What: Rio 200, round three of the 20-race CART FedEx Championship Series. When: Race - Sunday, April 30 (12:30 p.m. local time, broadcast 12:30 p.m. Eastern on ESPN) Practice - Friday, April 28. Qualifying - Saturday, April 29. Where: The...
What: Rio 200, round three of the 20-race CART FedEx Championship Series.
When: Race - Sunday, April 30 (12:30 p.m. local time, broadcast 12:30 p.m. Eastern on ESPN) Practice - Friday, April 28. Qualifying - Saturday, April 29.
Where: The 1.864-mile oval in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
History: Juan Montoya started third and won the Rio 200 in 1999. Jimmy Vasser started sixth and finished 27th last year.
* Target/Chip Ganassi Racing is pursuing an unprecedented fifth consecutive CART FedEx Series championship and second straight Rio 200 victory.
* Juan Montoya is the defending CART champion and defending Rio race winner.
* Jimmy Vasser ranks second in the 2000 CART point standings, trailing Paul Tracy 34-26.
* The 1999 Rio 200 was the final win in a streak of three consecutive victories for Montoya (Long Beach, Nazareth and Rio). He began a second streak of three straight wins in July (Mid-Ohio, Chicago and Vancouver).
* Montoya has started third or better in 13 of his 22 CART races.
* Jimmy Vasser has finished fifth or better in seven of his last 10 races.
* Team Target has 30 victories in its last 74 starts.
* Team Target drivers have 55 podium finishes in the last 74 races.
* Vasser and Montoya qualified second and third, respectively, for the Grand Prix of Long Beach. It marked the second time both drivers qualified third or better (at the 1999 U.S. 500, Vasser took the pole and Montoya qualified third).
* Montoya claimed his eighth CART pole position at the Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix on April 8 (the race was postponed due to snow).
* Target/Chip Ganassi Racing will race in the Indianapolis 500 on May 28.
* Team Target has won at least one of CART's first three races every year since 1996.
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.