What: Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix Presented by Toyota, round two of the 20-race CART FedEx Championship Series. When: Sunday, April 9, 1 p.m. (local time). Practice - Friday, April 7. Qualifying - Saturday, April 8. Where: Nazareth Speedway,...
What: Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix Presented by Toyota, round two of the 20-race CART FedEx Championship Series.
When: Sunday, April 9, 1 p.m. (local time). Practice - Friday, April 7. Qualifying - Saturday, April 8.
Where: Nazareth Speedway, Nazareth, Pa.
History: Juan Montoya started from the pole position and won the race in 1999. Jimmy Vasser started 11th and finished 11th last year. Vasser won at Nazareth in 1998.
* Target/Chip Ganassi Racing is pursuing an unprecedented fifth straight CART FedEx Series championship. Juan Montoya is the defending CART champion.
* Juan Montoya won from the pole three times in 1999. In addition to Nazareth, he accomplished the feat in Cleveland and Vancouver.
* Montoya has started third or better in 12 of his 21 CART races.
* Jimmy Vasser has finished fifth or better in five of his last nine races.
* Team Target has 30 victories in its last 73 starts.
* Vasser finished ninth in the 1999 PPG Cup point standings.
* The Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix is Target/Chip Ganassi Racing's second race running a Toyota engine and Lola chassis. Vasser finished fourth in Miami on March 26. Montoya, who led 21 laps, did not finish due to engine problems and placed 23rd.
* Target/Chip Ganassi Racing will race in the Indianapolis 500 on May 28.
* Team Target has won at least one of CART's first three races every year since 1996.
* Team Target has moved into a new shop in Indianapolis in 2000. The 70,000-square-foot facility features 10 car bays, nine truck bays, a show room, a sales area, a workout room and a cafeteria.
St. Jude Target/Chip Ganassi Racing is again donating money to Target House at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis. Target House is a comfortable place for the families of St. Jude patients to stay while their children receive treatments. The team will donate $5,000 for each race win, $1,000 for each pole position and $25 for each lap led. During the 1997 season, the team raised $46,275 for Target House. Target matched the donation and awarded St. Jude Hospital a $100,000 check. In 1998, Team Target's success on the track resulted in a $71,875 donation to St. Jude. In 1999, the team raised $68,250 for Target House, which opened May 17, 1999. Founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, St. Jude is the largest center in the U.S. for the treatment and research of pediatric cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases. As a result of Montoya's 21 laps led at Miami, the 2000 season total is $525.