FAST FACTS FOR THE FIRESTONE FIREHAWK 500 WHAT: Firestone Firehawk 500. WHERE: Twin Ring Motegi, Motegi, Japan. WHEN: Thursday-Saturday, May 11-13. SUPPORT EVENTS: None. SCHEDULE: (All times local) THURSDAY, MAY 11 - Champ Car ...
FAST FACTS FOR THE FIRESTONE FIREHAWK 500
WHAT: Firestone Firehawk 500. WHERE: Twin Ring Motegi, Motegi, Japan. WHEN: Thursday-Saturday, May 11-13. SUPPORT EVENTS: None. SCHEDULE: (All times local) THURSDAY, MAY 11 - Champ Car practice (2 groups/45 minutes each), 10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; Champ Car practice, 2:30-4 p.m. FRIDAY, MAY 12 - CART practice (2 groups/45 minutes each), 9:45-11:30 a.m.; CART qualifying, 1:15-2:45 p.m. SATURDAY, MAY 13 - CART warm-up, 9-9:30 a.m.; Grid CART Cars, 11:15 a.m.; Firestone Firehawk 500, Noon. BROADCAST: TV- ABC-TV (tape delay, Sunday, May 14, 1 p.m. ET). RADIO - CART Radio Network.
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Adrian Fernandez. DEFENDING POLESITTER: Gil de Ferran. TRACK LAYOUT: 1.549-mile oval. RACE LENGTH: 500 kilometers (312 miles), 201 laps. TRACK RECORDS: Qualifying - 1999, Gil de Ferran, 219.000 mph (25.463 seconds); Race - 1999, Adrian Fernandez, 176.195 mph. RACE: 4 of 20 in the FedEx Championship Series. FedEx CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES POINTS LEADERS: 1, Paul Tracy, 48; 2, Jimmy Vasser, 42; 3, Roberto Moreno, 28; 4, Max Papis, 20; 5, Adrian Fernandez, 20. NEXT EVENT: May 27, Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix Presented by Toyota, Nazareth, Pa.
Adrian Fernandez (Tecate/Quaker State/Patrick Racing Ford Reynard) drove to his fourth career FedEx Championship Series victory, and his second consecutive at Twin Ring Motegi, by winning the 1999 Firestone Firehawk 500 before a crowd of 61,000. Fernandez led 153 of the final 155 laps, including the final 149, en route to a 6.347-second victory over Gil de Ferran (Valvoline/Cummins Special Honda Reynard) under caution. He averaged 176.195 miles per hour. Christian Fittipaldi (Big Kmart Ford Swift) finished third, his best finish on an oval since his rookie season of 1995. Greg Moore (Player's Forsythe Racing Team Mercedes Reynard) finished fourth, followed by Michael Andretti (Kmart/Texaco/Havoline Ford Swift). Moore held the FedEx Championship Series points lead following the completion of two rounds with 34 while Andretti stood second with 26 and de Ferran was third with 25.
Vital Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour, 46 minutes, 1.463 seconds. Average Speed: 176.195 miles per hour. Margin of Victory: 6.347 seconds. Caution Flags: 5 for 28 laps. Lap Leaders: Adrian Fernandez, 153 laps; Gil de Ferran, 25; Mauricio Gugelmin, 21; Scott Pruett 2.
MOTEGI CART RACE HISTORY (2 Event)
Year Race Winner Pole Winner
1998 Adrian Fernandez Jimmy Vasser 1999 Adrian Fernandez Gil de Ferran
Adrian Fernandez 2
Total Pole Positions
Jimmy Vasser 1 Gil de Ferran 1