CHAMPCAR/CART: Houston 18 Weeks to Go!

The 3rd Annual Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston 18 Weeks to go.... September 29, 30 and October 1, 2000 It will be a busy weekend for two of the Fed Ex Championship Series drivers, Juan Montoya and Jimmy Vasser. They will race in ...

The 3rd Annual Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston 18 Weeks to go....

September 29, 30 and October 1, 2000

It will be a busy weekend for two of the Fed Ex Championship Series drivers, Juan Montoya and Jimmy Vasser. They will race in Nazareth, PA on Saturday, for the rescheduled Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix. Following the completion of the CART event, they will travel to Indianapolis for the Indy 500.

Montoya, a rookie for the 500, qualified second and teammate, Jimmy Vasser qualified in the 7th spot. Vasser's last visit to the Brickyard was in 1995. The Indy 500 will take place on Sunday, May 28.

What's going on for the 2000 THGPH?

Last Thursday, Mayor Lee P. Brown announced the four charities for 2000 that will be the recipients of the fundraising from the Mayor's Gala on September 27 and the Mayor's Golf Tournament on September 28.

The four charities are: Neighborhood Centers, Police Activities League, La Rosa, and the Sunshine Kids Foundation.

The Gala this year will honor Mario Andretti, who was recently named "Driver of the Century." The co-chairs of the Gala are Mayor Lee P. Brown and Paul Newman.

The Gala will take place at the George R. Brown Convention Center's Ball Room.

Mayor Brown also proclaimed Friday, September 29 as the Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix Day of Houston. The Proclamation stated, "the race events have attracted more than 100,000 spectators and generated an estimated economic impact of $30 million annually. The Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix has fostered immense civic pride and enhanced Houston's visibility as an international tourist destination."

Who's Who?

U. E. "Pat" Patrick

Pat Patrick is the founder and owner of Patrick Racing, one of CART's original and most successful teams. The team ran its initial Champ Car season in 1970 with Johnny Rutherford. Pat was CART's first president when it formed in 1978. He was later named Chairman.

At the start of the 2000 season, the Patrick Racing Team had started 668 races, won two national championships and taken the checkered flag 41 times.

The 2000 season has them fielding two cars, with Adrian Fernandez and Roberto Moreno as drivers.

Some 2000 Facts and Figures ---

The series points fund for the FedEx Championship Series is distributed to the top-ten finishers in the season-long points battle. This year the fund is $2.75 million. The 2000 champion will receive $1,000,000. and the 10th place finisher receives $100,000.

Champ Car Jargon: --

What does it mean?

Take a Peek: When a driver puts his car in a position to see if he has enough horsepower or is quick enough in a corner to pass a competitor.

In the Fence: When a driver hits the wall and crashes.

Ground Effects: Make the car hug the ground like a vacuum hugs a rug.

Line: the quickest way around a race circuit, taking advantage of a racer's braking, cornering and acceleration techniques. A dark shading or groove often appears as the tire rubber is left in the line.

All about Houston

Houston is known as the Bayou City due to more than 10 winding waterways that irrigate the landscape and serve as green spaces for fitness and nature enthusiasts.

Due to the international and diverse population, Houston is home to 45 religions, from African Methodist to Zoroastrian.

The Greater Houston Partnership estimates that 2000 will be the 14th consecutive year of job growth. The payroll employment in the Houston metro area is expected to increase by 3 percent, adding more than 61,000 jobs to the area.

Next race for the CART FedEx Championship Series is the re-run of the snowed-out Nazareth Speedway, this Saturday, May 27 Location: Nazareth, PA ESPN will air the show beginning at 1:00 pm EDT.

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 Jimmy Vasser , Adrian Fernandez , Roberto Moreno , Mario Andretti , Paul Newman , Johnny Rutherford