CHAMPCAR/CART: Fontana fast facts

FAST FACTS FOR THE MARLBORO 500 PRESENTED BY TOYOTA WHAT: Marlboro 500 Presented by Toyota. WHERE: California Speedway, Fontana, California. WHEN: Friday-Sunday, Oct. 27-29. 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, Oct. 27-29.

SUPPORT EVENTS: Dayton Indy Lights Championship; NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. <pre> CART SCHEDULE (All Times PT):

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27 - Indy Lights practice, 9:25-9:55 a.m.; Champ Car rookie drivers practice, 10:10-10:30 a.m.; Champ Car practice, 10:30 a.m.-noon; Champ Car practice, 2-3 p.m.; Indy Lights practice, 3:15-4 p.m.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28 - Champ Car practice, 8-9 a.m.; Indy Lights practice, 9:15-9:45 a.m., Champ Car qualifying, 10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.; Indy Lights qualifying, 4-5 p.m.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29 - Indy Lights warm-up 7:45-8 a.m.; Champ Car warm-up, 8:15-8:45 a.m.; Indy Lights race, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; Grid Champ Cars, 10:45 a.m.; Marlboro 500 Presented by Toyota, 11:30 a.m.

BROADCAST:

TV-ESPN, live, 2:30 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," 2 p.m. ET Sunday, ESPN2.

DEFENDING CHAMPION: Adrian Fernandez.

1999 POLESITTER: Scott Pruett.

TRACK LAYOUT: 2.029-mile superspeedway oval.

RACE LENGTH: 250 laps, 500 miles.

TRACK RECORDS: Qualifying (one lap) - 1997, Mauricio Gugelmin, 240.942 mph (30.316 seconds). Race - 1999, Adrian Fernandez, 171.666 mph. RACE NUMBER: 20 of 20 in the FedEx Championship Series.

FedEx CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES POINTS LEADERS: 1. Gil de Ferran, 153 points; 2. Adrian Fernandez, 148; 3. Paul Tracy, 134; 4. Kenny Brack 134; 5. Roberto Moreno, 131; 6. Jimmy Vasser, 131.

{TC} LAST YEAR'S RACE

Adrian Fernandez of Patrick Racing drove to victory while Juan Montoya clinched Target Chip Ganassi Racing's unprecedented fourth consecutive FedEx Championship Series championship with a fourth-place finish in the season-ending 500 at California Speedway. Both achievements were tempered by the death of four-year veteran driver Greg Moore, who lost his life after sustaining massive head injuries in an accident in Turn 2 early in the event. Fernandez (Tecate/Quaker State/Patrick Racing Ford Reynard) and Montoya (Target Toyota Lola) each earned $1 million for their accomplishments, as Fernandez led the final 10 laps en route to a 7.634-second victory over Max Papis (Miller Lite Ford Reynard) of Team Rahal. Montoya's fourth-place effort allowed him to tie Team KOOL Green's Dario Franchitti (KOOL Honda Reynard), who finished 10th, at the top of the FedEx Championship Series points standings, with 212 each. Montoya claimed the title based on his series-high seven victories to Franchitti's three, as the championship race was resolved by a tiebreaker for the first time in CART's 21-year history. Montoya became the youngest champion in CART history, at 24 years, 1 month and 11 days and joined Nigel Mansell (1993) as the only rookies to win the championship. Christian Fittipaldi (Big Kmart Ford Swift) rounded out the podium by finishing third. <pre> Vital Race Statistics

Time of race: 3 hours, 57 minutes, 17.542 seconds. Average speed: 171.666 mph. Margin of victory: 7.634 seconds. Caution flags: 7 for 58 laps.

Lap leaders: Max Papis, 112 laps; Michael Andretti, 62; Christian Fittipaldi, 37; Juan Montoya, 13; Adrian Fernandez, 10; Paul Tracy, 9; Michel Jourdain Jr., 5; Mauricio Gugelmin 2.

MARLBORO 500 PRESENTED BY TOYOTA RACE HISTORY (3 events)

Year    Race Winner             Pole Winner
1997    Mark Blundell           Mauricio Gugelmin
1998    Jimmy Vasser            Scott Pruett
1999    Adrian Fernandez        Scott Pruett
All-time victories              All-time pole positions
                                        
Mark Blundell           1       Scott Pruett            2
Jimmy Vasser            1       Mauricio Gugelmin       1

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Max Papis , Adrian Fernandez , Christian Fittipaldi , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Mauricio Gugelmin , Kenny Brack , Nigel Mansell , Scott Pruett , Mark Blundell , Chip Ganassi , Greg Moore , Michel Jourdain
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing