What: Grand Prix of Monterrey, round one of the 21-race CART FedEx Championship Series. When: Sunday, March 11. Broadcast: 4 p.m. Eastern live on ABC-TV. Broadcast live on CART Radio Network affiliates. Coverage of practice, qualifying and...
What: Grand Prix of Monterrey, round one of the 21-race CART FedEx Championship Series.
When: Sunday, March 11. Broadcast: 4 p.m. Eastern live on ABC-TV. Broadcast live on CART Radio Network affiliates. Coverage of practice, qualifying and the race is also live on CART.com. Qualifying - March 10. Practice - March 9.
Where: The 2.1-mile permanent road course at Monterrey, Mexico's Fundidora Park, on ground formerly occupied by Latin America's first steel mill.
History: Sunday's race marks the first CART FedEx Series event in Monterrey, Mexico.
* Team Target's rookie drivers, Bruno Junqueira and Nicolas Minassian, replace Juan Montoya, the 1999 CART champion, and Jimmy Vasser, the 1996 CART champion.
* Junqueira claimed the 2000 European F3000 Series championship, earning four victories. Minassian was runner-up to his new teammate, claiming three checkered flags.
* Target Chip Ganassi Racing won 34 of the 92 CART FedEx Series events from 1996 through 2000.
* Team Target has claimed four CART FedEx Series championships (1996-1999).
* Former Team Target driver Juan Montoya won the 2000 Indianapolis 500, his first-ever race at the famed oval. Team Target announced on March 5 it would return to Indianapolis in 2001 to defend its title.
* Team Target drivers have claimed 31 of the 92 pole positions since 1996.
* In addition to two new drivers, Team Target adds Dave Higuera as new chief mechanic for Nicolas Minassian and Scott Harner as team manager/race operations. In addition, Mike Hull will serve as the team's managing director in 2001.
* For the fifth consecutive season, Target Chip Ganassi Racing will raise money for Target House at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital by donating $5,000 for victory, $1,000 for each pole position and $25 for each lap led. The team has donated more than $230,000 since 1997.