What: Grand Prix of Detroit, round seven of the 20-race CART FedEx Championship Series. When: Sunday, June 18. Local start time: 1 p.m. Eastern. Broadcast: 1-3:30 p.m. Eastern on ESPN. Qualifying - Saturday, June 17. Practice - Friday, June...
What: Grand Prix of Detroit, round seven of the 20-race CART FedEx Championship Series.
When: Sunday, June 18. Local start time: 1 p.m. Eastern. Broadcast: 1-3:30 p.m. Eastern on ESPN. Qualifying - Saturday, June 17. Practice - Friday, June 16.
Where: The 2.361-mile temporary street course on the Raceway at Belle Isle in Detroit.
History: Juan Montoya earned the pole and finished 17th in Detroit in 1999. Jimmy Vasser started 12th and finished fifth last year.
* Team Target's Juan Montoya is looking for his third straight victory. The defending CART champ won the Indianapolis 500 on May 28 and the Miller Lite 225 on June 5.
* Team Target's Jimmy Vasser currently ranks third in the CART point standings with 48 points. Montoya is tied for fourth with 44. Paul Tracy leads with 59 points.
* Target Chip Ganassi Racing is pursuing an unprecedented fifth straight CART FedEx Series championship. Juan Montoya is the defending CART champion. Vasser won the title in 1996.
* In the six CART races this year, Montoya's worst qualifying position was a third-place effort in Long Beach. He has earned three poles (Japan, Nazareth and Milwaukee) and has started second twice (Miami and Rio). In addition, he started second in the Indy 500.
* Montoya has started third or better in 17 of his 26 CART races.
* Vasser has finished in the top 10 in 11 of his last 16 CART races, dating back to the 1999 race in Toronto. He has finished fifth or better in eight of his last 15 races.
* Including the Indy 500, Team Target has 32 victories in its last 78 starts.
* Either Montoya or Vasser has finished on the podium in 12 of the past 26 races.
* Team Target drivers have 57 podium finishes in the last 78 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. After the Miller Lite 225, Team Target's season total is $20,175.