CHAMPCAR/CART: Homestead Sunday Afternoon Track Notes

At 2:03 p.m., the command "Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!" is given by Sylvester Stallone, Honorary Starter. At 2:05 p.m., the CART Pace Car begins to roll with the field of 25 cars in tow for the first of four pace laps. Firestone engineers ...

At 2:03 p.m., the command "Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!" is given by Sylvester Stallone, Honorary Starter.

At 2:05 p.m., the CART Pace Car begins to roll with the field of 25 cars in tow for the first of four pace laps. Firestone engineers report a track temperature of 108 degrees F. and an ambient temperature of 85 degrees F. at the start of the race. #32 CARPENTIER pits on the first Pace Lap and has to start at the rear of the grid as he returns to the grid.

GREEN FLAG waves at 2:09 p.m. to start the Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami Presented by Toyota! #33 TAGLIANI makes side-to-side contact as the field moves into Turn 1, but no damage occurs. #1 MONTOYA passes #2 de FERRAN to take the lead going into Turn 1 and #6 ANDRETTI passes de FERRAN going into Turn 2. FERNANDEZ moves past de FERRAN going into Turn 3.

On Lap 1, the running order is #1 MONTOYA leading, followed by #6 ANDRETTI, #40 FERNANDEZ, #2 de FERRAN, and #8 BRACK.

YELLOW FLAG waves on Lap 11 as #3 CASTRO-NEVES pulls off course with smoke showing at the rear of the car.

GREEN FLAG waves on Lap 17 to resume the race, but is immediately replaced with the Yellow as #1 MONTOYA pulls too large a lead on the field as they pour into Turn 4.

GREEN FLAG waves on Lap 17 to resume the race. #40 FERNANDEZ immediately passes #6 ANDRETTI to take second place.

On Lap 20, the running order is #1 MONTOYA leading by .888 seconds over #40 FERNANDEZ, followed by #6 ANDRETTI, #8 BRACK, and #2 de FERRAN.

On Lap 21, #1 MONTOYA dramatically slows and pulls low in Turn 1 with smoke trailing from the rear of the car. The driver pulls to Pit Road showing a large amount of smoke. The team subsequently retires from the race due to an engine problem. #40 FERNANDEZ leads with #6 ANDRETTI.

On Lap 37, #6 ANDRETTI slows dramatically on the backstretch and later pulls down Pit Road without power. The team reports that the car has lost oil pressure.

On Lap 40, the running order is #40 FERNANDEZ leading by 1.207 seconds, followed by #8 BRACK, #2 de FERRAN, #33 CARPENTIER, and #12 VASSER.

On Lap 48, #40 FERNANDEZ slows on course and pulls down Pit Road with puffs of smoke showing at the rear of the car. #8 BRACK takes over the lead with #33 CARPENTIER in second and #2 de FERRAN in third. FERNANDEZ subsequently retires from the race due to an engine problem.

On Lap 54, leader #8 BRACK pits with third-place #26 TRACY, and #33 TAGLIANI takes over the lead, followed by #32 CARPENTIER.

On Lap 55, #33 TAGLIANI and #32 CARPENTIER pit and #18 BLUNDELL takes over the lead on Lap 56, followed by #2 de FERRAN.

On Lap 60, the running order is #2 de FERRAN leading by 2.404 seconds, followed by #8 BRACK, #33 TAGLIANI, #26 TRACY, and #12 VASSER.

BLACK FLAG is shown on Lap 77 to #8 BRACK as CART course observers report smoke trailing from the car at speed.

On Lap 78, #8 BRACK pits the car and shuts off the engine. The crew subsequently retires from the race due to an oil leak.

On Lap 80, the running order is #2 de FERRAN leading by .666 seconds over #33 TAGLIANI, followed by #26 TRACY, #55 KANAAN, and #12 VASSER.

On Lap 90, #2 de FERRAN has built the lead over #33 TAGLIANI to 6.671 seconds.

On Lap 99, the leader #2 de FERRAN pits for fuel and tires. De FERRAN returns to the race in 10TH place one lap down place. #33 TAGLIANI takes over the lead, followed by #26 TRACY.

On Lap 100, the running order is #33 TAGLIANI leading by .807 seconds, followed by #26 TRACY, #55 KANAAN, #12 VASSER, and #7 PAPIS.

Also on Lap 100, #17 GUGELMIN slows on course and stalls on the backstretch on Lap 102.

YELLOW FLAG waves on Lap 102 to allow CART safety workers to retrieve the stalled car of #17 GUGELMIN. #2 de FERRAN had already pitted just before this caution and winds up one lap down to the leaders. #55 KANAAN had also just pitted.

On Lap 103, #55 enters a Closed Pit for his second stop in two laps. On returning to the track, KANAAN violates the Pit Road speed.

On Lap 104, leader #33 TAGLIANI, #12 VASSER, #26 TRACY, #7 PAPIS, and #32 CARPENTIER all pit under the Yellow Flag.

On Lap 106, CART Race Control cites #33 TAGLIANI for a blend line violation. TAGLIANI will have to restart at the back of the lead lap cars as a penalty. Also on Lap 106, #55 is also ordered to the back of the lead lap cars as a penalty for pitting in a Closed Pit.

On Lap 109, #55 KANAAN and #33 TAGLIANI both move to their respective spots at the end of the lead lap car line and #26 TRACY takes over the lead under caution.

On Lap 110 and under the Yellow Flag, the running order is #26 TRACY leading, followed by #7 PAPIS, #20 MORENO, #12 VASSER, and #32 CARPENTIER.

GREEN FLAG waves on Lap 111 to resume the race.

BLACK FLAG is shown on Lap 112 to #55 KANAAN for a Pit Road speed violation incurred at on Lap 105. KANAAN subsequently pits the car to comply with the Black Flag drive thru penalty and falls a lap down to the leaders.

On Lap 120, the running order is #26 TRACY, leading by .531 seconds over #7 PAPIS, followed by #20 MORENO, #12 VASSER, and #32 CARPENTIER. #2 de FERRAN is just ahead of them at the rear of the lead-lap field.

On lap 140, the running order is #26 TRACY leading by .007 seconds over #7 PAPIS, followed by #20 MORENO, #12 VASSER, and #32 CARPENTIER.

On Lap 141, #7 PAPIS gets a huge run on #26 TRACY and passes TRACY as the cars head off of Turn 4 toward the Start/Finish line. #20 MORENO picks up PAPIS's draft and gets by TRACY as well to take over second place.

On Lap 142, #7 PAPIS and #20 MORENO both open up the margin on #26 TRACY to over two seconds.

On Lap 147, #7 PAPIS leads by 1.447 seconds over #20 MORENO followed by #26 TRACY.

On Lap 148, #7 PAPIS leads by 1.238 seconds over #20 MORENO followed by #26 TRACY, 2.872 seconds behind the leader.

WHITE FLAG is waved for #7 PAPIS, leading by just .577 seconds over a fast-gaining #20 MORENO with #26 TRACY 3.215 seconds behind the leader.

CHECKERED FLAG waves on Lap 150 for the winner of the Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami Presented by Toyota, MAX PAPIS! PAPIS takes his Miller Lite/Team Rahal Ford Reynard across the Finish Line .620 seconds ahead of second place, ROBERTO MORENO in the #20 Visteon/Patrick Racing Ford Reynard. Third place goes to the Team Kool Green Honda Reynard of #26 PAUL TRACY. PAPIS averaged 164.788 mph in today's victory, a new track record.

Nine different drivers took turns leading today's Marlboro Grand Prix Presented by Toyota. GIL de FERRAN led the most laps with 41, followed by PAUL TRACY with 32, ADRIAN FERNANDEZ with 26, JUAN MONTOYA with 21, MAX PAPIS with 10, ALEX TAGLIANI with eight, KENNY BRACK with six, TONY KANAAN with four, and MARK BLUNDELL with 2. The Yellow Flag flew twice for a total of 17 laps. There were 16 cars running at the end of the race. The time of the race was one hour, 22 minutes, 1.975 seconds.

MAX PAPIS: "First of all, I'm really, really glad to be here for the first win and with Paul and Roberto. They both taught me several things, and I used that to beat them today. We proved we can make it happen. The feeling has been there since the middle of last year. As soon as Paul was caught in traffic, I was right there to take the opportunity. It was a great race, great competition. It is really good to win here where my good friend Greg won the first race last year. I also want to thank everyone with Ford because they're putting in tremendous effort. There is going to be much more to come. To get my first win here is special for me because I am from here and everyone was here for me. It feels great, especially with a difficult qualifying session. I got a lot of congratulations for that (yesterday) but I got more today. It was a special race because there were many friends here. I couldn't choose a better place to win."

ROBERTO MORENO: "It's good to retire 'Super Sub' and good to be here (on the podium). It was a great to race up front with them. The car was good if I was by myself, and I could go a little bit faster, but there is a lot of turbulence when we were behind each other. I was just following Max, and I was just behind him. Max, if you would have run out of fuel this time, I would have pushed you. If you would believe that, you'll believe anything. I'd like to thank (team owner) Pat Patrick for giving me this opportunity and making us title contenders. You don't know how good of a feeling it is after you spend all of this time talking to people and trying to find a ride. It's hard to put it into words. I'm going to share this with my family."

PAUL TRACY: "First, I'd like to say congratulations to Max. He's had a lot happen to him, and it's good to see him smiling again. I didn't have a great car all weekend, I had a push condition in the middle of the turns and I was loose coming off, but we got good points coming out of here. It would have been better if there wasn't traffic, but this is racing. I was trying to dictate the pace and not catch a bunch of traffic, but we had to just take what we could get. To get third is a huge achievement for us. My guys gave me great stops. I can't say enough about the job they do. They take a lot of credit for what we do. We got good consistency with the Honda engine. Obviously, there were a few problems with the Fords and that allowed us to have a good finish. From our team's perspective, this weekend was a big success."

-CART-

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