CHAMPCAR/CART: Vancouver Friday Practice Report

Molson Indy Vancouver September 3, 1999 Friday Practice Report by Alan Perry, motorsport.com The ninety minute practice session started with most of the cars taking to the track right away. The sky was clear with seemingly no chance ...

Molson Indy Vancouver September 3, 1999

Friday Practice Report by Alan Perry, motorsport.com

The ninety minute practice session started with most of the cars taking to the track right away. The sky was clear with seemingly no chance of rain.

Castro-Neves was the first to go out and stay out, but Andrea Montermini topped the board early on. Then Juan Montoya and Greg Moore went out and put in some serious times and the lap times dropped from around 1:15 to under 1:10. They were soon joined by Team Rahal, Christian da Matta and Richie Hearn. Not five minutes later, the times were under 1:05.

The order with 75 minutes to go was Franchitti, Gugelmin, Carpentier, Montoya, Kanaan, Papis, Hearn, Moore, Herta, da Matta, Jourdain, Jones, Montermini, Castro-Neves, Magnussen, Pruett, Gordon and Unser. The times ranged from the 1:04s to the 1:14s.

Jimmy Vasser, Mark Blundell and Paul Tracy didn't put in a complete lap until 20 minutes into the session. de Ferran didn't do it for another five minutes. Notably low on the board was "Super Sub" Moreno, still sitting in for Christian Fittipaldi. Castro-Neves was putting in the most laps, but was running only mid-field.

Carpentier, who was running second, stuffed his car hard into the tires coming out of turn one and the session was red-flagging. He was able to get out of the car and walk around and seemed OK, but got an ambulance ride to the medical center anyway. It took about ten minutes to get the car out of the tires and put the tire wall back in order.

When the accident happened, with just under 60 minutes to go, the order was Gugelmin, Carpentier, Montoya, Franchitti, Papis, Kanaan, Andretti, Herta, Blundell, Tracy, Vasser, Jones, Hearn, Castro-Neves, Montermini, da Matta, Pruett and Gordon. The times ranged from the 1:03s to 1:05s.

Garcia went out and almost immediately stopped on the track. With 45 minutes to go, Papis and Tracy were the first driving to put in (barely) 1:02 lap times. The session was red-flagged with 40 minutes to go in order to clean up the track and return Garcia's car to the pits.

After the session was restarted, Montoya, Jourdain, Vasser, Moreno and (obviously) Carpentier went back out in their spare car. Castro-Neves decided to outdo his teammate and stop further down the track.

Late in the session, Team Green (Franchitti and Tracy) topped the board, followed closely by PacWest (Gugelmin and Blundell), Kanaan and Papis. Moreno, out in his spare car, improved his times, but was still in the lower half of the board. But, Gil de Ferran was doing worse, lapping in the 1:04s when most everyone was else was doing 1:02s and 1:03s.

With 20 minutes to go, the order was Tracy, Franchitti, Kanaan, Gugelmin, Papis, Blundell, Andretti, Moore, Montoya, Carpentier (in his primary car before his accident), Vasser, Montoya, Carpentier (in the spare), Gordon, Magnussen, Herta, Moreno (in the spare) and da Matta. The lap times were in the 1:02s and 1:03s.

In the closing minutes, the session started getting fun.  Tracy skidded
his way into the run-off area.  Carpentier tagged the wall with the back
of his car.  Montermini spun and stopped at the apex of a turn and the
session red was flagged with 10 minutes to go  The session went green
again with seven minutes to go.  Castro-Neves back out in the spare car.

Instead of a fight at the end of the session, Montoya's engine expired in his spare on the track and the session was ended.

The final order was Tracy (1:02.130), Franchitti, Kanaan, Gugelmin, Montoya, Papis, Montoya (in the spare), Moore, Herta, Blundell, Andretti, Carpentier, Carpentier (in the spare), da Matta, Vasser, Gordon, Magnussen, Hearn, and Moreno (in the spare). Jones put in the most laps, but only managed 20th. Gil de Ferran, winner at Portland, couldn't even manage that.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Jimmy Vasser , Christian Fittipaldi , Paul Tracy , Mark Blundell , Richie Hearn , Andrea Montermini , Greg Moore