2000 Michigan 500

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United States   2000 Michigan
Race details
Race 11 of 20 in the 2000 CART season
Date July 23, 2000
Official name Michigan 500
Location Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan, United States
Course Permanent racing facility
2.000 mi / 3.219 km
Distance 250 laps, 500.000 mi / 804.672 km
Pole position
Driver Canada Paul Tracy Team Green
Time 30.645[1]
Fastest lap
Driver Colombia Juan Montoya Chip Ganassi Racing
Time 31.162[2] (on lap 232 of 250)
Podium
First Colombia Juan Montoya Chip Ganassi Racing
Second United States Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing
Third United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Team Green

The 2000 Michigan 500 was the eleventh round of the 2000 CART season. It happened at the Michigan International Speedway.

Qualifying[edit]

The Canadian driver Paul Tracy, from Team Green, set the pole. The American driver Michael Andretti, from Newman/Haas Racing, started alongside him at row 1

Race[edit]

At the end of lap 1, the leader was the Colombian driver Juan Pablo Montoya, from Chip Ganassi Racing. He was battling for the lead against Andretti from lap 2. The top 10 at lap 18 was: Montoya, Andretti, Kenny Bräck, Christian Fittipaldi, Helio Castroneves, Cristiano da Matta, Adrian Fernández, Gil de Ferran, Patrick Carpentier and Max Papis. At lap 25, Paul Tracy was struggling in the race, as he was in 14th. The 1st caution came out as Fernández spun in the pit exit. He damaged the front side of his car, but he remained in the race, despite of the damage. The top 6 was: Brack, Montoya, Fittipaldi, Castroneves, Papis and da Matta. The restart came out at lap 47. At lap 51, Fittipaldi overtook Bräck and took the lead. But Bräck retook the lead. After 70 laps, Andretti was leading. The Brazilian driver Tony Kanaan, from Mo Nunn was the first driver to retire in this race. Then, from lap 76 until lap 81, all the drivers did their 2nd pitstops. At lap 83, the 2nd caution came out due to debris on backstretch. The restart came out at lap 89. At lap 98, the 3rd caution happened, as Kenny Bräck was hit by Christian Fittipaldi. Bräck retired. After 99 laps this was the top 6: Castroneves, Montoya, Papis, Carpentier, da Matta and Tracy. Jimmy Vasser suffered mechanical problems. The American driver retired at lap 100. Before Vasser, the Brazilian driver Roberto Moreno, from Patrick Racing, also retired, due to gearbox problems. The restart came out at lap 107. At lap 109, this was the top 6: Tracy, Castroneves, Papis, Montoya, da Matta and Dario Franchitti. At lap 135, the British driver Mark Blundell, from PacWest, retired. Brazilian driver Gil de Ferran, from Penske Racing retired due a suspension failure. He suffered a minor fracture on his finger. Then, everyone did their pit stops until lap 144. At that lap, Cristiano da Matta, had a fuel problem in the pits. He retired. At lap 162, the Forsythe Racing Canadian driver Alex Tagliani suffered a bad crash at turn 4. He retired, but walked away. 4th caution. The restart came out at lap 171. After 178 laps, the top 5 was: Tracy, Montoya, Castroneves, Andretti and Carpentier. From lap 206 until 212, the drivers did their pitstops. Spaniard Oriol Servià had a drive through penalty at lap 212. At lap 222, the 5th caution came out, as Christian Fittipaldi had a wild spin on the backstretch. He retired, but complained about ankle pains. The restart came out at lap 230. Montoya and Andretti were battling for the win in an amazing side by side finish. Montoya won giving Toyota their first victory in ChampCar, Andretti 2nd, Franchitti 3rd, Carpentier 4th, Castroneves 5th, Fernández 6th, Tracy 7th, Servià 8th, Papis 9th, Memo Gidley finished 10th.

Championship Battle[edit]

Andretti was the new leader of the championship with 100 points. The previous leader, Roberto Moreno was in 2nd with 90 points.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Paul Tracy Career History". paultracy.com (Paul Tracy). Retrieved 2009-12-21. Pole position at Michigan Speedway came at a track-record speed of 234.949 miles per hour (30.645 seconds) and was his first pole since 1997 at Milwaukee, as well as his first career pole on a superspeedway. 
  2. ^ Harms, Philip (2000-08-05). "2000 Championship Results: Brooklyn, MI 500 Mile Race - July 23, 2000" (PDF). motorsport.com. Retrieved 2009-12-21.