1999 Miller Lite 200

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United States   1999 Mid-Ohio
Race details
Race 14 of 20 in the 1999 CART season
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Date August 15, 1999
Official name 1999 Miller Lite 200
Location Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Lexington, Ohio, United States
Course Permanent road course
2.258 mi / 3.634 km
Distance 83 laps, 187.414 mi / 301.622 km
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Team KOOL Green
Time 1:05.347
Fastest lap
Driver Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Chip Ganassi Racing
Time 1:06.788 (on lap 76 of 83)
Podium
First Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Chip Ganassi Racing
Second Canada Paul Tracy Team KOOL Green
Third United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Team KOOL Green

The 1999 Miller Lite 200 was the fourteenth round of the 1999 CART FedEx Champ Car World Series season, held on August 15, 1999 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

Report[edit]

Race[edit]

Dario Franchitti, the championship leader took his first pole of the season after the Saturday qualifying was washed out due to rain, which meant that the grid was decided by Friday qualifying times. Franchitti led away at the start followed by Bryan Herta, although Paul Tracy soon passed Herta and took second. The Team Green duo of Franchitti and Tracy then pulled away from the field, building a lead of 12 seconds. After the first round of pitstops, Franchitti and Tracy stayed 1-2, but Juan Pablo Montoya was up to third after a quick stop. He was 15 seconds behind the Team Green cars, but he was unfazed by that and set about closing it down, and did so rapidly such that the top three cars were nose to tail before the second round of pitstops. Franchitti pitted, handing Tracy the lead, but that did not last for long as he was immediately passed by Montoya. Montoya and Tracy both made their second pitstops and both rejoined ahead of Franchitti, before a caution due to Luiz Garcia, Jr.'s spin bunched the field up. Tracy and Franchitti were quicker than anyone else on the track, but both were absolutely no match for Montoya, who set a stunning pace in the final stint once the track went green, and won by over 10 seconds. Tracy finished second and Franchitti third, which was enough for him to keep his championship lead, although it was down to 1 point.

Classification[edit]

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 4 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Chip Ganassi Racing 83 1:42:03.808 8 20
2 26 Canada Paul Tracy Team KOOL Green 83 +10.927 3 16
3 27 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Team KOOL Green 83 +12.313 1 14+1+1
4 12 United States Jimmy Vasser Chip Ganassi Racing 83 +14.728 5 12
5 7 Italy Max Papis Team Rahal 83 +19.899 9 10
6 5 Brazil Gil de Ferran Walker Racing 83 +23.682 6 8
7 9 Brazil Hélio Castro-Neves Hogan Racing 83 +25.097 7 6
8 6 United States Michael Andretti Newman-Haas Racing 83 +31.299 11 5
9 25 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Arciero-Wells Racing 83 +31.877 14 4
10 22 United States Robby Gordon Team Gordon 83 +32.822 10 3
11 99 Canada Greg Moore Forsythe Racing 83 +33.262 25 2
12 10 United States Richie Hearn Della Penna Motorsports 83 +35.317 12 1
13 18 United Kingdom Mark Blundell PacWest Racing 83 +35.775 26
14 20 Denmark Jan Magnussen Patrick Racing 83 +43.215 15
15 40 United States P. J. Jones Patrick Racing 83 +43.694 21
16 11 Brazil Roberto Moreno Newman-Haas Racing 83 +44.565 19
17 24 United States Scott Pruett Arciero-Wells Racing 82 +1 Lap 20
18 36 Brazil Gualter Salles All American Racing 82 +1 Lap 16
19 15 Japan Naoki Hattori Walker Racing 82 +1 Lap 23
20 17 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin PacWest Racing 76 Engine 17
21 8 United States Bryan Herta Team Rahal 72 Engine 2
22 71 United States Memo Gidley Payton/Coyne Racing 69 Fire 13
23 44 Brazil Tony Kanaan Forsythe Racing 58 Fuel system 4
24 21 Brazil Luiz Garcia, Jr. Hogan Racing 56 Clutch 24
25 2 United States Al Unser, Jr. Marlboro Team Penske 54 Contact 22
26 19 Mexico Michel Jourdain, Jr. Payton/Coyne Racing 54 Transmission 18

Caution flags[edit]

Laps Cause
59-64 Garcia, Jr. (21) spin

Lap Leaders[edit]

Laps Leader
1-54 Dario Franchitti
55 Paul Tracy
56-83 Juan Pablo Montoya
 
Driver Laps led
Dario Franchitti 54
Juan Pablo Montoya 28
Paul Tracy 1

Point standings after race[edit]

Pos Driver Points
1 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti 152
2 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 151
3 United States Michael Andretti 124
4 Canada Paul Tracy 122
5 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi 101

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