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1999 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

The 1999 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach was the third round of the 1999 CART FedEx Champ Car World Series season, held on April 18, 1999, on the streets of Long Beach, California.

United States 1999 Long Beach
Race details
Race 3 of 20 in the 1999 CART season
DateApril 18, 1999
Official name1999 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
LocationStreets of Long Beach
Long Beach, California, United States
CourseTemporary street circuit
1.824 mi / 2.935 km
Distance85 laps
155.04 mi / 249.51 km
WeatherDry
Pole position
DriverTony Kanaan (Forsythe Racing)
Time1:01.109
Fastest lap
DriverJuan Pablo Montoya (Chip Ganassi Racing)
Time1:02.779 (on lap 63 of 85)
Podium
FirstJuan Pablo Montoya (Chip Ganassi Racing)
SecondDario Franchitti (Team KOOL Green)
ThirdBryan Herta (Team Rahal)

This marks the first Long Beach Grand Prix without Bobby Rahal and Al Unser Jr, due Rahal's retirement and the injury of Al Unser.

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In qualifying, Tony Kanaan, the Rookie of the Year in 1998, took his first CART career pole after a close battle with Dario Franchitti. At the start, it was Bryan Herta who took the lead after passing both Kanaan and Franchitti at the first corner, but that did not last long, as both Kanaan and Franchitti passed Herta on the second lap. The duo pulled away and built a gap, whereas Herta was passed later in the stint by Juan Pablo Montoya. Montoya was running very quickly, and passed Franchitti at a restart later on and put pressure on Kanaan. As the laps went by, it was clear that Montoya was faster, and that Kanaan was under increasing pressure. On lap 46, the pressure told, as Kanaan made a mistake and crashed at Turn 6. Montoya took the lead and dominated the rest of the race to take his first career win ahead of Franchitti and Herta.

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Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 4   Juan Pablo Montoya Chip Ganassi Racing 85 1:45:48.688 5 20
2 27   Dario Franchitti Team Green 85 +2.805 2 16
3 8   Bryan Herta Team Rahal 85 +7.003 3 14
4 40   Adrián Fernández Patrick Racing 85 +8.610 6 12
5 11   Christian Fittipaldi Newman-Haas Racing 85 +8.831 11 10
6 5   Gil de Ferran Walker Racing 85 +13.566 7 8
7 6   Michael Andretti Newman-Haas Racing 85 +15.594 13 6
8 99   Greg Moore Forsythe Racing 85 +17.399 8 5
9 7   Max Papis Team Rahal 85 +17.718 4 4
10 12   Jimmy Vasser Chip Ganassi Racing 85 +22.128 9 3
11 10   Richie Hearn Della Penna Motorsports 85 +23.621 24 2
12 20   P. J. Jones Patrick Racing 84 +1 Lap 15 1
13 18   Mark Blundell PacWest Racing 84 +1 Lap 12
14 17   Maurício Gugelmin PacWest Racing 84 +1 Lap 14
15 24   Scott Pruett Arciero-Wells Racing 84 +1 Lap 20
16 22   Robby Gordon Team Gordon 84 +1 Lap 21
17 33   Patrick Carpentier Forsythe Racing 84 +1 Lap 17
18 19   Michel Jourdain, Jr. Payton/Coyne Racing 82 Fuel 23
19 9   Hélio Castro-Neves Hogan Racing 76 +9 Laps 18
20 25   Cristiano da Matta Arciero-Wells Racing 75 Contact 16
21 26   Paul Tracy Team Green 48 Suspension 10
22 44   Tony Kanaan Forsythe Racing 45 Contact 1 1+1
23 36   Alex Barron All American Racing 34 Brakes 22
24 71   Luiz Garcia, Jr. Payton/Coyne Racing 28 Off course 27
25 2   Tarso Marques Team Penske 24 Contact 19
26 16   Shigeaki Hattori Bettenhausen Racing 21 Contact 16
27 34   Gualter Salles Payton/Coyne Racing 17 Wing 25

Caution flagsEdit

Laps Cause
24–26 Hattori (16) contact
28–31 Castro-Neves (9), Pruett (24), Marques (2) contact
47–52 Kanaan (44) contact
56–57 Jones (20) spin
78–81 da Matta (25) contact

Lap leadersEdit

Laps Leader
1 Bryan Herta
2–45 Tony Kanaan
46–85 Juan Pablo Montoya
 
Driver Laps led
Tony Kanaan 44
Juan Pablo Montoya 40
Bryan Herta 1

Point standings after raceEdit