CHAMPCAR/CART: Toronto Sunday Pit Notes

Pit Notes / MOLSON INDY Sunday, July 18 , 1999 Good Morning from Toronto, Ontario for Race Day at the Toronto Exhibition Place race course! Round 11 of the FedEx Championship Series will take the Green Flag at 2 p.m. today with the traditional...

Pit Notes / MOLSON INDY Sunday, July 18 , 1999

Good Morning from Toronto, Ontario for Race Day at the Toronto Exhibition Place race course! Round 11 of the FedEx Championship Series will take the Green Flag at 2 p.m. today with the traditional 30-minute warm-up starting the Sunday program at 10 a.m. Today's weather forecast features a chance of showers in the morning, giving way to sun and heat in the afternoon.

CART Chief Steward Wally Dallenbach made good on his bet with Christian Fittipaldi during Saturday's drivers meeting. Dallenbach had a standing offer to Fittipaldi since he joined the series in 1995 that he would give the young Brazilian his trademark Stetson hat when he notched his first career victory. The triumph came last week for Fittipaldi at the Texaco/Havoline 200 at Road America and Dallenbach delivered his brown Stetson with the feathered band to Fittipaldi on Saturday afternoon.

Marlboro Team Penske driver AL UNSER Jr., an 18-year veteran of the FedEx Championship Series, will add another record to his illustrious career today when he takes the green flag for the Molson Indy. UNSER Jr. will be making his CART-record 265th career start, breaking a tie with another Champ Car superstar, Bobby Rahal. Rahal presented UNSER Jr. with a green flag that carries historical significance for both drivers. The Green Flag being presented was actually used in all FedEx Championship Series races from 1993 through 1998. UNSER Jr. made 100 starts under that Green Flag and went on to 13 of his 31 career victories. Those victories were Vancouver in 1993; Long Beach, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Portland, Cleveland, Mid-Ohio, New Hampshire and Vancouver in 1994; and Long Beach, Portland, Mid-Ohio and Vancouver in 1995.The Green Flag was last waved at last year's season-ending Marlboro 500, the final race of Rahal's stellar career.

PPG Industries, Inc. is pleased to announce that Jerry Forsythe, owner of Forsythe and Forsythe Championship Racing Teams, has been named as the latest PPG colorful Character for the Molson Indy in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Forsythe returned to Champ Car competition in 1994 following a 10-year absence to focus on his business interests as chairman and CEO of the Indeck Group of Companies. In 1996, Forsythe hired one of the most promising young drivers in the series, Canadian GREG MOORE, who responded with five wins and four poles during the past three and a half seasons. "Jerry Forsythe has brought a great deal of excitement, vision and business discipline to race fans through the teams, drivers, and sponsors as well as his role in support series and CART.com" said Mike Sack, PPG's Director of Motorsports. "Jerry is a guy who makes things happen and it is a pleasure to recognize him as our latest PPG Colorful Character."

GREEN FLAG waves at 10 a.m. to start the final practice session of the weekend. Firestone engineers report a track temperature of 99 degrees F. (37 C.) and an ambient temperature of 87 degrees F. (30 C.).

At 10:06 a.m., CART course observers report smoke trailing from the rear of the car of #5 de FERRAN as the car runs its first lap. De FERRAN subsequently pits the car.

At 10:10 a.m., 10 minutes into the session, the fastest driver is #44 KANAAN with a lap of 104.504 mph (1:00.457), followed by #26 TRACY (104.347 mph; 1:00.548) and #7X PAPIS (104.335 mph; 1:00.555).

At 10:12 a.m., #4 MONTOYA slides into the run-off at Turn 8. CART safety workers quickly get the car returned to the track and MONTOYA continues to his Pit Area with no apparent damage to the car.

RED FLAG waves at 10:19 a.m. after #16 HATTORI slides into the tire barrier at Turn 3 and stalls the car. CART safety workers pull the car from the tire barrier and HATTORI continues on course to his Pit Area with no apparent damage to the car.

At 10:20 a.m., 20 minutes into the session, the fastest driver is now #7X PAPIS with a lap of 105.211 mph (1:00.051), followed by #26 TRACY (104.966 mph; 1:00.191) and #27 FRANCHITTI (104.901 mph; 1:00.228). GREEN FLAG waves at 10:21 a.m. to resume the practice session.

At 10:25 a.m., #44 KANAAN slides into the run-off at Turn 1 but continues on course to his Pit Area without apparent damage to the car.

At 10:26 a.m., #27 FRANCHITTI slides into the run-off at Turn 3 but continues on course to his Pit Area without apparent damage to the car.

At 10:27 a.m., #36 SALLES brushes the wall at Turn 1 but continues on course without apparent damage to the car.

At 10:30 a.m., #7X PAPIS slides into the run-off at Turn 3 but continues on course to his Pit Area without apparent damage to the car. CHECKERED FLAG waves at 10:30 a.m. with #44 KANAAN the fastest driver with a lap of 106.349 mph (59.408 seconds), followed by #9 CASTRO-NEVES (106.222 mph; 59.479 seconds) and #25 da MATTA (105.980 mph; 59.615 seconds). FedEx Championship Series drivers introduced 27 different cars to the track in this morning's session with secondary cars utilized by #40X FERNANDEZ, #7X PAPIS, #12X VASSER, and #22X GORDON. CART drivers logged a total of 250 laps during the session. Pole sitter GIL de FERRAN completed only one lap during the session.

RACE NOTES

ADRIAN FERNANDEZ will be making his career 100th start in today's race. He's only the sixth active FedEx Championship Series driver to reach that mark, joining UNSER Jr. (265), ANDRETTI (240), PRUETT (135), TRACY (122), and VASSER (117). MAURICIO GUGELMIN will make his 99th consecutive start today, tying him with Rick Mears for sixth on the consecutive starts. At 2 p.m., the command "Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!" is given by Brett "The Hitman" Hearn.

At 2:01 p.m., the PPG Pace Car begins to roll with the field of 27 cars in tow for the first of three Pace Laps.

GREEN FLAG waves at 2:05 p.m. to start the 95-lap Molson Indy. #5 de FERRAN leads into Turn 1 as the field speeds across the line. #12 VASSER and #27 FRANCHITTI make side to side contact as the cars exit Turn 1. In Turn 3, #27 FRANCHITTI slips under de FERRAN and takes the lead. Also in Turn 3, #20 JONES and #40 FERNANDEZ make side to side contact. All cars continue on course without apparent damage to their cars. #6 ANDRETTI loses four spots by the end of the first lap, falling from third to seventh.

#27 FRANCHITTI leads the first lap by 1.799 seconds over #5 de FERRAN, #12 VASSER, #11 FITTIPALDI, and #26 TRACY.

On Lap 5, the running order is #27 FRANCHITTI leading by 3.604 seconds over #5 de FERRAN, #12 VASSER, #11 FITTIPALDI, and #26 TRACY.

On Lap 10, the running order is #27 FRANCHITTI leading #5 de FERRAN, #12 VASSER, #11 FITTIPALDI, and #26 TRACY.

On Lap 11, #9 CASTRO-NEVES stalls at Turn 9 with fire showing at the rear of the car. CASTRO-NEVES subsequently retires from the race.

YELLOW FLAG waves on Lap 12 after #6 ANDRETTI makes contact with the rear of #99 MOORE's car, briefly getting MOORE airborne, and both cars spin into the run-off at Turn 3. Both drivers are uninjured in the incident but both cars are retired from the race due to contact.

On Lap 15 and under a full-course Yellow Flag, the running order is #27 FRANCHITTI leading #5 de FERRAN, #12 VASSER, #11 FITTIPALDI, and #26 TRACY.

Also on Lap 17, #16 HATTORI slides into the run-off at Turn 3 and stalls the car. After several laps pass by, CART safety workers get the car restarted and HATTORI returns to the race.

On Lap 19, #8 HERTA attempts a pass to the inside of #24 PRUETT at Turn 3 and makes wheel to wheel contact. PRUETT continues on course while HERTA's car spins around and stalls in the middle of the corner. The field splits the stalled car of HERTA and then CART safety workers pull the car to the safety of the Turn 3 run-off. CART safety workers get the car restarted and HEARN continues t ohis Pit Area, losing two laps to the leaders in the process.

On Lap 20, the running order is #27 FRANCHITTI leading by 2.999 seconds over #5 de FERRAN, #12 VASSER, #11 FITTIPALDI, and #26 TRACY. On Lap 24, #11 FITTIPALDI passes #12 VASSER at the Turn 3 and takes over third place.

On Lap 25, the running order is #27 FRANCHITTI leading by 4.789 seconds over #5 de FERRAN, #11 FITTIPALDI, #12 VASSER, and #26 TRACY.

On Lap 29, #26 TRACY passes #12 VASSER entering Turn 3 and takes over fourth place.

YELLOW FLAG flies on Lap 30 after #10 HEARN attempts a pass to the inside of #25 da MATTA at Turn 1 and the two cars make contact. Da MATTA briefly gets airborne before making contact with the outside wall. HEARN spins to the inside and stalls the car. CART safety workers get the car restarted and HEARN continues to his Pit Area.

On Lap 30, the running order is #27 FRANCHITTI leading by 4.896 seconds over #5 de FERRAN, #11 FITTIPALDI, #26 TRACY, and #4 MONTOYA.

Also on Lap 30, #12 VASSER pits his car, committing to the Pit Stop before the Yellow Flag was waved for the da MATTA-HEARN incident.

On Lap 31, #27 FRANCHITTI, #5 de FERRAN, #11 FITTIPALDI, #26 TRACY, #4 MONTOYA, and #44 KANAAN all pit. Exiting the pits, MONTOYA runs over the air hose in #44 KANAAN's pit directly ahead of MONTOYA's Pit Box. MONTOYA is penalized for the incident and moved to the back of the lead lap cars. #27 FRANCHITTI wins the race off Pit Road, followed by #18 MORENO, #5 de FERRAN, #17 GUGELMIN, and #20 JONES. MORENO, JONES, and GUGELMIN had pitted on Lap 13 during the first caution flag and were out of Pit sequence with the leaders.

GREEN FLAG waves on Lap 35 to resume the race with the running order #27 FRANCHITTI leading by 1.220 over #18 MORENO, followed by #5 de FERRAN, #17 GUGELMIN, and #20 JONES.

As the field pours through Turn 3, #2 UNSER Jr. and #99 MOORE make side to side contact and MOORE spins sideways in the middle of the track and stalls the car. YELLOW FLAG waves on Lap 37 to allow CART safety workers to retrieve the stalled car of MOORE. MOORE loses three laps to the leaders in the process.

GREEN FLAG waves on Lap 40 with #27 FRANCHTTI leading by .795 seconds over #18 MORENO, followed by #5 de FERRAN, #17 GUGLEMIN, and #20 JONES. On Lap 45, the running order is #27 FRANCHTTI leading by 2.756 seconds over #18 MORENO, followed by #5 de FERRAN, #17 GUGLEMIN, and #20 JONES.

On Lap 47, #4 MONTOYA attempts an inside pass of #7 PAPIS at Turn 3. PAPIS and MONTOYA make nose to tail contact and MONTOYA then brushes the wall. Both cars continue on course with no apparent damage.

On Lap 50, the running order is #27 FRANCHTTI leading by 6.350 seconds over #18 MORENO, followed by #5 de FERRAN, #17 GUGLEMIN, and #20 JONES.

On Lap 53, CART course observers report a light drizzle in the Turn 4 area.

On Lap 55, #20 JONES pits and hands fifth place to #11 FITTIPALDI. JONES rejoins the race in 16th place.

On Lap 57, second-place #18 MORENO and fourth place #17 GUGELMIN pit and hand 2nd and 4th to #5 de FERRAN and #26 TRACY respectively. MORENO returns to the race in 14th and GUGELMIN in 15th.

YELLOW FLAG waves on lap 60 after #19 JOURDAIN Jr. and #4 MONTOYA make side to side contact at Turn 5. Both cars then contact the retaining wall. Both drivers are uninjured in the incident but both cars are retired due to contact.

On Lap 61, the frontrunners pit and #27 FRANCHITTI again wins the race off Pit Road with #33 CARPENTIER in second, followed by #5 de FERRAN, #26 TRACY and #11 FITTIPALDI. CARPENTIER did not pit, having pitted on Lap 37 and is out of Pit sequence with the rest of the leaders. #5 de FERRAN makes contact with a tire in the #11 FITTIPALDI pit as he exits the pits. De FERRAN is penalized for the incident and moved to the back of the cars on the lead lap, now riding in 16th place.

On Lap 65 and under a Yellow Flag, the running order is #27 FRANCHITTI leading, followed by #33 CARPENTIER, #26 TRACY, #11 FITTIPALDI, and #18 MORENO.

GREEN FLAG waves on Lap 67. #26 TRACY passes #33 CARPENTIER to take second as the cars enter Turn 1. #11 FITTIPALDI and #18 MORENO then pass CARPENTIER to take third and fourth.

On Lap 70, the running order is #27 FRANCHITTI leading, followed by #26 TRACY, #11 FITTIPALDI, #18 MORENO, and #33 CARPENTIER.

YELLOW FLAG waves on Lap 71 after #33 CARPENTIER slides off course at Turn 3 with smoke and fluid pouring from the rear of the car and all over the track behind him. #5 de FERRAN spins in the fluid behind CARPENTIER and makes light contact with the outside wall at the entry to Turn 3, stalling the car. De FERRAN loses two laps to the leaders before CART safety workers can get the car restarted. De FERRAN subsequently retires from the race due to contact.

GREEN FLAG waves on Lap 76 to resume the race with #27 FRANCHITTI leading, followed by #26 TRACY, #11 FITTIPALDI, #18 MORENO, and #33 CARPENTIER. On Lap 80, the running order is #27 FRANCHITTI leading by 2.541 seconds, followed by #26 TRACY, #11 FITTIPALDI, #18 MORENO, and #33 CARPENTIER. On Lap 85, the running order is #27 FRANCHITTI leading by 2.800 seconds, followed by #26 TRACY, #11 FITTIPALDI, #18 MORENO, and #33 CARPENTIER. On Lap 86, #2 UNSER Jr. and #20 JONES make side to side contact at Turn 5. Both cars continue on course without apparent damage to the cars. At 3:56 p.m. and on Lap 89, CART Chief Steward WALLY DALLENBACH announces that this race will be a distance race, meaning that the race will run the scheduled 95 laps.

On Lap 90, the running order is #27 FRANCHITTI leading by 2.634 seconds, followed by #26 TRACY, #11 FITTIPALDI, #18 MORENO, and #7 PAPIS.

On Lap 91, the running order is #27 FRANCHITTI leading by 2.862 seconds, followed by #26 TRACY, #11 FITTIPALDI, #18 MORENO, and #7 PAPIS.

On Lap 92, the running order is #27 FRANCHITTI leading by 2.964 seconds, followed by #26 TRACY, #11 FITTIPALDI, #18 MORENO, and #7 PAPIS.

On Lap 93, the running order is #27 FRANCHITTI leading by 2.989 seconds, followed by #26 TRACY, #11 FITTIPALDI, #18 MORENO, and #7 PAPIS. Again, on Lap 93, #44 KANAAN makes hard contact with the inside wall at Turn 11 and slides to a stop on the front stretch against the wall. The driver is uninjured in the incident but the car is retired due to contact. The car is out off the surface at Pit Out and the situation is handled with a local Yellow Flag.

WHITE FLAG waves on Lap 94 with the running order #27 FRANCHITTI leading by 2.734 seconds, followed by #26 TRACY, #11 FITTIPALDI, #18 MORENO, and #7 PAPIS.

CHECKERED FLAG waves on Lap 95 for the winner of the Molson Indy, DARIO FRANCHITTI. The Team Kool Green driver takes the victory by 2.624 seconds over teammate PAUL TRACY. Third place goes to CHRISTIAN FITTIPALDI, with ROBERTO MORENO finishing fourth, and MAX PAPIS in fifth.

DARIO FRANCHITTI wins the Molson Indy for his first victory of the 1999 FedEx Championship Series season. This is also FRANCHITTI's fourth career victory with the last three victories coming on street courses. FRANCHITTI won at Vancouver and Houston in 1998. FRANCHITTI led all 95 laps; the first driver to do so since he accomplished the same feat at Houston in 1998.

FRANCHITTI's victory makes eight different winners in the first 11 events of the 1999 season. It also represents the tenth consecutive win for Honda on temporary street courses, dating back to Vancouver in 1997.

PAUL TRACY comes home second today, representing his third podium of the season. TRACY was third at Nazareth and won at Milwaukee. Today is TRACY's best finish on a road/street course since taking a second at Laguna Seca in 1995.

CHRISTIAN FITTIPALDI ends up third today, collecting his fourth podium of the season. FITTIPALDI was third at Japan and Rio de Janeiro, and won at Road America in Elkhart Lake last week.

MONTOYA still holds the points lead in the chase for the PPG Cup but FRANCHITTI lurks just seven points behind in second place with 106. FITTIPALDI is third with 96, followed by teammate ANDRETTI with 95. De FERRAN falls from second to fifth with his DNF today, possessing 88 points.

FRANCHITTI took 1 hour; 56 minutes; and 27.550 seconds to win his Molson Indy today. The Yellow Flag flew five times for a total of 25 laps. There were 16 cars running at the end of the race with 14 cars on the lead lap. 7 Quotes from today's top three drivers follow:

DARIO FRANCHITTI, KOOL Honda Reynard: "It's about time I finished a race here. I've made it difficult on myself the past couple of years, and this is a great way to do it for Team KOOL Green. [On the start} I got bumped by somebody, Christian [Fittipaldi] thinks it was him, and that was pretty much the most eventful part of the day. I got past Gil [de Ferran] going into Turn 3 and got on with it the best I could. My radio stopped working on the last stop and [Technical Director] Don [Halliday] and [General Manager] Kim [Green] kept getting quieter and quieter, which quite frankly, is my idea of heaven. I just got on with putting my head down and getting away. The crowd's been great here the last couple of years. I think they were giving me the sympathy vote today. So it was a good win from that standpoint, too."

PAUL TRACY, KOOL Honda Reynard: "It was a great day for out team. I'm very happy for Dario and the job that his guys did. My race was a fight the whole day. I got a great job from my guys on the last stop, and that got me out of the pits ahead of Christian. I got by Patrick [Carpentier] right away, which was important because we knew he was having some problems. I knew that Dario had a good car and that barring any problem it was going to be his day, so we brought it home second and I'm happy with that. What we need is consistency in the championship."

CHRISTIAN FITTIPALDI, Big Kmart Ford Swift: "No doubt, I'm happy to finish third, but above all, I'm happy for the points in the championship. This really puts us up there. Obviously, we want to keep the series tight. We have to keep piling those points up and I think we'll be there at the end of the season. Dario was very, very strong all weekend, He had a great setup and Team KOOL Green did the right job. [On this year's success] There are some years when things don't happen your way. If you ask me, am I driving any different? No. If you ask me, am I more confident. Yes, I am more confident after this many years in the series. It's just that this year, we're putting together finishes that we didn't in the past."

This concludes the Pit Notes for the Molson Indy. The FedEx Championship next travels to Michigan Speedway for the running of Round 12 of the FedEx Championship Series, the U.S. 500 on July 25th.

Source: CART.com

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Wally Dallenbach Sr. , Bobby Rahal , Rick Mears
Teams Team Penske