June 5, 2000 MILLER LITE 225 <pre> Race Results Finish Qualified ...
June 5, 2000 MILLER LITE 225 <pre> Race Results Finish Qualified #1 Juan Montoya 1st 1st #12 Jimmy Vasser 13th 14th #97 Cristiano da Matta 14th 21st #96 Oriol Servia 19th 15th
</pre> Today's victory is the first for Toyota since entering Champ Car competition in 1996. The manufacturer's previous best finish was a second by Jimmy Vasser at Rio earlier this year. Toyota's last major pavement victory was registered by PJ Jones in the IMSA GTP finale at Phoenix in 1993.
- Today's victory by the Toyota RV8E marks the first victory by a U.S.-designed and built engine since Mike Mosley won here at Milwaukee 19 years ago in a Gurney Eagle-Chevrolet. The Toyota RV8E was designed, built and developed at Toyota Racing Development in Costa Mesa, Calif.
- The win is the eighth for Juan Montoya in 26 FedEx Championship Series races.
- With 22 Manufacturer points today, Toyota has surpassed its previous best season-total of 80. In just six races this season, Toyota has earned 92 points.
- Juan Montoya's 179 (of 225) laps led extends his series-leading total to 482 - more than 300 higher than the next highest competitor, Gil de Ferran. Montoya has now led 461 of the last 651 (70.8%) laps run in Champ Car competition over the last three races. Toyota leads all manufacturers with 483 laps led in Champ Car competition this season.
- Including today's pole position, Toyota has been on the front row in each of the six FedEx Championship Series races this season - the only manufacturer to do so. To date, Toyota has three pole positions and three second-place qualifying efforts.
- With his victory today, Juan Montoya moved up into a fourth-place tie in the FedEx Championship Series points, despite not scoring a point in the first three races of the season. Jimmy Vasser dropped to third place after finishing 13th today.
Manufacturer's Championship: Ford 104; Honda 96; Toyota 92; Mercedes 34
#1 Juan Montoya, Target Toyota Lola: "We've been unlucky the past few races, but it's great to win for Toyota and Target. To give Toyota its first win is very special. So many people have worked so hard with this program. I only wish we would have won earlier. We proved there's a lot more potential there than people thought."
Jim Aust, Toyota vice president of motorsports: "I need to thank all the people who've played a role in this program for the last four-plus years - not only at TRD, but the teams, drivers and everyone at TMC in Japan. We really thought we were going to get the win at Motegi and we learned there that you don't count down the laps - you just wait until the checkered flag waves. Juan did a fabulous job today, as did the entire team and every one at TRD. When we took on the project to design and build the engine in the U.S., we knew it was a formidable challenge and today has made it all worthwhile."
NEXT RACE: TENNECO AUTOMOTIVE GP OF DETROIT, June 18 - ESPN, 1:00 EDT.