MILLER LITE 225 FedEx Championship Series Pit Notes-Sunday, June 6, 1999 Good Morning from the Milwaukee Mile for Race Day! Round Seven of the 1999 FedEx Championship Series season, the Miller Lite 225 will take the Green Flag at 2 p.m.
MILLER LITE 225 FedEx Championship Series Pit Notes-Sunday, June 6, 1999
Good Morning from the Milwaukee Mile for Race Day! Round Seven of the 1999 FedEx Championship Series season, the Miller Lite 225 will take the Green Flag at 2 p.m. Polesitter HELIO CASTRO-NEVES will lead the field of 26 cars to start the 225-lap (232.2-mile) contest. First off this morning is the traditional 30-minute warm-up period going on-track at 10 a.m. Today's weather is predicted to be hot! Blue skies with a slight chance of scattered showers is the continuing forecast with the wind at about 10 to 15 knots from over the Turn 2 wall. GREEN FLAG waves at 10 a.m. to start the final practice session of the weekend. The BLACK FLAG is shown at 10:01 a.m. to #2 UNSER Jr. for a Pit Road speed violation. UNSER Jr. subsequently pits the car to comply with the Black Flag penalty. The BLACK FLAG is shown at 10:09 a.m. to #11 FITTIPALDI for a Pit Road speed violation. FITTIPALDI subsequently pits the car to comply with the Black Flag penalty. At 10:10 a.m., 10 minutes into the session, the fastest driver is #9X CASTRO-NEVES with a lap of 160.262 mph (23.182 seconds), followed by #4 MONTOYA (158.593 mph; 23.426 seconds) and #7 PAPIS (158.431 mph; 23.450). The BLACK FLAG is shown at 10:18 a.m. to #12 VASSER for a Pit Road speed violation. VASSER subsequently pits the car to comply with the Black Flag penalty. At 10:20 a.m., 20 minutes into the session, the fastest driver is still #9X CASTRO-NEVES with an even faster lap of 161.397 mph (23.019 seconds), followed by #99X MOORE (160.338 mph; 23.171 seconds) and #44 KANAAN (160.048 mph; 23.213 seconds). The BLACK FLAG is shown at 10:27 a.m. to #24 PRUETT for a Pit Road speed violation. PRUETT subsequently pits the car to comply with the Black Flag penalty. CHECKERED FLAG waves at 10:30 a.m. to end the final session of the weekend with the fastest driver now #99X MOORE with a lap of 163.126 mph (22.775 seconds), followed by #9X CASTRO-NEVES (161.397 mph; 23.019 seconds) and #17 GUGELMIN (161.152 mph; 23.054 seconds). FedEx Championship Series drivers introduced 26 different cars to the track in this morning's session with the top 19 cars separated by less than one second in lap times from the fast lap set by MOORE. Secondary cars were utilized by #99X MOORE, #9X CASTRO-NEVES, #19X JOURDAIN Jr., #5X de FERRAN, and #20X JONES. CART drivers logged a total of 572 incident-free laps during the session. Veteran motorsports reporter and columnist, Lewis Franck, was today named PPG Industries' newest Colorful Character. Franck, who turns 50 on Monday, received his undergraduate degree from Northeastern University in Boston before receiving a law degree from Brooklyn Law. Franck practiced law for 18 years. During his law career, Franck also worked as a freelance photojournalist before ultimately trading his camera for a pen. Franck made the jump to print journalism and has written for several major publications and organizations including Sports Illustrated, ESPN Magazine, Inside Sport, Reuters, and the Swiss Magazine Motorsport Aktuel. In 1998, Franck ended his law career to pursue his career as a full-time motorsports writer. "Lewis Franck is such an honest, thoughtful and knowledgeable gentleman that it is difficult to imagine him in his prior life," said Mike Sack, PPG's Director of Motorsports. "We are pleased to recognize Lewis as out latest PPG Colorful Character." The CART PR staff would also like to congratulate Mr. Franck on his upcoming 50th birthday. As a special present, the CART Pit Note reporter will spell his name correctly for the remainder of the 1999 FedEx Championship Series season! Federal Express Corp, the leader in worldwide express delivery, continues to establish itself as a leader in another industry-motorsports-as they strive to meet the diverse shipping needs of the FedEx Championship Series. The work of the on-site FedEx delivery personnel and local FedEx couriers was recently demonstrated as they were called upon to deliver crucial radio communication components necessary for testing in newly-designed crew helmets. The immediate need for this new communication capability was created when CART decided to institute a rule requiring any crewmember that goes over the wall during a Pit Stop to wear a helmet, effective at Cleveland. Several teams will be trying out the newly delivered equipment here at Milwaukee and thus, the need for FedEx's speedy delivery. Motorola's Racing Radios, the official radio supplier of the FedEx Championship Series, was called upon FedEx to deliver the components from the Racing Radios headquarters in Atlanta to Milwaukee in time for this weekend's Miller Lite 225. MICHAEL ANDRETTI won a brand new Motorola 9500 satellite series telephone and 1-year of global telephone service courtesy of Motorola by virtue of his victory in last week's Motorola 300. "Based on my travel schedule, with racing, testing and sponsorship commitments, it's nice to know that wherever I am, thanks to the Motorola 9500 phone I can be reached," said Andretti. "Now, my wife and children can get a hold of me anytime, in case there is an emergency, just to say 'Hi' or to even tell me how school went that day. That is a great feeling to have. And the free service for a year doesn't hurt either." The Motorola 9500 series phone is based on the Iridium satellite-based, wireless personal communications network designed to permit any type of satellite telephone transmission-voice, paging, data, or fax, to reach its destination around the globe. "Champ Car Racing represents the leading edge technology, quality, durability, and team work; all the same qualities that make Motorola and Iridium leaders in providing satellite telephones and systems," said Bill Smilie, Vice President and General Manager of Motorola Cellular Service Inc. At 1:50 p.m., the National Anthem is sung by Tom Greene. At 2 p.m., the command "Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!" is given by Honorary Starter BOBBY RAHAL. At 2:01 p.m., the PPG Pace Car begins to roll with the field of 26 cars in tow for the first of four pace laps. Firestone engineers report a track temperature of 113 degrees F. and an ambient temperature of 94 degrees F. at the start of the race. YELLOW FLAG waves at 2:05 p.m. to start the Miller Lite 225. #9 CASTRO-NEVES gets a jump on the field and CART Starter Jim Swintal starts the race with the Yellow Flag. The laps count as the field reforms on the back stretch. GREEN FLAG waves on Lap 1 to bring the field up to race speed. YELLOW FLAG waves on Lap 2 after #20 JONES spins exiting Turn 2. #7 PAPIS and #19 JOURDAIN Jr. do masterful jobs of avoiding the stalled car of Jones in the middle of Turn 4. CART safety workers get the car restarted and JONES rejoins the field. On Lap 3, #99 MOORE has lost third position to #27 FRANCHITTI and now rides sixth. GREEN FLAG waves on Lap 8 to resume the race. On Lap 10, the running order is #9 CASTRO-NEVES leading by .764 seconds over #12 VASSER, followed by #27 FRANCHITTI, #26 TRACY, and #4 MONTOYA. On Lap 15, #12 VASSER takes the lead from a rapidly slowing #9 CASTRO-NEVES. CASTRO-NEVES falls to seventh by Lap 19. CASTRO-NEVES reports a boost problem with the car. On Lap 20, the running order is #12 VASSER leading by 3.183 seconds, followed by #27 FRANCHITTI, #26 TRACY, #4 MONTOYA, and #99 MOORE. On Lap 23, #6 ANDRETTI passes #99 MOORE to take fifth place. On Lap 25, #16 CASTRO-NEVES has fallen one lap down to the leaders. On Lap 30, the running order is #12 VASSER leading by 1.585 seconds, followed by #27 FRANCHITTI, #26 TRACY, #4 MONTOYA, and #6 ANDRETTI. On Lap 36, #4 MONTOYA and #6 ANDRETTI pass #26 TRACY in Turn 3 to take third and fourth positions respectively. On Lap 40, the running order is #12 VASSER leading #27 FRANCHITTI, followed by #4 MONTOYA, #6 ANDRETTI and #26 TRACY. On Lap 47, #27 FRANCHITTI passes #12 VASSER to take the lead. On Lap 49, #6 ANDRETTI passes #12 VASSER to take second place. On Lap 50, #6 ANDRETTI takes the lead from #27 FRANCHITTI, followed by #12 VASSER, #4 MONTOYA, and #99 MOORE. On Lap 60, the running order is #6 ANDRETTI leading by 2.106 seconds, followed by #27 FRANCHITTI, #12 VASSER, #4 MONTOYA, and #26 TRACY. YELLOW FLAG waves on Lap 62 after CART course observers report debris on the track. On Lap 65, the lead-lap cars pit. #6 ANDRETTI strikes his crewman while trying to exit his pit and stalls the car. ANDRETTI loses a lap to the leaders and falls to 21st position before the car is refired and returned to the race. Also on Lap 65, #27 FRANCHITTI runs over the air hose for teammate #26 TRACY while exiting the pit and is penalized by CART Race Control for a Pit Road safety violation. FRANCHITTI is moved to the back of the lead lap line, falling to 14th position. #26 TRACY takes the lead under caution. On Lap 70 and under a Yellow Flag, the running order is #26 TRACY leading #4 MONTOYA, followed by #12 VASSER, #5 de FERRAN, and #18 MORENO. GREEN FLAG waves on Lap 74 to resume the race. The BLACK FLAG is shown to #6 ANDRETTI for a Pit Road safety violation for the previous incident in the pits. ANDRETTI subsequently pits for a stop and go penalty and returns to the race two laps down in 22nd position. On Lap 80, the running order is #26 TRACY leading by 1.724 seconds over #4 MONTOYA, followed by #12 VASSER, #5 de FERRAN, and #18 MORENO. On Lap 90, the running order is #26 TRACY leading by .902 seconds over #4 MONTOYA, followed by #12 VASSER, #5 de FERRAN, and #18 MORENO. On Lap 99, #8 HERTA retires from the race due to handling. On Lap 100, the running order is #26 TRACY leading by .500 seconds over #4 MONTOYA, followed by #12 VASSER, #5 de FERRAN, and #18 MORENO. On Lap 103, #12 VASSER passes #4 MONTOYA to take over second place. On Lap 106, #12 VASSER passes #26 TRACY to take the lead. On Lap 110, the running order is #12 VASSER leading by 1.551 seconds, followed by #26 TRACY, #4 MONTOYA, #12 VASSER, #5 de FERRAN, and #18 MORENO. On Lap 116, #4 MONTOYA passes #26 TRACY to take over second place. On lap 120, the running order is #12 VASSER leading by 3.129 seconds over #4 MONTOYA, followed by #26 TRACY, #5 de FERRAN, and #18 BLUNDELL. YELLOW FLAG waves on Lap 121 after #16 S. HATTORI makes contact with the outside wall in Turn 4 and slides to a stop at the entrance of Turn 1. HATTORI is uninjured in the incident but the car sustains damage to the right front wheel and is retired from the race due to contact. On Lap 124 and under the Yellow Flag, the lead-lap cars pit. #4 MONTOYA wins the race off Pit Road, followed by #12 VASSER, #5 de FERRAN, #11 FITTIPALDI, and #26 TRACY. GREEN FLAG waves on Lap 131 to resume the race. On Lap 132, #26 TRACY passes #11 FITTIPALDI to take over fourth position. On Lap 140, the running order is #4 MONTOYA leading by .934 seconds over #12 VASSER, followed by #5 de FERRAN, #26 TRACY and #11 FITTIPALDI. Ty Manseau, vent man on Michael Andretti's pit crew, was transported by ground to Milwaukee County General Hospital/Froedert Hospital, following an incident in the pits during a stop on Lap 65. According to Dr. Steve Olvey, CART Director of Medical Affairs, Manseau was awake and alert and does not have a head injury or paralysis. Olvey said Manseau reported symptoms that could possibly indicate a problem with his cervical spine. He will undergo a CAT Scan and x-rays of his neck at the hospital. On Lap 150, the running order is #4 MONTOYA leading #12 VASSER, followed by #5 de FERRAN, #26 TRACY, and #11 FITTIPALDI. On Lap 160, the running order is #4 MONTOYA leading by .559 seconds over #12 VASSER, followed by #5 de FERRAN, #26 TRACY, and #11 FITTIPALDI. On Lap 170, the running order is #4 MONTOYA leading by .500 seconds over #12 VASSER, followed by #5 de FERRAN, #26 TRACY, and #11 FITTIPALDI. On Lap 180, the running order is #4 MONTOYA leading by 1.001 seconds over #12 VASSER, followed by #5 de FERRAN, #26 TRACY, and #11 FITTIPALDI. On Lap 190, the running order is #4 MONTOYA leading by .273 seconds over #12 VASSER, followed by #5 de FERRAN, #26 TRACY, and #11 FITTIPALDI. On Lap 200, the running order is #4 MONTOYA leading by .443 seconds over #12 VASSER, followed by #5 de FERRAN, #26 TRACY, and #11 FITTIPALDI. On Lap 209, #12 VASSER passes #4 MONTOYA to take the lead. #4 MONTOYA pits immediately for a splash of fuel and returns to the race in 10th place. On Lap 210, #5 de FERRAN pits for fuel and hands third place to #11 FITTIPALDI. De FERRAN returns to the race in sixth place. YELLOW FLAG waves on Lap 210 after #20 JONES spins in Turn 4 while de FERRAN is exiting the pits. JONES regains control of the car without making contact and continues on course without damage to the car. On Lap 211, #12 VASSER leads under the Yellow Flag, followed by #26 TRACY, #11 FITTIPALDI, #99 MOORE, and #27 FRANCHITTI. On Lap 213 and still under the Yellow Flag, #12 VASSER pits for a splash of fuel and hands the lead to #26 TRACY. VASSER reenters the race in sixth place. #11 FITTIPALDI pits and hands third place to #99 MOORE. FITTIPALDI reenters the race in eighth place. On Lap 215 and still under the Yellow Flag, the running order is now #26 TRACY leading, followed by #99 MOORE, #5 de FERRAN, #33 CARPENTIER, and #4 MONTOYA. A correction is in order to Pit Note #19. The spin on Lap 210 was #18 MORENO in Turn 1, not #20 JONES as indicated on Pit Note #19. MORENO falls from fifth to 12th position with the incident, losing two laps to the leaders in the process. As the field runs to the Green Flag prepared to wave on Lap 217, #20 JONES loses traction in Turn 4. The Yellow Flag stays out as the field pours across the start/finish line. GREEN FLAG waves on Lap 220 with #26 TRACY unofficially leading by 3.997 seconds, followed by #99 MOORE, #5 de FERRAN, #33 CARPENTIER, and #4 MONTOYA. On Lap 222, the unofficial running order is #26 TRACY leading by 5.019 seconds, followed by #99 MOORE, #5 de FERRAN, #33 CARPENTIER, and #4 MONTOYA. On Lap 223, the unofficial running order is #26 TRACY leading by 5.694 seconds, followed by #99 MOORE, #5 de FERRAN, #33 CARPENTIER, and #12 VASSER, who just passed his teammate MONTOYA. WHITE FLAG waves on Lap 224 with #26 TRACY leading by 5.694 seconds over #99 MOORE. CHECKERED FLAG waves on Lap 225 for the winner of the Miller Lite 225, PAUL TRACY! TRACY wins by 5.880 seconds over second-place GREG MOORE.
The CART Chief Stewards have ruled that Juan Montoya and Patrick Carpentier passed Adrian Fernandez on Lap 210 during a caution period and both drivers have been penalized one lap for the infraction. The infraction by Montoya and Carpentier is defined in the CART Rule Book under 6.10.4C. Rule 6.10.4C in part: "Passing a competitor or the pace car under the yellow flag may result in being black flagged and/or loss of one or more laps." A possible infraction involving Gil de Ferran is currently under review with the CART Chief Stewards. Due to the one-lap penalties assessed to Patrick Carpentier and Juan Montoya, their finishing positions have been revised. Carpentier moves from fourth place to ninth place, one lap down, and Montoya moves from sixth to 10th, one lap down. The provisional top 12 unofficially at this time are: 1) Paul Tracy, 2) Greg Moore, 3) Gil de Ferran 4) Jimmy Vasser, 5) Adrian Fernandez, 6) Christian Fittipaldi, 7) Dario Franchitti, 8) Mauricio Gugelmin, 9) Carpentier, 10) Montoya, 11) Cristiano da Matta, 12) Roberto Moreno. Today's results at this time will remain provisional because an inquiry remains in regard to a possible infraction of Gil de Ferran. Official results of the Miller Lite 225 will be announced when the issue with de Ferran is resolved. PAUL TRACY wins the Miller Lite 225. This is TRACY's first win since his victory at St. Louis in 1997. Today also represents TRACY's 14th career victory in the FedEx Championship Series. TRACY has logged a podium finish here at the Milwaukee Mile in four of his last six starts with wins in 1995 and 1999, and third-place finishes in 1994 and 1996. GREG MOORE finishes second in today's Miller Lite 225. MOORE has scored points in 13 of his last 14 appearances on ovals, dating back to the 1998 season. PAUL TRACY averaged 128.029 mph in his victory today, taking 1 hour, 48 minutes, and 49.169 seconds to accomplish his feat. There were six different leaders in today's race with eight lead changes. JUAN MONTOYA led the most laps with 84. There were 22 cars running at the end of the race with 10 cars on the lead lap. The Yellow Flag waved five times today for a total of 39 laps. Quotes from today's top three provisional finishers follow: PAUL TRACY, KOOL Honda Reynard: "We've been working at our race setup pretty intensively. This weekend, we knew it was gonna be a tough race from the start. Our plan was to put four sets of tires away right away with one lap on them, and I think that was the key. We had fresh, fresh tires all day. I tend to run lean when I have the opportunity, but [at the end of the race] I saw Juan come in and then I saw Gil come in and I started to wonder 'Are we gonna make it?' We weren't doing bad times, we were getting great mileage from the Honda engine and Firestone tires and we were able to do it. It's been a tough road for a couple of years when you know the team has the capability of winning and it slips through your hand for whatever reason. It's frustrating and hard to explain, but this is really satisfying." GREG MOORE, Player's Forsythe Racing Ltd. Mercedes Reynard: "First of all, we've begun looking at each race race-by-race to see where we are in the points afterward, and not looking at it as a championship. At Rio [de Janeiro], we had a great start, but we lost a few spots and had to settle for eighth, when we could have picked up some more points. Today, we had to gamble at the last pit stop, and the guys said to me 'OK, it's time to start saving fuel as best we can." So I went to the leanest setting , and with 13 laps to go, I came on [the radio] and said, 'Can we make it to the end?' and Steve [Challis], my engineer, said, "We're fine.' And I guess I was probably a little terse, because I came back and said, 'That's not what I asked.' But he came on two laps later and said we'd be fine. I was able to conserve enough fuel and still be quick. It's nice to finish second and be back where we rightfully feel we should be." GIL de FERRAN, Valvoline/Cummins Special Honda Reynard: "It was a very difficult day. Everybody I encountered was drifting or sliding, and what really helped me were two things: Pit stops q The Valvoline Cummins crew did fantastic pit stops. Every time I came in I improved two or three spots. The whole last tank [of fuel] I didn't think the Ganassi cars were going to come in. I wondered if we were going to make it, and when I came in for a splash and go, they called a yellow, so that was unfortunate. But third is a very good result." Omega, the Official Timekeeper of the FedEx Championship Series, is proud to announce that HELIO CASTRO-NEVES has won the Speedmaster Award. CASTRO-NEVES drove Lap 10 at a top speed of 157.979 mph to clock the fastest lap of the race. Just prior to the Portland race, CASTRO-NEVES will be presented with an Omega Speedmaster Watch. The Speedmaster Award was introduced in 1997 by Omega to recognize and honor CART's true Masters of Speed-those who use their extreme skill and perseverance to drive the fastest competition lap at the races. The Bobby Rahal Foundation made the fifth in a series of season-long charitable donations Sunday morning when it contributed $17,000 to the Charlie Kapp Resource Center at the United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Southeastern Wisconsin. Three-time PPG Cup Champion Bobby Rahal presented the foundation donation to Cheryl Boehmke, Executive Director of UCP, and Jay Kapp, Charliems son, just prior to the running of the Miller Lite 225 at the legendary Milwaukee Mile. Charlie was a long-time and well-liked employee of the Miller Brewing Co. The Milwaukee Mile saw a total of 57,479 fans this weekend, an increase of 24% over the 1998 total of 46,376.