CHAMPCAR/CART: Fontana Moore's Death Casts Pall on Montoya's Championship

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...

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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

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Al Unser Jr. , Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Max Papis , Adrian Fernandez , Patrick Carpentier , Christian Fittipaldi , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Mauricio Gugelmin , Mark Blundell , Alex Barron , Greg Moore
Teams Team Penske