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ITT Automotive Detroit Grand Prix WHAT: ITT Automotive Detroit Grand Prix WHERE: The Raceway on Belle Isle, Detroit, Mich. WHEN: Friday-Sunday, June 5-7. SUPPORT EVENTS: PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship, NTB Trans-Am...

ITT Automotive Detroit Grand Prix

WHAT: ITT Automotive Detroit Grand Prix

WHERE: The Raceway on Belle Isle, Detroit, Mich.

WHEN: Friday-Sunday, June 5-7.

SUPPORT EVENTS: PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship, NTB Trans-Am Championship, Neon Charity Challenge, Barber Dodge Pro Series.

SCHEDULE:(All times Eastern)

FRIDAY, JUNE 5 Indy Lights practice, 9:30-10:10 a.m.; CART practice, 10:30 a.m.-Noon; Indy Lights qualifying, 1-1:30 p.m.; CART practice (2 groups/30 minutes each), 2:30-3:45 p.m.

SATURDAY, JUNE 6 Indy Lights practice, 8-8:40 a.m.; CART practice, 9-10:15 a.m.; Indy Lights qualifying, 11:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.; CART qualifying (2 groups/30 minutes each), 12:45-2 p.m.

SUNDAY, JUNE 7 - Indy Lights warm-up 10-10:15 a.m.; CART warm-up, 10:30-11 a.m.; Indy Lights race, noon; Grid Champ Cars,1:45 p.m.; ITT Automotive Detroit Grand Prix, 2:30 p.m.

BROADCAST: TV-ABC (Live, 2:30 p.m., ET). RADIO-CART Radio Network (WWJ 950 AM).

PRE-RACE PROGRAMMING:ITT Automotive Detroit Grand Prix pole qualifying, midnight ET and 9 a.m. Sunday, ESPN2; CART 2Day, 2 p.m. ET Sunday, ESPN2.

DEFENDING CHAMPION: Greg Moore.

DEFENDING POLESITTER: Gil de Ferran.

TRACK LAYOUT: 2.36-mile temporary street circuit.

RACE LENGTH: To be determined.

TRACK RECORDS: Will be set this year due to new track configuration.

RACE ROUND: 8 of 19 in the FedEx Championship Series.

PPG CUP POINT LEADERS: 1, Alex Zanardi, 92 points; 2, Greg Moore, 85; 3, Jimmy Vasser, 72; 4, Adrian Fernandez, 59; 5, Michael Andretti, 49.

NEXT EVENT: June 21, Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 Presented by Texaco/Havoline, Portland, Ore.

INSTANT REPLAY

Greg Moore (Player's/Indeck Reynard Mercedes) was the unexpected beneficiary when PacWest Racing Group teammates Mauricio Gugelmin (Hollywood PacWest Mercedes) and Mark Blundell (Motorola PacWest Mercedes) ran out of fuel consecutively while leading the final lap, allowing Moore to claim his second consecutive FedEx Championship Series victory at the 1997 ITT Automotive Detroit Grand Prix. Moore, who a week earlier at The Milwaukee Mile had become the youngest driver to win a FedEx Championship Series event, was running third entering the last of 77 laps, but Gugelmin ran out of fuel on The Raceway at Belle Isle's back straightaway, then Blundell ran out just a few hundred feet from the checkered flag after taking over the lead. Michael Andretti (Kmart/Texaco/Havoline Swift Ford) finished second while polesitter Gil de Ferran (Valvoline/Cummins Special Reynard Honda) finished third. Paul Tracy (Marlboro Penske Mercedes), who entered the race with the PPG Cup points lead, did not start due to cervical muscle spasms. Following the race, Tracy maintained the PPG Cup points lead with 94 points, followed by Andretti with 86 and Moore with 85.

Vital Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour, 52 minutes, 45.143 seconds.

Average Speed: 86.047 mph.

Margin of Victory: 1.818 seconds.

Caution Flags: 5 for 18 laps.

Lap Leaders: Gil de Ferran, 27 laps; Mauricio Gugelmin, 25; Greg Moore, 20; Dario Franchitti, 4; Roberto Moreno, 1.

DETROIT RACE HISTORY

(9 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

TOTAL VICTORIES

Emerson Fittipaldi         2
Michael Andretti           2
Bobby Rahal                1
Danny Sullivan             1
Paul Tracy                 1
Robby Gordon               1
Greg Moore                 1

TOTAL POLE POSITIONS

Michael Andretti    4
Nigel Mansell       2
Robby Gordon        1
Scott Pruett        1
Gil de Ferran       1

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