CHAMPCAR/CART: Portland Sunday warm-up report

Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 Portland International Raceway 20 June 1999 Sunday Warm-up Report by Alan Perry, motorsport.com On this morning before the race, the weather was cloudy and the temperature cool. Some think there may be rain in store...

Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 Portland International Raceway 20 June 1999

Sunday Warm-up Report by Alan Perry, motorsport.com

On this morning before the race, the weather was cloudy and the temperature cool. Some think there may be rain in store for the race.

The session was stopped almost as soon as it started when Hearn's car stalled in turn 1 and he had to be towed around.

When the session was restarted, Franchitti was the first around. Pruett, Jones, Gugelmin and Herta managed to complete a lap before the session was red-flagged again when Salles' car stalled on the track. The session was stopped for 3 minutes.

With 15 minutes to go, the order was Montoya, Franchitti, Moore, Jourdain, Tracy, Unser, da Matta and Castro-Neves. With 13 minutes to go, the order was Franchitti, Pruett, Andretti, Kanaan, Jones, Moreno, Gugelmin, Montoya and Moore. With 10 minutes to go, it was Franchitti, Tracy, Pruett, Papis, Fittipaldi, Andretti, Unser and Kanaan.

With 8 minutes to go, the session was red-flagged again when Hearn stalled again. The session was stopped for about three minutes.

With two minutes to go, the order was Tracy, Frachitti, Herta, Pruett, Papis, Fittipaldi, Andretti, da Matta, Unser and Kanaan. The fast times were in the 1:00s and 1:01s.

Moreno was the first (and, as it turned out, the only) driver to break into the 59s and took first in the session. He was followed by Herta who was 0.001 seconds faster than Tracy's top time.

Polesitter Montoya put in one lap before the first red flag and one lap after, then brought the car in. The guy at the other end of the grid, Hattori, did not participate in the warm-up session. Both Hearn and Salles suffered apparent electrcial problems.

The final order was Moreno, Herta, Tracy, Franchitti, Kanaan, Castro-Neves, de Ferran, Andretti, Pruett, da Matta, Jones, Papis, Moore, Fittipaldi, Gugelmin, Unser, Vasser, Marquez, Gidley, Fernandez, Hearn, Carpentier, Montoya, Garcia, Gordon, Jourdain and Salles.

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