CHAMPCAR/CART: Grand Prix of Houston updates

The 3rd Annual Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston 24 Weeks to go.... September 29, 30 and October 1, 2000 When the teams arrived at Nazareth Speedway last Sunday morning for the second round of the CART FedEx Championship Series, they had...

The 3rd Annual Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston 24 Weeks to go....

September 29, 30 and October 1, 2000

When the teams arrived at Nazareth Speedway last Sunday morning for the second round of the CART FedEx Championship Series, they had a hard time seeing the track ---- it was covered with two inches of snow.

The rescheduled Nazareth event will take place Saturday, May 27.

What's going on for the 2000 race?

Crews are working on expanding pit-out to make it easier for the drivers to leave the pits and return to the course.

The operations department is working on new and better directional signage.

The on-line ticketing is working and orders are coming in daily.

Who's Driving for Whom?

Walker Racing driver, Shinji Nakano, recovering from injuries sustained during testing at Milwaukee, will miss the next two races - the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach and the Rio 200 in Rio de Janeiro. Replacing him for these two races is Bryan Herta, whose career includes two CART FedEx Championship Series.

Little Known Facts from 1999:

The Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix facts and figures:

The lap distance was 1.527 miles The scheduled race length was 100 laps The total race distance was 152.03 miles The distance of the first parade lap was .845 miles The second parade lap and the pace lap were 1.527 miles each The additional pit lane distance was .172 miles The fuel allotment was 84.4 US gallons (The calculated distance of 156.10 miles included two parade laps, 1 pace lap and the additional pit lane distance based on 1.85 miles per gallon).

Who is Norberto Fontana?

Norberto Fontana is a 25 year-old from Arrecifes, Argentina. Driving for Della Penna Racing, he replaced Richie Hearn.

Fontana brought sponsorship with him to the team from VideoMatch, one of the top-rated TV shows in Argentina.

Fontana has raced go-karts, Formula Ford, Formula 3, Formula 3000, Formula Nippon and Formula 1. This is his first year in CART racing.

Racing Talk --

What does it mean?

Marbles - Marbles refer to the small bits of rubber that have broken off tires during a race. They are usually more predominant in corners and are also more likely to gather on the outside of the racing line. If a car drives over the pieces, it tends to lose control - as if it were on a whole bunch of marbles.

All about Houston

The City of Houston was founded in 1836. The population exceeds 1.8 million, making Houston the fourth most populous city in the United States, trailing only New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

The Houston Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area covers 8,778 miles square miles, an area slightly smaller than New Hampshire.

Next race for the CART FedEx Championship Series is this
Sunday: The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
Location: Long Beach, CA
ESPN will air the show beginning at 4pm CDT.

For the latest updates about the Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston, visit our website: http://www.texacogp.com,

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bryan Herta , Shinji Nakano , Richie Hearn , Norberto Fontana