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The 1999 U.S. 500 Presented by Toyota was the twelfth round of the 1999 CART FedEx Champ Car World Series season, held on July 25, 1999 at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan.

United States 1999 Michigan
Race details
Race 12 of 20 in the 1999 CART season
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Michigan International Speedway
DateJuly 25, 1999
Official name1999 U.S. 500 Presented by Toyota
LocationMichigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan, United States
CoursePermanent racing facility
2.000 mi / 3.219 km
Distance250 laps
500.000 mi / 804.672 km
Pole position
DriverJimmy Vasser (Chip Ganassi Racing)
Fastest lap
DriverJimmy Vasser (Chip Ganassi Racing)
Time31.778 (on lap 236 of 250)
FirstTony Kanaan (Forsythe Racing)
SecondJuan Pablo Montoya (Chip Ganassi Racing)
ThirdPaul Tracy (Team KOOL Green)



Qualifying saw Jimmy Vasser take pole with Adrián Fernández alongside, but at the second attempt to start (first was called off due to field alignment issues), it was the second row starters Juan Pablo Montoya and Michael Andretti who raced away into the first two spots. In the early stages, the duo exchanged the lead many times (most unofficial, though) before Andretti was able to build a lead. He led until the second round of pitstops when a caution due to Gil de Ferran's crash bunched the field up, allowing second-placed Montoya to close and pass him on the restart. The duo again batted for the lead, but then Max Papis surged bast both of them and began to pull away. Papis led comfortably until a crash for P. J. Jones erased a nine-second lead and allowed Andretti to jump him in the pit stops. The restart saw Papis battle with Andretti and Dario Franchitti for a few laps before breaking away again, only for another caution caused by Scott Pruett's crash to again bring the field closer to him. Once again Papis was able to pull away from his pursuers when the race went green, as an epic battle for second commenced between the Team Green duo of Franchitti and Paul Tracy, and the Newman-Haas duo of Andretti and Christian Fittipaldi, which was later joined by Montoya and Tony Kanaan as well. After the final round of pit stops, Papis continued to lead, though Kanaan, on an alternate strategy was able to run 5-7 laps longer than other frontrunners and thus had a shorter stop and was up to second, only three seconds behind Papis, and well ahead of a battle between Andretti, Franchitti and Tracy for third. Kanaan initially closed up on Papis, but Papis was able to pull away again, and, behind them, the Ganassi drivers, Montoya and Jimmy Vasser started to set a searing pace. Both passed Andretti, Franchitti and Tracy and set off after Kanaan, lapping much quicker than anyone else. However, Vasser had to pit for more fuel after a problem with the fuel rig, and this also made Montoya's task harder as he now had to chase Kanaan on his own without his teammate's help. Papis continued to lead and was well set to take his first career win only for his car to run out of fuel midway through the last lap. Kanaan went by but Montoya was right with him and attempted to pass him at the line. Kanaan however, held on to beat Montoya by 0.032 seconds, with Tracy taking the final step of the podium after pipping Andretti at the line.



Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 44   Tony Kanaan Forsythe Racing 250 2:41:12.632 11 20
2 4   Juan Pablo Montoya Chip Ganassi Racing 250 +0.032 3 16
3 26   Paul Tracy Team Green 250 +8.453 8 14
4 6   Michael Andretti Newman-Haas Racing 250 +8.506 4 12
5 27   Dario Franchitti Team Green 250 +9.137 9 10
6 40   Adrián Fernández Patrick Racing 250 +9.521 2 8
7 7   Max Papis Team Rahal 250 +10.343 6 6+1
8 11   Christian Fittipaldi Newman-Haas Racing 250 +15.410 16 5
9 12   Jimmy Vasser Chip Ganassi Racing 249 +1 Lap 1 4+1
10 33   Patrick Carpentier Forsythe Racing 248 +2 Laps 12 3
11 34   Dennis Vitolo Payton/Coyne Racing 232 +18 Laps 23 2
12 10   Richie Hearn Della Penna Motorsports 207 Electrical 20 1
13 2   Al Unser, Jr. Team Penske 206 Engine 13
14 24   Scott Pruett Arciero-Wells Racing 183 Contact 5
15 36   Gualter Salles All American Racing 146 Engine 24
16 20   P. J. Jones Patrick Racing 132 Contact 22
17 25   Cristiano da Matta Arciero-Wells Racing 126 Electrical 10
18 3   Alex Barron Team Penske 120 Engine 18
19 18   Roberto Moreno PacWest Racing 113 Handling 13
20 8   Bryan Herta Team Rahal 92 Suspension 7
21 19   Michel Jourdain, Jr. Payton/Coyne Racing 80 Driveshaft 26
22 17   Maurício Gugelmin PacWest Racing 64 Radiator 14
23 99   Greg Moore Forsythe Racing 63 Transmission 21
24 5   Gil de Ferran Walker Racing 59 Contact 15
25 9   Hélio Castro-Neves Hogan Racing 47 Electrical 19
26 22   Robby Gordon Team Gordon 33 Handling 25

Caution flagsEdit

Laps Cause
1 Field not aligned
61-71 de Ferran (5) contact
137-144 Jones (20) contact
185-193 Pruett (24) contact

Lap LeadersEdit

Point standings after raceEdit