What: Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, round three of the 20-race CART FedEx Championship Series. When: Race - Sunday, April 16 (1 p.m. local time, tape-delay broadcast at 5 p.m. Eastern on ESPN). Practice - Friday, April 14. Qualifying - ...
What: Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, round three of the 20-race CART FedEx Championship Series.
When: Race - Sunday, April 16 (1 p.m. local time, tape-delay broadcast at 5 p.m. Eastern on ESPN). Practice - Friday, April 14. Qualifying - Saturday, April 15.
Where: The 1.586-mile temporary street course in Long Beach, Calif.
History: Juan Montoya started fifth and won at Long Beach in 1999. Jimmy Vasser started ninth and finished 10th last year. Team Target has claimed four straight victories at Long Beach.
* Target/Chip Ganassi Racing is pursuing an unprecedented fifth consecutive CART FedEx Series championship and fifth straight victory at Long Beach.
* Juan Montoya is the defending CART champion and defending Long Beach race winner.
* The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach was Montoya's first CART victory. He went on to win seven races in his rookie season.
* Montoya has started third or better in 12 of his 21 CART races.
* Jimmy Vasser has finished fifth or better in five of his last nine races.
* Jimmy Vasser earned Team Target's first victory at Long Beach in 1996.
* Team Target has 30 victories in its last 73 starts.
* Vasser finished ninth in the 1999 PPG Cup point standings.
* The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is Target/Chip Ganassi Racing's second race running a Toyota engine and Lola chassis (last weekend's Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix was cancelled due to snow).
* Montoya claimed his eighth CART pole position at the Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix on April 8 (the race was postponed due to snow).
* Jimmy Vasser (Target Toyota Lola) owns five top-10 finishes in eight appearances at Long Beach, including a victory in 1996, seventh in '92, ninth in '97, eighth in '98 and 10th last year.
* Target/Chip Ganassi Racing will race in the Indianapolis 500 on May 28.
* Team Target has won at least one of CART's first three races every year since 1996.
* Team Target has moved into a new shop in Indianapolis in 2000. The 70,000-square-foot facility features 10 car bays, nine truck bays, a show room, a sales area, a workout room and a cafeteria.
Target/Chip Ganassi Racing is again donating money to Target House at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis. Target House is a comfortable place for the families of St. Jude patients to stay while their children receive treatments. The team will donate $5,000 for each race win, $1,000 for each pole position and $25 for each lap led. During the 1997 season, the team raised $46,275 for Target House. Target matched the donation and awarded St. Jude Hospital a $100,000 check. In 1998, Team Target's success on the track resulted in a $71,875 donation to St. Jude. In 1999, the team raised $68,250 for Target House, which opened May 17, 1999. Founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, St. Jude is the largest center in the U.S. for the treatment and research of pediatric cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases.