CHAMPCAR/CART: Honda Motorsports at Nazareth notes

<pre> Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix Race Report Circuit: Nazareth Speedway (.95 mile oval), Nazareth, PA 1999 Winner: Juan Montoya (Honda) 120.225 mph race average speed Weather: Partly cloudy, mild, 62-degrees F Race ...

<pre> Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix Race Report Circuit: Nazareth Speedway (.95 mile oval), Nazareth, PA 1999 Winner: Juan Montoya (Honda) 120.225 mph race average speed Weather: Partly cloudy, mild, 62-degrees F

Race Results: Fn. St. Driver Manufacturer Laps Average Speed/Notes 1. 5. Gil de Ferran Honda 225 101.219 mph 2. 12. Mauricio Gugelmin Mercedes-Benz 225 -0.891 seconds 3. 6. Kenny Brack Ford Cosworth 225 -1.880 seconds 4. 1. Juan Montoya Toyota 225 -2.108 seconds 5. 9. Adrian Fernandez Ford Cosworth 225 -4.718 seconds 6. 15. Michael Andretti Ford Cosworth 225 -5.577 seconds 7. 11. Jimmy Vasser Toyota 225 -6.988 seconds 8. 8. Tony Kanaan Mercedes-Benz 225 -8.589 seconds 9. 18. Oriol Servia Toyota 224 Running 10. 4. Paul Tracy Honda 224 Running 11. 2. Christian Fittipaldi Ford Cosworth 224 Running 12. 24. Tarso Marques Ford Cosworth 222 Running 16. 3. Helio Castroneves Honda 167 Not running - contact 23. 14. Dario Franchitti Honda 0 Not running - contact

De Ferran Brings Home Penske's 100th Victory

Gil de Ferran scored an emotional victory today at Nazareth Speedway, as his first win of the 2000 season also marked the 100th Champ Car victory for the Team Penske organization, and came at the "home" track near his team headquarters.

Starting fifth, the veteran Brazilian was content to run in the lead pack for the first half of today's 225-lap contest, rescheduled when a surprise snow storm forced postponement of the race's original April 9 date. He moved up to second on lap 137, then took over the lead for good 20 laps later when Tony Kanaan's race strategy failed and he was forced to pit out of the lead. De Ferran then held off a late charge by Mauricio Guglemin to record Honda's second victory of the season.

Paul Tracy and Helio Castroneves also had strong runs blunted by misfortune. Tracy looked like a potential race winner until the lapped car of Michel Jourdain spun in front of him on a lap 128 restart, knocking the Team KOOL Green driver back to a 10th pl ace finish.

Castroneves started on the inside of the second row and also ran in the lead group until colliding with the lapped car of Mark Blundell, putting both out of the race on lap 167. Dario Franchitti's day also ended early, the Team KOOL Green driver spinning out on the opening lap.

Today's Honda victory moves the company into a tie with Ford in the CART Manufacturer's Championship, while Tracy continues to lead the chase for the driver's crown. The CART FedEx Championship Series now moves on to another short oval, the historic Milwa ukee Mile, next Sunday.

PPG Cup Points (after 5 of 20 races)            Manufacturer's Championship
 1.  Paul Tracy                 59 pts.         1.  Honda               88 pts.
 2.  Jimmy Vasser               48              2.  Ford-Cosworth       88
 3.  Gil de Ferran              42              3.  Toyota              69
 4.  Roberto Moreno             42              4.  Mercedes-Benz       31
 5.  Adrian Fernandez           33
 6.  Michael Andretti           28              Rookie of the Year
 7.  Kenny Brack                27              1.  Kenny Brack 27
 8.  Max Papis                  25              2.  Alex Tagliani       18
 9.  Cristiano da Matta         25              3.  Oriol Servia        12
10.  Juan Montoya               22              4.  Shinji Nakano        5
11.  Dario Franchitti           20              5.  Noberto Fontana      0
12.  Christian Fittipaldi       20
13.  Bryan Herta                 5
17.  Shinji Nakano               2

GIL de FERRAN (#2 Marlboro Team Penske Honda) Started 5th, Finished 1st, 2nd win of 2000 for Honda, 3rd consecutive Nazareth race win for Honda, 100th Champ Car victory of Penske Racing, 47th CART victory for Honda: "I tell you, it is a very special day.

 The car was fantastic all race long.  It was one of those days when
 everything went right for us.  I have won races before, and Roger (Penske)
 has many victories.  But for us to win together is almost indescribable."

ROGER PENSKE (President, Marlboro Team Penske): "I want to thank our 30,000 employees who never lost faith. I want to thank our sponsors who have stuck with us through thick and thin. This is a great victory for our team and the whole Penske family. Th ey have worked hard for this day and they deserve the credit. Its great to be back in this position. But we can't forget there are 23 others trying to knock us off, so onto Milwaukee and prove that this is not a fluke. Time to get number 101."

TOM ELLIOTT (President, Honda Performance Development & Executive Vice-President, American Honda): "I have seen some emotional wins, but this 100th win for Team Penske ranks right up there at the top. Roger Penske and his team have taken a totally new pa ckage of drivers, chassis, engine and tires, and turned it into a race winner in five races. Once again, this shows why Penske Racing is the winningest team in Champ Car history. We are proud to be a part of this memorable victory. Our congratulations t o the whole Penske organization, and best wishes for many more wins in the future."

PAUL TRACY (#26 Team KOOL Green Honda) Started 4th, Finished 10th, continues to lead the points standings: "I'm super disappointed. We had a car that could win easily today, and the team kicked butt in the pits. When I was behind (Juan) Montoya, I was just pacing myself. He was being super-aggressive on the re-starts and I just let him have it. It wasn't going to be an issue until the end of the race. But lapped cars cost us the race."

HELIO CASTRONEVES (#3 Marlboro Team Penske Honda) Started 3rd, Finished 16th (not running, contact): "We had a vibration similar to Japan during the first stint. But after the first pit stop, the car was great, nearly perfect. Unfortunately, I had a penalty (for driving over an air hose) on that stop, and we were moved to the back of the lead lap. Later, I was trying to pass (Mark) Blundell and I got half-way in front of him. He was already a lap down and I thought he would give me room, but he came do wn on me and we hit, then went up into the wall."

DARIO FRANCHITTI (#27 Team KOOL Green Honda) Started 14th, Finished 23rd (not running, contact): "I'm very disappointed. It all came down to cold tires. When I got on the power the car swapped ends on me. I was running the car backwards and tried to sp in it back straight, but couldn't get it all the way around. I ended up in the (inside wall) which damaged the gearbox and ended our day before it really started."

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