2000 CART season
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The 2000 FedEx Championship Series season was the twenty-second in the CART era of U.S. open-wheel racing, consisted of 20 races, beginning in Homestead, Florida on March 26, 2000 and concluding in Fontana, California on October 30, 2000. The FedEx Championship Series Drivers' Champion was Gil de Ferran. Rookie of the Year was Kenny Bräck.
|2000 CART season|
|FedEx Championship Series|
|Start date||March 26|
|End date||October 30|
|Drivers' champion||Gil de Ferran|
|Manufacturers' Cup||/ Ford-Cosworth|
|Rookie of the Year||Kenny Bräck|
Drivers and constructorsEdit
The following teams and drivers competed in the 2000 CART Championship Series season. Five years after the return of Firestone, rival tire manufacturer Goodyear withdrew from CART and its rival the Indy Racing League. So all cars ran on Firestone Firehawk tires
Driver and team newsEdit
One of the biggest noteworthy news items for 2000 was the defection of 1998 IRL champion and 1999 Indy 500 winner Kenny Bräck to Team Rahal in CART. The other huge noteworthy story was Team Penske. They had already signed Gil de Ferran in late 1999 for the 2000 season, but then after the death of Greg Moore, who was also going to drive for them in 2000, Penske had another position to fill. Penske signed Hélio Castroneves before the season started in early 2000, also they decided to scrap their in house chassis production instead opting to go with Reynard but Penske did not stop the changes with just the chassis, they also opted to go with Honda engines instead of Mercedes.
(R) Dedicated road course, (O) Oval/Speedway, (S) Temporary street circuit
† The Nazareth round was initially scheduled to be the second round on April 9, 2000, but snow caused a delay.
Milwaukee was scheduled to be on June 4, but was postponed due to rain.
Fontana was scheduled for October 29, but during a caution on lap 22 for Cristiano da Matta crashing, rain began to fall and the remainder of the race was postponed to the next day.
Final driver standingsEdit
- Top result per race counts towards Nation's Cup.