FAST FACTS FOR THE BOSCH SPARK PLUG GRAND PRIX PRESENTED BY TOYOTA WHAT: Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix Presented by Toyota. WHERE: Nazareth Speedway, Nazareth, Pa. WHEN: Saturday, May 27. CART SCHEDULE: (All times Eastern)...
FAST FACTS FOR THE BOSCH SPARK PLUG GRAND PRIX PRESENTED BY TOYOTA
WHAT: Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix Presented by Toyota.
WHERE: Nazareth Speedway, Nazareth, Pa.
WHEN: Saturday, May 27.
CART SCHEDULE: (All times Eastern)
SATURDAY, MAY 27
Champ Car practice and warm-up, 9-10 a.m.;
Grid Champ Cars, 12:15 p.m.;
Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix Presented by Toyota, 1 p.m.
BROADCAST: TV-ESPN (Live, 1 p.m. EST). RADIO-CART Radio Network. INTERNET - www.cart.com .
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Juan Montoya.
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.
FedEx CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES POINTS LEADERS: 1. Paul Tracy, 56; 2. Jimmy Vasser, 42; 3. Roberto Moreno, 42; 4. Max Papis, 25; 5. Cristiano da Matta, 25.
NEXT EVENT: June 4, Miller Lite 225, The Milwaukee Mile, West Allis, Wis.
Rookie Juan Montoya (Target Reynard Honda) turned in a thoroughly dominant performance in recording his second consecutive FedEx Championship Series victory in the 1999 Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix Presented by Toyota at Nazareth Speedway. Montoya, who two weeks earlier had won the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, led 210 of the 225 laps and averaged a race-record 120.225 miles per hour while finishing 5.103 seconds ahead of runner-up PJ Jones (Visteon Swift Ford). The victory allowed Montoya to sweep the maximum 22 championship points for winning from the pole while leading the most laps. The runner-up finish was a career best for Jones in his 44th career start. Paul Tracy rounded out the podium by finishing third, his first top-three result since a 1997 victory at Gateway International Raceway. The victory moved Montoya into the FedEx Championship Series points lead, as he became the first rookie to win back-to-back FedEx Championship Series events since Nigel Mansell at Michigan and New Hampshire in 1993. Montoya's 45 championship points gave him a two-point advantage over Adrian Fernandez (Tecate/Quaker State/Patrick Racing Ford Reynard), who stood second with 43. Greg Moore (Player's Forsythe Racing Team Mercedes Reynard) was third with 40.
<pre> Vital Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour, 46 minutes, 13.527 seconds. Average Speed: 120.225 mph. Margin of Victory: 5.103 seconds. Caution Flags: 5 for 56 laps. Lap Leaders: Juan Montoya, 225 laps; Helio Castro-Neves 15.
NAZARETH RACE HISTORY (13 Events)
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 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
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