What: Target Grand Prix, round 12 of the 20-race CART FedEx Championship Series. When: Sunday, July 30. Local start time: 3 p.m. Central. Broadcast: 4 p.m. Eastern on ABC-TV. Qualifying - Saturday, July 29. Practice - Friday, July 28.
What: Target Grand Prix, round 12 of the 20-race CART FedEx Championship Series.
When: Sunday, July 30. Local start time: 3 p.m. Central. Broadcast: 4 p.m. Eastern on ABC-TV. Qualifying - Saturday, July 29. Practice - Friday, July 28.
Where: The one-mile oval at Chicago Motor Speedway in Cicero, Ill.
History: Juan Montoya started 10th and won the race in 1999. Jimmy Vasser started third and finished third last year.
Team Target is aiming for its second straight Target Grand Prix title. Juan Montoya won the inaugural event in 1999 and Jimmy Vasser placed third.
Montoya ranks fifth in the CART point standings with 74 points. He trails leader Michael Andretti by just 30 points. Vasser ranks ninth with 63 points.
Montoya is seeking his fourth victory of the season. The defending CART champ won the Indianapolis 500, the Miller Lite 225 and the Michigan 500.
Team Target's Juan Montoya has started on the pole in four races (Japan, Nazareth, Milwaukee and Detroit) this year.
Montoya has started fifth or better in 21 of his 31 CART races.
Target Chip Ganassi Racing is pursuing an unprecedented fifth straight CART FedEx Series championship. Montoya is the defending CART champion. Vasser won the title in 1996. Alex Zanardi won titles for Team Target in 1997 and 1998.
Vasser has finished in the top 10 in 14 of his last 21 CART races, dating back to the 1999 race in Toronto. He has finished fifth or better in eight of his last 20 races.
Montoya has earned eight of the 22 bonus championship points available to date for either winning the pole position or leading the most laps. He has swept the pole and laps-led points at Japan, Nazareth, Milwaukee and Detroit.
Including the Indy 500, Team Target has 33 victories in its last 83 starts.
Either Montoya or Vasser has finished on the podium in 13 of the past 31 races.
Team Target drivers have 58 podium finishes in the last 83 races.
St. Jude Target Chip Ganassi Racing is again donating money to Target House at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis. Target House is a comfortable place for the families of St. Jude patients to stay while their children receive treatments. The team will donate $5,000 for each race win, $1,000 for each pole position and $25 for each lap led. During the 1997 season, the team raised $46,275 for Target House. Target matched the donation and awarded St. Jude Hospital a $100,000 check. In 1998, Team Target's success on the track resulted in a $71,875 donation to St. Jude. In 1999, the team raised $68,250 for Target House, which opened May 17, 1999. Founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, St. Jude is the largest center in the U.S. for the treatment and research of pediatric cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases. Following Michigan, Team Target's season total is $28,750.