What: Texaco Grand Prix of Houston. Round Eighteen of the 20-races FedEx Championship Series for the PPG Cup When: Sunday, September 26th, 1999 at 3:00 PM Local Time ( 4:00 PM ET) Where: A 1.53-mile course through downtown Houston. The 10-turn...
What: Texaco Grand Prix of Houston. Round Eighteen of the 20-races FedEx Championship Series for the PPG Cup
When: Sunday, September 26th, 1999 at 3:00 PM Local Time ( 4:00 PM ET)
Where: A 1.53-mile course through downtown Houston. The 10-turn course is bordered by the George R. Brown Convention Center on the East side, the downtown skyline on the West, Enron Field on the North and Root Park on the South.
Derrick Walker - Team Owner: "Houston - Looking forward to having a straight forward race, unlike last years mega rain we got in the race. I'm sure the boys know the starting set up were we can work our way to a good track position."
Houston - Fast Facts - 1998 Champion: Dario Franchitti - Defending Polesitter: Greg Moore - Length Track Layout: 1.527-mile temporary street circuit, ten-turn circuit. - Race Distance: 100 laps, 152.7 miles - Track Records: Qualifying (one lap) - 1998, Greg Moore, 92.377 miles per hour (59.508 seconds). Race - No race record at this distance as last year's inaugural event was shortened due to inclement weather. - Temporary Street Circuit A very narrow speed envelope, City streets are bumpy and crowned. There are few places to pass, so a well-executed pit stop can gain you a few positions. - Estimated Pit Stops For This Race: Approximately every 30 to 35 laps, based on fuel consumption. - The Setup: Mechanical grip is important on such a bumpy surface. - The Driving Style: You can get away with small errors, but not big ones. - Weather: Friday: Partly cloudy. High in the upper 80s. Low 60. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Saturday: Partly cloudy. High 89 - Low 66 With a 20 percent chance of afternoon showers or thunderstorms. Southeast wind near 10 mph. Sunday: Partly cloudy: High: 90 Low: 68
Broadcast: ESPN2 CART Qualifying 4:00 PM ET (09/25)Saturday ESPN2 CART 2Day 11:00 AM ET (09/26)Sunday ESPN CART Race 400 PM ET (09/26)Sunday TV Worldwide 195 countries (09/26)Sunday RADIO- CART KILT, 610 AM 400 PM ET (09/26)Sunday
1999 Cart Point Leaders: (after 18 of 20 races):
1. Juan Montoya - 199; 2. Dario Franchitti - 171; 3. Paul Tracy - 134; 4. Michael Andretti - 127; 5. Adrian Fernandez - 105; 6. Max Papis - 105; 7. Gil de Ferran -104
Houston Notes: Houston, with it's low-speed, 90-degree turns, is the slowest street course on the CART circuit and the only venue where qualifying speeds are below 100 mph. The Houston street track proved very popular with the drivers. Unusually wide and unusually smooth for a street course, it was welcomed, despite the lack of any really imaginative corners. The long back straightaway was a particularly popular feature, as its impressive width allowed plenty of overtaking into turn five.
NAOKI HATTORI (Rookie) # 15 ALPINE - HONDA/REYNARD/GOODYEAR
RACE PREVIEW: HOUSTON
Naoki Hattori: "After Laguna Seca, I went to Fontana for 2 days of testing, then I went to Japan. It was nice to see my friends, my sponsors and the warm reception from the fans. Upon my return to Indianapolis, I just stayed home for one night and left the next day, early in the morning to Houston. Last night I had a wonderful time at the Mayor's Gala, my table was all Japanese business people."
Naoki Hattori - 1999 Driver Index Report - Car # 15
Race Qualify Start Finish Race Points Miami - Homestead 12th 12th (dnf)25th 0 Detroit-Michigan 26th 26th 16th 0 Mid-Ohio - OH 23rd 23rd 19th 0 Vancouver 23rd 23rd (dnf)27th 0 Laguna Seca 25th 25th 14th 0
GIL DE FERRAN # 5 VALVOLINE/CUMMINS - HONDA/REYNARD/GOODYEAR
RACE PREVIEW: HOUSTON
De Ferran is 7th in the PPG Cup standings with 104 points; has finished on the podium in four races, including a victory at Portland, runner-up effort at Motegi and Cleveland, third at Milwaukee. He also has qualified among the top three drivers for six events, including pole at Motegi and Toronto, second at Cleveland, third at Portland, Road America and Detroit.
CART: De Ferran Says Houston Restarts = Opportunity
"On a tight, temporary street course -- like that to be used for this Sunday's (Sept. 26) CART race in Houston -- the best opportunities to pass can come at the green flag and on restarts" says Gil de Ferran.
"I always feel that when everybody is together, either at the start or on a restart, there definitely is an opportunity to make up ground," said de Ferran, who has driven the Valvoline/Cummins Honda-Reynard to one win and two poles this season.
"Some people take a little longer to get in a rhythm, some others don't. One (driver) might be having a particular difficulty with his car and takes a couple of laps to adjust. Therefore, they (starts/restarts) are the most important parts of the race, especially at tracks where it is very difficult to pass. "It is an emotionally charged part of the race. It is very easy to get all excited. What I try to do is exactly the opposite. I try to calm myself down as much as I can so I can see things clearly. I try not to get wound up. I try to bring my pulse down so I can be as rational as I can. When you are emotional is when you make the mistakes and you make bad judgments. It is always better to be rational than emotional."
Gil de Ferran - 1999 Driver Index Report
Race Qualify Start Finish Race Points Total Rank Miami - Homestead NQ 25th 6th 8 8 6th Motegi - Japan 1st 1st 2nd 1+16 25 3rd Long Beach - California 7th 7th 6th 8 33 2nd Nazareth - Pennsylvania 13th 13th 15th 0 33 7th Rio - Brazil 4th 4th 10th 3 36 7th Madison - Illinois 15th 15th dnf 0 36 7th Milwaukee - Wisconsin 16th 16th 3rd 14 50 7th Portland - Oregon 3rd 3rd 1st 21 71 3rd Cleveland - Ohio 2nd 2nd 2nd 16 87 2nd Elkhart Lake - WI 3rd 3rd (dnf) 14th 0 87 3rd Toronto - Canada 1st 1st (dnf) 19th 1 88 5th Michigan - MI 15th 15th (dnf)24th 0 88 7th Detroit - MI 3rd 3rd (dnf) 22nd 0 88 8th Mid-Ohio - OH 6th 6th 6th 8 96 7th Chicago - IL 19th 19th 13th 0 96 7th Vancouver - Canada 7th 7th (dnf) 26th 0 96 7th Laguna Seca,CA 9th 9th 6th 8 104 7th
Following the Texaco Grand Prix of Houston, the FedEx Championship Series continues with its annual trip to Australia for the Honda Indy 300, Sunday, Oct. 17 from Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast of Queensland.