CHAMPCAR/CART: Gateway Qualifying Notes

Motorola 300 Qualifying Greg Bailey motorsport.com Motorsport News International (Madison, IL, May 28, 1999) Juan Montoya scored his second pole position in qualifying at the Motorola 300 with a speed of 182.014 mph. The 23 year old Colombian...

Motorola 300 Qualifying Greg Bailey motorsport.com Motorsport News International

(Madison, IL, May 28, 1999) Juan Montoya scored his second pole position in qualifying at the Motorola 300 with a speed of 182.014 mph. The 23 year old Colombian put himself in a strong position to take a record fourth straight win in the CART series. Under a bright sun with cross wind on the straightaways, the field of 27 filled quickly. Paul Tracy, winner of the first CART race at Madison, earned the second spot on the front row with a speed of 182.195 mph, eight hundreds of a second slower than Montoya. Twenty four drivers finished within a second of the pole sitter's time. Helio Castro-Neves, fastest in the practice sessions, with a combined speed of 182.151 mph, took the third spot on the grid with a speed of 182.130. In the practice Juan Montoya clocked in at 182.057, .013 seconds slower than Castro-Neves on the 1.27 miles track. Dennis Vitolo finished last in practice and qualifying with speeds of 166.914 mph and 166.424 mph.. In a post qualification interview 30 year old Paul Tracy joked that he is now the old man of racing.

JUAN MONTOYA -4- Target/Chip Ganassi Racing Honda - Pole qualifier - Second Career Pole. "Actually, I am a little surprised. After the times everyone turned yesterday, I thought it would take a high '24' to get the pole today. My car had a lot of push today, so much that I was using all the racetrack in turn one. On my first timed lap, I actually turned in a bit too early and touched the curb on the inside of turn one. The car began to slide, then it gripped again, but I thought it had cost me the pole."

PAUL TRACY -26- team KOOL Green Honda - Qualified 2nd. "Things are shaping up on our side of Team KOOL Green, our short oval package is really coming together."

HELIO CASTRO-NEVES -9- Hogan Racing Mercedes - Qualified 3rd. "Sometimes you just have to try everything and I did, but unfortunately when Ihit the bump in turn three the car just when straight away with big understeer.

"The car has been very good in traffic, side by side, and runnig alone during practice, so I'm confident that I have a good race car under me for tomorrow. We did a fantastic job this mrning and made a huge improvement.."

ADRIAN FERNANDEZ -40- Tecate/Quaker State Ford - Qualified 7th - "Hopefully we will be in the top three or four rows for the start tomorrow. It's going to be key because it is going to be very tough to pass. A good starting position is going to be key."

CHRISTIAN FITTIPALDI -11- Big K Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 8th - "We had a good run today and I am pretty happy with where we ended up. We are definitely going to keep it up and I am sure we are going to be in the hunt for the championship. Tomorrow for the race I am confident that we will be racing up front." "The team has improved a lot and that is one area that you need to be working to have success. As for me, in '97 I had the accident (in Australia) with my leg and in '98 it was a bunch of little things that kept us out of it for a while. But you could see towards the end of the year the team was coming on."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing