<pre> FAST FACTS FOR THE MICHIGAN 500 PRESENTED BY TOYOTA WHAT: Michigan 500 Presented by Toyota. WHERE: Michigan Speedway, Brooklyn Michigan. WHEN: Thursday-Sunday, July 20-23. SUPPORT EVENTS: Dayton Indy Lights Championship;...
FAST FACTS FOR THE MICHIGAN 500 PRESENTED BY TOYOTA
WHAT: Michigan 500 Presented by Toyota.
WHERE: Michigan Speedway, Brooklyn Michigan.
WHEN: Thursday-Sunday, July 20-23.
SUPPORT EVENTS: Dayton Indy Lights Championship; NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.
CART SCHEDULE (All times local): THURSDAY, JULY 20 - Indy Lights practice, 9:30-10:15 a.m.; 10:30 a.m.-noon; Indy Lights practice, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; Indy Lights practice, 3:15-4:15 p.m. FRIDAY, JULY 21 - Indy Lights practice, 9:20-9:50 a.m.; Champ Car rookie drivers practice, 10-10:20 a.m.; Champ Car practice, 10:30 a.m.-noon; Champ Car practice, 2-3 p.m.; Indy Lights qualifying, 3:15-4:15 p.m. SATURDAY, JULY 22 - Champ Car practice, 8-9 a.m.; Indy Lights warm-up, 9:15-9:30 a.m.; Champ Car Qualifying, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Indy Lights race, 4:15-5:15 p.m. SUNDAY, JULY 23 - Champ Car warm-up, 9:30-10 a.m.; Grid Champ Cars, 12:45 p.m.; Michigan 500 Presented by Toyota, 1:30 p.m.
BROADCAST: TV - (ABC, live, 1:30 p.m. EDT, and in 195 countries worldwide).
RADIO - CART Radio Network. INTERNET - www.cart.com .
PRE-RACE PROGRAMMING: Michigan Presented by Toyota pole qualifying, 12:30 a.m. Sunday, ESPN2; CART 2Day, 11 a.m. ET Sunday, ESPN2.
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Tony Kanaan.
DEFENDING POLESITTER: Jimmy Vasser.
TRACK LAYOUT: Two-mile oval.
RACE LENGTH: 250 laps, 500 miles.
TRACK RECORDS: Qualifying (one lap) - 1996, Jimmy Vasser, 234.665 mph (Set during qualifying for the Marlboro 500). Race (500 miles) - 1990, Al Unser Jr., 189.727 mph.
RACE NUMBER: 11 of 20. FedEx CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES POINTS LEADERS: 1. Roberto Moreno, 90 points; 2. Michael Andretti, 88; 3. Gil de Ferran, 75; 4. Paul Tracy, 73; 5. Kenny Brack, 66.
Tony Kanaan of McDonald's Championship Racing unexpectedly inherited the lead when Team Rahal's Max Papis ran out of fuel two turns from the checkered flag, allowing Kanaan to claim his first career FedEx Championship Series victory in the 1999 U.S. 500 Presented by Toyota at Michigan Speedway. Despite taking such a late lead, Kanaan (McDonald's Championship Racing Team Honda Reynard) barely hung on for a 0.032-second victory over Juan Montoya (Target Honda Reynard) in the second-closest finish in Champ Car history, topped only by Mark Blundell's 0.027-second win over Gil de Ferran at Portland in 1997. Kanaan overcame a black flag for a broken gurney flap early in the event which had him running 14th on the 82nd of 250 laps. He averaged 186.097 miles per hour en route to the victory. Paul Tracy (KOOL Honda Reynard) finished third. Montoya's runner-up effort allowed him to extend his FedEx Championship Series lead to 129-116 over Dario Franchitti (KOOL Honda Reynard), who finished fifth. Michael Andretti (Kmart/Texaco/Havoline Ford Swift) finished fourth and moved to third in the championship, with 107 points.
Vital Race Statistics
Time of race: 2 hours, 41 minutes, 12.362 seconds. Average speed: 186.097 mph. Margin of victory: 0.032 seconds. Caution flags: 4 for 29 laps. Lap leaders: Max Papis, 143 laps; Michael Andretti, 65; Juan Montoya, 28; Tony Kanaan, 7; Dario Franchitti, 4; Paul Tracy, 2; Jimmy Vasser, 1.
MICHIGAN PRESENTED BY TOYOTA HISTORY (Four Events)
Year Race Winner Pole Winner 1996 Jimmy Vasser Jimmy Vasser 1997 Alex Zanardi Scott Pruett 1998 Greg Moore Adrian Fernandez 1999 Tony Kanaan Jimmy Vasser
Jimmy Vasser 1 Alex Zanardi 1 Greg Moore 1 Tony Kanaan 1
All-time pole positions
Jimmy Vasser 2 Scott Pruett 1 Adrian Fernandez 1