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TECATE TELMEX MONTERREY GRAND PRIX "FAST FACTS" WHAT: Tecate Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix. WHERE: Fundidora Park; Monterrey, Mexico. WHEN: Friday-Sunday, March 8-10. SUPPORT EVENTS: CART Toyota Atlantic Championship, Copa...

TECATE TELMEX MONTERREY GRAND PRIX "FAST FACTS"

WHAT: Tecate Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix.

WHERE: Fundidora Park; Monterrey, Mexico.

WHEN: Friday-Sunday, March 8-10.

SUPPORT EVENTS: CART Toyota Atlantic Championship, Copa McCormick Campeonato Mustang, Shifter Karts.

SCHEDULE (All Times Local):

FRIDAY, MARCH 8 -
Champ Car practice, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Toyota Atlantic practice, 11:45 a.m. - 12:25 p.m.
Champ Car qualifying, 2:10 - 3:10 p.m.
Toyota Atlantic qualifying, 4:10 - 4:40 p.m.

SATURDAY, MARCH 9 -
Toyota Atlantic qualifying, 9:00 - 9:40 a.m.
Champ Car practice, 10:00 - 11:15 a.m.
Champ Car qualifying, 1:45 - 2:45 p.m.
Toyota Atlantic race, 3:00 - 4:20 p.m.

SUNDAY, MARCH 10 -
Champ Car warm-up, 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Tecate Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix, 3:00 p.m.

BROADCAST SCHEDULE:
U.S. Television: (All Times Eastern)


Friday, March 8
9:00 p.m., CART FedEx Championship Series Qualifying, SPEED Channel;
10:30 p.m., CART Friday Night, SPEED Channel.

Saturday, March 9 -
8:00 p.m., CART FedEx Championship Series Qualifying, SPEED Channel;
9:30 p.m., CART Toyota Atlantic Championship Tecate Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix, SPEED Channel.

Sunday, March 10 -
3:30 p.m., CART FedEx Championship Series Pre-Race Show, SPEED Channel
4:00 p.m., CART FedExChampionship Series Tecate Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix, SPEED Channel.

Internet Audio on CART.com: (All Times Eastern)
Friday, March 8 -
3:00 p.m., CART FedEx Championship Series Qualifying.

Saturday, March 9 -
2:30 p.m., CART FedEx Championship Series Qualifying.

Sunday, March 10 -
4:00 p.m., CART FedEx Championship Series Tecate Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix.

DEFENDING CHAMPION: Cristiano da Matta.

DEFENDING POLESITTER: Kenny Brack.

TRACK LAYOUT: 2.104-mile Permanent Road Course.

RACE LENGTH: 85 laps (178.84 miles).

RACE NUMBER: 1 of 20 in the 2002 CART FedEx Championship Series.

2001 CART FedEx CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES POINTS LEADERS: 1. Gil de Ferran, 199 points; 2. Kenny Brack, 163 points; 3. Michael Andretti, 147 points; 4. Helio Castroneves, 141 points; 5. Cristiano da Matta, 140 points.

2001 MONTERREY INSTANT REPLAY: Brazilian Cristiano da Matta started his 2001 CART FedEx Championship Series season and his new relationship with Newman/Haas Racing off with a bang by taking the victory in the season-opening Tecate Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix. Da Matta wrestled the lead away from polesitter Kenny Brack on Lap 43 of the 78-lap event, briefly lost the lead to Dario Franchitti on Lap 57 when he made his final pit stop, and re-claimed the lead for good on Lap 61 to take a 1.982-second victory over defending CART FedEx Championship Series champion Gil de Ferran. The victory was the second of da Matta's Champ Car career. Finishing third was Team KOOL Green pilot Paul Tracy, followed by Michael Andretti in his first race with Team Motorola. Brack rounded out the top five.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Kenny Brack , Cristiano da Matta