CHAMPCAR/CART: Fontana Friday Notes

David Reininger - motorsport.com Fontana, Calif. (October 29, 1999) Notes from the Marlboro 500 presented by Toyota at the California Speedway. Chip Ganassi and officials from Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. announced today that Target/Chip...

David Reininger - motorsport.com

Fontana, Calif. (October 29, 1999) Notes from the Marlboro 500 presented by Toyota at the California Speedway.

Chip Ganassi and officials from Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. announced today that Target/Chip Ganassi Racing will run with Toyota engines for the 2000 season. The team, which has won 24 races and 30 poles in the last four years, has signed a three-year deal with Toyota.

Ford Motorsport announced their plans for next season with the unveiling of their Ford-Cosworth XF engine. The engine, which borrows from Ford's involvement in Formula One, is smaller, lighter, more powerful and revs at a higher RPM. Twelve cars will be using the Ford engine next season.

The California Speedway has added sky boxes above the main grandstand since CART's last visit to the 2.029-mile speedway. The 28 newly constructed boxes can hold as many as 50 people per unit.

Naoki Hattori was airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center for precautionary x-rays following his incident in this morning's practice session. Hattori hit the wall with the rear of the car after he lost control putting the car into a half spin.

The Mario Andretti Trophy was unveiled today by artist Elie Hazak and Michael Andretti. The Mario Andretti Trophy willl be presented to the driver who receives the most votes for the inaugural 1999 CART All-Star Team. The winner will be announced in February. Mario Andretti was unable to attend today's unveiling due to family commitments. Andretti's father, Alvise "Gigi" Andretti, is fighting for his life.

Paul Tracy's Team Kool Green crew won Thursday's Craftsman Pit Crew Challenge. The competition, which allowed each team to perform up to ten pit stops, pitted the Team Kool Green crew of Paul Tracy against the crews of Jimmy Vasser, Christiano da Matta and Michael Andretti. After averaging the times of each of the crew's times, Tracy's crew came out on top with a time of 37.650 seconds. Tracy crew performed two stops.

Bobby Rahal will sign his new 256-page biography, Bobby Rahal: The Graceful Champion, at the Barnes and Noble store, 11090 Foothill Blvd., Rancho Cucamonga from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday evening.

Goodyear returns to Fontana after having conducted tire tests at the California Speedway in September and October with Walker Racing, Penske Racing and All American Racers. The tire brought to Fontana is similar to that used at Michigan for the U.S. 500.

One of five top Dayton Tire dealers will win a replica of the Dayton PPG Pace Car at the PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Award Championship Banquet Sunday night at the Ontario Convention Center. Each dealer will be presented with a key, one of which will start the car.

Johansson Motorsports plans to step up to CART competition next season. Formal plans for the team were announced at Dominick's in Holly wood on Wednesday night.

Rolando Quintanilla makes his debut this weekend as the first second-generation driver in the history of the Indy Lights series. His father Rolando Quintanilla was a regular competitor in the series in the early 1990s.

Jimmy Vasser, winner of the 1998 Marlboro 500 at the California Speedway, was added to the speedway's Motorwalk of Fame this morning. A plaque featuring Vasser's likeness was unveiled and placed in tha Walk of Fame.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Bobby Rahal , Paul Tracy , Rolando Quintanilla , Mario Andretti , Naoki Hattori , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing