CHAMPCAR/CART: Only 25 Weeks til the Grand prix of Houston

The 3rd Annual Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston 25 Weeks to go.... September 29, 30 and October 1 The 2000 FedEx Championship Series season has started. The first race of the year was held March 26 in Homestead, Florida. Max Papis ...

The 3rd Annual Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston 25 Weeks to go....

September 29, 30 and October 1

The 2000 FedEx Championship Series season has started. The first race of the year was held March 26 in Homestead, Florida. Max Papis emerged victorious for the first time in his Champ Car career. Roberto Moreno came in second and 1999 Houston Champ, Paul Tracy, took the third spot on the podium.

Points standings after race one: (places one through five)

Max Papis - 20 points
Roberto Moreno - 16 points
Paul Tracy - 14 points
Jimmy Vasser - 12 points
Gil de Ferran and Patrick Carpienter both with 10 points

What's going on with the THGPH?

Tickets are officially on sale. The renewal period has ended. New for 2000: On - line ticketing. Changes in grandstands for this year include many more Sunday only reserved seats. Check out the website for further information and locations: http://www.texacogp.com

Who's Driving for Who?

The season has started, the drivers and teams are set. The off-season brought many changes for drivers and teams. The line-up for 2000 includes:

<pre> Michael Andretti - Newman/Haas Racing Mark Blundell - PacWest Racing Group Kenny Brack - Team Rahal Patrick Carpentier - Player's/Forsythe Racing Helio Castro-Neves - Marlboro Team Penske Cristiano da Matta - PPI Motorsports Gil de Ferran - Marlboro Team Penske Adrian Fernandez - Patrick Racing Christian Fittipaldi - Newman/Haas Racing Norberto Fontana - Della Penna Motorsports Dario Franchitti - Team KOOL Green Luiz Garcia, Jr. - Arciero Racing Group Mauricio Gugelmin - PacWest Racing Group Michel Jourdain, Jr. - Bennenhausen Motorsports Tony Kanaan - Mo Nunn Racing Takuya Kurosawa - Dale Coyne Racing Juan Montoya - Target/Chip Ganassi Racing Roberto Moreno - Patrick Racing Shinji Nakano - Walker Racing Max Papis - Team Rahal Gualter Salles - Dale Coyne Racing Oriol Servia - PPI Motorsports Alexandria Tagliana - Player's/Forsythe Racing Paul Tracy - Team KOOL Green Jimmy Vasser - Target/Chip Ganassi Racing

</pre> The CART FedEx Championship Series can boast a truly international cast of drivers as 12 countries are represented this year.

There are nine drivers from Brazil; three from Canada; Mexico, Japan and the USA each have two; and one driver each from Scotland, Italy, Sweden, United Kingdom, Spain, Argentina and Colombia. Juan Montoya, the 1999 Series Champion is from Colombia.

Who is Alexandre Tagliani?

He's a 27 year-old French-Canadian in his rookie season in Champ cars driving this year for Player's Forsythe Racing.

As with many of the other Champ Car drivers, he started in go- karts, winning his first championship at the age of 15. He moved to the CART series this year moving up from the Player's Toyota Atlantic team.

During testing, Tagliana did well, on road courses and ovals. At the Homestead, Florida season opener, he finished in ninth place giving him four points.

Racing Talk --

What does it mean?

DNE - Did not enter
DNF - Did not finish
DNQ - Did not qualify
DNS - Did not start

All about Houston

An international series such as the CART FedEx Championship is right at home in Houston. Houston's presence in global commerce is demonstrated by the fact that one out of every three jobs in the region is tied to international business.

At least 340 European companies have affiliates in the Houston area and 110 Japanese companies operate in Houston.

Each year, international businesses are surveyed. In 1998, more than 3,400 companies in the Houston area reported international business activities.

The Port of Houston the second largest port in the US and is ranked the highest for foreign waterborne commerce.

The new Champ Car "Official CART FedEx Series Guide" says, "Houston street circuit may be the most racy of any on the series schedule."

Next race for the CART FedEx Championahip Series is this
Sunday: The Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix Presented by Toyota
Location: Nazareth Speedway, Nazareth, PA
ABC will air the show beginning at 1pm EDT.

For the latest updates about the Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston, visit our website: http://www.texacogp.com,

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gualter Salles , Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Max Papis , Adrian Fernandez , Roberto Moreno , Patrick Carpentier , Christian Fittipaldi , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Mauricio Gugelmin , Oriol Servia , Shinji Nakano , Kenny Brack , Mark Blundell , Takuya Kurosawa , Chip Ganassi , Dale Coyne , Norberto Fontana , Cristiano da Matta , Michel Jourdain , Luiz Garcia , Patrick Carp , Mo Nunn
Teams Team Penske , Chip Ganassi Racing , Dale Coyne Racing