Surfers Paradise, Australia, October 17, 1999 - Player's drivers Greg Moore and Patrick Carpentier, who had hoped to continue their climb up the FedEx CART Championship standings, had their hopes dashed at Surfers Paradise today when they were ...
Surfers Paradise, Australia, October 17, 1999 - Player's drivers Greg Moore and Patrick Carpentier, who had hoped to continue their climb up the FedEx CART Championship standings, had their hopes dashed at Surfers Paradise today when they were unable to finish the attrition-filled Honda Indy 300.
Fifteen drivers in the 27-driver field weren't around for the finish of the race, which was won by Scotsman Dario Franchitti, his third triumph of the season. Max Papis and Adrian Fernandez took second and third place respectively.
Moore, of Maple Ridge, B.C., started 12th on the grid and had moved into 7th place when he passed Tony Kanaan on lap 20. He continued to hold his own until lap 46, when he ran into engine problems that forced him out of the race.
"I had a good start and made some good passing moves early on," said Moore. "The Player's team was doing its usual fine job but then there was some misfiring with the engine and I had to retire to the pits, ending my day. We'll just have to move on and give it everything we've got for the last race of the season in Fontana in two weeks."
Carpentier, of Joliette, Que., had qualified 15th and was pushing to make his way back into contention when his car made contact with Michel Jourdain Jr. on lap 21 and went off the track, ending his comeback efforts.
"When you're quite far from the front like that, you have to take some chances and, unfortunately, they don't always work out," explained Carpentier. "I was trying to pass for position on the track and it was just one of those things that happen from time to time from trying to be aggressive."
The DNFs did not change Moore's and Carpentier's positions in the standings. Moore remains in 9th place, while Carpentier is 13th, 19 points behind the 12th spot held by Kanaan. Franchitti, with 209 points, carries a nine-point lead over Juan Montoya with one race left on the schedule.
The Player's drivers will be out to finish the season with a flourish when they take to the oval at Fontana for the curtain-closer on October 31.