MARLBORO GRAND PRIX OF MIAMI PRESENTED BY TOYOTA TOYOTA POST-RACE NOTES <pre> Race Results Finish Qualified ...
MARLBORO GRAND PRIX OF MIAMI PRESENTED BY TOYOTA TOYOTA POST-RACE NOTES
<pre> Race Results Finish Qualified #12 Jimmy Vasser 4 10 #97 Cristiano da Matta 12 23 #10 Norberto Fontana 15 19 #96 Oriol Servia 19 20 #1 Juan Montoya 23 2
</pre> Weekend Quick Facts
- Jimmy Vasser's fourth-place finish matched the best-ever result by a Toyota-powered car (Cristiano da Matta, Nazareth, 1999). The 12 points earned were the first by Toyota at Homestead.
- Jimmy Vasser's current standing of fourth in the FedEx Championship Series points standings is the highest standing ever by a Toyota driver at any point in the season.
- Juan Montoya moved into first place on Lap One and led the first 21 laps of Sunday's race. The 21 laps led exceeds the previous number of laps led by Toyota powered cars in Champ Car competition (14 - 12 by Alex Barron, Vancouver, 1998; 2 by Scott Pruett, Motegi, 1999).
- Juan Montoya registered the fastest lap of the race with a 194.322 mph (27.826 seconds) circuit on Lap Two. It was the first time a Toyota has run the fastest lap of the race.
#1 Juan Montoya, Target Toyota Lola: "I think we lost the engine. The Toyota engine did a great job right from the start. We were great from Lap One. The car was amazing. We'll be back at Nazareth."
#12 Jimmy Vasser, Target Toyota Lola: "We had a good race car. The Toyota engine ran flawlessly all day. We got great mileage, too. We lost two spots in the pits after we took on too much fuel and the only way you could pass was in traffic. Unfortunately, we were in the wrong position for catching traffic. It's only going to get better from here."
Jim Aust, Toyota vice president of motorsports: "It was an up and down day. Juan had the dominant race car on the track, but unfortunately we had a failure. I think the future bodes bright for us. Jimmy matched our best-ever finish, despite having a late problem in the pits. Every week's a new adventure at this point."