2002 The 500

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United States   2002 Fontana
Race details
Race 18 of 19 in the 2002 CART season
California Speedway track layout
California Speedway track layout
Date November 3, 2002
Official name 2002 The 500 Presented by Toyota
Location California Speedway
Fontana, California, United States
Course 2 Mile Banked Oval
2.029 mi / 3.265 km
Distance 250 laps, 507.250 mi / 816.250 km
Weather Mostly Cloudy
Pole position
Driver Brazil Tony Kanaan Mo Nunn Racing
Time 31.483
Fastest lap
Driver Spain Oriol Servià Patrick Racing
Time 31.469 (on lap 234 of 250)
Podium
First United States Jimmy Vasser Team Rahal
Second United States Michael Andretti Team Motorola
Third Canada Patrick Carpentier Team Player's

The 2002 The 500 presented by Toyota was the eighteenth round of the 2002 CART FedEx Champ Car World Series season, held on November 3, 2002 at the California Speedway in Fontana, California, United States.

The race was won by Jimmy Vasser, the final Champ Car victory for the 1996 season champion. The race was completed in 2 hours, 33 minutes, 42.9877 seconds, for an average speed of 195.185 MPH under the common 2.000 mile measuring standard used by NASCAR and INDYCAR. Because of CART's discrepancy in listening the track at 2.029 miles for a 507.25 mile race, they listed the average speed at 197.995 MPH. Regardless, it was the record for the fastest 500 mile race ever contested until it was broken at the 2014 Pocono IndyCar 500 (2:28:13).[1]

The 500 at Fontana was the final 500 mile race in Champ Car history. A 500-mile race scheduled at the same race track in 2003, the 2003 King Taco 500, was cancelled because of wildfires in Southern California. No further 500 mile races were scheduled by CART for the remainder of its history. Also, other than the famed Indianapolis 500, it was the last 500-mile open wheel race for ten years, when IndyCar Series held the 2012 MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championships at Fontana as the season finale.

Qualifying results[edit]

Pos Nat Name Team Time
1 Brazil Tony Kanaan Mo Nunn Racing 31.483
2 Brazil Bruno Junqueira Target Chip Ganassi Racing 31.601
3 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Newman/Haas Racing 31.679
4 United States Michael Andretti Team Motorola 31.685
5 Canada Paul Tracy Team KOOL Green 31.734
6 United States Jimmy Vasser Team Rahal 31.736
7 Canada Alex Tagliani Team Player's 31.737
8 Canada Patrick Carpentier Team Player's 31.740
9 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Team KOOL Green 31.759
10 Italy Max Papis Fernández Racing 31.798
11 Mexico Michel Jourdain, Jr. Team Rahal 31.804
12 Japan Shinji Nakano Fernández Racing 31.836
13 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Newman/Haas Racing 31.877
14 New Zealand Scott Dixon Target Chip Ganassi Racing 31.923
15 Sweden Kenny Bräck Target Chip Ganassi Racing 31.981
16 Japan Tora Takagi Walker Racing 32.050
17 Mexico Mario Domínguez Herdez Competition 32.087
18 Spain Oriol Servià Patrick Racing 32.277

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8 United States Jimmy Vasser Team Rahal 250 2:33:42.977 6 21
2 39 United States Michael Andretti Team Motorola 250 +0.400 secs 4 16
3 32 Canada Patrick Carpentier Team Player's 250 +1.794 secs 8 14
4 10 Brazil Tony Kanaan Mo Nunn Racing 250 +2.502 secs 1 13
5 20 Spain Oriol Servià Patrick Racing 249 + 1 Lap 18 10
6 44 New Zealand Scott Dixon Target Chip Ganassi Racing 249 + 1 Lap 14 8
7 11 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Newman/Haas Racing 249 + 1 Lap 13 6
8 33 Canada Alex Tagliani Team Player's 248 + 2 Laps 7 5
9 4 Brazil Bruno Junqueira Target Chip Ganassi Racing 247 + 3 Laps 2 4
10 27 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Team KOOL Green 242 Engine 9 3
11 1 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Newman/Haas Racing 236 Engine 3 2
12 12 Sweden Kenny Bräck Target Chip Ganassi Racing 235 Drive shaft 15 1
13 9 Mexico Michel Jourdain, Jr. Team Rahal 218 Engine 11 0
14 51 Italy Max Papis Fernández Racing 214 Engine 10 0
15 52 Japan Shinji Nakano Fernández Racing 202 Upright 12 0
16 55 Mexico Mario Domínguez Herdez Competition 107 Engine 17 0
17 26 Canada Paul Tracy Team KOOL Green 86 Throttle 5 0
18 5 Japan Tora Takagi Walker Racing 85 Contact 16 0

Caution flags[edit]

Laps Cause
34-37 Junqueira (4) lost wheel
99-104 Jourdain (9) spin; Tagliani (33) spin
238-241 da Matta (1) tow in
245-247 Franchitti (27) fire

Notes[edit]

Laps Leader
1-8 Michael Andretti
9-11 Tony Kanaan
12-16 Michael Andretti
17-18 Paul Tracy
19 Michael Andretti
20-22 Paul Tracy
23-32 Jimmy Vasser
33 Michael Andretti
34-38 Jimmy Vasser
39-45 Michael Andretti
46-47 Paul Tracy
48-49 Michael Andretti
50-51 Paul Tracy
52-54 Michael Andretti
55 Paul Tracy
56-57 Michael Andretti
58 Paul Tracy
59 Michael Andretti
60-61 Paul Tracy
62 Michael Andretti
63-64 Paul Tracy
65 Tony Kanaan
66-70 Dario Franchitti
71-75 Tony Kanaan
76-98 Jimmy Vasser
99 Tony Kanaan
100-131 Jimmy Vasser
132-134 Michel Jourdain, Jr.
135-137 Dario Franchitti
138-164 Jimmy Vasser
165-167 Michel Jourdain, Jr.
168-170 Dario Franchitti
171-197 Jimmy Vasser
198-201 Michel Jourdain, Jr.
202 Dario Franchitti
203-213 Cristiano da Matta
214-222 Jimmy Vasser
223 Cristiano da Matta
224-229 Jimmy Vasser
230-231 Cristiano da Matta
232-235 Dario Franchitti
236-242 Jimmy Vasser
243-248 Michael Andretti
249-250 Jimmy Vasser
 
Driver Laps led
Jimmy Vasser 148
Michael Andretti 37
Dario Franchitti 16
Paul Tracy 15
Cristiano da Matta 14
Michel Jourdain, Jr. 10
Tony Kanaan 10
  • New Race Record Jimmy Vasser 2:33:42.977
  • Average Speed 197.995 mph (Fastest 500 mile race in history; using the CART standard of 2.029 miles; 195.185 mph using the more recognised 2.000 mile distance)

External links[edit]

  1. ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=qPEeAAAAIBAJ&sjid=A4UEAAAAIBAJ&pg=6670,6255541


Previous race:
2002 Honda Indy 300
CART Indycar World Series
2002 season
Next race:
2002 Gran Premio Telmex-Gigante
Previous race:
2001 Marlboro 500
2002 The 500 Next race:
2003 Toyota Indy 400 (IRL)
2003 King Taco 500 (CART)
Cancelled
2012 MAVTV 500 INDYCAR World Championships
(next 500-mile open wheel race)


NOTE: In 2002, both Championship Auto Racing Teams, Inc. (500 miles), and Indy Racing League, LLC (400 miles) held races at Fontana. Both sanctioning bodies scheduled races in 2003, but the CART event was called off because of wildfires. From 2004-05, only the IRL held races for open-wheel racing at Fontana. In 2012, the next open-wheel California 500 was held, again by the now-unified Indy Racing League, LLC (dba INDYCAR).