What: The Molson Indy Vancouver, round 16 of CART's 20-race FedEx Championship Series. When: Sunday, September 5, 1 p.m. local time (broadcast on ABC-TV Sunday at 4 p.m. EST). Practice -- Friday, Sept. 3. Qualifying -- Saturday, Sept.
What: The Molson Indy Vancouver, round 16 of CART's 20-race FedEx Championship Series.
When: Sunday, September 5, 1 p.m. local time (broadcast on ABC-TV Sunday at 4 p.m. EST). Practice -- Friday, Sept. 3. Qualifying -- Saturday, Sept. 4.
Where: The 1.802-mile newly reconfigured temporary street course at Concord Pacific Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
History: Former Team Target driver Alex Zanardi finished third at Vancouver in 1998 and clinched Target/Chip Ganassi Racing's third straight CART championship. Zanardi won the Molson Indy Vancouver in 1996 and 1997. Jimmy Vasser started 26th and finished 15th in 1998.
Vasser's best finish in Vancouver is second in 1995.
Team Target rookie Juan Montoya set the CART record for wins by a rookie when he captured his sixth victory of the season at the Target Grand Prix in Chicago on Aug. 22.
Montoya clinched CART's 1999 Jim Trueman Rookie of the Year Award with his victory in Chicago. He is the third driver in team history to win the award. Alex Zanardi earned the honor in 1996 and Eddie Cheever won it in 1990.
Montoya ranks first in the PPG Cup point standings with 172 points (four points ahead of Dario Franchitti) and Vasser ranks 10th with 80 points. Montoya has won six races (Long Beach, Nazareth, Rio, Cleveland, Mid-Ohio and Chicago) and earned five pole positions in 1999. Montoya has scored points in 13 of his 15 CART races and has finished on the podium in eight races.
Montoya is two pole positions shy of the CART rookie record of seven (Nigel Mansell, 1993).
Montoya led a race-high 132 laps in Chicago, bringing his season total to 856 and moving him into third place on the CART single-season laps led list. Michael Andretti owns the top two spots, leading 1,136 laps in 1992 and 965 in 1991. Montoya owns the CART record for laps led by a rookie.
Target/Chip Ganassi Racing has been on the podium in 32 of the last 42 races dating back to the 1997 race in Cleveland.
Jimmy Vasser has completed 64 of his last 73 races dating back to Cleveland in 1995.
Jimmy Vasser has finished in the top five in his past three races, including a third-place showing in Chicago.
Target/Chip Ganassi Racing is in pursuit of an unprecedented fourth straight CART championship.
Montoya became the first rookie in CART history to win three straight races when he took the checkered flag at the May 15 Rio 200.
The team continues to donate $5,000 for each race win, $1,000 for each pole position and $25 for each lap led to Target House at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, a comfortable place for patients and their families to stay while the children receive treatment. During the 1997 season, the team raised $46,275 for Target House. Target matched the donation and awarded St. Jude Hospital a $100,000 check. In 1998, Team Target's success on the track resulted in a $71,875 donation to St. Jude.
So far in 1999, the team has raised $58,800 for Target House. Target House opened on May 17, 1999. Joining Montoya, Vasser and Chip Ganassi in Memphis to celebrate the grand opening were golfer Tiger Woods, singer Amy Grant, figure skater Scott Hamilton and many others who helped make Target House a reality.