continues without damage to the car but CARPENTIER immediately pits the car. · At 1:59 p.m., #26 TRACY moves to second of the weekend with a speed of 114.733 mph (1:13.611). · Also at 1:59 p.m., #8 HERTA brushes the wall at Turn 13 but continues on course without apparent damage to the car. · CHECKERED FLAG waves at 2 p.m. to end the Group Two session with the fastest Group Two driver #4 MONTOYA with his earlier lap of 114.773 mph (1:13.585) followed by #26 TRACY (114.733 mph; 1:13.611) and #5 de FERRAN (114.456 mph; 1:13.789). · JUAN MONTOYA wins the pole for Sunday's Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit with his lap of 114.773 mph (1:13.585). MONTOYA has a series leading fifth pole of the season. The Rookie record for poles was set by Nigel Mansell in 1993 with a total of seven poles. MONTOYA has qualified among the top eight in 12 of the 13 races so far in the 1999 season. · PAUL TRACY will line up second on tomorrow's grid by virtue of his 114.733 mph (1:13.611) lap. This equals Tracy's best start of the 1999 season as TRACY also started second at St. Louis. This is also TRACY's best start on a street/road course since his second-place start in Australia in 1997. · GIL de FERRAN will start third on the grid with his qualifying lap of 114.456 mph (1:13.789). This is de FERRAN's fifth Top Three start in the last six events. · Quotes from today's top three qualifiers follow: · JUAN MONTOYA, Target Honda Reynard: "We made some changes throughout the morning to try and improve the car, and when we went out for qualifying, I knew the track was pretty quick, compared to what Dario did, but we only got one lap on the second set of tires. I thought it would be better, but it's still good." · PAUL TRACY, KOOL Reynard Honda: "When the tires were fresh, I really pushed hard to get through [Turns] One and Two really well, and then I made mistakes on three consecutive laps and that pretty much used up that set of tires. To be second on the grid is great, and to do that time on the seventh lap with that set of tires, I thought was really, really good. The car was better today. I just didn't catch the tires when I had to." · GIL de FERRAN, Valvoline/Cummins Special Honda Reynard: "It was a good qualifying run today. Yesterday, we were quite confident we'd be in the first two rows. This morning, we had a really good morning. We made some changes to the car and it seemed like everything we did we went the right way. We went out on the first set [of tires] and the car was behaving quite well but on the second set, the car didn't do as well as I thought. But third is a good starting position. It shows that Derrick's team is on the right track. We've been competitive week-in and week-out, and hopefully things will go well tomorrow." · Patrick Racing driver ADRIAN FERNANDEZ had surgery last night at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana to insert a plate and screws to close a fracture of the radius bone of the right arm. The surgery was performed by Dr. Joe Baele. On Monday or Tuesday, CART's Chief Orthopedic Consultant, Dr. Terrry Trammell will examine Fernandez, who was released this morning, to determine the amount of time he will miss from competition. Following that examination Patrick Racing will make a decision as to the status of the #40 Tecate/Quaker State/ Patrick Racing Ford-Cosworth. · Greg Moore of Player's Forsythe Racing has been fined $5,000 by CART Chief Steward Wally Dallenbach for making an on-track objectionable gesture while side-by-side with Juan Montoya during the U.S. 500 Presented by Toyota weekend at Michigan Speedway. According to ruling 1.7.4 of the CART Rule Book, "All participants must refrain from any inappropriate, profane or objectionable language and gestures as such acts will not be tolerated." · This concludes the Pit Notes for today from Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan. We'll see you tomorrow for Round 13 of the FedEx Championship Series, the Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit. Have a great Saturday night!

Race day Sunday 8 august 1999

· Good Morning from Belle Isle, Detroit, Michigan for Race Day in the Motor City! Today's weather has started out cloudy but the clouds are lifting by 10 a.m., hopefully promising a sunny afternoon for the running of the Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit. Today's CART on-track activities start with the traditional 30-minute morning warm-up at 11 a.m., followed by the start of Round 13 of the FedEx Championship Series at 3 p.m. · CART Chief Steward Wally Dallenbach has a special guest visiting this weekend. Wally Dallenbach Jr., a Winston Cup regular, arrived Saturday evening following a 14th-place finish at the Brickyard 400 and is planning to attend today's Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit. Dallenbach Jr. competed in the FedEx Championship Series in 1987 and '90. He competed in one event in '87 - finishing 12th at Elkhart Lake - and three events in '90. His top finish that season was 11th at Denver. · GREEN FLAG waves at 11 a.m. to start the final practice session of the weekend. · At 11:09 a.m., #25X da MATTA slides into the run-off at Turn 3 and stalls the car. CART safety workers get the car restarted and da MATTA continues to his Pit Area. · At 11:10 a.m., 10 minutes into the session, the fastest driver is #17 GUGELMIN with a lap of 108.883 mph (1:17.566), followed by #25X da MATTA (108.855 mph; 1:17.586) and #7 PAPIS (108.288 mph; 1:17.992). · At 11:15 a.m., #26 TRACY brushes the wall at Turn 12 but continues on course to his Pit Area without apparent damage to the car. · At 11:20 a.m., 20 minutes into the session, the fastest driver is now #99X MOORE with a speed of 110.540 mph (1:16.403), followed by #25X da MATTA (109.454 mph; 1:17.161) and #8 HERTA (109.446 mph; 1:17.167). · At 11:24 a.m., #2 UNSER Jr. dramatically slows on course at Turn 7 and subsequently pits with a flat right front tire. · CHECKERED FLAG waves at 11:30 a.m. to end the session with #99X MOORE still the fastest driver with a speed of 111.939 mph (1:15.448), followed by #33 CARPENTIER (110.749 mph; 1:16.259) and #5 de FERRAN (110.289 mph; 1:16.577). FedEx Championship Series drivers introduced 26 different cars to the track in this morning's session with secondary cars utilized by #99X MOORE, #25X da MATTA, #11X MORENO, #27X FRANCHITTI, #9X CASTRO-NEVES, #22X GORDON, #12X VASSER, #20X MAGNUSSEN, #36X SALLES, and #24X PRUETT. CART drivers logged a total of 200 incident-free laps in this final session of the weekend.

RACE NOTES · At 2:55 p.m., the command "Gentlemen Start Your Engines!" is given by Grand Marshalls Dennis Archer, Mayor of Detroit and Mark P. Frissora, President of Tenneco. · At 2:58 p.m., the PPG Pace Car begins to roll with the field of 26 cars in tow for the first of three pace laps. · GREEN FLAG waves at 3:05 p.m. to start the 75-lap Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit! #4 MONTOYA leads the field to Turn 1, followed by #26 TRACY. As #33 CARPENTIER pulls to the inside of #7 PAPIS, the two cars make tire-to-tire contact and PAPIS's car is launched into the outside tire barrier nose first. PAPIS is uninjured in the incident, but the car is retired from the race due to contact. CARPENTIER continues on course without apparent damage to the car. · YELLOW FLAG waves on Lap 1 for the CARPENTIER-PAPIS incident. #4 MONTOYA leads, followed by #26 TRACY, #27 FRANCHITTI, #44 KANAAN, and #5 de FERRAN. De FERRAN lost third and fourth place on the start. · GREEN FLAG waves on Lap 3 to resume the race. · On Lap 5, the running order is #4 MONTOYA leading by .950 seconds over #26 TRACY, #27 FRANCHITTI, #44 KANAAN, and #5 de FERRAN. · On Lap 10, the running order is #4 MONTOYA leading by 4.701 seconds over #26 TRACY, #27 FRANCHITTI, #44 KANAAN, and #5 de FERRAN. · Also on Lap 10, #36 SALLES makes light contact with the tire barrier at Turn 1 but continues on course without apparent damage to the car. UNSER Jr. loses two spots in the incident, falling to 19th with GORDON taking over 17th. · On Lap 12, #27 FRANCHITTI passes #26 TRACY at Turn 9 to take second place. · On Lap 15, the running order is #4 MONTOYA leading by 7.866 seconds over #27 FRANCHITTI, followed by #26 TRACY, #44 KANAAN, and #5 de FERRAN. · Again, on Lap 15, #22 GORDON and #2 UNSER Jr. make side-to-side contact at Turn 12. Both cars continue on course without apparent damage to the cars. · Also, on Lap 15, #5 de FERRAN completes his 9000th lap in his CART career. · On Lap 16, #8 HERTA completes his 9000th CART career lap. · On Lap 17, #26 TRACY again brushes the wall at Turn 12 but continues on course without apparent damage to the car. · On Lap 20, the running order is #4 MONOTOYA leading by 9.209 seconds, followed by #27 FRANCHITTI, #26 TRACY, #44 KANAAN, and #5 de FERRAN. · On Lap 22, #20 MAGNUSSEN attempts an inside pass of #22 GORDON at Turn 3. The cars make side-to-side contact and slide into the tire barrier at the outside of the track. Both drivers are uninjured in the incident but both cars sustain damage to the suspensions. · YELLOW FLAG is waved on Lap 23 for the MAGNUSSEN-GORDON incident. CART safety workers get both cars restarted and both drivers continue to their Pit Areas. GORDON subsequently retires from the race due to contact while MAGNUSSEN loses two laps to the leaders while making repairs in the pits. · On Lap 23, the lead-lap cars pit and #4 MONTOYA wins the race off Pit Road, followed by #27 FRANCHITTI, #26 TRACY, #99 MOORE, and #5 de FERRAN. Fourth place #44 KANAAN falls to sixth after the Pit Stop sequence is completed. · GREEN FLAG waves on Lap 27 to resume the race. As 12th-place #17 GUGELMIN and 13th-place # 25 da MATTA enter Turn 3, the cars make side-to-side contact. Da MATTA slides to the outside but GUGELMIN slides sideways into the rear of #33 CARPENTIER, who was under heavy braking for the Turn 3 right-hand corner. GUGELMIN's car climbs up and over the car of CARPENTIER, digging the left wheels into the dirt at the outside of the corner and flipping side over side one time into the tire barrier. CARPENTIER's car slides to a halt beyond the Turn. The driver complains of a neck pain and is quickly attended to by CART safety personnel who remove the driver from the car. · YELLOW FLAG waves on Lap 28 for the da MATTA-GUGELMIN-CARPENTIER incident. · While warming his tires up for the anticipated restart on Lap 33, fifth-pace #5 de FERRAN makes contact with the outside wall at Turn 14 and breaks the left front suspension. De FERRAN subsequently retires from the race due to contact. The race remains under the Yellow Flag to clear the car from the course. · GREEN FLAG waves on Lap 35 to resume the race with #4 MONTOYA leading, followed by #27 FRANCHITTI, #26 TRACY, #99 MOORE, and #44 KANAAN. · MEDICAL UPDATE: Patrick Carpentier was responding to the CART Safety Team at the scene of the incident, but was reporting neck and back pain, according to Dr. Steve Olvey, CART Director of Medical Affairs. To minimize transfers, Carpentier was sent directly to Detroit Receiving Hospital for further evaluation. Updates on his condition will be given when available. Mauricio Gugelmin, who was also involved in the incident, was uninjured. · On Lap 40, the running order is #4 MONTOYA leading by 3.083 seconds over #27 FRANCHITTI, followed by #26 TRACY, #99 MOORE, and #44 KANAAN. · On Lap 43, #19 JOURDAIN Jr. pulls off course at Turn 7 with a mechanical problem. The incident is handled with a local Yellow Flag as CART safety workers pull the car to safety. · YELLOW FLAG waves on Lap 44 as #71 GIDLEY stalls on course at Turn 6A. All of the lead lap cars pit save for leader #4 MONTOYA and #18 BLUNDELL. · GREEN FLAG waves on Lap 46 to resume the race with MONTOYA leading with 22 laps on his tires and followed by eight cars with fresh rubber out of the top ten. · BLACK FLAG is shown on Lap 48 to #20 MAGNUSSEN for a Pit Road speed violation. MAGNUSSEN subsequently pits to comply with the Black Flag drive thru penalty. · Also on Lap 48, #6 ANDRETTI passes #18 BLUNDELL to take over fifth place. · On Lap 49, #8 HERTA makes light contact with the wall at Turn 13 but continues on course without apparent damage to the car. · On Lap 50, the running order is #4 MONTOYA leading by 4.845 seconds over #27 FRANCHITTI, followed by #26 TRACY, #99 MOORE, and #6 ANDRETTI. Knowing that he has to pit for fuel soon, MONTOYA tries to expand his lead as much as possible before coming in for fuel. · MEDICAL UPDATE: Patrick Carpentier was awake and alert at Detroit Receiving Hospital with no apparent head injury according to Dr. Steve Olvey, CART Director of Medical Affairs. Olvey said that Carpentier had some tingling in his hands, but that condition should be resolved shortly. Carpentier is currently undergoing precautionary x-rays of his neck and back. · On Lap 55, the running order is unchanged from the Lap 50 report. · On Lap 58, #4 MONTOYA pits and hands the lead to #27 FRANCHITTI. MONTOYA clocks an unofficial 10.1-second Pit Stop and re-enters the race in eighth place. · On Lap 60, the running order is #27 FRANCHITTI leading by 1.260 seconds over #26 TRACY, followed by #99 MOORE, #6 ANDDRETTI, and #12 VASSER. #4 MONTOYA rides seventh, 9.034 seconds behind the leader. · On Lap 61, the running order is the same with #4 MONTOYA in seventh, 8.105 seconds behind the leader. · On Lap 62, the running order is the same with #4 MONTOYA in seventh, 7.641 seconds behind the leader. · YELLOW FLAG waves on Lap 63 after #4 MONTOYA attempts and inside pass of the lapped car of #11 MORENO at Turn 3. The cars make side-to-side contact and both cars spin around in the middle of the corner. MORENO stalls in the grass at the outside of the track but MONTOYA keeps his car running, straightens out and continues on course, hanging onto eighth place. CART safety workers get MORENO restarted and MORENO continues to his Pit Area. None of the lead lap cars pit under this Yellow Flag. · GREEN FLAG waves to restart the race on Lap 65. As the field streams past the start finish line, #25 da MATTA appears to lose traction at Turn 2. #3 RODRIGUEZ contacts the rear of da MATTA's car and de MATTA then makes hard contact with the inside wall at exiting Turn 2. The following cars of #18 BLUNDELL, #10 HEARN, and #36 SALLES scatter, missing the sliding car of da MATTA but running over debris as da MATTA skids to a halt against the outside wall approximately 100 yards from the exit of Turn 2. #2 UNSER Jr. spins in the debris and stalls the car in the middle of the track. All drivers involved in the incident are uninjured but da MATTA's car is completely destroyed and da MATTA is out of the race due to contact. CART safety workers get UNSER Jr. restarted and the driver continues on course to his Pit Area. · On Lap 66, with the field under the Yellow Flag, CART Chief Steward WALLY DALLENBACH announces that the race will be a timed race of two hours. · On Lap 69, #9 CASTRO-NEVES runs into the rear of #4 MONTOYA as the cars circle through Turn 14. MONTOYA's car then lurches right into the outside wall, breaking the left front wheel. CASTRO-NEVES has the right front tire deflate as he continues on course. CASTRO-NEVES drives around the course on the rim with the rubber shredding off eventually finishing the race in seventh place. · The WHITE FLAG is shown on Lap 70 under a full course Yellow Flag to leader #27 FRANCHITTI, followed by #26 TRACY, #99 MOORE, #6 ANDRETTI, and #12 VASSER. · CHECKERED FLAG waves on Lap 71 for the winner of the Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit, DARIO FRANCHITTI! FRANCHITTI averages 81.643 mph and wins by .135 seconds over teammate PAUL TRACY. Third place goes to GREG MOORE, fourth to MICHAEL ANDRETTI, and fifth to JIMMY VASSER. · There were 17 cars running at the end of the race with 16 cars on the lead lap. The Yellow Flag flew 6 times for a total of 23 laps. There were two lead changes among two drivers with MONTOYA leading 58 laps and FRANCHITTI leading 13. · DARIO FRANCHITTI logs his second victory of the season. FRANCHITTI also won at Toronto. This is FRANCHITTI's fifth career victory, four of which have come on temporary street courses. This is also FRANCHITTI's seventh podium in the last nine starts. FRANCHITTI also takes over the points lead with 136 versus previous leader MONTOYA who has 131. · PAUL TRACY earns his third consecutive podium with his second place finish today. TRACY finished second in Toronto and third at Michigan. TRACY has scored points in the last seven races, moving from 13th to fourth in the PPG Cup chase. · GREG MOORE comes home third today, marking his third podium of the season. MOORE previously won at Miami and took a second at Milwaukee. This is MOORE's best road/street course finish since finishing second at Mid-Ohio in 1997. · It pays to come up through the CART ranks in the ladder system if today's results are any indication. Graduates of CART's two "ladder system" development series, Indy Lights and the Toyota Atlantic series, took six of the top seven spots today. PAUL TRACY was the 1990 Indy Lights champion; GREG MOORE the 1995 Indy Lights champ; MICHAEL ANDRETTI the 1983 Atlantic champ; JIMMY VASSER, an Atlantic grad; TONY KANAAN the 1997 Indy Lights champ, and HELIO CASTRO-NEVES is an INDY Lights graduate. · MEDICAL UPDATE: Precautionary X-rays on Patrick Carpentier revealed no fractures, but he will be held overnight for observation at Detroit Receiving Hospital, according to a team spokesperson. Carpentier is scheduled to be released tomorrow morning. · Quotes from today's top three finishers follow: · DARIO FRANCHITTI, KOOL Honda Reynard: "It was a very interesting day, although I don't think it was particularly the nicest race to watch. The way the day went, I got by Gil at the start, and then Paul started to pull away, but something happened and he started coming back to us. [The race] turned for us on the second pit stop. We chose to come in, as most of the field did, and when we went back out, we started saving fuel like crazy. It's a nice feeling when you're leading and the yellow comes out, but you don't really want to cross the finish line going 20 miles per hour. It's nice to have a one-two finish. We [Paul Tracy and Franchitti] passed each other again [laughing], and Greg's up here, too, so it was a good day all around." · PAUL TRACY, KOOL Honda Reynard: "We're coming into the part of the season where I typically go very well. Today was pretty uneventful.. Dario [Franchitti] came up and got his nose inside me and I didn't get a good drive off of Turn 2. Dario got inside me and I let him go. I don't think we were as quick as Montoya. I think he had the measure of us today, but their strategy was wrong. Our goal this weekend was to try to overcome Christian [Fittipaldi] and Adrian [Fernandez] in the points, and we accomplished that. Now, we have to concentrate on catching Michael {Andretti]." · GREG MOORE, Player's Forsythe Racing Mercedes Reynard: "The track was extremely slippery just before the restarts, but that's part of being a race car driver. I came in for the first pit stop in eighth and went out in fourth. It's a testament to my guys. They work on the car in the shop all week and take time out to practice their pit stops and it paid off for us today. The Player's Forsythe Racing team did a great job for me all weekend. The team deserves credit for what happened today. Had we seen a green finish, I don't know how they [Franchitti and Tracy] would have been on fuel. We would have made it, probably by the skin of our teeth, but I don't know if Paul and Dario would have made it. Third place, considering the bad string of luck we've had the last few races, is good for the team. They needed it and I needed it. All in all, it was a good result." · This concludes the Pit Notes for the Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit. The FedEx Championship next travels to Mid-Ohio for the running of Round 14 of the FedEx Championship Series, the Miller Lite 200 on August 15th.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Wally Dallenbach , Adrian Fernandez , Patrick Carpentier , Paul Tracy , Mauricio Gugelmin , Nigel Mansell , P.J. Jones , Greg Moore , Gonzalo Rodriguez