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Fast Facts For The Marlboro 500 Presented By Toyota WHAT: Marlboro 500 Presented by Toyota. WHERE: California Speedway, Fontana, California. WHEN: Friday-Sunday, Nov. 2-4. SUPPORT EVENTS: Dayton Indy Lights Championship; NASCAR Craftsman ...

Fast Facts For The Marlboro 500 Presented By Toyota

WHAT: Marlboro 500 Presented by Toyota.
WHERE: California Speedway, Fontana, California.
WHEN: Friday-Sunday, Nov. 2-4.

SUPPORT EVENTS: Dayton Indy Lights Championship; NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

CART SCHEDULE (All Times PT):

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2
Indy Lights practice, 8:45-9:30 a.m.
Champ Car practice, 9:45 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Indy Lights practice, 1:15-1:45 p.m.
Champ Car practice, 2-3:15 p.m.
Indy Lights practice, 3:30-4 p.m.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3
Champ Car practice, 8-9 a.m.
Indy Lights qualifying, 10-11 a.m.
Champ Car qualifying, 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4
Indy Lights warm-up 8:30-8:45 a.m.
Champ Car warm-up, 9-9:30 a.m.
Indy Lights race, 10:15-11:15 a.m.
Grid Champ Cars, 11:45 a.m.
Marlboro 500 Presented by Toyota, 12:30 p.m.

BROADCAST:
TV-ESPN, live, 3:30 p.m. EDT.
RADIO-CART Radio Network.
INTERNET - www.cart.com.
PRE-RACE PROGRAMMING: Marlboro 500 Presented by Toyota Qualifying, 1:30 a.m. ET Sunday, ESPN2
"CART 2Day," 12:30 p.m. ET Sunday, ESPN2.

DEFENDING CHAMPION: Christian Fittipaldi.
1999 POLESITTER: Gil de Ferran.
TRACK LAYOUT: 2.029-mile superspeedway oval.
RACE LENGTH: 250 laps, 500 miles.

TRACK RECORDS: @ Qualifying (one lap) - 2000, Gil de Ferran, 241.428 mph (30.255 seconds).
Race - 1999, Adrian Fernandez, 171.666 mph.

RACE NUMBER: 21 of 21 in the FedEx Championship Series.

FedEx CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES POINTS LEADERS: 1. Gil de Ferran, Marlboro Team Penske, 191 points (clinched championship); 2. Kenny Brack, Team Rahal, 163; 3. Helio Castroneves, Marlboro Team Penske, 141; 4. Michael Andretti, Team Motorola, 141; 5. Cristiano da Matta, Newman/Haas Racing, 120.

INSTANT REPLAY

Christian Fittipaldi of Newman/Haas Racing and Gil de Ferran of Marlboro Team Penske came away the big winners when the rain-delayed 2000 Marlboro 500 Presented by Toyota concluded at California Speedway. Fittipaldi (Big Kmart/Route 66 Ford Lola) took the $1 million winner's prize by winning the race, the second victory of his FedEx Championship Series career. He led the final 29 laps, the longest stint on the lead for any driver all day, and finished 0.194 seconds ahead of runner-up Roberto Moreno (Visteon Ford Reynard) of Patrick Racing, who logged his sixth podium finish of the season and a career-best in a 500-mile event. De Ferran's third-place finish clinched Marlboro Team Penske's first FedEx Championship Series championship since 1994 and its eighth overall. Like Fittipaldi, de Ferran, who established a world closed-course speed record of 241.428 miles per hour while winning the pole position, earned $1 million for his championship effort. De Ferran finished the season with 168 championship points, followed by Adrian Fernandez (Tecate/Quaker State/Patrick Racing Ford Reynard), who clinched second place in the championship with 158 points following a fifth-place finish. Moreno's runner-up result was good for a career-best third place result in the title chase, with 147 points. <pre> Vital Race Statistics Time of race: 3 hours, 38 minutes, 4.376 seconds. Average speed: 139.563 mph. Margin of victory: 0.194 seconds. Caution flags: 5 for 36 laps. Lap leaders: Kenny Brack, 47 laps; Helio Castroneves, 42; Christian Fittipaldi, 35; Juan Montoya, 33; Max Papis, 26; Gil de Ferran, 23; Casey Mears, 10; Mauricio Gugelmin, 8; Roberto Moreno, 8; Alex Barron, 7; Michael Andretti, 7; Jimmy Vasser, 4.

MARLBORO 500 PRESENTED BY TOYOTA RACE HISTORY (4 events)

Year    Race Winner             Pole Winner
1997    Mark Blundell           Mauricio Gugelmin
1998    Jimmy Vasser            Scott Pruett
1999    Adrian Fernandez        Scott Pruett
2000    Christian Fittipaldi    Gil de Ferran

All-time victories All-time pole positions Mark Blundell 1 Scott Pruett 2 Jimmy Vasser 1 Mauricio Gugelmin 1 Adrian Fernandez 1 Gil deFerran 1 Christian Fittipaldi 1

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