1999 Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix

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United States   1999 Nazareth
Race details
Race 4 of 20 in the 1999 CART season
Nazareth Speedway
Nazareth Speedway
Date May 2, 1999
Official name 1999 Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix
Location Nazareth Speedway
Nazareth, Pennsylvania, United States
Course Permanent oval course
0.946 mi / 1.522 km
Distance 225 laps, 212.85 mi / 342.45 km
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Chip Ganassi Racing
Time 19.600
Fastest lap
Driver Brazil Hélio Castro-Neves Hogan Racing
Time 21.106 (on lap 19 of 225)
Podium
First Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Chip Ganassi Racing
Second United States P. J. Jones Patrick Racing
Third Canada Paul Tracy Team KOOL Green

The 1999 Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix was the fourth round of the 1999 CART FedEx Champ Car World Series season, held on May 2, 1999 on the Nazareth Speedway in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.

Report[edit]

Race[edit]

Juan Pablo Montoya followed up on his win in Long Beach by taking his first CART pole in Nazareth, beating Hélio Castro-Neves by the minute margin of one-thousandth of a second. Montoya led the early stages of the race until Castro-Neves passed him in traffic on lap 39, however a quicker pitstop by Montoya's Ganassi team got Montoya back out in front again. Montoya led for next 95 laps, but Castro-Neves stayed on his tail all the time, the duo being much quicker than anyone else. Castro-Neves again passed Montoya on lap 145, only for the pitstops to reverse the order. On the resulting restart, Castro-Neves was caught out and passed by P. J. Jones, and later while trying to get the place back, he spun and lost two laps, before eventually crashing out. Montoya cruised to victory ahead of Jones and Paul Tracy, which also gave him the championship lead.

Classification[edit]

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 4 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Chip Ganassi Racing 225 1:46:13.527 1 20+1+1
2 20 United States P. J. Jones Patrick Racing 225 +5.103 8 16
3 26 Canada Paul Tracy Team KOOL Green 225 +5.880 4 14
4 25 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Arciero-Wells Racing 225 +6.305 17 12
5 40 Mexico Adrián Fernández Patrick Racing 225 +16.401 9 10
6 6 United States Michael Andretti Newman-Haas Racing 225 +16.719 14 8
7 11 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Newman-Haas Racing 225 +20.624 12 6
8 27 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Team KOOL Green 225 +21.836 3 5
9 36 United States Alex Barron All American Racing 224 +1 Lap 18 4
10 24 United States Scott Pruett Arciero-Wells Racing 224 +1 Lap 21 3
11 12 United States Jimmy Vasser Chip Ganassi Racing 224 +1 Lap 11 2
12 99 Canada Greg Moore Forsythe Racing 224 +1 Lap 10 1
13 7 Italy Max Papis Team Rahal 224 +1 Lap 7
14 33 Canada Patrick Carpentier Forsythe Racing 224 +1 Lap 6
15 5 Brazil Gil de Ferran Walker Racing 224 +1 Lap 13
16 19 Mexico Michel Jourdain, Jr. Payton/Coyne Racing 224 +1 Lap 22
17 18 United Kingdom Mark Blundell PacWest Racing 223 +2 Laps 5
18 17 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin PacWest Racing 222 +3 Laps 15
19 22 United States Robby Gordon Team Gordon 220 +5 Laps 24
20 10 United States Richie Hearn Della Penna Motorsports 212 Oil Pressure 19
21 9 Brazil Hélio Castro-Neves Hogan Racing 175 Contact 2
22 8 United States Bryan Herta Team Rahal 77 Handling 16
23 44 Brazil Tony Kanaan Forsythe Racing 51 Engine 20
24 2 United States Al Unser, Jr. Marlboro Team Penske 44 Contact 23
WD 34 United States Dennis Vitolo Payton/Coyne Racing Withdrew
WD 16 Japan Shigeaki Hattori Bettenhausen Racing Withdrew

Caution flags[edit]

Laps Cause
11-16 Tracy (26) spin
45-58 Unser, Jr. (2) contact
145-153 Jones (20) spin
170-175 Castro-Neves (9) spin
178-198 Castro-Neves (9) contact

Lap Leaders[edit]

Laps Leader
1-38 Juan Pablo Montoya
39-49 Hélio Castro-Neves
50-144 Juan Pablo Montoya
145-148 Hélio Castro-Neves
149-225 Juan Pablo Montoya
 
Driver Laps led
Juan Pablo Montoya 210
Hélio Castro-Neves 15

Point standings after race[edit]

Pos Driver Points
1 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 45
2 Mexico Adrián Fernández 43
3 Canada Greg Moore 40
4 United States Michael Andretti 40
5 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti 35

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