FedEx Championship Series Report Race: Marlboro 500, California Speedway, Fontana, Calif. Date/Session: Oct. 31, 1999 Mercedes-Benz Race Report Moore's Tragic Death Casts Pall on Montoya's Championship On a day when...
FedEx Championship Series Report
Race: Marlboro 500, California Speedway, Fontana, Calif. Date/Session: Oct. 31, 1999 Mercedes-Benz Race Report
Moore's Tragic Death Casts Pall on Montoya's Championship
On a day when the CART community expected to cheer its new champion, there was instead only sadness as Canadian driver Greg Moore was killed in an accident in the season-ending Marlboro 500 at California Speedway.
The 24-year-old dominated Indy Lights in 1995, winning the championship before moving to the No. 99 Champ Car for Forsythe Racing the following year. Moore became the youngest driver to win a Champ Car race with his victory at Milwaukee in 1997. His CART career featured five victories, five poles and 17 podium finishes in 72 starts, including the pole and the win at this season's opening event in Homestead, Fla. Fernandez Wins Race; Montoya Takes Title
Adrian Fernandez won the race by 7.634 seconds over Max Papis for his second victory of the year. Rookie Juan Montoya finished fourth, giving him enough PPG Cup driver's championship points to tie Dario Franchitti, who finished 10th. Both drivers ended the season with 212 points, but Montoya is the champion by virtue of his seven victories versus Franchitti's three.
PacWest Hollywood Mercedes driver Mauricio Gugelmin raced competitively in the top five before finishing in sixth position, while Al Unser Jr. finished seventh in his final race for Marlboro Team Penske. Mercedes drivers Mark Blundell and Patrick Carpentier retired with electrical problems, while Helio Castro-Neves parked his Hogan Racing Mercedes on lap 111 with mechanical problems. Alex Barron crashed in Turn Four of lap 28, ending his day.
Statement from Mercedes-Benz Regarding Greg Moore
All of us at Mercedes-Benz are deeply saddened by today's events. Greg was not only an extremely talented driver, but also one who continually exhibited the competitive spirit of a champion -- both on and off the race track. He will be greatly missed by all of us, and our sympathies go out to Greg's family and many friends on this tragic loss.
Results, Marlboro 500 California Speedway, Fontana, Calif. Oct. 31, 1999
Pos. Driver Engine Laps 1 Adrian Fernandez Ford Cosworth 250 2 Max Papis Ford Cosworth 250 3 Christian Fittipaldi Ford Cosworth 250 4 Juan Montoya Honda 250 5 Jimmy Vasser Honda 250 6 Mauricio Gugelmin Mercedes-Benz 250 7 Al Unser Jr. Mercedes-Benz 249 8 Tony Kanaan Honda 249 9 Gil de Ferran Honda 249 10 Dario Franchitti Honda 248 16 Mark Blundell Mercedes-Benz 193 20 Helio Castro-Neves Mercedes-Benz 111 24 Alex Barron Mercedes-Benz 27 25 Patrick Carpentier Mercedes-Benz 21 26 Greg Moore Mercedes-Benz 9
Driver's Championship Manufacturer's Championship
Juan Montoya 212* Honda 383 Dario Franchitti 212 Ford Cosworth 301 Paul Tracy 161 Mercedes-Benz 193 Michael Andretti 151 Toyota 80
*First by virtue of greater number of race wins