What: Grand Prix of Houston, round 18 of the 20-race CART FedEx Championship Series. When: Sunday, Oct. 1. Local start time: 3 p.m. Broadcast: 4 p.m. Eastern on ABC-TV. Broadcast live on CART Radio Network affiliates. Coverage...
What: Grand Prix of Houston, round 18 of the 20-race CART FedEx Championship Series.
When: Sunday, Oct. 1. Local start time: 3 p.m. Broadcast: 4 p.m. Eastern on ABC-TV. Broadcast live on CART Radio Network affiliates. Coverage of practice, qualifying and the race is also live on CART.com. Qualifying - Saturday, Sept. 30. Practice - Friday, Sept. 29.
Where: The 1.527-mile temporary road course in downtown Houston, Texas.
History: Juan Montoya earned the pole position and finished 25th in 1999. Jimmy Vasser started 16th and finished 20th last year.
* Team Target is aiming for its first Grand Prix of Houston victory. Former team driver Alex Zanardi finished second here in 1998.
* Juan Montoya is looking for his second straight victory and second straight pole position. He earned both during the Sept. 17 Motorola 300.
* Montoya has started on the pole in six races this year (Japan, Nazareth, Milwaukee, Detroit, Chicago and St. Louis).
* Montoya is seeking his fourth CART victory of the season. The defending CART champ has won the Miller Lite 225, the Michigan 500 and the Motorola 300.
* Montoya won the Indianapolis 500 on May 28. His teammate Jimmy Vasser placed seventh at the Brickyard.
* Vasser is looking for his fifth consecutive top-eight finish. He placed fifth in Elkhart Lake, sixth in Vancouver, eighth in Monterey and seventh at Gateway. He has placed ninth or better in 12 races in 2000.
* Montoya ranks eighth in the CART point standings with 106 points, just 31 behind points leader Gil de Ferran. Jimmy Vasser ranks 10th with 97 points.
* Vasser finished fourth in his first Grand Prix of Houston in 1998.
* Montoya has led 787 laps so far in 2000, more than double the next highest total (Helio Castroneves ranks second with 330 laps led).
* Montoya has 13 pole positions in his 37 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 27 of his 37 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 19 of his last 27 CART races, dating back to the 1999 race in Toronto. He has finished fifth or better in 10 of his last 25 races.
* Montoya has earned 11 of the 34 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. He also earned one point for earning the pole at Gateway.
* Including the Indy 500, Team Target has 33 victories in its last 90 starts.
* Either Montoya or Vasser has finished on the podium in 14 of the past 37 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 Gateway, Team Target's season total is $41,600.