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1999 ITT Automotive Detroit Grand Prix

The 1999 ITT Automotive Detroit Grand Prix was the thirteenth round of the 1999 CART FedEx Champ Car World Series season, held on August 8, 1999, on The Raceway on Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan.

United States 1999 Detroit
Race details
Race 13 of 20 in the 1999 CART season
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The Raceway on Belle Isle
DateAugust 8, 1999
Official name1999 ITT Automotive Detroit Grand Prix
LocationThe Raceway on Belle Isle Park
Detroit, Michigan, Detroit, United States
CourseTemporary street circuit
2.346 mi / 3.776 km
Distance71 laps
166.566 mi / 268.096 km
WeatherDry with temperatures reaching up to 77 °F (25 °C); wind speeds up to 17.6 miles per hour (28.3 km/h)[1]
Pole position
DriverJuan Pablo Montoya (Chip Ganassi Racing)
Time1:13.585
Fastest lap
DriverJuan Pablo Montoya (Chip Ganassi Racing)
Time1:15.701 (on lap 49 of 71)
Podium
FirstDario Franchitti (Team KOOL Green)
SecondPaul Tracy (Team KOOL Green)
ThirdGreg Moore (Forsythe Racing)

ReportEdit

RaceEdit

Championship leader Juan Pablo Montoya took his fifth pole of the season, and he dominated the early stages of the race, rapidly building a 6-second lead. Paul Tracy ran second early on, although it did not last for long as his teammate Dario Franchitti passed him. Franchitti was able to pull away from Tracy, but had no answer for Montoya, whose lead was up to 10 seconds before a caution caused by a coming together between Robby Gordon and Jan Magnussen triggered the first round of pitstops, during with the top 3 remained unchanged. Montoya continued to dominate once the green flag was brought out, although a miscommunication meant that he did not enter the pits when another caution period caused by Memo Gidley's car failing. The other drivers were all able to make their second stops, and effectively gained a free pitstop on him. Montoya stayed out in an attempt to get as big a lead as possible once the track went green. He built a lead of 15 seconds before he made his pitstop, but rejoined only eighth, as Franchitti was handed the lead. Franchitti, despite more caution periods went on to win the race ahead of teammate Tracy in another Team Green 1-2, with Greg Moore taking the final spot on the podium. The win handed Franchitti the championship lead as well, as Montoya was taken out of the race by Hélio Castro-Neves after the latter misjudged a restart attempt.

ClassificationEdit

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 27   Dario Franchitti Team Green 71 2:02:24.662 4 20
2 26   Paul Tracy Team Green 71 +0.135 2 16
3 99   Greg Moore Forsythe Racing 71 +0.530 7 14
4 6   Michael Andretti Newman-Haas Racing 71 +1.471 8 12
5 12   Jimmy Vasser Chip Ganassi Racing 71 +2.594 12 10
6 44   Tony Kanaan Forsythe Racing 71 +3.652 6 8
7 9   Hélio Castro-Neves Hogan Racing 71 +4.802 18 6
8 24   Scott Pruett Arciero-Wells Racing 71 +6.750 17 5
9 8   Bryan Herta Team Rahal 71 +7.211 11 4
10 18   Mark Blundell PacWest Racing 71 +8.230 15 3
11 36   Gualter Salles All American Racing 71 +9.220 25 2
12 3   Gonzalo Rodríguez Team Penske 71 +14.473 16 1
13 10   Richie Hearn Della Penna Motorsports 71 +15.831 21
14 11   Roberto Moreno Newman-Haas Racing 70 +1 Lap 5
15 2   Al Unser, Jr. Team Penske 70 +1 Lap 20
16 15   Naoki Hattori Walker Racing 70 +1 Lap 26
17 4   Juan Pablo Montoya Chip Ganassi Racing 68 Contact 1 1+1
18 20   Jan Magnussen Patrick Racing 68 +3 Laps 22
19 25   Cristiano da Matta Arciero-Wells Racing 65 Contact 14
20 71   Memo Gidley Payton/Coyne Racing 42 Transmission 24
21 19   Michel Jourdain, Jr. Payton/Coyne Racing 41 Transmission 23
22 5   Gil de Ferran Walker Racing 32 Contact 3
23 33   Patrick Carpentier Forsythe Racing 27 Contact 9
24 17   Maurício Gugelmin PacWest Racing 27 Contact 13
25 22   Robby Gordon Team Gordon 23 Contact 19
26 7   Max Papis Team Rahal 0 Contact 10
DNS 40   Adrián Fernández Patrick Racing Injury

Caution flagsEdit

Laps Cause
2-3 Carpentier (33), Papis (7) contact
24-27 Gordon (22), Magnussen (20) contact
29-33 Carpentier (33), Gugelmin (17) contact
34-35 de Ferran (5) contact
45-46 Gidley (71) stopped on course
64-65 Moreno (11), Montoya (4) contact
67-69 da Matta (25) contact, Unser, Jr. (2) spin
70-71 Montoya (4), Castro-Neves (9) contact

Lap LeadersEdit

Laps Leader
1-58 Juan Pablo Montoya
59-71 Dario Franchitti
 
Driver Laps led
Juan Pablo Montoya 58
Dario Franchitti 13

Point standings after raceEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1998 ITT Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit weather information". Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2018-09-03.


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