CHAMPCAR/CART: Houston fast facts

WHAT : Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston. WHERE: Houston, Tex. WHEN: Friday-Sunday, Oct. 5-7. SUPPORT EVENTS: Toyota Atlantic Championship, Trans-Am Series. <pre> CART SCHEDULE (All times CDT): FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5 - Atlantic practice, ...

WHAT : Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston.
WHERE: Houston, Tex.
WHEN: Friday-Sunday, Oct. 5-7.
SUPPORT EVENTS: Toyota Atlantic Championship, Trans-Am Series. <pre> CART SCHEDULE (All times CDT): FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5 - Atlantic practice, 8:30-9:10 a.m. Champ Car practice, 9:30-11:15 a.m. Champ Car practice, 1:45-3:15 p.m. Atlantic qualifying, 3:30-4 p.m.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6 - Atlantic practice, 9:10-9:40 a.m. Champ Car practice, 10-11:15 a.m.; Atlantic qualifying, 1-1:30 p.m. Champ Car qualifying (2 groups/30 minutes each), 1:45-3 p.m.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7 - Atlantic warm-up, 8:30-8:45 a.m.; Champ Car warm-up, 9-9:30 a.m. Atlantic race, 10:15-11:20 a.m. Grid Champ Cars, 12:15 p.m. Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston, 1 p.m. </pre>

BROADCAST: TV- (ESPN, live, 2 p.m. ET). RADIO-CART Radio Network. INTERNET - www.cart.com .

PRE-RACE PROGRAMMING: Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston pole qualifying, 2:30 a.m. ET Sunday, ESPN2; CART 2Day, 11 a.m. ET Sunday, ESPN2.

DEFENDING CHAMPION: Jimmy Vasser.

DEFENDING POLESITTER: Gil de Ferran.

TRACK LAYOUT: 1.527-mile temporary street circuit.

RACE LENGTH: 100 laps, 152.7 miles.

TRACK RECORDS: Qualifying (one lap) - 1999, Juan Montoya, 93.651 miles per hour (58.699 seconds). Race - 1999, Paul Tracy, 78.960 mph. RACE NUMBER: 18 of 21 in the FedEx Championship Series.

FedEx CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES POINTS LEADERS: 1. Kenny Brack, Team Rahal, 147 points; 2. Gil de Ferran, Marlboro Team Penske, 141; 3. Michael Andretti, Team Motorola 125; 4, Helio Castroneves, Marlboro Team Penske, 123; 5. Cristiano da Matta, Newman/Haas Racing, 92.

INSTANT REPLAY

Jimmy Vasser (Target Toyota Lola) of Target Chip Ganassi Racing earned his first victory since the 1998 FedEx Championship Series season finale and became the record-tying 10th different winner of the 2000 season when he drove to victory in the Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston. Vasser's effort topped a Target Ganassi sweep of the top two places as teammate Juan Montoya (Target Toyota Lola) finished second, 1.914 seconds behind. It marked the first one-two finish for the team since 1998 at Nazareth, where Vasser led Alex Zanardi across the finish line. Vasser led the final 26 laps of the 100-lap event after pole-sitter Gil de Ferran (Marlboro Honda Reynard) of Marlboro Team Penske made his final pit stop on Lap 74. De Ferran finished third and added to his FedEx Championship Series championship lead in the process. He exited Houston with 153 championship points, while Paul Tracy (KOOL Honda Reynard) of Team KOOL Green stood second at 134 following a fourth-place finish. Roberto Moreno (Visteon Ford Reynard) of Patrick Racing finished 13th and stood third in the championship chase with 131 points. <pre>

Vital Race Statistics 2000 Time of Race: 1 hour, 59 minutes, 2.370 seconds. Average Speed: 76.626 miles per hour. Margin of Victory: 1.914 seconds. Caution Flags: 5 for 21 laps. Lap Leaders: Gil de Ferran, 69 laps; Jimmy Vasser, 31.

HOUSTON RACE HISTORY (3 Events)

Year Race Winner Pole Winner

1998    Dario Franchitti        Greg Moore
1999    Paul Tracy              Juan Montoya
2000    Jimmy Vasser            Gil de Ferran

Career Victories

Dario Franchitti        1
Paul Tracy              1
Jimmy Vasser            1

Career Pole Positions

Greg Moore              1
Juan Montoya            1
Gil de Ferran           1

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Roberto Moreno , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Alex Zanardi , Kenny Brack , Chip Ganassi , Greg Moore , Cristiano da Matta
Teams Team Penske , Chip Ganassi Racing