CHAMPCAR/CART: Toronto Toyota post race notes

<pre> Race Results Finish Qualified ...

<pre> Race Results Finish Qualified #97 Cristiano da Matta 4th 2nd #12 Jimmy Vasser 9th 13th #96 Oriol Servia 11th 11th #10 Norberto Fontana 20th 22nd #1 Juan Montoya 24th 4th

</pre> DA MATTA LEADS 72 LAPS ON WAY TO TOYOTA-HIGH FOURTH AT TORONTO

- Cristiano da Matta led a race-high 72 laps, the first of his Champ Car career on his way to a Toyota-high fourth-place finish.

- The fourth-place is da Matta's fifth top-five finish of the 2000 FedEx Championship Series season.

- With 13 points today, Cristiano da Matta moved into seventh-place in the FedEx Championship Series points race at the midway point of the season. Da Matta has now scored 62 points this season and is just four points out of fifth.

- Juan Montoya's series of misfortune continued today at Toronto. After qualifying fourth, the Colombian was hit on the first lap by Dario Franchitti, resulting in significant right rear damage which ended Montoya's day.

- Jimmy Vasser earned his seventh top-10 finish of the season with a ninth today. He now sits sixth in points, just three points out of fifth.

- Oriol Servia was the fastest car on the track for much of the race. The Spaniard moved up from 11th to fifth early in the race, consistently clocking the fastest laps on the track. Unfortunately, he made contact with the tire wall while passing Adrian Fernandez for fourth. After losing three laps, he went on to finish 11th.

- With 13 Manufacturer's points today, Toyota has now earned 145 points at the half-way point of the CART season, 65 higher than Toyota's previous best total of 80 set last season.

Quotes

Jim Aust, Toyota vice president of motorsports: "It was great to see Cristiano out front, leading so many laps. It's unfortunate that it didn't culminate in a win, but his time is definitely coming - as is Oriol's. He had one of the fastest cars on the track today. It was a shame to see Juan get knocked out so early, though. It's something different every week in his case and very little has been his doing."

Cristiano da Matta, #97 Pioneer Electronics/MCI Toyota: "I am a little bit disappointed, but I am proud of myself and the team that we led more than half the race. When you put yourself consistently up front in the top five or six, everything starts to happen your way and you are going to win. I am looking forward to the second half of the season because we have come so far the past few weeks."

Manufacturer's Championship: Ford 178; Honda 153; Toyota 145; Mercedes 42

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Adrian Fernandez , Oriol Servia , Norberto Fontana , Cristiano da Matta