CHAMPCAR/CART: Rio Toyota qualifying notes

April 29, 2000 Rio 200 Toyota Qualifying Notes MONTOYA PUTS TOYOTA ON FRONT ROW AT RIO Juan Montoya's second in qualifying today marks the fifth straight race that a Toyota has qualified on the front row (Scott Pruett on pole last season at...

April 29, 2000
Rio 200
Toyota Qualifying Notes

MONTOYA PUTS TOYOTA ON FRONT ROW AT RIO

Juan Montoya's second in qualifying today marks the fifth straight race that a Toyota has qualified on the front row (Scott Pruett on pole last season at Fontana; Montoya was second at Homestead, Montoya on the pole at Nazareth, Jimmy Vasser second at Long Beach);

Montoya has yet to qualify below third this season. The front row qualifying spot is Montoya's third in four races this year. He also had a second at Homestead and a third at Long Beach to go along with his Nazareth pole.

It also marks the sixth consecutive race overall straight CART race that a Toyota has qualified in the top three, as Pruett also qualified third in last year's Surfers Paradise penultimate round before Fontana.

A Target Chip Ganassi Racing entry has qualified on the front row in each of the four races with Toyota power.

With a 14th-place qualifying result today, Oriol Servia earned his best Champ Car start of his rookie season. The 1999 Indy Lights champion is coming off a career-best sixth-place finish at Long Beach.

Montoya will be looking for his second straight Rio 200 victory tomorrow.

Three Toyota Atlantic grads qualified in the top 11 today, including pole-sitter Alexandre Tagliani. He's joined by Jimmy Vasser in sixth and Memo Gidley in 11th.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Memo Gidley , Oriol Servia , Scott Pruett , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing