CHAMPCAR/CART: Nazareth fast facts

<pre> FAST FACTS FOR THE LEHIGH VALLEY GRAND PRIX PRESENTED BY TOYOTA WHAT: Lehigh Valley Grand Prix Presented by Toyota. WHERE: Nazareth Speedway, Nazareth, Pa. WHEN: Thursday-Sunday, May 4-6 SUPPORT EVENTS: CART Toyota Atlantic ...


WHAT: Lehigh Valley Grand Prix Presented by Toyota. WHERE: Nazareth Speedway, Nazareth, Pa. WHEN: Thursday-Sunday, May 4-6

SUPPORT EVENTS: CART Toyota Atlantic Championship, USAC Coors Light Silver Bullet Series.

CART SCHEDULE: (All times Eastern) THURSDAY, MAY 3 Atlantic test, 10 a.m.-noon Atlantic test, 2-4 p.m.

FRIDAY, MAY 4 Atlantic practice, 8:45-9:25 a.m. Champ Car practice, 9:45-11:45 a.m. Champ Car practice, 1:30-3:15 p.m. Atlantic practice, 3:30-4 p.m.

SATURDAY, MAY 5 Atlantic practice, 8:45-9:15 a.m. Champ Car practice (2 groups, 45 minutes each), 9:30-11:15 a.m. Atlantic qualifying, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Champ Car qualifying, 1:30-3 p.m.

SUNDAY, MAY 6 Atlantic warm-up, 8:30-8:45 a.m. Champ Car warm-up, 9-9:30 a.m. Atlantic race, 10:15-11:30 a.m. Grid Champ Cars, 12:15 p.m. Lehigh Valley Grand Prix Presented by Toyota, 1 p.m.

BROADCAST: TV-ABC-TV (Live, 1 p.m. EST). RADIO-CART Radio Network. INTERNET - .

PRE-RACE PROGRAMMING: Lehigh Valley Grand Prix Presented by Toyota qualifying, 12:30 a.m. Sunday, ESPN2 CART 2Day, 11 a.m. Sunday, ESPN2.

DEFENDING CHAMPION: Gil de Ferran. 2000 POLESITTER: Juan Montoya.

TRACK LAYOUT: 0.946-mile oval. RACE LENGTH: 225 laps, 212.85 miles.

TRACK RECORDS: Qualifying (one lap) - 1998, Patrick Carpentier, 184.896 mph (18.419 seconds) Race - 1999, Juan Montoya, 120.225 mph.

RACE NUMBER: 3 of 21.

FedEx CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES POINTS LEADERS: 1. Cristiano da Matta 37 2. Gil de Ferran 30 3. Helio Castroneves 27 4. Paul Tracy 26 5. Jimmy Vasser 18.

NEXT EVENT: May 19, Firestone Firehawk 500, Twin Ring Motegi, Motegi, Japan.

INSTANT REPLAY </pre> Gil de Ferran broke a victory drought of nearly three years for Penske Racing when he captured the team's 100th Champ Car victory at the rescheduled 2000 Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix Presented by Toyota at Nazareth Speedway. De Ferran (Marlboro Honda Reynard), who led the final 68 laps, recorded the Penske team's first victory since Paul Tracy won at Gateway International Raceway on May 24, 1997, and the 100th since the team began operations in 1968. It was Penske Racing's 88th victory in CART competition and its 59th Champ Car win on an oval. De Ferran averaged 101.129 miles per hour and finished 0.815 seconds ahead of Mauricio Gugelmin (Nextel PacWest Mercedes) of the PacWest Racing Group, whose runner-up effort was his best effort since recording his lone Champ Car victory at Vancouver in 1997. Rookie Kenny Brack (Shell Ford Reynard) of Team Rahal took third to record the first podium finish of his career. The event was contested on Saturday, May 27 after snow forced postponement from its original April 9 date. Paul Tracy (KOOL Honda Reynard) of Team KOOL Green, who finished 10th, exited Nazareth with 59 points and the FedEx Championship Series lead, followed by Jimmy Vasser (Target Toyota Lola) of Target Chip Ganassi Racing, with 48, and Roberto Moreno (Visteon Ford Reynard) of Patrick Racing, with 42. <pre> Vital Race Statistics

Time of Race: 2 hours, 6 minutes, 10.334 seconds. Average Speed: 101.219 mph. Margin of Victory: 0.815 seconds. Caution Flags: 8 for 80 laps. Lap Leaders: Juan Montoya, 110 laps; Gil de Ferran , 68; Tony Kanaan 39; Paul Tracy 8.


Year Race Winner Pole Winner

1987    Michael Andretti        Michael Andretti
1988    Danny Sullivan          Danny Sullivan
1989    Emerson Fittipaldi      Rick Mears
1990    Emerson Fittipaldi      Bobby Rahal
1991    Arie Luyendyk           Rick Mears
1992    Bobby Rahal             Michael Andretti
1993    Nigel Mansell           Nigel Mansell
1994    Paul Tracy              Emerson Fittipaldi
1995    Emerson Fittipaldi      Robby Gordon
1996    Michael Andretti        Paul Tracy
1997    Paul Tracy              Paul Tracy
1998    Jimmy Vasser            Patrick Carpentier
1999    Juan Montoya            Juan Montoya
2000    Gil de Ferran           Juan Montoya


1. Emerson Fittipaldi   3
2. Michael Andretti     2
    Paul Tracy          2
4. Danny Sullivan       1
    Arie Luyendyk       1
    Bobby Rahal         1
    Nigel Mansell       1
    Jimmy Vasser        1
    Juan Montoya        1
    Gil de Ferran       1

Pole Positions

1. Paul Tracy           2
    Michael Andretti    2
    Rick Mears          2
    Juan Montoya        2
5. Danny Sullivan       1
    Bobby Rahal         1
    Nigel Mansell       1
    Emerson Fittipaldi  1
    Robby Gordon        1
    Patrick Carpentier  1


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Robby Gordon , Arie Luyendyk , Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Roberto Moreno , Bobby Rahal , Patrick Carpentier , Paul Tracy , Tony Kanaan , Mauricio Gugelmin , Kenny Brack , Nigel Mansell , Rick Mears , Danny Sullivan , Emerson Fittipaldi , Chip Ganassi , Cristiano da Matta
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Team Penske