1999 Molson Indy Toronto

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Canada   1999 Molson Indy Toronto
Race details
Race 11 of 20 in the 1999 CART season
Exhibition Place track layout
Exhibition Place track layout
Date July 18, 1999
Official name Molson Indy Toronto
Location Exhibition Place
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Course Temporary Street Course
1.755 mi / 2.824 km
Distance 95 laps, 166.725 mi / 268.318 km
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 31 °C (88 °F); wind speeds up to 15 kilometres per hour (9.3 mph)[1]
Pole position
Driver Brazil Gil de Ferran Walker Racing
Time 57.143
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Team KOOL Green
Time 59.361 (on lap 88 of 95)
Podium
First United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Team KOOL Green
Second Canada Paul Tracy Team KOOL Green
Third Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Newman-Haas Racing

The 1999 Molson Indy Toronto was the eleventh round of the 1999 CART season and took place on July 18, 1999 at the 2.824-kilometre (1.755 mi) Exhibition Place temporary street circuit in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Report[edit]

Race[edit]

Gil de Ferran took pole in qualifying by a considerable margin, but his lead did not last long as Dario Franchitti passed him at Turn 3 on the first lap. It was a lead which he was not going to relinquish. De Ferran ran second and Jimmy Vasser third early on, but the latter suffered from tyre problems and dropped down the order, with Christian Fittipaldi taking third. After the first pitstop, Roberto Moreno ran second behind Franchitti by following an alternate strategy, but it meant that he had to make his second stop earlier than others, and after the second round of stops, de Ferran took the place, with Fittipaldi being jumped by Paul Tracy. De Ferran however was sent to the back of the lead lap for hitting a tyre in the pit lane, putting him out of contention. Franchitti had no such problems and took his first win of the season ahead of teammate Tracy, with Fittipaldi taking the final step on the podium.

Classification[edit]

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 27 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Team KOOL Green 95 1:56:27.550 2 20+1
2 26 Canada Paul Tracy Team KOOL Green 95 +2.624 6 16
3 11 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Newman-Haas Racing 95 +6.987 5 14
4 18 Brazil Roberto Moreno PacWest Racing 95 +10.735 17 12
5 7 Italy Max Papis Team Rahal 95 +15.480 18 10
6 40 Mexico Adrián Fernández Patrick Racing 95 +22.903 23 8
7 24 United States Scott Pruett Arciero-Wells Racing 95 +24.256 11 6
8 12 United States Jimmy Vasser Chip Ganassi Racing 95 +33.394 4 5
9 2 United States Al Unser, Jr. Marlboro Team Penske 95 +35.109 25 4
10 20 United States P. J. Jones Patrick Racing 95 +36.015 20 3
11 33 Canada Patrick Carpentier Forsythe Racing 95 +36.478 12 2
12 15 United States Memo Gidley Walker Racing 95 +42.111 15 1
13 22 United States Robby Gordon Team Gordon 95 +48.163 22
14 17 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin PacWest Racing 95 +51.827 16
15 8 United States Bryan Herta Team Rahal 93 +2 Laps 9
16 10 United States Richie Hearn Della Penna Motorsports 93 +2 Laps 21
17 44 Brazil Tony Kanaan Forsythe Racing 92 Contact 7
18 71 United States Dennis Vitolo Payton/Coyne Racing 82 Transmission 27
19 5 Brazil Gil de Ferran Walker Racing 71 Contact 1 1
20 99 Canada Greg Moore Forsythe Racing 66 Cooling 10
21 19 Mexico Michel Jourdain, Jr. Payton/Coyne Racing 59 Contact 19
22 4 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Chip Ganassi Racing 59 Contact 8
23 16 Japan Shigeaki Hattori Bettenhausen Racing 56 Spun off 26
24 25 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Arciero-Wells Racing 29 Contact 13
25 36 Brazil Gualter Salles All American Racing 25 Engine 24
26 6 United States Michael Andretti Newman-Haas Racing 11 Contact 3
27 9 Brazil Hélio Castro-Neves Hogan Racing 10 Transmission 14

Caution flags[edit]

Laps Cause
12-16 Moore (99), Andretti (6) contact
30-34 da Matta (25), Hearn (10) contact
37-39 Unser, Jr. (2), Moore (99) contact
60-66 Jourdain, Jr. (19), Montoya (4) contact
71-75 de Ferran (5) contact

Lap Leaders[edit]

Laps Leader
1-95 Dario Franchitti
 
Driver Laps led
Dario Franchitti 95

Point standings after race[edit]

Pos Driver Points
1 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 113
2 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti 106
3 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi 96
4 United States Michael Andretti 95
5 Brazil Gil de Ferran 88

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1999 Molson Indy Toronto weather information". Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2013-07-13.