CHAMPCAR/CART: Elkhart Lake Mercedes Benz Race Report

FedEx Championship Series Report Race: Texaco/Havoline 200, Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis. Date/Session: Sunday, July 11, 1999 Race Results Moore Fourth at Road America The pastoral setting of the Kettle ...

FedEx Championship Series Report

Race: Texaco/Havoline 200, Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis. Date/Session: Sunday, July 11, 1999 Race Results

Moore Fourth at Road America

The pastoral setting of the Kettle Moraine region of eastern Wisconsin provided the backdrop for an exciting afternoon of racing, as Player's/Forsythe Mercedes driver Greg Moore survived a first-lap free-for-all to finish fourth behind Christian Fittipaldi in Sunday's Texaco/Havoline 200. In a tough race that claimed 14 of the 26 starters, Moore successfully negotiated Road America's challenging 4.048-mile permanent road course and now stands sixth in the tightly-bunched driver's championship points standings. First-Lap Incident Shifts Castro-Neves to Back-up Car On the initial green flag, Helio Castro-Neves spun his Hogan Racing Mercedes outside turn one, collecting Max Papis and Memo Gidley into the gravel traps, while Mauricio Gugelmin went off-course on turn three to avoid an incident involving Cristiano da Matta and Bryan Herta. CART red-flagged the race, as the first lap had not been completed, and called for a restart that allowed Castro-Neves to switch to his backup car. The PacWest Hollywood team replaced the front wing and removed a few pounds of gravel from Gugelmin's car, and the Brazilian continued with his original mount.

Mercedes driver Al Unser Jr. finished ninth thanks to a consistent on-track effort and quick pit stops from his Marlboro Team Penske team. Following the first-lap incident, Gugelmin battled back while struggling with mechanical problems to earn a game 12th-place finish and one hard-won PPG Cup point.

Following the opening-lap spin, Castro-Neves raced consistently at mid-pack before deciding to park his Mercedes-powered Lola on lap 38 with a vibration problem. The Brazilian driver was credited with 16th place. Roberto Moreno, substituting for Mark Blundell in the PacWest Motorola Mercedes, started 16th and moved as high as ninth before retiring on lap 31 with an engine failure. Player's/Forsythe driver Patrick Carpentier's day ended early when he suffered a loss of power on lap 17.

The FedEx Championship Series moves on to the temporary street circuit in Toronto, Canada for the Molson Indy on July 18.

Coulthard, Mercedes Win British Grand Prix David Coulthard stormed from third place in his West McLaren Mercedes to take Sunday's British Grand Prix at Silverstone, as the team defends its 1998 Formula One World Championship. Teammate Mika Hakkinen dropped out early with a damaged brake rotor sustained when his left rear tire came loose on the race track. Michael Schumacher broke his right leg when his race car spun wide on the first turn and made heavy contact with the outside tire barrier.

Mercedes Quotes Greg Moore, No. 99, Player's/Forsythe Mercedes/Firestone (Fourth / 55 laps) "Bryan Herta and I ran side by side for four or five laps. Then he got by me, and then I passed him at Canada Corner. We were fast at the end, and we were definitely catching Adrian Fernandez. "This gets us back where we need to be. The championship points race is very tight, and there's still 10 races to go. This was a long, hard race, and we managed to do pretty well."

Al Unser Jr., No. 2, Marlboro Team Penske Mercedes/Goodyear (Ninth / 54 laps) "It was great to finish in the points, especially given my guys were here until 11:30 p.m. last night rebuilding the Marlboro Mercedes Lola after the fire in qualifying. The whole team really came through for me. We were able to work on our set up in the warm up, and felt we were in good shape for the race. Roger's (Penske) pit strategy was right on. The Marlboro car was consistent, and Mercedes and Goodyear gave us the engine and the tires to make it to the end."

Mauricio Gugelmin, No. 17, PacWest Hollywood Mercedes/Firestone (12th / 54 laps) "We had a tough weekend. In the race, I felt like I had the hand brake on. We tried some different things throughout the day, but we couldn't improve the situation. Although I could hold them off through the corners, the other guys were all over me on the straights."

Helio Castro-Neves, No. 9, Hogan Racing Mercedes/Firestone (16th/ 38 laps) "On the first start, I was getting some draft and carried tremendous speed. I took a little chance, then got wide and braked on the grass. I guess it was too big a chance! "The spare car was okay, and our goal was to be patient and finish the race. It was really tough to hold some of the corners with the low downforce on the car. Then, all of a sudden, we had a big vibration. I was upset because we were turning great laps, but with the bad luck we've had, I decided to park it and not take the chance of breaking something."

Roberto Moreno, No. 18, PacWest Motorola Mercedes/Firestone (19th / 31 laps) "The Motorola car was running really well today. The team did an amazing job after we missed the first practice session on Friday. It's tough to finish this way because we had made our way up to ninth after starting sixteenth. The guys were fantastic in the pits too."

Race Results, Texaco/Havoline 200 Elkhart Lake, Wis. July 11, 1999

Pos. Driver Engine Laps 1 Christian Fittipaldi Ford Cosworth 55 2 Michael Andretti Ford Cosworth 55 3 Adrian Fernandez Ford Cosworth 55 4 Greg Moore Mercedes-Benz 55 5 Max Papis Ford Cosworth 55 6 Tony Kanaan Honda 55 7 Michel Jourdain Jr. Ford Cosworth 54 8 Robby Gordon Toyota 54 9 Al Unser Jr. Mercedes-Benz 54 10 Richie Hearn Toyota 54 12 Mauricio Gugelmin Mercedes-Benz 54 16 Helio Castro-Neves Mercedes-Benz 38 19 Roberto Moreno Mercedes-Benz 31 22 Patrick Carpentier Mercedes-Benz 17

Driver's Championship: Manufacturer's Championship

Juan Montoya 113 Honda 185 Michael Andretti 95 Ford Cosworth 160 Gil de Ferran 87 Mercedes-Benz 109 Dario Franchitti 85 Toyota 32

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Schumacher , David Coulthard , Mika Hakkinen , Robby Gordon , Al Unser Jr. , Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Memo Gidley , Max Papis , Adrian Fernandez , Roberto Moreno , Patrick Carpentier , Christian Fittipaldi , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Mauricio Gugelmin , Bryan Herta , Mark Blundell , Richie Hearn , Greg Moore , Cristiano da Matta , Michel Jourdain
Teams Team Penske