<pre> What: Motorola 300, round 17 of the 20-race CART FedEx Championship Series. When: Sunday, Sept. 17. Local start time: Noon. Broadcast: 1 p.m. Eastern on ESPN. Broadcast live on CART Radio Network affiliates. Coverage ...
<pre> What: Motorola 300, round 17 of the 20-race CART FedEx Championship Series.
When: Sunday, Sept. 17. Local start time: Noon. Broadcast: 1 p.m. Eastern on ESPN. Broadcast live on CART Radio Network affiliates. Coverage of practice, qualifying and the race is also live on CART.com. Qualifying - Saturday, Sept. 16. Practice - Friday, Sept. 15.
Where: The 1.27-mile oval at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill.
History: Juan Montoya earned the pole position and finished 11th in 1999. Jimmy Vasser started 10th and finished 10th last year.
Fast Facts: * Team Target is aiming for its second Motorola 300 victory. Former team driver Alex Zanardi took the checkered flag here in 1998.
* Jimmy Vasser is looking for his fourth consecutive top-eight finish. He placed fifth in Elkhart Lake, sixth in Vancouver and eighth in Monterey. He has placed ninth or better in 11 races in 2000.
* Vasser ranks ninth in the CART point standings with 91 points, just 41 behind points leader Gil de Ferran. Juan Montoya ranks 11th with 85 points.
* Vasser has finished in the top ten in each of his three races at Gateway. He finished 10th in 1999, fourth in 1998 and fifth in 1997.
* Montoya has led 704 laps so far in 2000, more than double the next highest total (Helio Castroneves ranks second with 330 laps led).
* 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.
* Montoya has started on the pole in five races (Japan, Nazareth, Milwaukee, Detroit and Chicago) this year.
* Montoya has 12 pole positions in his 36 career CART races. By comparison, former team driver Alex Zanardi finished his remarkable CART career with 10 poles in 51 races.
* Montoya has started sixth or better in 26 of his 36 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 18 of his last 26 CART races, dating back to the 1999 race in Toronto. He has finished fifth or better in 10 of his last 24 races.
* Montoya has earned 10 of the 32 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, Detroit and Chicago.
* Including the Indy 500, Team Target has 33 victories in its last 89 starts.
* Either Montoya or Vasser has finished on the podium in 13 of the past 36 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 Monterey, Team Target's season total is $32,850.