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FedEx Championship Series Report Race: GP Telemar Rio 200, Emerson Fittipaldi Speedway, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Date/Session: Saturday, May 15, 1999 Race Result Three Top-10 Finishers for Mercedes At GP ...

FedEx Championship Series Report

Race: GP Telemar Rio 200, Emerson Fittipaldi Speedway, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Date/Session: Saturday, May 15, 1999 Race Result

Three Top-10 Finishers for Mercedes At GP Telemar Rio 200

Mercedes-Benz powered three Champ Cars to top-10 placings today in the rain-delayed GP Telemar Rio 200 at Emerson Fittipaldi Speedway in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Juan Montoya endured late-race yellow flags and drizzly conditions to hold the lead for 93 of the 108 laps and win his third-consecutive Champ Car race. Player's/Forsythe drivers Patrick Carpentier and Greg Moore finished sixth and eighth, respectively, while Marlboro Team Penske rookie Tarso Marques was ninth -- his best race this season since joining the team. Veteran Al Unser Jr., led for 10 laps in the latter stages of the race, but lost position in the pits and finished 12th. Roberto Moreno and Gualter Salles, substituting for regular Mercedes drivers Mark Blundell and Shigeaki Hattori, respectively, raced conservatively over the less than ideal track conditions. Moreno finished 11th in the PacWest Motorola Mercedes, while Salles brought the Bettenhausen Motorsports Mercedes home in 17th place, one lap behind the winner. Brazilians Helio Castro-Neves and Mauricio Gugelmin retired early with mechanical problems. Helio Castro-Neves suffered a small fire caused by a valve leak in his Hogan Racing Mercedes race car, while Gugelmin's PacWest Hollywood Mercedes overheated on lap 61. The FedEx Championship Series moves on to round six for the Motorola 300 at Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis on May 29th.

Mercedes Formula One Team Scores Pole Position at Monaco Earlier today, the defending Formula One World Champion West McLaren Mercedes team and driver Mika Hakkinen qualified on the pole position for Sunday's Grand Prix of Monaco in Monte Carlo. Teammate David Coulthard posted the third-quickest lap time.

Mercedes Quotes

Patrick Carpentier, No. 33 Player's/Forsythe Racing Mercedes/Firestone (Sixth / 108 laps) "We needed to finish. I wanted to be there at the end, have no mistakes. I tried passing Kanaan, and got a good run but couldn't get by him. My team was good. One day our time will come. I am very happy."

Greg Moore, No. 99 Player's/Forsythe Racing Mercedes/Firestone (Eighth / 108 laps) "We lost three spots in the pits-that would have moved us up a little further. Patrick and I drag raced down the back straight, and he passed me in turn four. It was a frustrating day. We just didn't have it."

Tarso Marques, No. 3, Marlboro Penske Mercedes/Goodyear (Ninth / 108 laps) "It was exciting to qualify on the fourth row and run in the top 10 all day. We had a boost problem, but our goal was to finish another race and score my first CART points (four). My crew did a great job, and really pulled together in a short amount of time to get me racing again this weekend in front of my family and friends."

Roberto Moreno, No. 18, PacWest Racing Motorola Mercedes/Firestone (11th / 108 laps) "The team did a great job to make the Motorola car suited to my style of driving in such a short time. It was a great effort. I was impressed with the tires and the Mercedes engine. The team gave me great pit stops, and we gained position each time. I am very happy considering that I came here and finished well, after driving other kinds of cars."

Al Unser Jr., No. 2, Marlboro Penske Mercedes/Goodyear (12th / 108 laps) "It felt great to be leading a race again. Although I started 19th, my crew did a great job in the pits, and as usual Roger Penske's strategy helped get me to the front. My race set up had a little too much drag and a little too much understeer, but I was able to hustle the car when I was in clean air leading the race. My Goodyear tires worked well on the long runs. Now we've got something in our pocket for St. Louis. It was great to see two Marlboro cars finish in the points again."

Gualter Salles, No. 16, Bettenhausen Motorsports Mercedes/Firestone (17th / 107 laps) "My goal today was to bring the car back, so I took a very conservative approach."

Mauricio Gugelmin, No. 17, PacWest Racing Hollywood Mercedes/Firestone (22nd / 61 laps) "The Hollywood car had a good balance and I was able to run with it during the early stages of the race. I was making changes from the cockpit, and the car was feeling more and more comfortable. Unfortunately, the problem with the cooling system ended our day."

Helio Castro-Neves, No. 9, Hogan Racing Mercedes/Firestone (25th / 32 laps) "It's very unfortunate what happened when we left the pits. The car was running okay, we were a little slow on the straight, but with the way the weather has been changing all the time, it's been difficult to set up the car. When I left the pits, I saw the fire. It's a shame, but I know that it will all come together, and we'll get that win."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mika Hakkinen , Gualter Salles , Al Unser Jr. , Shigeaki Hattori , Tarso Marques , Roberto Moreno , Patrick Carpentier , Mauricio Gugelmin , Mark Blundell , Emerson Fittipaldi , Roger Penske , Greg Moore
Teams Team Penske