THREE IN A ROW FOR REYNARD WITH MID-OHIO PODIUM SWEEP Reynard has stretched its Constructors Championship lead in the 1999 Fedex Championship Series with the top six finishers at this weekend's race in Mid-Ohio all driving the Reynard 99I Champ...
THREE IN A ROW FOR REYNARD WITH MID-OHIO PODIUM SWEEP
Reynard has stretched its Constructors Championship lead in the 1999 Fedex Championship Series with the top six finishers at this weekend's race in Mid-Ohio all driving the Reynard 99I Champ Car. It was also the third podium sweep in succession for the Reynard marque with Team KOOL Green featuring on all three occasions. Juan Montoya, Target Ganassi Racing, took the victory this weekend to close the gap on championship leader, Dario Franchitti, who finished third. Franchitti took one point for his pole position to keep him just one point ahead of Montoya, 152 - 151. Sandwiched between this duo, Paula Tracy, Team KOOL Green, took second place, with valuable championship points bringing him within 2 points of third placed contender for the Drivers Championship, Michael Andretti.
The Miller Lite 200, race number 14 in the 20 round series, was held on the two and a quarter mile road course in Lexington, Ohio. Franchitti, starting from pole led the field for the first half of the race, before tyre problems forced him to pit early.Tracy inherited the lead from his teammate and held it for a lap before Montoya made an impressive pass on the ensuing lap for the lead. He led the final 28 laps for his first win since Cleveland in Round 9.
Montoya commented, "It was a good day after what happened Friday. At one point, I actually told my crew, 'This car is dangerous to drive!' We made some changes to the car during qualifying and we were still way off. We came here looking to get some good points out of this and we did, so we're happy. [Following the first pit stop], I wanted to prove that I was quicker than them [Tracy and Franchitti]. I was catching them and catching them quick, so I just kept pushing and pushing and pushing until the end. I'm pretty happy."
The FedEx Championship Series continues with its sixth event in seven weeks, the inaugural Target Grand Prix Presented by Shell, on Sunday, August 22 at the new Chicago Motor Speedway in Cicero, Ill, a one mile short oval track.