2000 Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit

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United States   2000 Detroit Grand Prix
Race details
Race 7 of 20 in the 2000 CART season
The Raceway on Belle Isle
The Raceway on Belle Isle
Date June 18, 2000
Official name Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit
Location Detroit, Michigan
Course Temporary street circuit
2.35 mi / 3.78 km
Distance 84 laps, 197.06 mi / 317.14 km
Pole position
Driver Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chip Ganassi
Time 115.604 mph
Podium
First Brazil Hélio Castroneves Team Penske
Second Italy Max Papis Team Rahal
Third Spain Oriol Servià PPI Motorsports

The 2000 Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit was a Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) race that was held on June 18, 2000 on the Raceway on Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan. It was the seventh race of the 2000 CART season. The race was won by Hélio Castroneves for Team Penske. Max Papis finished second, and Oriol Servià clinched third.[1]

Preparations for the race were overshadowed by the news that CART CEO Andrew Craig had been voted out from his position, and his duties had been temporarily taken on by Bobby Rahal.[2] Juan Pablo Montoya claimed pole position for the race, and led the first 58 laps of the race before he briefly relinquished the lead to Roberto Moreno when he made a pit stop. He regained first position a lap later, but only led for one more lap before he slowed down, and eventually cruised into the pit lane, and retired with a broken drive shaft. Castroneves took over the lead, and remained at the front for the rest of the race.[3] To celebrate his win, Castroneves parked his car on the track, leapt out and climbed the fence, shaking it in jubilation.[4] It was the first win that Castroneves, or any other racing driver, celebrated in this fashion, and he has since repeated the celebration for each of his victories, and it has also been mimicked by other drivers.[5]

There were three cautions, totalling 10 laps during the race. It was Castroneves's first victory of his CART career, and he was the seventh different winner in the first seven races of the 2000 season.[6] Of the 24 drivers that started, 14 were listed as running at the end of the race; four retired after contact, five retired with mechanical issues, and Paul Tracy was disqualified.[1]

Classification[edit]

Race results[edit]

Hélio Castroneves, pictured here on the fence after winning the 2012 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, climbed the fence for the first time after winning the 2000 Grand Prix of Detroit.
Pos No. Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Laps Led Points
1 3 Hélio Castroneves Team Penske 84 2:01:23 3 24 20
2 7 Max Papis Team Rahal 84 5 0 16
3 96 Oriol Servià PPI Motorsports 84 12 0 14
4 27 Dario Franchitti Team Green 84 2 0 12
5 32 Patrick Carpentier Forsythe Racing 84 9 0 10
6 33 Alex Tagliani Forsythe Racing 84 14 0 8
7 12 Jimmy Vasser Target Chip Ganassi 84 17 0 6
8 16 Michel Jourdain, Jr. Bettenhausen Racing 84 16 0 5
9 2 Gil de Ferran Team Penske 83 +1 lap 4 0 4
10 34 Tarso Marques Dale Coyne Racing 82 +2 laps 21 0 3
11 18 Mark Blundell PacWest Racing 81 +3 laps 15 0 2
12 19 Takuya Kurosawa Dale Coyne Racing 81 +3 laps 23 0 1
13 6 Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing 80 Mechanical 11 0 0
14 10 Norberto Fontana Della Penna Motorsports 78 Mechanical 20 0 0
15 5 Shinji Nakano Walker Motorsport 78 +6 laps 22 0 0
16 17 Maurício Gugelmin PacWest Racing 78 +6 laps 18 0 0
17 20 Roberto Moreno Patrick Racing 65 Contact 10 1 0
18 1 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chip Ganassi 61 Mechanical 1 59 2
19 11 Christian Fittipaldi Newman/Haas Racing 60 Contact 8 0 0
20 26 Paul Tracy Team Green 59 Disqualified 19 0 0
21 40 Adrián Fernández Patrick Racing 31 Contact 13 0 0
22 25 Luiz Garcia, Jr. Arciero Racing 25 Mechanical 24 0 0
23 97 Cristiano da Matta PPI Motorsports 14 Mechanical 6 0 0
24 8 Kenny Bräck Team Rahal 10 Contact 7 0 0

Source: Racing-Reference[1]

Standings after the race[edit]

Drivers' Championship
Pos Driver Points
1 Tracy, PaulPaul Tracy 59
2 Vasser, JimmyJimmy Vasser 54
3 Moreno, RobertoRoberto Moreno 52
4 Papis, MaxMax Papis 47
5 de Ferran, GilGil de Ferran 47
Source: Racing-Reference[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "2000 Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved July 11, 2012. 
  2. ^ Crowe, Steve (June 16, 2000). "Papis roars to his second career pole". Detroit Free Press (Knight Ridder  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)). Retrieved July 11, 2012. 
  3. ^ Crowe, Steve (June 18, 2000). "Castroneves takes GP, gives Penske No. 101". Detroit Free Press (Knight Ridder  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)). Retrieved July 11, 2012. 
  4. ^ Atkins, Harry (June 18, 2000). "Castroneves Earns First CART Win". Associated Press  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). Retrieved July 11, 2012. 
  5. ^ Martin, Bruce (August 31, 2007). "Castroneves the original fence-climbing trail blazer". ESPN. Retrieved July 11, 2007. 
  6. ^ Vondersmith, Jason (June 19, 2000). "Brazilian Driver in Celebratory Mood". The Columbian (Vancouver, Washington: Columbian Publishing Company  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)). Retrieved July 11, 2012. 


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