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The 1999 Motorola 300 was the sixth round of the 1999 CART FedEx Champ Car World Series season, held on May 29, 1999, on the Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Illinois.

United States 1999 Gateway
Race details
Race 6 of 20 in the 1999 CART season
Gateway Motorsports Park diagram.svg
Gateway International Raceway
DateMay 29, 1999
Official name1999 Motorola 300
LocationGateway International Raceway
Madison, Illinois, United States
CoursePermanent oval course
1.25 mi / 2 km
Distance236 laps
295 mi / 472 km
WeatherDry
Pole position
DriverJuan Pablo Montoya (Chip Ganassi Racing)
Time25.014
Fastest lap
DriverHélio Castro-Neves (Hogan Racing)
Time26.180 (on lap 165 of 236)
Podium
FirstMichael Andretti (Newman-Haas Racing)
SecondHélio Castro-Neves (Hogan Racing)
ThirdDario Franchitti (Team KOOL Green)

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Juan Pablo Montoya, looking for a record-equalling fourth consecutive series win, led from pole in the early stages of the race from Paul Tracy. After a caution caused due to a crash by Tarso Marques, the leaders came in for stops, and Roberto Moreno led on an alternate pit strategy. Moreno led for a period of time and then pitted, handing Tracy the lead ahead of Michael Andretti, although the second period of stops reversed the order, whereas Montoya lost a lap and dropped out of contention after a fuel miscalculation. Andretti led, until another caution came after Tracy and teammate Dario Franchitti collided while battling for second. This led to another round of stops from certain drivers, including Andretti, whereas Hélio Castro-Neves stayed out and took the lead. Castro-Neves led comfortably till lap 189, when the final round of pit stops took place. Castro-Neves, being on older tires and having his last pit stop well back had to pit on new tires and more fuel, as did all behind him. Andretti and others who pitted on lap 152, did not have to put on new tyres, and also required less fuel, resulting in a much faster stop. This meant that Andretti led after the stops, with Moreno up to second, and P. J. Jones in third. Both Castro-Neves and Franchitti took advantage of the newer tires to pass everyone in front of them and move up to second and third behind Andretti. Andretti, however, was able to hold them off and take his first win in over a year, with Castro-Neves settling for second and Franchitti third.

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RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6   Michael Andretti Newman-Haas Racing 236 2:25:35.829 11 20+1
2 9   Hélio Castro-Neves Hogan Racing 236 +0.329 3 16
3 27   Dario Franchitti Team Green 236 +1.047 5 14
4 18   Roberto Moreno PacWest Racing 236 +5.735 19 12
5 7   Max Papis Team Rahal 236 +10.977 13 10
6 99   Greg Moore Forsythe Racing 236 +11.203 6 8
7 44   Tony Kanaan Forsythe Racing 236 +16.851 7 6
8 20   P. J. Jones Patrick Racing 236 +25.769 16 5
9 11   Christian Fittipaldi Newman-Haas Racing 236 +25.981 8 4
10 12   Jimmy Vasser Chip Ganassi Racing 236 +26.531 10 3
11 4   Juan Pablo Montoya Chip Ganassi Racing 236 +27.305 1 2+1
12 2   Al Unser, Jr. Team Penske 235 +1 Lap 24 1
13 10   Richie Hearn Della Penna Motorsports 234 +2 Laps 25
14 24   Scott Pruett Arciero-Wells Racing 234 +2 Laps 20
15 16   Shigeaki Hattori Bettenhausen Racing 229 +7 Laps 26
16 36   Alex Barron All American Racing 212 Electrical 23
17 25   Cristiano da Matta Arciero-Wells Racing 185 Engine 12
18 17   Maurício Gugelmin PacWest Racing 161 Fuel Pressure 21
19 26   Paul Tracy Team Green 147 Contact 2
20 19   Michel Jourdain, Jr. Payton/Coyne Racing 141 Electrical 22
21 40   Adrián Fernández Patrick Racing 132 Clutch 7
22 33   Patrick Carpentier Forsythe Racing 114 Contact 4
23 8   Bryan Herta Team Rahal 113 Contact 17
24 34   Dennis Vitolo Payton/Coyne Racing 62 Handling 27
25 5   Gil de Ferran Walker Racing 36 Pit incident 15
26 3   Tarso Marques Team Penske 31 Contact 18
27 22   Robby Gordon Team Gordon 10 Contact 9

Caution flagsEdit

Laps Cause
1 Field not aligned
12-26 Gordon (22) contact
33-44 Marques (3) contact
107-115 Gugelmin (17) stopped on track
116-130 Carpentier (33), Herta (8) contact
149-159 Tracy (26), Franchitti (27) contact
186-193 da Matta (25) engine blow-up

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Point standings after raceEdit

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