FONTANA, CA . . . A steady downpour interrupted the Marlboro 500 on Sunday at the California Speedway stopping the FedEx Championship Series finale after just 33 laps. The race will be resumed on lap 34 on Monday morning October 30th at 10:00 AM...
FONTANA, CA . . . A steady downpour interrupted the Marlboro 500 on Sunday at the California Speedway stopping the FedEx Championship Series finale after just 33 laps. The race will be resumed on lap 34 on Monday morning October 30th at 10:00 AM PST weather permitting. The initial weather forecast for Monday calls for a 60% chance of rain. The race will be carried live nationally on ESPN. Team Rahal Shell driver Kenny Brack remains one of three drivers still in contention for the CART title. Team Green's Paul Tracy began the day as the fourth driver in contention but an engine problem forced him to retire from the race on Sunday. That has left Brack, Team Penske driver Gil de Ferran and Patrick Racing's Adrian Fernandez as the only driver mathematically capable to winning the CART title. For Brack to win the series title he must win the race and lead the most laps. The race will be resumed on lap 34 with a single file restart. There will be no warm-up prior to the pace laps to start the race. 1999 CART champion Juan Montoya is the leader followed by Dario Franchitti and Michael Andretti. CART points leader Gil de Ferran is running fourth, Kenny Brack sixth, Team Rahal Miller driver Max Papis is eighth and Adrian Fernandez is running ninth. Casey Mears driving in his first Champ Car race in the WorldCom Team Rahal car is 19th.
<pre> MARLBORO 500 RUNNING ORDER ON LAP 33 Driver - Team 1. Juan Montoya - Ganassi Racing 2. Dario Franchitti - Team Green 3. Michael Andretti - Newman/Haas Racing 4. Gil de Ferran - Team Penske 5. Jimmy Vasser - Ganassi Racing 6. Kenny Brack - Team Rahal 7. Tony Kanaan - Mo Nunn Racing 8. Max Papis - Team Rahal 9. Adrian Fernandez - Patrick Racing 10. Alex Tagliani - Forsythe Racing 19. Casey Mears - Team Rahal
#7 Max Papis - Miller Lite Ford-Cosworth/Reynard "I got a very good jump on the start and I passed a bunch of cars on the outside line. I would have passed more but Paul Tracy was doing the same thing and he was in front of me. The car felt pretty good but I had push through the corners and that slowed us. After the first pit stop the car was better and that was because we made some excellent changes. I feel like we have a very good car for Monday. We led the most laps here last year (110) I think we can run with the leaders again. To be honest I just want to lead the last lap."
#8 @!Kenny Brack - Shell Ford-Cosworth/Reynard "We made some modifications to the car when the red flag came out. We ran a conservative setup at the start and we felt our strategy was good and that everything was on schedule. This rain really doesn't change anything with our plan. We still have to win the race and lead the most laps if we are going to win the championship. The conditions were really cold and I think everyone was searching for the right setup. You have to be careful the car isn't loose at the start or you can go down a lap really quick. You have six or seven pit stops to make changes and you can dial the car in during the race. I think we have a chance to beating Gil de Ferran on the track. There are so many factors involved in getting to the end of a 500-mile race. I am confident our Shell team knows how to do that and will get the job done."
#91 @!Casey Mears - WorldCom Ford-Cosworth/Reynard "I took it easy on the start. I really wanted to get comfortable and get into a rhythm. I think we did that. The car pushed a little but I was able to get by several cars [Gugelmin, Blundell & Gidley]. It was really fun out there. To be honest I am a little sad that we had to stop racing. I was concerned about the pit stops but the first one worked out pretty well. I am really excited about running the whole race. I know a little more about how the race will go and that is a big advantage for me."