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The 1999 FedEx Championship Series season, the twenty-first in the CART era of U.S. open-wheel racing, consisted of 20 races, beginning in Homestead, Florida on March 21 and concluding in Fontana, California on October 31. The season was marred by the deaths of Gonzalo Rodríguez and Greg Moore, in addition to countless injuries that took several drivers out of championship contention.

1999 CART season
FedEx Championship Series
Season
Races20
Start dateMarch 21
End dateOctober 31
Awards
Drivers' championColombia Juan Pablo Montoya
Constructors' CupUnited Kingdom Reynard
Manufacturers' CupJapan Honda
Nations' CupBrazil Brazil
Rookie of the YearColombia Juan Pablo Montoya
← 1998
2000 →

Juan Pablo Montoya, in his first season at CART after two successful seasons in Formula 3000, won the championship in his first season, as well as Rookie of the Year honors, the second and final driver to win both awards in the same season, after Nigel Mansell in 1993. The season ended in a tie, with Montoya and Dario Franchitti both having 212 championship points, though Montoya broke the tie-breaker due to having seven wins, over Franchitti's three.

And also this was the last season to have the Al Unser name in the series.

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ConstructorsEdit

The following teams and drivers competed in the 1999 CART Championship Series season.

Team Chassis Engine Tyre No Drivers Races Primary Sponsors
  Marlboro Team Penske Penske PC27B Mercedes G 2   Tarso Marques 2-3 Marlboro
  Al Unser, Jr. 1, 4-5, 12, 18-20
Lola B99/00 6-11, 13-17
  Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard 99i Honda F 4   Juan Pablo Montoya All Target
12   Jimmy Vasser All
  Walker Racing Reynard 99i Honda G 5   Gil de Ferran All Valvoline
  Newman/Haas Racing Swift 010.c Ford XD F 6   Michael Andretti All Texaco-Havoline
11   Christian Fittipaldi 1-12, 18-20 Big Kmart
  Roberto Moreno 13-17
  Team Rahal Reynard 99i Ford XD F 7   Max Papis All Miller Lite
8   Bryan Herta All Shell
  Hogan Racing Lola B99/00 Mercedes F 9   Hélio Castroneves All Hogan Motor Leasing
  Della Penna Motorsports Swift 010.c Toyota F 10   Richie Hearn 1-5 Budweiser
Reynard 99i 6-20
  PacWest Racing Reynard 99i Mercedes F 17   Maurício Gugelmin All Hollywood Cigarettes
18   Mark Blundell 1-4, 13-20 Motorola
  Roberto Moreno 5-12
  Payton/Coyne Racing Lola B99/00 Ford XD F 19   Michel Jourdain, Jr. All Herdez
Reynard 99i 34   Dennis Vitolo 1, 6-7, 12, 15, 20 NicoDerm
  Gualter Salles 3 Refrigicent
71   Luiz Garcia, Jr. 1-3, 5, 8-10 Tang
  Dennis Vitolo 11
  Memo Gidley 13-14, 16-19 Herdez
  Patrick Racing Reynard 99i Ford XD F 40   Adrian Fernández 1-12, 17-20 Tecate Beer
  P. J. Jones 14-16
20 1-2 Visteon
Swift 010.c 3-12, 20
  Jan Magnussen 13
Reynard 99i 14-19
  Team Gordon Swift 010.c Toyota F 22   Robby Gordon 1-14, 19 Johns Manville
Eagle 997 15-18, 20
  Arciero-Wells Racing Reynard 99i Toyota F 24   Scott Pruett All Pioneer
25   Cristiano da Matta All MCI WorldCom
  Team KOOL Green Reynard 99i Honda F 26   Raul Boesel 1 KOOL
  Paul Tracy 2-20
27   Dario Franchitti All
  Forsythe Racing Reynard 99i Mercedes F 33   Patrick Carpentier All Player's
99   Greg Moore All
Honda 44   Tony Kanaan All McDonald's
  All American Racing Eagle 997 Toyota G 36   Alex Barron 1-7 Castrol
  Gualter Salles 8-14
  Raul Boesel 15, 20
  Andrea Montermini 16-19
Part Time Entries
  Marlboro Team Penske Penske PC27B Mercedes G 3   Alex Barron 12, 20 Marlboro
  Tarso Marques 5-6, 8
Lola B99/00 9
  Gonzalo Rodríguez 13, 17
  Walker Racing Reynard 99i Honda G 15   Naoki Hattori 1, 13-14, 16-20 Alpine
  Memo Gidley 8-11
  Bettenhausen Racing Reynard 99i Mercedes F 16   Shigeaki Hattori 2-3, 6-8, 11, 15, 17 Epson
  Gualter Salles 5, 19
  Hogan Racing Lola B99/00 Mercedes F 21   Luiz Garcia, Jr. 14, 16-17 Tang

ScheduleEdit

Rnd Date Race Name Circuit Location
1 March 21   Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami Homestead-Miami Speedway (O) Homestead, Florida
2 April 10   Firestone Firehawk 500K Twin Ring Motegi (O) Motegi, Japan
3 April 18   Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Streets of Long Beach (S) Long Beach, California
4 May 2   Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix Nazareth Speedway (O) Nazareth, Pennsylvania
5 May 15   Telemar Rio 200 Autódromo de Jacarepaguá (O) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
6 May 29   Motorola 300 Gateway International Raceway (O) Madison, Illinois
7 June 6   Miller Lite 225 Milwaukee Mile (O) West Allis, Wisconsin
8 June 20   Budweiser/G. I. Joe's 200 Portland International Raceway (R) Portland, Oregon
9 June 27   Medic Drug Grand Prix of Cleveland Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport (S) Cleveland, Ohio
10 July 11   Texaco/Havoline 200 Road America (R) Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
11 July 18   Molson Indy Toronto Exhibition Place (S) Toronto, Ontario
12 July 25   U.S 500 Michigan International Speedway (O) Brooklyn, Michigan
13 August 8   Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix The Raceway on Belle Isle Park (S) Detroit, Michigan
14 August 15   Miller Lite 200 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (R) Lexington, Ohio
15 August 22   Target Grand Prix of Chicago Chicago Motor Speedway (O) Chicago, Illinois
16 September 5   Molson Indy Vancouver Streets of Vancouver (S) Vancouver, British Columbia
17 September 12   Honda Grand Prix of Monterey Laguna Seca Raceway (R) Monterey, California
18 September 26   Texaco Grand Prix of Houston Streets of Houston (S) Houston, Texas
19 October 17   Honda Indy 300 Surfers Paradise Street Circuit (S) Surfers Paradise, Australia
20 October 31   Marlboro 500 California Speedway (O) Fontana, California

- Cleveland was scheduled for 211 miles, but was shortened due to the 2-hour time limit.

- Detroit was scheduled for 176 miles, but shortened due to the 2-hour time limit.

- Vancouver was scheduled for 160 miles, but shortened due to the 2-hour time limit.

Season summaryEdit

Race resultsEdit

Round Race Pole position Fastest lap Race Winner Race Time Report
Driver Team Chassis Engine
1   Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami   Greg Moore   Dario Franchitti   Greg Moore Forsythe Racing Reynard Mercedes 1:38:54 Report
2   Firestone Firehawk 500   Gil de Ferran   Hélio Castroneves   Adrián Fernández Patrick Racing Reynard Ford 1:46:01 Report
3   Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach   Tony Kanaan   Juan Pablo Montoya   Juan Pablo Montoya Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard Honda 1:45:48 Report
4   Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix   Juan Pablo Montoya   Hélio Castroneves   Juan Pablo Montoya Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard Honda 1:46:13 Report
5   Grand Prix Telemar Rio 200   Christian Fittipaldi   Juan Pablo Montoya   Juan Pablo Montoya Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard Honda 1:36:32 Report
6   Motorola 300   Juan Pablo Montoya   Hélio Castroneves   Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Swift Ford 2:25:35 Report
7   Miller Lite 225   Hélio Castroneves   Hélio Castroneves   Paul Tracy Team KOOL Green Reynard Honda 1:48:49 Report
8   Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200   Juan Pablo Montoya   Michael Andretti   Gil de Ferran Walker Racing Reynard Honda 1:47:44 Report
9   Medic Drug Grand Prix of Cleveland   Juan Pablo Montoya   Gil de Ferran   Juan Pablo Montoya Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard Honda 2:01:04 Report
10   Texaco/Havoline 200   Michael Andretti   Hélio Castroneves   Christian Fittipaldi Newman/Haas Racing Swift Ford 1:37:00 Report
11   Molson Indy Toronto   Gil de Ferran   Dario Franchitti   Dario Franchitti Team KOOL Green Reynard Honda 1:56:27 Report
12   U.S. 500   Jimmy Vasser   Jimmy Vasser   Tony Kanaan Forsythe Racing Reynard Honda 2:41:42 Report
13   Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit   Juan Pablo Montoya   Juan Pablo Montoya   Dario Franchitti Team KOOL Green Reynard Honda 2:02:24 Report
14   Miller Lite 200   Dario Franchitti   Juan Pablo Montoya   Juan Pablo Montoya Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard Honda 1:42:08 Report
15   Target Grand Prix of Chicago   Max Papis   Roberto Moreno   Juan Pablo Montoya Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard Honda 1:53:38 Report
16   Molson Indy Vancouver   Juan Pablo Montoya   Juan Pablo Montoya   Juan Pablo Montoya Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard Honda 2:01:08 Report
17   Honda Grand Prix of Monterey   Bryan Herta   Tony Kanaan   Bryan Herta Team Rahal Reynard Ford 1:49:20 Report
18   Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston   Juan Pablo Montoya   Juan Pablo Montoya   Paul Tracy Team KOOL Green Reynard Honda 1:55:31 Report
19   Honda Indy 300   Dario Franchitti   Max Papis   Dario Franchitti Team KOOL Green Reynard Honda 1:58:40 Report
20   Marlboro 500   Scott Pruett   Christian Fittipaldi   Adrián Fernández Patrick Racing Reynard Ford 2:57:17 Report
NC   Hawaiian Super Prix Event cancelled

(R) Dedicated road course, (O) Oval/Speedway, (S) Temporary street circuit

  Non-championship race

Final driver standingsEdit

Pos Driver MIA   MOT   LBH   NAZ   RIO   GAT   MIL   POR   CLE   ROA   TOR   MCH   DET   MDO   CHI   VAN   LAG   HOU   SUR   FON   Pts
1   Juan Pablo Montoya  RY  10 13 1 1* 1* 11 10* 2 1* 13* 22 2 17* 1 1* 1* 8 25 16 4 212
2   Dario Franchitti 3 22 2 8 2 3 7 3 25 18 1* 5 1 3* 2 10 25 2 1* 10 212
3   Paul Tracy 11 21 3 15 19 1 5 4 11 2 3 2 2 23 18 4 1* 7 18 161
4   Michael Andretti 2 5 7 6 26 1* 15 10 3 2 26 4 4 8 22 14 10 3 5 21 151
5   Max Papis 5 16 9 13 4 5 13 8 16 5 5 7* 26 5 4 23 3 4 2 2* 150
6   Adrián Fernández 20 1* 4 5 20 21 5 4 19 3 6 6 DNS 5 12 3 1 140
7   Christian Fittipaldi 9 3 5 7 3 9 6 14 12 1 3 8 7 25 3 121
8   Gil de Ferran 6 2 6 15 10 25 3 1* 2 14 19 24 22 6 13 26 6 17 27 9 108
9   Jimmy Vasser 4 12 10 11 27 10 4 12 23 23 8 9 5 4 3 3 18 20 18 5 104
10   Greg Moore † 1* 4 8 12 8 6 2 13 18 4 20 23 3 11 26 20 23 16 17 262 97
11   Tony Kanaan 21 6 22* 23 5 7 18 15 22 6 17 1 6 23 11 9 21 9 6 8 85
12   Bryan Herta 12 23 3 22 13 23 25 6 6 15 15 20 9 21 8 24 1* 5 4 14 84
13   Patrick Carpentier 7 26 17 14 6 22 9 9 7 22 11 10 23 6 2 9 19 24 25 61
14   Roberto Moreno 11 4 12 7 8 19 4 19 14 16 9 15 2 58
15   Hélio Castroneves 17 9 19 21 25 2 26 26 26 16 27 25 7 7 5 8 26 26 21 20 48
16   Maurício Gugelmin 11 7 14 18 22 18 8 25 21 12 14 22 24 20 19 4 11 6 26 6 44
17   P. J. Jones 13 15 12 2 7 8 20 21 15 17 10 16 15 7 21 12 38
18   Cristiano da Matta  R  14 25 20 4 21 17 11 11 20 21 24 17 19 9 14 5 22 11 13 23 32
19   Scott Pruett 22 21 15 10 24 14 17 24 17 25 7 14 8 17 20 13 7 10 9 22 28
20   Robby Gordon 19 8 16 19 14 27 24 17 9 8 13 26 25 10 10 22 19 21 8 11 27
21   Al Unser, Jr. 26 24 12 12 19 16 5 9 9 13 15 25 25 25 Wth 15 22 7 26
22   Richie Hearn 23 10 11 20 19 13 21 22 10 10 16 12 13 12 16 6 16 8 23 27 26
23   Mark Blundell 8 24 13 17 10 13 21 19 12 24 19 16 9
24   Jan Magnussen 18 14 24 7 17 13 11 8
25   Michel Jourdain, Jr. 18 18 18 16 16 20 16 20 27 7 21 21 21 26 18 17 20 18 12 13 7
26   Gualter Salles 27 17 27 13 20 25 15 11 18 10 5
27   Alex Barron 15 17 23 9 23 16 14 18 24 4
28   Tarso Marques  R  14 25 9 26 18 24 4
29   Memo Gidley  R  19 11 26 12 20 22 12 13 14 14 4
30   Dennis Vitolo 16 Wth 24 22 18 11 15 15 2
31   Andrea Montermini 11 24 23 15 2
32   Raul Boesel 27 12 17 1
33   Gonzalo Rodriguez †  R  12 DNS1 1
34   Luiz Garcia, Jr.  R  24 19 24 18 23 14 24 24 DNS 16 15 DNS 0
35   Naoki Hattori  R  25 16 19 27 14 22 20 19 0
36   Shigeaki Hattori  R  DNS 20 26 Wth 15 23 28 23 17 Wth 0
Pos Driver MIA   MOT   LBH   NAZ   RIO   GAT   MIL   POR   CLE   ROA   TOR   MIC   DET   MDO   CHI   VAN   LAG   HOU   SUR   FON   Pts
Color Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green 4th-6th place
Light Blue 7th-12th place
Dark Blue Finished
(Outside Top 12)
Purple Did not finish
Red Did not qualify
(DNQ)
Brown Withdrawn
(Wth)
Black Disqualified
(DSQ)
White Did not start
(DNS)
Blank Did not
participate
(DNP)
Not competing
In-line notation
Bold Pole position
Italics Ran fastest race lap
* Led most race laps
 RY  Rookie of the Year
 R  Rookie

Note:

  • 1 Gonzalo Rodriguez died in qualifying at Laguna Seca Raceway after his car crashed into a barrier and flipped while trying to navigate the track's corkscrew turn, suffering a fatal basilar skull fracture. He was 27 years old.
  • 2 Greg Moore died in the season finale at California Speedway after a crash in the early laps. His car lost control coming off Turn 2, flipped over, impacted the inside wall, and flipped several more times. Greg suffered fatal head and internal injuries from the violent accident. He was 24 years old.

Nation's CupEdit

  • Top result per race counts towards Nation's Cup.
Pos Country MIA   MOT   LBH   NAZ   RIO   GAT   MIL   POR   CLE   ROA   TOR   MIC   DET   MDO   CHI   VAN   LAG   HOU   SUR   FON   Pts
1   Brazil 6 2 5 4 3 2 3 1 2 1 3 1 6 6 5 4 2 6 6 3 264
2   United States 2 5 3 2 7 1 4 6 3 2 7 4 4 4 3 3 1 3 4 5 258
3   Canada 1 4 8 3 6 6 1 5 4 4 2 3 2 2 6 2 4 1 7 18 245
4   Scotland 3 22 2 8 2 3 7 3 25 18 1 5 1 3 2 10 25 2 1 10 207
5   Colombia 10 13 1 1 1 11 10 2 1 13 22 2 17 1 1 1 8 25 16 4 197
6   Italy 5 16 9 13 4 5 13 8 16 5 5 7 26 5 4 11 3 4 2 2 149
7   Mexico 18 1 4 5 16 20 5 4 19 3 6 6 21 26 18 17 5 12 3 1 139
8   England 8 24 13 17 10 13 21 19 12 24 19 16 9
9   Denmark 18 14 24 7 17 13 11 8
10   Uruguay 12 DNS 1
11   Japan 25 20 26 Wth 15 23 28 23 16 19 17 27 14 22 20 19 0
Pos Country MIA   MOT   LBH   NAZ   RIO   GAT   MIL   POR   CLE   ROA   TOR   MIC   DET   MDO   CHI   VAN   LAG   HOU   SUR   FON   Pts

Chassis Constructor's CupEdit

Pos Chassis Pts Wins
1   Reynard 99I/98I 424 18
2   Swift 010.c 241 2
3   Lola T9900 69 0
4   Eagle 997 13 0
5   Penske PC-27B-99 10 0
Pos Chassis Pts Wins

Engine Manufacturer's CupEdit

Pos Engine Pts Wins
1   Honda 383 14
2   Ford XB 301 5
3   Mercedes 193 1
4   Toyota 80 0
Pos Engine Pts Wins

Driver BreakdownEdit

Pos Driver Team Entries Wins Podiums Top 5s Top 10s Poles Points
1   Montoya   Chip Ganassi Racing 20 7 9 10 13 7 212
2   Franchitti   Team KOOL Green 20 3 11 12 16 2 212
3   Tracy   Team KOOL Green 20 2 7 10 11 0 161
4   Andretti   Newman-Haas Racing 20 1 5 9 14 1 151
5   Papis   Team Rahal 20 0 3 11 14 1 150
6   Fernandez   Patrick Racing 16 2 4 9 11 0 140
7   Fittipaldi   Newman-Haas Racing 15 1 5 6 12 0 121
8   de Ferran   Walker Racing 20 1 4 4 10 2 108
9   Vasser   Chip Ganassi Racing 20 0 2 7 11 1 104
10   Moore   Forsythe Racing 20 1 3 5 8 1 97
11   Kanaan   Forsythe Racing
  Team Rahal
20 1 1 2 10 1 85
12   Herta   Team Rahal 20 1 2 4 8 1 84
13   Carpentier   Forsythe Racing 19 0 1 1 9 0 61
14   Moreno   Newman-Haas Racing
  Patrick Racing
  PacWest Racing
13 0 1 3 6 0 58
15   Castroneves   Bettenhausen Racing 20 0 1 2 6 1 48
16   Gugelmin   PacWest Racing 20 0 0 1 5 0 44
17   Jones   All American Racing
  Patrick Racing
16 0 1 4 5 0 38
18   da Matta   Newman-Haas Racing
  Arciero-Wells Racing
  PPI Motorsports
20 0 0 2 3 0 32
19   Pruett   Arciero-Wells Racing
  PPI Motorsports
20 0 0 0 6 1 28
20   Gordon   Team Gordon 20 0 0 0 6 0 27
21   Hearn   Della Penna Motorsports 20 0 0 0 5 0 26
21   Unser Jr.   Marlboro Team Penske 17 0 0 1 4 0 26
23   Blundell   PacWest Racing 12 0 0 0 2 0 9
24   Magnussen   Patrick Racing 7 0 0 0 1 0 8
25   Jourdain Jr.   Dale Coyne Racing 20 0 0 0 1 0 7
26   Salles   All American Racing
  Bettenhausen Racing
10 0 0 0 1 0 5
27   Barron   All American Racing
  Marlboro Team Penske
9 0 0 0 1 0 4
27   Marques   Marlboro Team Penske 6 0 0 0 1 0 4
27   Gidley   Dale Coyne Racing
  Bettenhausen Racing
  Walker Racing
10 0 0 0 0 0 4
30   Vitolo   Dale Coyne Racing 7 0 0 0 0 0 2
30   Montermini   All American Racing 4 0 0 0 0 0 2
32   Boesel   All American Racing 3 0 0 0 0 0 1
32   Rodriguez   Marlboro Team Penske 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
34   Garcia Jr.   Dale Coyne Racing
  Hogan Racing
9 0 0 0 0 0 0
34   N. Hattori   Walker Racing 8 0 0 0 0 0 0
34   S. Hattori   Bettenhausen Racing 7 0 0 0 0 0 0

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Åberg, Andreas. "CART FedEx Champ Car World Series 1999". Driver Database. Archived from the original on 2009-05-28. Retrieved 2009-05-19.
  • "1999 CART FedEx Champ Car World Series". Champ Car Stats. Archived from the original on 2009-05-28. Retrieved 2009-05-19.
  • "Standings after California". Champ Car World Series. Archived from the original on 2009-05-28. Retrieved 2009-05-19.