CHAMPCAR/CART: Nazareth moring track notes

Good morning from Nazareth, Pennsylvania, for the morning of practice for today's Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix Presented by Toyota, Race 5 of the 2000 FedEx Championship Series season. This morning's practice session is scheduled for the Green...

Good morning from Nazareth, Pennsylvania, for the morning of practice for today's Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix Presented by Toyota, Race 5 of the 2000 FedEx Championship Series season. This morning's practice session is scheduled for the Green Flag at 9 a.m. and will be on-track for one hour. At 1 p.m., the FedEx Championship Series teams will again take to the track, this time to start the snow-delayed Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix Presented by Toyota. The starting grid for today's race was set in April 8 qualifying sessions. JUAN MONTOYA sits on the pole in his Target Chip Ganassi Racing Toyota/Lola with his speed of 176.868 mph (19.225 seconds).

Today's weather here at Nazareth this morning has some sun but a large bulk of clouds moving in from the west. Though a threat of rain has been promised for later today in the region, this morning features perfect springtime conditions; very little breeze and cool temperatures in the 60s.

There are quite a few changes in the lineup of drivers in the FedEx Championship Series for this weekend's Nazareth race compared to the April visit to the track. TARSO MARQUES takes over the controls of the #34 Panasonic Ford/Swift, while PATRICK CARPENTIER returns to the circuit in the Players Ford/Reynard after a wrist injury in a home accident last month. Finally CART rookie LUIZ GARCIA JR. joins the gird in today's race, starting from the last spot.

GREEN FLAG waves at 9 a.m. to start the only practice session of the day. Firestone engineers report a tack temperature of 73 degrees F and an ambient temperature of 65 degrees F at the start of the session.

BLACK FLAG is shown at 9:07 a.m. to #20 MORENO for a Pit Road speed violation. MORENO subsequently pits the car to comply with the Black Flag drive-thru penalty.

BLACK FLAG is shown at 9:08 a.m. to #18 BLUNDELL for a Pit Road speed violation. BLUNDELL subsequently pits the car to comply with the Black Flag drive-thru penalty.

YELLOW FLAG waves at 9:09 a.m. after #19 KUROSAWA spins off of Turn 4, making hard contact with the outside wall on his seventh lap. The car spins to a stop at the bottom of the track short of the Start/Finish line. CART safety workers quickly attend to the driver, while other crews begin clean-up of a large amount of debris on the front stretch.

Rookie driver TAKUYA KUROSAWA of Dale Coyne Racing was airlifted to St. Luke's Regional Hospital following his single-car accident. According to Dr. Steve Olvey, CART Director of Medical Affairs, KUROSAWA experienced a brief loss of consciousness but was awake and alert when he exited the track. Olvey said that KUROSAWA will undergo a CAT Scan of his head and neck. An update will be released when the information is available. KUROSAWA will not start today's race due to the incident.

At 9:10 a.m., 10 minutes into the session and under the Yellow Flag, the fastest driver is #1X MONTOYA with a lap of 160.619 mph (21.203 seconds), followed by #3X CASTRONEVES (160.135; 21.267 seconds) and #6 ANDRETTI (159.148 mph; 21.399 seconds).

GREEN FLAG waves at 9:26 a.m. to resume the session.

BLACK FLAG is shown at 9:27 a.m. to #3 CASTRONEVES for a Pit Road speed violation. CASTRONEVES subsequently pits the car to comply with the Black Flag drive-thru penalty.

BLACK FLAG is shown again at 9:28 a.m. to #3 CASTRONEVES for a Pit Road speed violation. And CASTRONEVES subsequently pits the car again to comply with the Black Flag drive-thru penalty.

At 9:30 a.m., 30 minutes into the session, the fastest driver is #32 CARPENTIER with a lap of 162.272 mph (20.987 seconds), followed by #33 TAGLIANI with the same speed (162.272 mph; 20.987 seconds) and #40 FERNANDEZ (161.113 mph; 21.138 seconds).

BLACK FLAG is shown at 9:35 a.m. to #34 MARQUES for a Pit Road speed violation. MARQUES subsequently pits the car to comply with the Black Flag drive-thru penalty.

BLACK FLAG is shown at 9:36 a.m. to #34 CASTRONEVES for a Pit Road speed violation. CASRTRONEVES subsequently pits the car to comply with the Black Flag drive-thru penalty.

At 9:40 a.m., 40 minutes into the session, the fastest driver is #3 CASTRONEVES with a lap of 169.382 mph (20.106 seconds) on his 21st circuit, followed by #32 CARPENTIER (167.236 mph; 20.364 seconds) and #40 FERNANDEZ (167.154 mph; 20.374 seconds).

BLACK FLAG is shown at 9:45 a.m. to #2 DE FERRAN for a Pit Road speed violation. DE FERRAN subsequently pits the car to comply with the Black Flag drive-thru penalty.

BLACK FLAG is shown at 9:46 a.m. to #8 BRACK for a Pit Road speed violation. BRACK subsequently pits the car to comply with the Black Flag drive-thru penalty.

BLACK FLAG is shown at 9:48 a.m. to #7 PAPIS for a Pit Road speed violation. PAPIS subsequently pits the car to comply with the Black Flag drive-thru penalty.

At 9:50 a.m., 50 minutes into the session, the fastest driver is #3 CASTRONEVES with his earlier lap of 169.382 mph (20.106 seconds), followed by #33 TAGLIANI (167.937 mph; 20.279 seconds) and #32 CARPENTIER (167.236 mph; 20.364 seconds).

BLACK FLAG is shown at 9:54 a.m. to #34 MARQUES for a Pit Road speed violation. MARQUES subsequently pits the car to comply with the Black Flag drive-thru penalty.

CHECKERED FLAG waves at 10 a.m. to end the session with #3 CASTRONEVES hanging on to the top spot with his earlier lap of 169.382 mph (20.106 seconds), followed by #2 DE FERRAN (169.619 mph; 20.197 seconds) and #33 TAGLIANI (167.937 mph; 20.279 seconds). FedEx Championship Series introduced 32 different cars to the 0.946-mile oval during the session, with secondary cars utilized by #27X FRANCHITTI, #17X GUGELMIN, #16X JOURDAIN JR., #1X MONTOYA, #25X GARCIA JR., #3X CASTRONEVES, #2X DE FERRAN, and #18X BLUNDELL. Champ Car drivers logged a total of 1,185 laps during the morning session.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dale Coyne
Teams Dale Coyne Racing , Chip Ganassi Racing