CHAMPCAR/CART: Laguna Seca fast facts

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.

1999 race

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

Total Victories

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

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jacques Villeneuve , Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Max Papis , Adrian Fernandez , Roberto Moreno , Bobby Rahal , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Alex Zanardi , Bryan Herta , Mario Andretti , Rick Mears , Danny Sullivan , Emerson Fittipaldi , Chip Ganassi , Teo Fabi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing