CHAMPCAR/CART: Michigan Sunday Pit Notes

U.S. 500 Presented by Toyota - Sunday -Pit Notes Today's U.S. 500 will mark ROBERTO MORENO's final appearance with the PacWest Racing Group as regular driver MARK BLUNDELL is scheduled to return to CART competition at the next round of the ...

U.S. 500 Presented by Toyota - Sunday -Pit Notes

Today's U.S. 500 will mark ROBERTO MORENO's final appearance with the PacWest Racing Group as regular driver MARK BLUNDELL is scheduled to return to CART competition at the next round of the FedEx Championship Series, the Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit on August 8. "I don't really like the name "Super Sub", admits Moreno. "I have all the ability to be a full-time driver, just not the opportunity. Whenever I've run a full season, I've always finished in the top three in points. I thank Bruce McCaw, Motorola, and the entire PacWest team very much for a fantastic chance to show what I can do. Of course it will be very difficult to leave PacWest, but I'm a race car driver. I think I deserve to be in a race car soon, and I'll chase that until I find a ride." At 1:26 p.m., the Canadian and American National Anthems are sung by Leslie Barnett and Bryton McClure respectively. At 1:32 p.m., the command "Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!" is given by honorary starter and CART Chief Steward WALLY DALLENBACH. At 1:33 p.m., the PPG Pace Car begins to roll with the full field of 26 cars in tow for the first of four pace laps. #8 HERTA pulls off Pit Road late but joins the field the first time by in his eighth place. Firestone engineers report a track temperature of 126 degrees F. and an ambient temperature of 91 degrees F. at the start of the race. YELLOW FLAG flies at 1:40 p.m. to start the U.S. 500 Presented by Toyota as #12 VASSER jumps to a five length lead over the outside car of #40 FERNANDEZ. GREEN FLAG waves on Lap 2. As the field streams into Turn 1, #4 MONTOYA drops low and takes the lead from his third place start. On Lap 2, #6 ANDRETTI takes the lead going into Turn 1 but loses the lead back to #4 MONTOYA on the backstretch. On Lap 5, the running order is #4 MONTOYA leading by .142 seconds over #6 ANDRETTI, #40 FERNANDEZ, #12 VASSER, and #7 PAPIS. On Lap 8, #6 ANDRETTI passes #4 MONTOYA to take the lead. On Lap 9, #4 MONTOYA again takes the lead from #6 ANDRETTI. On Lap 10, the running order is #4 MONTOYA leading by .040 seconds, over #6 ANDRETTI, followed by #40 FERNANDEZ, #12 VASSER, and #7 PAPIS. On Lap 11, #9 CASTRO-NEVES pulls onto Pit Road with a mechanical difficulty. On Lap 19, #6 ANDRETTI again takes the lead in Turn 4 from #4 MONTOYA. On Lap 20, the running order is #6 ANDRETTI leading by .834 seconds, followed by #4 MONTOYA, #40 FERNANDEZ, #12 VASSER, and #7 PAPIS. On Lap 21, #26 TRACY passes #7 PAPIS to take over fifth place. On Lap 25, #7 PAPIS passes #26 TRACY to retake fifth place. On Lap 30, the running order is #6 ANDRETTTI leading by 2.201 seconds over #4 MONTOYA, followed by #40 FERNANDEZ, #12 VASSER, and #7 PAPIS. On Lap 32, #9 CASTRO-NEVES re-enters the race 20 laps down to the leaders. BLACK FLAG is shown on Lap 33 to #9 CASTRO-NEVES for a Pit Road speed violation. CASTRO-NEVES subsequently pits the car to comply with the Black Flag drive thru penalty. On Lap 35, #4 MONTOYA pits and hands second to #40 FERNANDEZ. MONTOYA returns to the race in 13th place, one lap down. On Lap 37, #6 ANDRETTI pits and hands the lead to #26 TRACY. ANDRETTI returns to the race in fifth place. On Lap 38, #26 TRACY, #99 MOORE, #27 FRANCHITTI, and #17 GUGLEMIN all pit and #6 ANDRETTI moves back into the lead. On Lap 40, the first round of regular Pit Stops is completed and #6 ANDRETTI leads by 1.538 seconds over #4 MONTOYA, followed by #12 VASSER, #7 PAPIS, and #40 FERNANDEZ. On Lap 48, #44 KANAAN passes #40 FERNANDEZ to take over fifth place. On Lap 50, the running order is #6 ANDRETTI leading by 1.358 seconds over #4 MONTOYA, followed by #12 VASSER, #7 PAPIS, and #44 KANAAN. YELLOW FLAG waves on Lap 60 after #5 de FERRAN slides up the race track at Turn 2 and makes hard contact with the wall coming out of Turn 2. The car slides to a stop in the infield grass in the middle of the backstretch. The driver is uninjured in the incident but the car is out of the race due to contact. On Lap 60 and under the Yellow Flag, the running order is #6 ANDRETTI leading, followed by #4 MONTOYA, #12 VASSER, #7 PAPIS, and #44 KANAAN. On Lap 63, the lead lap cars Pit and #6 ANDRETTI wins the race off Pit Road with a stop of 10.1 seconds, followed by #4 MONTOYA, #44 KANAAN, #7 PAPIS, and #12 VASSER. #99 MOORE stalls leaving Pit Road and subsequently withdraws from the race due to a drive train problem. On Lap 66 and under the Yellow Flag, #17 GUGLEMIN loses power and stall on course, subsequently withdrawing from the race due to a loss of power. On Lap 68, #9 CASTRO-NEVES pulls off course on the backstretch with heavy smoke pouring from the rear of the car. CASTRO-NEVES subsequently withdraws from the race due to a mechanical problem. GREEN FLAG waves on Lap 71 to resume the race. As the field heads toward Turn 1, #4 MONTOYA takes the lead from #6 ANDRETTI. The Black Flag is shown to #44 KANAAN on Lap 79 after CART course observers report a piece of the rear wing flapping loose while the car is at speed. KANAAN subsequently pits the car and loses a lap to the leaders. On Lap 80, the running order is #4 MONTOYA leading by .194 seconds over #7 PAPIS, followed by #6 ANDRETTI, #2 UNSER Jr., and #26 TRACY. On Lap 84, #7 PAPIS takes the lead from #4 MONTOYA on the backstretch and leads his first Champ Car career lap. On Lap 86, #27 FRANCHITTI takes over fifth from teammate #26 TRACY. On Lap 87, #6 ANDRETTI takes over second from #4 MONTOYA. On Lap 90, the running order is #7 PAPIS leading by 2.618 seconds over #6 ANDRETTI, followed by #4 MONTOYA, #2 UNSER Jr., and #27 FRANCHITTI. On Lap 92, #8 HERTA retires from the race due to a suspension problem. U.S. 500 Presented by Toyota No. 18 FedEx Championship Series Press Notes-Sunday, July 25, 1999 On Lap 100, the running order is #7 PAPIS leading by 3.793 seconds, followed by #6 ANDRETTI, #4 MONTOYA, #2 UNSER Jr., and #27 FRANCHITTI. On Lap 104, #40 FERNANDEZ, #26 TRACY, and #2 UNSER Jr. all pit. On Lap 106, #7 PAPIS pits and hands the lead to #6 ANDRETTI. #27 FRANCHITTI, #11 FITTIPALDI, #4 MONTOYA, and #25 da MATTA all Pit and #6 ANDRETTI takes the lead. On Lap 107, #6 ANDRETTI pits and #7 PAPIS goes back into the lead. On Lap 110, the running order is #7 PAPIS leading by 4.863 seconds over #6 ANDRETTI, followed by #4 MONTOYA, #44 KANAAN, and #27 FRANCHITTI. After the sequence of Pit Stops, #44 KANAAN did not Pit and gets back on the led lap, running in fourth place. On Lap 115, #44 KANAAN pits and hands fourth place to #27 FRANCHITTI. KANAAN returns to the race in 13th place, one lap down to the leaders. On Lap 119, #3 BARRON retires from the race due to an engine problem. On Lap 120, the running order is #7 PAPIS leading by 6.855 seconds over #6 ANDRETTI, followed by #4 MONTOYA, #27 FRANCHITTI, and #26 TRACY. On Lap 124, #25 da MATTA slows dramatically on the backstretch. Da MATTA picks the speed back up but loses a lap to the leaders, running in 12th place. Da MATTA pits on lap 126 and subsequently retires from the race. On Lap 130, the running order is #7 PAPIS leading by 10.218 seconds over #6 ANDRETTI, followed by #4 MONTOYA, #27 FRANCHITTI, and #2 UNSER Jr. YELLOW FLAG waves on Lap 136 after #20 JONES slides into the wall exiting off Turn 2. The car hugs the wall half the way down the backstretch before coming to a stop. The driver is uninjured in the incident but the car is retired from the race due to contact. On Lap 139, the lead lap cars Pit and #6 ANDRETTI wins the race off Pit Road and takes the lead, followed by #7 PAPIS, #27 FRANCHITTI, #4 MONTOYA, and #24 PRUETT. On Lap 140 and under the Yellow Flag, the running order is #6 ANDRETTI followed by #7 PAPIS, #27 FRANCHITTI, #4 MONTOYA, and #24 PRUETT. U.S. 500 Presented by Toyota No. 19 FedEx Championship Series Press Notes-Sunday, July 25, 1999 GREEN FLAG waves on Lap 144 to resume the race. As the cars come to the line, #7 PAPIS swings to the inside and passes #6 ANDRETTI to take the lead. #27 FRANCHITTI goes to the outside and passes both cars to leads into Turn 1. PAPIS re-passes #27 FRANCHITTI and leads Lap 145. On Lap 147, #4 MONTOYA takes over third from #6 ANDRETTI. On Lap 148, #27 FRANCHITTI retakes the lead from #7 PAPIS. On Lap 149, #7 PAPIS re-takes the lead. On Lap 150, the running order is #7 PAPIS leading by .080 seconds over #27 FRANCHITTI, #6 ANDRETTI, #4 MONTOYA, and #26 TRACY. On Lap 152, #27 FRANCHITTI re-takes the lead, followed by #7 PAPIS and #6 ANDRETTI. On Lap 153, #6 ANDRETTI takes the lead, followed by #7 PAPIS and #27 FRANCHITTI. On Lap 154, #7 PAPIS takes the lead, followed by #27 FRANCHITTI and #6 ANDRETTI. On Lap 160, the running order is #7 PAPIS leading by .080 seconds over #27 FRANCHITTI, #6 ANDRETTI, #4 MONTOYA, and #26 TRACY. On Lap 166, #4 MONTOYA takes second from #27 FRANCHITTI but FRANCHITTI takes second back from MONTOYA on Lap 167. On lap 170, the running order is #7 PAPIS, followed by #27 FRANCHITTI, #4 MONTOYA, #6 ANDRETTI, and #11 FITTIPALDI. On Lap 178, #7 PAPIS pits and hands the lead to #27 FRANCHITTI. PAPIS returns to the race in 10th place. On Lap 179, #27 FRANCHITTI pits and hands the lead to #6 ANDRETTI. FRANCHITTI returns to the race in 10th place. On Lap 180, the running order is #6 ANDRETTI followed by #40 FERNANDEZ, #24 PRUETT, #11 FITTIPALDI, and #26 TRACY. U.S. 500 Presented by Toyota No. 20 FedEx Championship Series Press Notes-Sunday, July 25, 1999 On Lap 181, #40 FERNANDEZ pits and hands second to #24 PRUETT. On Lap 182, #6 ANDRETTI pits and hands the lead to #7 PAPIS. ANDRETTI returns to the race to second place. YELLOW FLAG waves on Lap 184 after #24 PRUETT contacts the outside wall on the backstretch. The car slides to a stop and PRUETT exits the car under his own power. On Lap 190 and under the Yellow Flag, the running order is #7 PAPIS leading, followed by #6 ANDRETTI, #27 FRANCHITTI, #26 TRACY, and #11 FITTIPALDI. GREEN FLAG waves on Lap 193 and #27 FRANCHITTI passes #6 ANDRETTI to take second place. On Lap 194, #26 TRACY moves from fourth to second, dropping #27 FRANCHITTI to third. On Lap 195, #27 FRANCHITTI retakes second from TRACY, with #6 ANDRETTI moving into third. TRACY falls to fourth. On Lap 199, #11 FITTIPALDI takes fourth from #26 TRACY. On Lap 200, the running order is #7 PAPIS leading by 1.094 seconds over #27 FRANCHITTI, followed by #6 ANDRETTI, #11 FITTIPALDI, and #26 TRACY. The top ten cars are separated by 5.659 seconds at this point of the race. On Lap 205, #2 UNSER Jr. pits and subsequently retires from the race with an engine problem. On Lap 208, #6 ANDRETTI passes #26 TRACY to take third place. On Lap 210, #4 MONTOYA moves into fifth, dropping #26 TRACY to sixth. On Lap 210, the running order is #7 PAPIS leading, followed by #27 FRANCHITTI, #6 ANDRETTI, #26 TRACY, and #4 MONTOYA. On Lap 211, #6 ANDRETTI passes #27 FRANCHITTI to take second. On Lap 213, #4 MONTOYA moves from fourth to second and #6 ANDRETTI drops from second to fifth. On Lap 220, the running order is #7 PAPIS, followed by #4 MONTOYA, #27 FRANCHITTI, #6 ANDRETTI, and #44 KANAAN. On Lap 221, #7 PAPIS pits and hands the lead to #4 MONTOYA. PAPIS clocks at 10.7- second stop and returns to the race in ninth place. On Lap 222, #4 MONTOYA pits and hands the lead to #27 FRANCHITTI. MONTOYA has a 14.8-second stop and returns to the race in eighth place. On Lap 223, #27 FRANCHITTI pits and hands the lead to #44 KANAAN. FRANCHITTI logs a 14.6-second stop and returns to the race in sixth place. On Lap 224 #26 TRACY, #6 ANDRETTI, and #40 FERNANDEZ all pit. On Lap 228, #44 KANAAN pits and hands the lead back to #7 PAPIS. KANAAN clocks an 11.2-second stop and returns to the race in second place. On Lap 230, the running order is #7 PAPIS leading, followed by #44 KANAAN, #27 FRANCHITTI, #6 ANDRETTI, and #4 MONTOYA. On Lap 231, #4 MONTOYA moves from fifth to third, dropping #27 FRANCHITTI to fourth and #6 ANDRETTI to fifth. On Lap 232, #6 ANDRETTI passes #27 FRANCHITTI to take fourth. On Lap 234, #27 FRANCHITTI passes #6 ANDRETTI to take fourth place back. On Lap 235, #12 VASSER moves from sixth to fourth. On Lap 240, the running order is #7 PAPIS leading by 1.423 seconds over #44 KANAAN, #4 MONTOYA, #27 FRANCHITTI, and #6 ANDRETTI. On Lap 246, a torrid battle breaks out for two laps in fourth thru sixth positions with #26 TRACY, #6 ANDRETTI, and #27 FRANCHITTI exchanging positions at every turn but returning to the stripe in the same order. Also on Lap 246, the running order is #7 PAPIS leading by 2.751 seconds, followed by #44 KANAAN, #4 MONTOYA, #26 TRACY, and #6 ANDRETTI. On Lap 247, the running order is #7 PAPIS leading by 2.910 seconds, followed by #44 KANAAN, #4 MONTOYA, #26 TRACY, and #6 ANDRETTI. On Lap 248, the running order is #7 PAPIS leading by 3.192 seconds, followed by #44 KANAAN, #4 MONTOYA, #26 TRACY, and #6 ANDRETTI. The WHITE FLAG waves on Lap 249 for #7 PAPIS, followed by #44 KANAAN, #4 MONTOYA, #26 TRACY, and #6 ANDRETTI. As #7 PAPIS heads into Turn 3 leading by over three seconds over #44 KANAAN, the car runs out of fuel. KANAAN flashes by PAPIS in Turn 4 with #4 MONTOYA all over the rear of his car. MONTOYA flashes to the inside but comes up .032 seconds short of stealing the race from the winner of the U.S. 500, TONY KANAAN! PAUL TRACY comes home in third, MICHAEL ANDRETTI winds up fourth, and DARIO FRANCHITTI finishes fifth. TONY KANAAN wins his first victory by .032 seconds in his FedEx Championship Series career with the second smallest victory margin in CART history. Only the historic 1997 finish at the G.I. Joes 200 at Portland was closer at .027 seconds. KANAAN's last open wheel win came at Trios Rivieres, Quebec en route to his 1997 Indy Lights Title. KANAAN's previous best finish was a third at Laguna Seca and a third at Houston, both last year. JUAN MONTOYA just misses his fifth win of the season and winds up in second place. This is MONTOYA's sixth podium of the season and his third top-two finish in the last five races. PAUL TRACY comes home in third place, winning his fourth podium of the season. This is also TRACY's fifth top five finish out of the last six races. KANAAN took 2 hours; 41 minutes; and 12.362 seconds to win today's race, averaging 186.097 mph in the effort. This was the third fastest race in CART/Michigan history. There were 29 lead changes between seven different drivers with an unofficial 80 lead changes resulting in partially led laps. The Yellow Flag flew four times for a total of 29 laps. MAX PAPAS led the most laps with 143, followed by MICHAEL ANDRETTI with 65, JUAN MONTOYA with 28, TONY KANAAN with 7, DARIO FRANCHITTI with 4, PAUL TRACY with 2, and JIMMY VASSER with 1. There were 11 cars running at the end of the race with eight drivers on the lead lap. JUAN MONTOYA increases his lead in the points chase for the PPG Cup, totaling 129 points after his second-place finish today. DARIO FRANCHITTI remains in second with 116, MICHAEL ANDRETTI in third with 107, CHRISTIAN FITTIPALDI fourth with 101, and ADRIAN FERNANDEZ with 95. Quotes from today's top three finishers follow: TONY KANAAN, McDonald's Championship Racing Team Honda Reynard: "I lost my radio on Lap 10. I couldn't talk to the team, but they could talk to me. The race was tough. I went a lap down early because the gurney on the rear wing broke. The car was working good when that happened. The race was so close because the radio broke. They were telling me on the pit board to run mixture seven, which is the richest, and I was going to mixture three because I thought we were going to run out of fuel. It was tough luck for Max [Papis], I feel bad for him. But it was good luck for me. I feel sorry, but that's the way races are. I think Max deserved it. He led most of the race and he had a good car, and I actually was pretty comfortable with second place after coming from a lap down. That's the way these races are. Someday they work against you and someday they work for you. When I saw Max slow down, I backed off for a moment, then I thought 'What am I doing?' And when I backed off, the reason I lost all that speed was because I was running a lean mixture. I was busy all the time. I can't say it was a boring race." JUAN MONTOYA, Target Honda Reynard: "The race was good. I lost my rear brakes midway through the race, which made pitting really difficult. During the last two or three pit stops, I lost I don't know how many positions. [On his early-race duel with Michael Andretti] It was a great fight. It was fun at the beginning; the cars were really good. We started passing each other twice a lap until Chip said, 'Hey, slow down!' [On the closeness of the finish] I thought it was going to be close, but not that close. It's a shame it went that way, but at the same time, it went really good. I think if I hadn't had a problem with the brakes, it might have been different, but that's racing." PAUL TRACY, KOOL Honda Reynard: "It was a fight for me all the way. I was always in a battle the whole race. I tried to pace myself, and the car was pretty good. Twice I got a little high, and when I tried to pass, I almost got into the wall, so I was pretty lucky. We got the car to where we wanted it on the last stop. Michael and I had a good fair race. I was happy we got the Team KOOL Green in third place and moved up in the championship." MAX PAPIS, Miller Lite Ford Reynard: "I was having the nicest day of my life today. It was that until the last half a lap. We dominated the race like I thought we could. The Miller Lite car was so good today. We could pull away from the pack and lead. I could drive anywhere and the car was fantastic. This was our day, just not at the end. All I could do was scream 'My God! We are out of fuel.' On the next-to-last pit stop, the dash [board] froze up. I had to coast and reset the ignition. But that was on the yellow flag lap. It happened again on the final pit stop. But it was green flag and I didn't want to try it then. Maybe the engine would have died. So, I didn't know our fuel meter and neither did my [crew] guys. I was trying to conserve fuel for the last 30 laps. But the team says that the fuel might have run full rich until the end. And we couldn't tell. I was trying to adjust the fuel mixture in the cockpit but the safety system might have come on. And that system just runs the engine at full rich." Today's victory by first-timer TONY KANAAN is the ninth different winner in the first 12 races of the 1999 FedEx Championship Series. 7 This concludes the Pit Notes from Michigan Speedway for the U.S. 500 Presented by Toyota! The FedEx Championship next travels to Detroit for the running of Round 13 of the FedEx Championship Series, the Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit on Belle Isle.

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Drivers Michael Andretti , Bruce McCaw