1999 Motorola 300

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United States   1999 Gateway
Race details
Race 6 of 20 in the 1999 CART season
Gateway International Raceway
Gateway International Raceway
Date May 29, 1999
Official name 1999 Motorola 300
Location Gateway International Raceway
Madison, Illinois, United States
Course Permanent oval course
1.25 mi / 2 km
Distance 236 laps, 295 mi / 472 km
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Chip Ganassi Racing
Time 25.014
Fastest lap
Driver Brazil Hélio Castro-Neves Hogan Racing
Time 26.180 (on lap 165 of 236)
Podium
First United States Michael Andretti Newman-Haas Racing
Second Brazil Hélio Castro-Neves Hogan Racing
Third United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Team KOOL Green

The 1999 Motorola 300 was the sixth round of the 1999 CART FedEx Champ Car World Series season, held on May 29, 1999 on the Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Illinois.

Report[edit]

Race[edit]

Juan Pablo Montoya, looking for a record-equalling fourth consecutive series win, led from pole in the early stages of the race from Paul Tracy. After a caution caused due to a crash by Tarso Marques, the leaders came in for stops, and Roberto Moreno led on an alternate pit strategy. Moreno led for a period of time and then pitted, handing Tracy the lead ahead of Michael Andretti, although the second period of stops reversed the order, whereas Montoya lost a lap and dropped out of contention after a fuel miscalculation. Andretti led, until another caution came after Tracy and teammate Dario Franchitti collided while battling for second. This led to another round of stops from certain drivers, including Andretti, whereas Hélio Castro-Neves stayed out and took the lead. Castro-Neves led comfortably till lap 189, when the final round of pit stops took place. Castro-Neves, being on older tires and having his last pit stop well back had to pit on new tires and more fuel, as did all behind him. Andretti and others who pitted on lap 152, did not have to put on new tyres, and also required less fuel, resulting in a much faster stop. This meant that Andretti led after the stops, with Moreno up to second, and P. J. Jones in third. Both Castro-Neves and Franchitti took advantage of the newer tires to pass everyone in front of them and move up to second and third behind Andretti. Andretti, however, was able to hold them off and take his first win in over a year, with Castro-Neves settling for second and Franchitti third.

Classification[edit]

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6 United States Michael Andretti Newman-Haas Racing 236 2:25:35.829 11 20+1
2 9 Brazil Hélio Castro-Neves Hogan Racing 236 +0.329 3 16
3 27 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Team KOOL Green 236 +1.047 5 14
4 18 Brazil Roberto Moreno PacWest Racing 236 +5.735 19 12
5 7 Italy Max Papis Team Rahal 236 +10.977 13 10
6 99 Canada Greg Moore Forsythe Racing 236 +11.203 6 8
7 44 Brazil Tony Kanaan Forsythe Racing 236 +16.851 7 6
8 20 United States P. J. Jones Patrick Racing 236 +25.769 16 5
9 11 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Newman-Haas Racing 236 +25.981 8 4
10 12 United States Jimmy Vasser Chip Ganassi Racing 236 +26.531 10 3
11 4 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Chip Ganassi Racing 236 +27.305 1 2
12 2 United States Al Unser, Jr. Marlboro Team Penske 235 +1 Lap 24 1
13 10 United States Richie Hearn Della Penna Motorsports 234 +2 Laps 25
14 24 United States Scott Pruett Arciero-Wells Racing 234 +2 Laps 20
15 16 Japan Shigeaki Hattori Bettenhausen Racing 229 +7 Laps 26
16 36 United States Alex Barron All American Racing 212 Electrical 23
17 25 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Arciero-Wells Racing 185 Engine 12
18 17 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin PacWest Racing 161 Fuel Pressure 21
19 26 Canada Paul Tracy Team KOOL Green 147 Contact 2
20 19 Mexico Michel Jourdain, Jr. Payton/Coyne Racing 141 Electrical 22
21 40 Mexico Adrián Fernández Patrick Racing 132 Clutch 7
22 33 Canada Patrick Carpentier Forsythe Racing 114 Contact 4
23 8 United States Bryan Herta Team Rahal 113 Contact 17
24 34 United States Dennis Vitolo Payton/Coyne Racing 62 Handling 27
25 5 Brazil Gil de Ferran Walker Racing 36 Pit incident 15
26 3 Brazil Tarso Marques Marlboro Team Penske 31 Contact 18
27 22 United States Robby Gordon Team Gordon 10 Contact 9

Caution flags[edit]

Laps Cause
1 Field not aligned
11-25 Gordon (22) contact
32-43 Marques (3) contact
106-114 Gugelmin (17) stopped on track
115-129 Carpentier (33), Herta (8) contact
148-158 Tracy (26), Franchitti (27) contact
185-192 da Matta (25) engine blow-up

Lap Leaders[edit]

Laps Leader
1-36 Juan Pablo Montoya
37-74 Roberto Moreno
75-85 Al Unser, Jr.
86-89 Roberto Moreno
90-102 Paul Tracy
103-104 Michael Andretti
105 Patrick Carpentier
106-109 Greg Moore
110-151 Michael Andretti
152-189 Hélio Castro-Neves
190-236 Michael Andretti
 
Driver Laps led
Michael Andretti 91
Roberto Moreno 42
Hélio Castro-Neves 38
Juan Pablo Montoya 36
Paul Tracy 13
Al Unser, Jr. 11
Greg Moore 4
Patrick Carpentier 1

Point standings after race[edit]

Pos Driver Points
1 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 69
2 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti 65
3 United States Michael Andretti 61
4 Canada Greg Moore 53
5 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi 53

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