WHAT: Motorola 300. WHERE: Gateway International Raceway, Madison, Ill. WHEN: Friday-Sunday, Sept. 15-17. SUPPORT EVENTS: Dayton Indy Lights Championship, Toyota Atlantic Championship. SCHEDULE: (All times Central) FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 -...
WHAT: Motorola 300.
WHERE: Gateway International Raceway, Madison, Ill.
WHEN: Friday-Sunday, Sept. 15-17.
SUPPORT EVENTS: Dayton Indy Lights Championship, Toyota Atlantic Championship.
SCHEDULE: (All times Central)
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 - Atlantic practice, 8:45-9:15 a.m.; Indy Lights practice, 9:30-10:10 a.m.; Champ Car practice 10:30 a.m.-Noon; Atlantic practice, 1:15-1:45 p.m.; Indy Lights practice, 2-2:30 p.m.; Champ Car practice (2 groups/45 minutes each), 2:45-4:15 p.m. Atlantic qualifying, 5:05- 6 p.m.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 - Atlantic warm-up, 8-8:15 a.m.; Indy Lights practice, 8:30-9:10 a.m.; Champ Car practice, 9:30-11:15 a.m.; Indy Lights qualifying, 12:15-1:15 p.m.; Champ Car qualifying, 1:30-3 p.m.; Atlantic race, 3:15-4:15 p.m.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 - Indy Lights warm-up, 9-9:15 a.m. Champ Car warm-up, 9:30-10 a.m.; Indy Lights race, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.; Grid Champ Cars, 12:45 p.m.; Motorola 300, 1:30 p.m.
BROADCAST: TV-ESPN2 (Live, 2:30 p.m. ET). RADIO-CART Radio Network. INTERNET - www.cart.com .
PRE-RACE PROGRAMMING: Motorola 300 pole qualifying, 1:30 a.m. ET Sunday, ESPN2; CART 2Day, 10:30 a.m. ET Sunday, ESPN2.
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Michael Andretti.
DEFENDING POLESITTER: Juan Montoya.
TRACK LAYOUT: 1.27-mile oval.
RACE LENGTH: 300 miles, 236 laps.
TRACK RECORDS: Qualifying (one lap) - 1997, Raul Boesel, 187.963 mph (24.324 seconds); Race - 1998, Alex Zanardi, 125.725 mph.
RACE ROUND: 17 of 20 in the FedEx Championship Series.
Michael Andretti of Newman/Haas Racing recorded his first victory since the 1998 season opener when he held off a hard-charging Helio Castroneves in a dramatic late-race sprint to the checkered flag to win the 1999 Motorola 300 at Gateway International Raceway. Andretti (Kmart/Texaco/Havoline Ford Swift) led the final 47 laps and finished 0.329 seconds ahead of Castroneves (Hogan Motor Leasing, Inc. Mercedes Lola), whose runner-up performance matched a career best result established at Milwaukee in 1998. Andretti averaged 123.513 miles per hour en route to the victory, the 38th of his career, which moved him to third in the championship with 61 points. Dario Franchitti (KOOL Honda Reynard) finished third for his fourth podium result of the season. Rookie Juan Montoya (Target Honda Reynard), who finished 11th, exited Gateway with 69 points and the FedEx Championship Series lead, followed by Franchitti with 65 and Andretti with 61.
Vital Race Statistics
Time of Race: 2 hours, 25 minutes, 35.829 seconds.
Average Speed: 123.513 mph.
Margin of Victory: 0.329 seconds.
Caution Flags: 9 for 71 laps.
Lap Leaders: Michael Andretti, 91 laps; Roberto Moreno, 42; Helio Castroneves, 38; Juan Montoya, 36; Paul Tracy, 13, Al Unser Jr., 11; Greg Moore, 4; Patrick Carpentier 1.
<pre> GATEWAY RACE HISTORY (3 Events) Year Race Winner Pole Winner 1997 Paul Tracy Raul Boesel 1998 Alex Zanardi Greg Moore* 1999 Michael Andretti Juan Montoya
*NOTE: Moore was awarded the pole position when the starting grid was based on practice times due to a rainout of qualifying.
Alex Zanardi 1 Paul Tracy 1 Michael Andretti 1
Total Pole Positions
Greg Moore 1 Raul Boesel 1 Juan Montoya 1