CHAMPCAR/CART: Houston GP fast facts

FAST FACTS FOR THE TEXACO/HAVOLINE GRAND PRIX OF HOUSTON WHAT : Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston. WHERE: Houston, Tex. WHEN: Friday-Sunday, Sept. 29-Oct. 1. SUPPORT EVENTS: Dayton Indy Lights Championship, KOOL/Toyota ...

FAST FACTS FOR THE TEXACO/HAVOLINE GRAND PRIX OF HOUSTON

WHAT : Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston.

WHERE: Houston, Tex.

WHEN: Friday-Sunday, Sept. 29-Oct. 1.

SUPPORT EVENTS: Dayton Indy Lights Championship, KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship, BF Goodrich Tires Trans-Am Series.

CART SCHEDULE (All times CDT):

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 -
Indy Lights practice, 9:30-10:10 a.m.;
Champ Car practice, 10:30 a.m.-noon;
Atlantic practice, 1-1:30 p.m.;
Indy Lights qualifying, 1:45-2:15 p.m.;
Champ Car qualifying, 2:30-3:45 p.m.;
Atlantic qualifying, 4:45-5:15 p.m.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 -
Atlantic practice, 8:15-8:45 a.m.;
Indy Lights practice, 9-9:40 a.m.;
Champ Car practice, 10-11:15 a.m.;
Indy Lights qualifying, 1-1:30 p.m.;
Champ Car qualifying, 1:45-3 p.m.
Atlantic qualifying, 3:15-3:45 p.m.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER1 -
Atlantic warm-up, 8-8:15 a.m.;
Indy Lights warm-up, 8:30-8:45 a.m.;
Atlantic race, 9:40-10:40 a.m.;
Champ Car warmup, 11-11:30 a.m.;
Indy Lights race, 12:30-1:30 p.m.;
Grid Champ Cars, 2:15 p.m.;
Texaco Grand Prix of Houston, 3 p.m.

BROADCAST: TV-(ABC-TV, live, 4 p.m. ET and in 208 countries worldwide).

RADIO-CART Radio Network. INTERNET - www.cart.com .

PRE-RACE PROGRAMMING: Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston pole qualifying, 1:30 a.m. ET Sunday, ESPN2; CART 2Day, 10:30 a.m. ET Sunday, ESPN2.

DEFENDING CHAMPION: Paul Tracy.

DEFENDING POLESITTER: Juan Montoya.

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 20 in the FedEx Championship Series.

FedEx CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES POINTS LEADERS: 1. Gil de Ferran, 137; 2. Roberto Moreno, 129; 3. Michael Andretti, 127; 4, Paul Tracy, 122; 5, Adrian Fernandez, 121.

INSTANT REPLAY

Paul Tracy keyed a spectacular day for Team KOOL Green when he drove to his 15th career Champ Car victory and teammate Dario Franchitti finished second at the 1999 Texaco Grand Prix of Houston. Tracy (KOOL Honda Reynard) led a race-high 85 of 100 laps while scoring his first victory on a temporary street circuit since 1995 at Australia. He averaged 78.960 miles per hour and finished 13.733 seconds ahead of Franchitti (KOOL Honda Reynard), whose runner-up effort was his second podium finish in as many starts at Houston, following a victory in 1998. Michael Andretti (Kmart/Texaco/Havoline Ford Swift) finished third for his fifth podium result of the season and the 84th of his career. Polesitter and FedEx Championship Series leader Juan Montoya (Target Honda Reynard) exited after completing only 12 laps due to contact with the car driven by Helio Castroneves (Hogan Motor Leasing, Inc. Mercedes Lola), who was stopped in a tire barrier. Montoya's scoreless finish allowed Franchitti to close to 13 points (200-187) behind the series leader with two rounds of the championship remaining. Tracy stood third with 155 points following his win.

Vital Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour, 55 minutes, 31.263 seconds.
Average Speed: 78.960 miles per hour.
Margin of Victory: 13.733 seconds.
Caution Flags: 4 for 16 laps.
Lap Leaders: Paul Tracy, 85 laps; Juan Montoya, 12; Dario Franchitti, 3 laps.

HOUSTON RACE HISTORY (Two Events)

Year Race Winner Pole Winner

1998    Dario Franchitti        Greg Moore
1999    Paul Tracy              Juan Montoya

Career Victories

Dario Franchitti        1
Paul Tracy              1

Career Pole Positions

Greg Moore              1
Juan Montoya            1

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Greg Moore