1999 ITT Automotive Detroit Grand Prix

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United States   1999 Detroit
Race details
Race 13 of 20 in the 1999 CART season
The Raceway on Belle Isle
The Raceway on Belle Isle
Date August 8, 1999
Official name 1999 ITT Automotive Detroit Grand Prix
Location The Raceway on Belle Isle Park
Detroit, Michigan, Detroit, United States
Course Temporary street circuit
2.346 mi / 3.776 km
Distance 71 laps, 166.566 mi / 268.096 km
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Chip Ganassi Racing
Time 1:13.585
Fastest lap
Driver Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Chip Ganassi Racing
Time 1:15.701 (on lap 49 of 71)
Podium
First United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Team KOOL Green
Second Canada Paul Tracy Team KOOL Green
Third Canada Greg Moore Forsythe Racing

The 1999 ITT Automotive Detroit Grand Prix was the thirteenth round of the 1999 CART FedEx Champ Car World Series season, held on August 8, 1999 on The Raceway on Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan.

Report[edit]

Race[edit]

Championship leader Juan Pablo Montoya took his fifth pole of the season, and he dominated the early stages of the race, rapidly building a 6 second lead. Paul Tracy ran second early on, although it did not last for long as his teammate Dario Franchitti passed him. Franchitti was able to pull away from Tracy, but had no answer for Montoya, whose lead was up to 10 seconds before a caution caused by a coming together between Robby Gordon and Jan Magnussen triggered the first round of pitstops, during with the top 3 remained unchanged. Montoya continued to dominate once the green flag was brought out, although a miscommunication meant that he did not enter the pits when another caution period caused by Memo Gidley's car failing. The other drivers were all able to make their second stops, and effectively gained a free pitstop on him. Montoya stayed out in an attempt to get as big a lead as possible once the track went green. He built a lead of 15 seconds before he made his pistop, but rejoined only eighth, as Franchitti was handed the lead. Franchitti, despite more caution periods went on to win the race ahead of teammate Tracy in another Team Green 1-2, with Greg Moore taking the final spot on the podium. The win handed Franchitti the championship lead as well, as Montoya was taken out of the race by Hélio Castro-Neves after the latter misjudged a restart attempt.

Classification[edit]

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 27 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Team KOOL Green 71 2:02:24.662 4 20
2 26 Canada Paul Tracy Team KOOL Green 71 +0.135 2 16
3 99 Canada Greg Moore Forsythe Racing 71 +0.530 7 14
4 6 United States Michael Andretti Newman-Haas Racing 71 +1.471 8 12
5 12 United States Jimmy Vasser Chip Ganassi Racing 71 +2.594 12 10
6 44 Brazil Tony Kanaan Forsythe Racing 71 +3.652 6 8
7 9 Brazil Hélio Castro-Neves Hogan Racing 71 +4.802 18 6
8 24 United States Scott Pruett Arciero-Wells Racing 71 +6.750 17 5
9 8 United States Bryan Herta Team Rahal 71 +7.211 11 4
10 18 United Kingdom Mark Blundell PacWest Racing 71 +8.230 15 3
11 36 Brazil Gualter Salles All American Racing 71 +9.220 25 2
12 3 Uruguay Gonzalo Rodríguez Marlboro Team Penske 71 +14.473 16 1
13 10 United States Richie Hearn Della Penna Motorsports 71 +15.831 21
14 11 Brazil Roberto Moreno Newman-Haas Racing 70 +1 Lap 5
15 2 United States Al Unser, Jr. Marlboro Team Penske 70 +1 Lap 20
16 15 Japan Naoki Hattori Walker Racing 70 +1 Lap 26
17 4 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Chip Ganassi Racing 68 Contact 1 1+1
18 20 Denmark Jan Magnussen Patrick Racing 68 +3 Laps 22
19 25 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Arciero-Wells Racing 65 Contact 14
20 71 United States Memo Gidley Payton/Coyne Racing 42 Transmission 24
21 19 Mexico Michel Jourdain, Jr. Payton/Coyne Racing 41 Transmission 23
22 5 Brazil Gil de Ferran Walker Racing 32 Contact 3
23 33 Canada Patrick Carpentier Forsythe Racing 27 Contact 9
24 17 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin PacWest Racing 27 Contact 13
25 22 United States Robby Gordon Team Gordon 23 Contact 19
26 7 Italy Max Papis Team Rahal 0 Contact 10
DNS 40 Mexico Adrián Fernández Patrick Racing Injury

Caution flags[edit]

Laps Cause
1-2 Carpentier (33), Papis (7) contact
23-26 Gordon (22), Magnussen (20) contact
28-32 Carpentier (33), Gugelmin (17) contact
33-34 de Ferran (5) contact
44-45 Gidley (71) stopped on course
63-64 Moreno (11), Montoya (4) contact
66-68 da Matta (25) contact, Unser, Jr. (2) spin
69-71 Montoya (4), Castro-Neves (9) contact

Lap Leaders[edit]

Laps Leader
1-58 Juan Pablo Montoya
59-71 Dario Franchitti
 
Driver Laps led
Juan Pablo Montoya 58
Dario Franchitti 13

Point standings after race[edit]

Pos Driver Points
1 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti 136
2 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 131
3 United States Michael Andretti 119
4 Canada Paul Tracy 106
5 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi 101

References[edit]


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