The closest championship battle in the history of CART racing was overshadowed by the tragic loss of driver Greg Moore in a crash on the ninth lap of today's race. Moore's car left the track exiting the second turn, made heavy contact with the ...
The closest championship battle in the history of CART racing was overshadowed by the tragic loss of driver Greg Moore in a crash on the ninth lap of today's race. Moore's car left the track exiting the second turn, made heavy contact with the inside retaining wall and rolled several times. The 24-year-old Canadian was taken to Loma Linda Hospital, where he died of his injuries.
"We are all deeply saddened by the loss of Greg Moore," said Toni Elliott, executive vice-president of American Honda and president of Honda Performance Development. "He will be missed not only for his talents and skill as a driver, but also for the person he was outside of the cockpit, We were looking forward to Greg joining Honda as part of Team Penske next season, but that becomes unimportant at a time like this. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and team,"
In the race, championship rivals Dario Franchitti and Juan Montoya both ran in the lead group until the second round of pit stops, when problems changing the right rear wheel on Franchitti's Team KOOL Green Honda dropped him off the lead lap, he eventually finished 10th, two laps down to race winner Adrian Fernandez.
Montoya then needed to finish fourth or higher to catch Franchitti and win the title, and the Target/Chip Ganassi driver was able to just accomplish that. Although both drivers ended the season tied on total points, Montoya won the championship because of his seven race wins this year versus Franchitti's three wins.