CHAMPCAR/CART: Toronto Sunday Warm-up Report

Sunday WarmUp 10:00 AM. Toronto Molson Indy By Kristian Steenstrup, Motorsport News international Toronto, Ontario, Canada (July 18, 1999) The thirty minute warm up began under warm and slightly overcast conditions. All cars came out and did ...

Sunday WarmUp 10:00 AM. Toronto Molson Indy By Kristian Steenstrup, Motorsport News international

Toronto, Ontario, Canada (July 18, 1999) The thirty minute warm up began under warm and slightly overcast conditions. All cars came out and did one or sometimes two laps to test the installation of race engines and that the set up is basically intact. The Ganassi teammates Jimmy Vasser and Juan Montoya were joking around with each other before the session started and in the opening minutes circulated together. At this track it appeared that Montoya has something to learn from his Target Reynard teammate.

After initial laps and some systems checks the lap times started to drop. There was some intense traffic that made some parts of the circuit look like rush hour in Toronto downtown and the speeds were not much higher. But by 10 minutes into the session the top 10 had dipped under 61 seconds. After 13 minutes Montoya went straight ahead at turn number 8 clearly trying to find a little extra something in the braking. However he was in seventh position in the session after his first four laps, but fell to 15th by the end as others improved.

With 9 minutes to go the session was halted because of Shigeaki Hattori going into the tires at the end of the Lakeshore Boulevard straight. He had qualified in 26th, one and half seconds behind the 25th placed Al Unser Jr. and clearly appeared out of his depth at this track.

In their final laps Tony Kanaan (McDonald's Reynard Honda) and Richie Hearn (Budweiser Reynard Toyota) put in the first laps under a minute. This was finally settled in Kanaan's favor as he set a 59.408 lap, followed by Helio Castro-Neves (Hogan Mercedes Lola), Cristiano da Matta (MCI Reynard Toyota), Bryan Herta (Shell Reynard Ford) and Christian Fittipaldi (K-Mart Swift Ford). There did not appear to be any one combination dominating the weekend, although Mercedes did not feature in qualifying.

At the other end of the field Roberto Moreno had only the 21st fastest lap. They may not have rediscovered the secret of Friday's performance. Roberto went well on Friday initially, but then 'we went backwards (on time) today'. On Saturday night Moreno was spending some quality time with his engineer to attempt resetting the car. By the look of the morning session's performance the PacWest team has not found the secret.

Adrian Fernandez seemed to have things back in order after his problems in the Saturday qualifying. At the completion of the session he was a competitive 6th in the group using the 40x car. This was his back up car that he qualified in 23rd position after his primary car developed an unspecified 'Fuel Pressure problem' according to the Ford engineers.

In even more trouble was pole sitter Gil de Ferran. In what should have been a session of mere formality he completed only one slow lap in the morning. His Walker Racing Valvoline Reynard Honda appeared to have a major problem with installation of the racing engine and this did no bode well for the afternoon start. The team wheeled the car back to the paddock to try and fix the problem before the start in three and a half hours.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Shigeaki Hattori , Gil de Ferran , Jimmy Vasser , Adrian Fernandez , Roberto Moreno , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Cristiano da Matta