Fontana, Calif. (October 31, 1999) - Adrian Fernandez won the race and Juan Montoya captured the championship at the California Speedway today. But the celebrations were replaced by tears of sadness as the sport lost Greg Moore in a single car ...
Fontana, Calif. (October 31, 1999) - Adrian Fernandez won the race and Juan Montoya captured the championship at the California Speedway today. But the celebrations were replaced by tears of sadness as the sport lost Greg Moore in a single car accident on lap ten of the 500 mile race.
Moore was fatally injured in an incident when his car lost control at the exit of turn two, slamming an inside retaining wall along the backstretch. The impact with the wall sent the car tumbling across the apron grass causing extensive damage to the car. Moore was airlifted to Loma Linda Medical Facility where efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.
"It's so hard today because Greg was such a good friend of ours," said race winner Adrian Fernandez. "We have shared so many good moments inside and outside the race track. This is a tragedy to all of us and I can't express how I feel."
Max Papis, who finished second, echoed the sentiments expressed by Fernandez. "I am so sad. There is no word or nothing. No satisfaction can pay this back. My prayer is with all of Greg's family. There are no words to help us understand why things happen."
"We are out there to practice a very nice sport, and a very competitive sport" said third place finisher Christian Fittipaldi, "but we are not out there to kill ourselves. This is a very difficult moment."
Target/Chip Ganassi Racing won an unprecedented fourth consecutive FedEx championship today. Rookie driver Juan Montoya captured the championship by virtue of his seven wins to Dario Franchitti's three wins. The championship was decided by number of wins after each driver ended the season with 212 points.
"We certainly don't want our light to shine at the dimming of others," said team owner Chip Ganassi. "I've known Greg for five or six years, maybe longer. Maybe he's just not burdened with things anymore. He doesn't have to worry about the senseless things that we do. Worrying about shock absorbers wings and rules and fights. Our sport seems fairly insignificant at times like this."