1999 Medic Drug Grand Prix of Cleveland

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United States   1999 Cleveland
Race details
Race 9 of 20 in the 1999 CART season
Burke Lakefront Airport track layout
Burke Lakefront Airport track layout
Date June 27, 1999
Official name 1999 Medic Drug Grand Prix of Cleveland
Location Burke Lakefront Airport
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Course Temporary airport course
2.369 mi / 3.790 km
Distance 90 laps, 213.21 mi / 341.1 km
Weather Rain
Pole position
Driver Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Chip Ganassi Racing
Time 56.813
Fastest lap
Driver Brazil Gil de Ferran Walker Racing
Time 58.790 (on lap 27 of 90)
Podium
First Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Chip Ganassi Racing
Second Brazil Gil de Ferran Walker Racing
Third United States Michael Andretti Newman-Haas Racing

The 1999 Medic Drug Grand Prix of Cleveland was the ninth round of the 1999 CART FedEx Champ Car World Series season, held on June 27, 1999 at the Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland, Ohio.

Report[edit]

Race[edit]

Polesitter and championship leader Juan Pablo Montoya led the early stages of the race until it was struck by a heavy rainshower on lap 33. Multiple cars crashed into the wall or spun, and the race ran under caution while the rain stopped, with Montoya leading from Paul Tracy and Gil de Ferran. When the race went green, de Ferran passed Tracy and then Montoya to take the lead. After the drivers changed to slick tyres, Montoya came back at de Ferran and passed him on a restart on lap 69. He was able to pull away and win, the race being stopped on the 2-hour time limit. De Ferran finished second, and Michael Andretti third after a slow second pitstop for Tracy.

Classification[edit]

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 4 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Chip Ganassi Racing 90 2:01:04.277 1 20+1+1
2 5 Brazil Gil de Ferran Walker Racing 90 +10.604 2 16
3 6 United States Michael Andretti Newman-Haas Racing 90 +12.697 3 14
4 26 Canada Paul Tracy Team KOOL Green 90 +17.849 8 12
5 2 United States Al Unser, Jr. Marlboro Team Penske 90 +19.209 14 10
6 8 United States Bryan Herta Team Rahal 90 +19.754 4 8
7 33 Canada Patrick Carpentier Forsythe Racing 90 +20.596 6 6
8 18 Brazil Roberto Moreno PacWest Racing 90 +23.702 5 5
9 22 United States Robby Gordon Team Gordon 89 +1 Lap 24 4
10 10 United States Richie Hearn Della Penna Motorsports 88 +2 Laps 25 3
11 15 United States Memo Gidley Walker Racing 88 +2 Laps 21 2
12 11 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Newman-Haas Racing 88 +2 Laps 11 1
13 36 Brazil Gualter Salles All American Racing 88 +2 Laps 26
14 71 Brazil Luiz Garcia, Jr. Payton/Coyne Racing 87 +3 Laps 27
15 20 United States P. J. Jones Patrick Racing 86 +4 Laps 16
16 7 Italy Max Papis Team Rahal 86 +4 Laps 22
17 24 United States Scott Pruett Arciero-Wells Racing 70 Engine 18
18 99 Canada Greg Moore Forsythe Racing 64 Exhaust 7
19 40 Mexico Adrián Fernández Patrick Racing 63 Contact 12
20 25 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Arciero-Wells Racing 37 Suspension 13
21 17 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin PacWest Racing 34 Contact 9
22 44 Brazil Tony Kanaan Forsythe Racing 33 Contact 19
23 12 United States Jimmy Vasser Chip Ganassi Racing 33 Contact 15
24 3 Brazil Tarso Marques Marlboro Team Penske 32 Contact 23
25 27 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Team KOOL Green 19 Throttle 10
26 9 Brazil Hélio Castro-Neves Hogan Racing 19 Linkage 17
27 19 Mexico Michel Jourdain, Jr. Payton/Coyne Racing 2 Transmission 20

Caution flags[edit]

Laps Cause
34-49 Kanaan (44) contact, Vasser (12) contact, Marques (3) contact, Heavy rain
65-68 Fernández (40) contact

Lap Leaders[edit]

Laps Leader
1-30 Juan Pablo Montoya
31 Roberto Moreno
32 Juan Pablo Montoya
33-34 Roberto Moreno
35-57 Juan Pablo Montoya
58-61 Gil de Ferran
62 Paul Tracy
63 Michael Andretti
64-68 Gil de Ferran
69-90 Juan Pablo Montoya
 
Driver Laps led
Juan Pablo Montoya 76
Gil de Ferran 9
Roberto Moreno 3
Michael Andretti 1
Paul Tracy 1

Point standings after race[edit]

Pos Driver Points
1 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 112
2 Brazil Gil de Ferran 87
3 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti 85
4 United States Michael Andretti 78
5 Canada Greg Moore 69

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