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1999 Medic Drug Grand Prix of Cleveland

The 1999 Medic Drug Grand Prix of Cleveland was the ninth round of the 1999 CART FedEx Champ Car World Series season, held on June 27, 1999, at the Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland, Ohio.

United States 1999 Cleveland
Race details
Race 9 of 20 in the 1999 CART season
Cleveland Street Course at Burke Lakefront Airport.svg
Burke Lakefront Airport track layout
DateJune 27, 1999
Official name1999 Medic Drug Grand Prix of Cleveland
LocationBurke Lakefront Airport
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
CourseTemporary airport course
2.369 mi / 3.790 km
Distance90 laps
213.21 mi / 341.1 km
WeatherRain
Pole position
DriverJuan Pablo Montoya (Chip Ganassi Racing)
Time56.813
Fastest lap
DriverGil de Ferran (Walker Racing)
Time58.790 (on lap 27 of 90)
Podium
FirstJuan Pablo Montoya (Chip Ganassi Racing)
SecondGil de Ferran (Walker Racing)
ThirdMichael Andretti (Newman-Haas Racing)

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RaceEdit

Polesitter and championship leader Juan Pablo Montoya led the early stages of the race until it was struck by a heavy rainshower on lap 33. Multiple cars crashed into the wall or spun, and the race ran under caution while the rain stopped, with Montoya leading from Paul Tracy and Gil de Ferran. When the race went green, de Ferran passed Tracy and then Montoya to take the lead. After the drivers changed to slick tyres, Montoya came back at de Ferran and passed him on a restart on lap 69. He was able to pull away and win, the race being stopped on the 2-hour time limit. De Ferran finished second, and Michael Andretti third after a slow second pitstop for Tracy.

ClassificationEdit

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 4   Juan Pablo Montoya Chip Ganassi Racing 90 2:01:04.277 1 20+1+1
2 5   Gil de Ferran Walker Racing 90 +10.604 2 16
3 6   Michael Andretti Newman-Haas Racing 90 +12.697 3 14
4 26   Paul Tracy Team Green 90 +17.849 8 12
5 2   Al Unser, Jr. Team Penske 90 +19.209 14 10
6 8   Bryan Herta Team Rahal 90 +19.754 4 8
7 33   Patrick Carpentier Forsythe Racing 90 +20.596 6 6
8 18   Roberto Moreno PacWest Racing 90 +23.702 5 5
9 22   Robby Gordon Team Gordon 89 +1 Lap 24 4
10 10   Richie Hearn Della Penna Motorsports 88 +2 Laps 25 3
11 15   Memo Gidley Walker Racing 88 +2 Laps 21 2
12 11   Christian Fittipaldi Newman-Haas Racing 88 +2 Laps 11 1
13 36   Gualter Salles All American Racing 88 +2 Laps 26
14 71   Luiz Garcia, Jr. Payton/Coyne Racing 87 +3 Laps 27
15 20   P. J. Jones Patrick Racing 86 +4 Laps 16
16 7   Max Papis Team Rahal 86 +4 Laps 22
17 24   Scott Pruett Arciero-Wells Racing 70 Engine 18
18 99   Greg Moore Forsythe Racing 64 Exhaust 7
19 40   Adrián Fernández Patrick Racing 63 Contact 12
20 25   Cristiano da Matta Arciero-Wells Racing 37 Suspension 13
21 17   Maurício Gugelmin PacWest Racing 34 Contact 9
22 44   Tony Kanaan Forsythe Racing 33 Contact 19
23 12   Jimmy Vasser Chip Ganassi Racing 33 Contact 15
24 3   Tarso Marques Team Penske 32 Contact 23
25 27   Dario Franchitti Team Green 19 Throttle 10
26 9   Hélio Castro-Neves Hogan Racing 19 Linkage 17
27 19   Michel Jourdain, Jr. Payton/Coyne Racing 2 Transmission 20

Caution flagsEdit

Laps Cause
35-50 Kanaan (44) contact, Vasser (12) contact, Marques (3) contact, Heavy rain
66-69 Fernández (40) contact

Lap LeadersEdit

Point standings after raceEdit

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