MONTOYA COLLECTS SERIES-HIGH FIFTH POLE OF SEASON AT TENNECO AUTOMOTIVE GRAND PRIX OF DETROIT DETROIT (August 7, 1999) - Rookie Juan Montoya of Target/Chip Ganassi Racing claimed his season-high fifth pole position of the FedEx Championship ...
MONTOYA COLLECTS SERIES-HIGH FIFTH POLE OF SEASON AT TENNECO AUTOMOTIVE GRAND PRIX OF DETROIT
DETROIT (August 7, 1999) - Rookie Juan Montoya of Target/Chip Ganassi Racing claimed his season-high fifth pole position of the FedEx Championship Series season Saturday while extending his points lead heading into Sunday's Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit (4 p.m. ET, one-hour tape delay, ABC-TV).
Montoya (Target Honda Reynard) recorded a lap of 114.773 miles per hour (1 minute, 13.585 seconds) on the 2.346-mile temporary circuit at The Raceway on Belle Isle. His fifth pole of the campaign moved him to two of the FedEx Championship Series record of seven established by Nigel Mansell in 1993.
Montoya earned a PPG Cup point for the pole, extending his championship lead over second-place Dario Franchitti (KOOL Honda Reynard) to 130-116 entering Sunday's 13th round of the championship. Franchitti qualified fourth at 114.451 mph (1:13.792).
Paul Tracy (KOOL Honda Reynard) qualified on the outside pole at 114.733 mph (1:13.611) to equal his season-best start accomplished at Gateway. He will also make his best start on a road or street course since qualifying second in Round 2 of the championship at Australia in 1997.
Gil de Ferran (Valvoline/Cummins Special Honda Reynard) qualified third at 114.456 mph (1:13.789). He will make his fifth top-three start in the last six events, dating to Portland, where he qualified third and won the race.
Franchitti qualified fourth and was followed by Roberto Moreno (Big Kmart Ford Swift) at 114.338 mph (1:13.865.). Franchitti makes his sixth top-four start of the season while Moreno's qualifying effort matches a season best established at Cleveland.
Moreno is making his first start of the season at Newman/Haas Racing where he is filling in for the injured Christian Fittipaldi, who sustained a subdural hematoma in a practice crash Monday at Gateway International Raceway.
The top 13 qualifiers were separated by less than one second.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
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." Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit Qualifying 2-2-2-2
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 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 :(Tecate/Quaker State/Patrick Racing Ford Reynard) underwent surgery Friday evening at Indianapolis Methodist Hospital to repair a fracture of the radius bone in his right arm. The procedure was performed by Dr. Joseph Baele following Fernandez' injury in practice Friday morning. Fernandez will be examined Monday or Tuesday by Dr. Terry Trammell, CART's Chief Orthopedic Consultant, to determine the extent of his absence from the FedEx Championship Series. "It's too bad for our championship hopes," said Fernandez, who ranks fifth in the championship with 95 points entering the weekend. "I feel bad for the Tecate/Quaker State/Patrick Racing Team, but it is important that I have this taken care of properly and come back 100 percent."
* Pole-sitter Juan Montoya (Target Honda Reynard) earned his 12th top-eight start in 13 events this season, including a season-high five poles (Nazareth, Gateway, Portland, Cleveland, Detroit.)
* Montoya's pole position was the ninth for Honda, including the last three in a row, and the 11th for Firestone.
* Paul Tracy (KOOL Honda Reynard), who starts on the outside pole, will make a career best start at Detroit. He has qualified fourth or better for five of his seven career starts at the venue.
* Gil de Ferran (Valvoline/Cummins Special Honda Reynard) qualified third to earn his fourth consecutive top-nine start at Detroit, including a pole in 1997.
* Mark Blundell (Motorola PacWest Mercedes) qualified 15th at 112.793 mph (1:14.877) for Sunday's return to the championship, which will be his first start since May 2 at Nazareth. Blundell has missed the past eight FedEx Championship Series events while recuperating from a small fracture of the seventh cervical vertebra sustained in a May 4 testing accident at Gateway. Walker Racing driver Naoki Hattori (Alpine Honda Reynard) will also return to the series Sunday after missing the past 11 rounds of the championship due to a double compound fracture of the left leg sustained in the season opener at Homestead.
* Gonzalo Rodriguez (Marlboro Mercedes Lola) qualified 16th at 112.557 mph (1:15.034) for his FedEx Championship Series debut with Marlboro Team Penske.
WHAT'S ON TAP
Qualifying for the Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit will air 6 p.m. ET Saturday on ESPN2. CART 2Day will air 2:30 p.m. ET Sunday on ESPN2, one-hour before ABC-TV's tape-delayed race broadcast.
FedEx Championship Series Race No. 13 Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit Detroit, Michigan Starting Line Up August 7, 1999 Results courtesy of OMEGA Timing
Row Pos Car Driver Residence (Nation) Time Speed Sponsor(Car)
--- --- --- --------------- ----------------------------------- ------ ------- 1 1 4 Juan Montoya Bogota, Colombia (COL) 73.585 114.773 Target Honda (Honda/RI/F) 2 26 Paul Tracy Las Vegas, Nevada (CAN) 73.611 114.733 KOOL (Honda/RI/F) 2 3 5 Gil de Ferran Fort Lauderdale, Florida (BRA) 73.789 114.456 Valvoline/Cummins Special (Honda/RI/G) 4 27 Dario Franchitt Pompano Beach, Florida (SCO) 73.792 114.451 KOOL (Honda/RI/F) 3 5 11 Roberto Moreno Weston, Florida (BRA) 73.865 114.338 Big K-Mart Ford-Cosworth Swift (Ford Cos/SW/F) 6 44 Tony Kanaan Miami, Florida (BRA) 73.958 114.195 McDonald's Championship Racing (Honda/RI/F) 4 7 99 Greg Moore Maple Ridge, British Columbia (CAN) 74.020 114.099 Player's/Indeck (Mercedes/RI/F) 8 6 Michael Andrett Nazareth, Pennsylvania (USA) 74.039 114.070 Kmart/Texaco/Havoline Ford-Cosw (Ford Cos/SW/F) 5 9 33 Patrick Carpent Indianapolis, Indiana (CAN) 74.090 113.991 Player's/Indeck (Mercedes/RI/F) 10 7 Max Papis Miami Beach, Florida (ITA) 74.215 113.799 Miller Lite (Ford Cos/RI/F) 6 11 8 Bryan Herta Valencia, California (USA) 74.222 113.788 Shell (Ford Cos/RI/F) 12 12 Jimmy Vasser Las Vegas, Nevada (USA) 74.355 113.585 Target Honda (Honda/RI/F) 7 13 17 Mauricio Gugelm Coral Gables, Florida (BRA) 74.530 113.318 Hollywood PacWest Mercedes-Benz (Mercedes/RI/F) 14 25 Cristiano da Ma Miami, Florida (BRA) 74.753 112.980 MCI WorldCom Toyota Reynard (Toyota/RI/F) 8 15 18 Mark Blundell Scottsdale, Arizona (ENG) 74.877 112.793 Motorola PacWest Mercedes-Benz (Mercedes/RI/F) 16 3 Gonzalo Rodrigu Montevideo, Uruguay (URG) 75.034 112.557 99 Marlboro Mercedes Lola (Mercedes/LT/G) 9 17 24 Scott Pruett Lake Tahoe, Nevada (USA) 75.059 112.519 Pioneer/MCI WorldCom Toyota Rey (Toyota/RI/F) 18 9 Helio Castro-Ne Sao Paulo, Brazil (BRA) 75.095 112.466 Hogan Motor Leasing, Inc (Mercedes/LT/F) 10 19 22 Robby Gordon Orange, California (USA) 75.101 112.457 Johns Manville/Panasonic/Menard (Toyota/SW/F) 20 2 Al Unser Jr. Albuquerque, New Mexico (USA) 75.495 111.870 99 Marlboro Mercedes Lola (Mercedes/LT/G) 11 21 10 Richie Hearn Henderson, Nevada (USA) 75.650 111.640 Budweiser (Toyota/RI/F) 22 20 Jan Magnussen Gainesville, Georgia (DEN) 75.749 111.495 Visteon Patrick Racing (Ford Cos/SW/F) 12 23 19 Michel Jourdain Mexico City, Mexico (MEX) 75.807 111.409 The Herdez/Viva Mexico! Car (Ford Cos/LT/F) 24 71 Memo Gidley San Rafael, California (USA) 76.372 110.585 The Herdez/Viva Mexico! Car (Ford Cos/LT/F) 13 25 36 Gualter Salles Miami, Florida (BRA) 76.452 110.469 AAR Denso/Castrol Toyota Eagle (Toyota/EA/G) 26 15 Naoki Hattori Indianapolis, Indiana (JPN) 77.005 109.676 Alpine (Honda/RI/G) Chassis Legend: PC=Penske, RI=Reynard, SW=Swift, LT=Lola, EA=Eagle Engine Legend: Ford Cos=99 Ford Cosworth, Honda=Honda Turbo V8, Mercedes=Mercedes-Benz E3, Toyota =Toyota Tire Legend: F=Firestone Firehawk, G=Goodyear Eagle Track Length: 2.346 miles Track Type: Road Lap Record: June 6, 1998 Greg Moore 73.350 seconds 114.859 mph