CHAMPCAR/CART: Gold Coast fast facts

<pre> FAST FACTS FOR THE HONDA INDY 300 WHAT: Honda Indy 300. WHERE: Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia WHEN: Friday-Sunday, October 13-15. SUPPORT EVENTS: V8 SuperCar, GTP Nation's Cup, Young Guns, Saloon Cars, Formula ...

<pre> FAST FACTS FOR THE HONDA INDY 300

WHAT: Honda Indy 300.

WHERE: Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia

WHEN: Friday-Sunday, October 13-15.

SUPPORT EVENTS: V8 SuperCar, GTP Nation's Cup, Young Guns, Saloon Cars, Formula Ford.

CART SCHEDULE: (All times local) FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13 - Champ Car practice, 10:30 a.m.-noon; Champ Car qualifying (2 groups/30 minutes each), 2:30-3:45p.m.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14 - Champ Car practice, 10-11:15 a.m.; Champ Car qualifying (2 groups/30 minutes each), 1:45-3 p.m.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15 - Champ Car warm-up, 10-10:30 a.m.; Grid Champ Cars, 1:15 p.m.; Honda Indy 300, 2 p.m.

BROADCAST: TV - ESPN (Live, Saturday/early Sunday, midnight ET).

DEFENDING CHAMPION: Dario Franchitti.

DEFENDING POLESITTER: Dario Franchitti.

TRACK LAYOUT: 2.795-mile temporary street course.

RACE LENGTH: 65 laps, 181.675 miles.

TRACK RECORDS: Qualifying (one lap) - 1999, Dario Franchitti, 109.724 mph (1 minute, 32.703 seconds); Race - 1999, Dario Franchitti, 91.849 mph.

RACE NUMBER: 19 of 20.

FedEx CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES POINTS LEADERS: 1. Gil de Ferran, 153; 2. Paul Tracy, 132; 3. Roberto Moreno, 131; 4. Michael Andretti, 127; 5. Adrian Fernandez, 127.

NEXT EVENT: October 29, Marlboro 500 Presented by Toyota, Fontana, Calif.

LAST YEAR

Dario Franchitti of Team KOOL Green drove to victory from the pole and took over the FedEx Championship Series points lead in the process at the 1999 Honda Indy 300 at Surfers Paradise, Australia. Franchitti (KOOL Honda Reynard) led a race-high 49 of 65 laps on the 2.795-mile temporary street circuit while finishing 2.609 seconds ahead of Max Papis (Miller Lite Ford Reynard), whose runner-up performance established a FedEx Championship Series career best. Franchitti moved into the top spot in the championship when rookie Juan Montoya (Target Honda Reynard), who held a 200-187 lead over Franchitti entering the event, finished scoreless due to an accident on Lap 49. The 22-point sweep scored by Franchitti for winning from the pole and leading the most laps gave him a 209-200 lead over Montoya heading into the FedEx Championship Series season finale at California Speedway. Adrian Fernandez (Tecate/Quaker State/Patrick Racing Ford Reynard) finished third, a career-best result in six appearances at Australia.

Vital race statistics

Time of race: 1 hour, 58 minutes, 40.726 seconds. Average speed: 91.849 mph. Margin of victory: 2.609 seconds. Caution flags: 4 for 10 laps. Lap leaders: Dario Franchitti, 49; Max Papis 11, Jan Magnussen 3, Adrian Fernandez 2.

Year Race winner Pole winner 1991 John Andretti Michael Andretti 1992 Emerson Fittipaldi Al Unser Jr. 1993 Nigel Mansell Nigel Mansell 1994 Michael Andretti Nigel Mansell 1995 Paul Tracy Michael Andretti 1996 Jimmy Vasser Jimmy Vasser 1997 Scott Pruett Alex Zanardi 1998 Alex Zanardi Dario Franchitti 1999 Dario Franchitti Dario Franchitti

Total Victories

John Andretti           1
Emerson Fittipaldi      1
Nigel Mansell           1
Michael Andretti        1
Paul Tracy              1
Jimmy Vasser            1
Scott Pruett            1
Alex Zanardi            1
Dario Franchitti        1

Total Pole Positions

Michael Andretti        2
Nigel Mansell           2
Dario Franchitti        2
Al Unser Jr.            1
Jimmy Vasser            1
Alex Zanardi            1

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Series IndyCar
Drivers John Andretti , Jan Magnussen , Al Unser Jr. , Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Max Papis , Roberto Moreno , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Alex Zanardi , Nigel Mansell , Scott Pruett , Emerson Fittipaldi