Fontana, California, October 27, 1999 - Player's team driver Greg Moore, who won the opening race of the 1999 FedEx CART Championship, would love to duplicate the feat in the series' season finale on the 2.029-mile California Speedway in Fontana...
Fontana, California, October 27, 1999 - Player's team driver Greg Moore, who won the opening race of the 1999 FedEx CART Championship, would love to duplicate the feat in the series' season finale on the 2.029-mile California Speedway in Fontana on Sunday.
It's more than just the final race of the season for the Maple Ridge, B.C., driver. It is Moore's last race as a member of the Player's CART Team, with whom he is completing his fourth season before moving on to another team for the 2000 season.
"Because it's my last race with the Player's team, I'd really like to win one for the crew, who have done such an outstanding job in the four years I've been here," said Moore. "Their hard work and dedication has enabled us to be competitive every weekend." "I'm pleased that this last race is on a super oval, especially the one in Fontana, where we've had some success in the past. Last year, we led the race on five different occasions before finishing second. This year, I'd like to be able to get to the top step of the podium and go out in style."
Moore has five wins to his credit in the CART series after making the jump from the Player's Indy Lights team, with whom he won the drivers' championship.
Moore's teammate Patrick Carpentier also has some extra motivation heading into the Fontana event. The Joliette, Que., driver officially signed his contract earlier this week to again race for Player's in the 2000 season. It will mark Carpentier's third year with the Player's CART Team and he feels that a strong performance at Fontana would be a nice lead-in to next season.
"On a super oval like Fontana, anything can happen," commented Carpentier when asked to assess his chances this weekend. "All Last year, the lead changed hands 24 times and I think you'll see the same thing happening again this year. It's a tough race, one that is very demanding, both mentally and physically, but it's also very stimulating for a driver. I feel I've made a lot of progress this season and if I can finish the year by getting on the podium, that would be fantastic."
The winner at Fontana in 1998 was Jimmy Vasser, while Moore registered the fastest race lap, an eye-popping 234.725 miles per hour.
Racing fans can watch the 250-lap CART race live on The Sports Network at 3 p.m. (ET) on Sunday.
Alexandre Tagliani on hand in Fontana
Alexandre Tagliani, who was named earlier this week as Greg Moore's successor on the Player's CART Team for the 2000 season, will be on hand for this weekend's racing activities. The Lachenaie, Que., driver will be meeting the American media and familiarizing himself with his new environment. Tagliani and Carpentier will begin off-season testing sessions shortly after Sunday's curtain-closer in Fontana.