WHAT: Honda Grand Prix of Monterey Featuring the Shell 300. WHERE: Laguna Seca Raceway, Monterey, Calif. WHEN: Friday-Sunday, September 8-10 SUPPORT EVENTS: PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship, KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship, Barber Dodge Pro...
WHAT: Honda Grand Prix of Monterey Featuring the Shell 300.
WHERE: Laguna Seca Raceway, Monterey, Calif.
WHEN: Friday-Sunday, September 8-10
SUPPORT EVENTS: PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship, KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship, Barber Dodge Pro Series.
SCHEDULE (All times Pacific): <pre> FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 - Atlantic practice, 8:45-91:25 a.m.; Indy Lights practice, 9:30-10:10 a.m.; Champ Car practice, 10:30 a.m.-Noon; Atlantic qualifying, 1-1:30 p.m.; Indy Lights qualifying, 1:45-2:15 p.m.; Champ Car qualifying, 2:30-3:45 p.m.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 - Atlantic qualifying, 8:10-8:40 a.m.; Indy Lights practice 9-9:40 a.m.; Champ Car practice, 10-11:15 a.m.; Indy Lights qualifying, 12:55-1:25 p.m.; Champ Car qualifying, 1:45-3 p.m.; Atlantic race, 4-5 p.m.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 - Indy Lights warm-up, 8:25-8:40 a.m.; Champ Car warm-up, 9-9:30 a.m.; Grid Champ Cars, 11:15 a.m.; Shell 300, noon; Indy Lights race, 3 p.m.
BROADCAST: TV-ESPN (Live, 3 p.m., ET, and in 205 countries worldwide).
RADIO-CART Radio Network. INTERNET - www.cart.com .
PRE-RACE PROGRAMMING: Shell 300 pole qualifying, 1:30-2:30 a.m. ET Sunday, ESPN2; CART 2Day, 2:30 p.m. ET Sunday, ESPN2.
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Bryan Herta.
DEFENDING POLESITTER: Bryan Herta.
TRACK LAYOUT: 2.238-mile permanent road course.
RACE LENGTH: 83 laps, 185.754 miles.
TRACK RECORDS: Qualifying (one lap) - 1997, Bryan Herta, 118.666 mph (1 minute, 7.895 seconds); Race - 1997, Jimmy Vasser, 109.647 mph.
RACE ROUND: 16 of 20 in the FedEx Championship Series.
FedEx CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES POINTS LEADERS: 1, Michael Andretti, 126 points; 2. Paul Tracy, 120; 3. Adrian Fernandez, 117; 4. Gil de Ferran, 116; 5. Roberto Moreno, 115.
Bryan Herta (Shell Ford Reynard) captured the Honda Grand Prix of Monterey's Shell 300 from the pole position for the second consecutive year and helped the FedEx Championship Series establish a new single-season record for different race winners when he drove to victory at Laguna Seca Raceway in 1999. Herta became the 10th different winner in 17 events, eclipsing the former mark of nine established in 1985 and equaled in 1995. He led all 83 laps, becoming the first Champ Car driver to accomplish that feat since Paul Tracy in 1994, en route to a 1.825-second victory over Roberto Moreno (Big Kmart Ford Swift) of Newman/Haas Racing, whose runner-up performance was a career-best finish. Max Papis (Miller Lite Ford Reynard) made it an outstanding day for Team Rahal by taking third place, also a career-best finish. Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver Juan Montoya, who entered the weekend with the FedEx Championship Series points lead, finished eighth and extended his advantage to 199-171 over Dario Franchitti (KOOL Honda Reynard) of Team KOOL Green, who went scoreless. Paul Tracy (KOOL Honda Reynard), Franchitti's Team KOOL Green teammate, finished fourth and stood third in the championship with 134 points.
Vital Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour, 49 minutes, 20.898 seconds.
Average Speed: 101.924 mph
Margin of Victory: 1.825 seconds.
Caution Flags: 4 for 10 laps.
Lap Leaders: Bryan Herta, 83.
Honda Grand Prix of Monterey Featuring the Shell 300 Fast Facts
LAGUNA SECA RACE HISTORY (17 Events)
Year Race Winner Pole Winner 1983 Teo Fabi Teo Fabi 1984 Bobby Rahal Mario Andretti 1985 Bobby Rahal Bobby Rahal 1986 Bobby Rahal Mario Andretti 1987 Bobby Rahal Mario Andretti 1988 Danny Sullivan Danny Sullivan 1989 Rick Mears Rick Mears 1990 Danny Sullivan Danny Sullivan 1991 Michael Andretti Michael Andretti 1992 Michael Andretti Michael Andretti 1993 Paul Tracy Emerson Fittipaldi 1994 Paul Tracy Paul Tracy 1995 Gil de Ferran Jacques Villeneuve 1996 Alex Zanardi Alex Zanardi 1997 Jimmy Vasser Bryan Herta 1998 Bryan Herta Bryan Herta 1999 Bryan Herta Bryan Herta
Bobby Rahal 4 Danny Sullivan 2 Michael Andretti 2 Paul Tracy. 2 Bryan Herta 2 Teo Fabi 1 Rick Mears 1 Gil de Ferran 1 Alex Zanardi 1 Jimmy Vasser 1
Total Pole Positions
Mario Andretti 3 Bryan Herta 3 Danny Sullivan 2 Michael Andretti 2 Teo Fabi 1 Bobby Rahal 1 Rick Mears 1 Emerson Fittipaldi 1 Paul Tracy 1 Jacques Villeneuve 1 Alex Zanardi 1