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2001 Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston

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Coordinates: 29°45′8″N 95°21′28″W / 29.75222°N 95.35778°W / 29.75222; -95.35778

The 2001 Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston was a Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) motor race held on October 7, 2001 on the streets of Houston, Texas, USA. It was the 18th round of the 2001 CART FedEx Championship Series season. Gil de Ferran took his second win of the season for Team Penske after starting on pole position and leading every lap ahead of Dario Franchitti and Memo Gidley.

United States 2001 Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston
Race details
Race 18 of 21 in the 2001 CART season
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Track layout.
DateOctober 7, 2001
Official name2001 Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston
LocationGeorge R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas, United States
CourseTemporary street course
1.527 mi / 2.457 km
Distance100 laps
152.7 mi / 245.7 km
Pole position
DriverBrazil Gil de Ferran (Team Penske)
Time59.421
Fastest lap
DriverUnited States Jimmy Vasser (Patrick Racing)
Time1:00.928 (on lap 75 of 100)
Podium
FirstBrazil Gil de Ferran (Team Penske)
SecondScotland Dario Franchitti (Team Green)
ThirdUnited States Memo Gidley (Chip Ganassi Racing)

de Ferran inherited the lead of the drivers' standings from Kenny Bräck by virtue of his win here and at the previous race at Rockingham, a lead he would not relinquish for the rest of the season. The difficult road course on the streets of Houston meant that little on-track passing could occur, and de Ferran's position throughout the race was rarely in jeopardy. Franchitti was one of the few that could muscle his way through the field despite being hit by Hélio Castroneves at the start of the race, taking his third podium finish at Houston in four starts and his third podium of the season. Gidley, after starting 23rd, used pit strategy to move his way through the field and take his second podium of the season and his career.

The race saw multiple incidents and crashes as drivers struggled around the temporary circuit. Alex Tagliani, despite running near the front for the entire race, crashed from 2nd place with just seven laps remaining. Oriol Servià and Michel Jourdain Jr. also crashed on Lap 37, with Servià's car ending up on top of Jourdain's.

This was the final time CART would race at this track configuration in Houston; the series would return in 2006 using a temporary circuit at NRG Park, while the IndyCar Series would race in Houston from 2013-2014.

Contents

QualifyingEdit

October 6, 2001 - Qualifying Speeds
Rank Driver Time Leader Speed (mph) Team
1   Gil de Ferran 59.421 92.513 Team Penske
2   Bruno Junqueira (R) 59.943 +0.522 91.707 Chip Ganassi Racing
3   Kenny Bräck 59.947 +0.526 91.701 Team Rahal
4   Hélio Castroneves 1:00.063 +0.642 91.524 Team Penske
5   Alex Tagliani 1:00.191 +0.770 91.329 Forsythe Racing
6   Dario Franchitti 1:00.433 +1.012 90.964 Team Green
7   Scott Dixon (R) 1:00.446 +1.025 90.944 PacWest Racing
8   Cristiano da Matta 1:00.491 +1.070 90.876 Newman-Haas Racing
9   Maurício Gugelmin 1:00.502 +1.081 90.860 PacWest Racing
10   Tony Kanaan 1:00.548 +1.127 90.791 Mo Nunn Racing
11   Roberto Moreno 1:00.612 +1.191 90.695 Patrick Racing
12   Michael Andretti 1:00.625 +1.204 90.675 Team Motorola
13   Christian Fittipaldi 1:00.681 +1.260 90.592 Newman-Haas Racing
14   Tora Takagi (R) 1:00.793 +1.291 90.425 Walker Motorsport
15   Adrian Fernández 1:00.861 +1.440 90.324 Fernandez Racing
16   Shinji Nakano 1:00.949 +1.528 90.193 Fernandez Racing
17   Oriol Servià 1:01.182 +1.761 89.850 Sigma Autosport
18   Michel Jourdain, Jr. 1:01.192 +1.771 89.835 Bettenhausen Racing
19   Max Papis 1:01.289 +1.868 89.693 Team Rahal
20   Patrick Carpentier 1:01.310 +1.889 89.662 Forsythe Racing
21   Paul Tracy 1:01.382 +1.961 89.557 Team Green
22   Bryan Herta 1:01.418 +1.997 89.505 Forsythe Racing
23   Memo Gidley 1:01.611 +2.190 89.224 Chip Ganassi Racing
24   Jimmy Vasser 1:02.129 +2.708 88.840 Patrick Racing
25   Casey Mears 1:02.799 +3.376 87.536 Mo Nunn Racing
26   Max Wilson (R) 1:02.912 +3.491 87.379 Arciero Racing
Source:[1]

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/retired Grid Points
1 1   Gil de Ferran Team Penske 100 1:54:42.336 1 221
2 27   Dario Franchitti Team Green 100 +3.430 6 16
3 12   Memo Gidley Chip Ganassi Racing 100 +18.847 23 14
4 5   Tora Takagi (R) Walker Motorsport 100 +20.894 14 12
5 3   Hélio Castroneves Team Penske 100 +21.670 4 10
6 6   Cristiano da Matta Newman-Haas Racing 100 +23.102 8 8
7 8   Kenny Bräck Team Rahal 100 +28.826 3 6
8 11   Christian Fittipaldi Newman-Haas Racing 100 +34.421 13 5
9 7   Max Papis Team Rahal 100 +38.298 19 4
10 32   Patrick Carpentier Forsythe Racing 100 +38.883 20 3
11 40   Jimmy Vasser Patrick Racing 100 +39.251 24 2
12 55   Tony Kanaan Mo Nunn Racing 100 +46.539 10 1
13 77   Bryan Herta Forsythe Racing 100 +46.800 22
14 51   Adrian Fernández Fernandez Racing 99 +1 Lap 15
15 52   Shinji Nakano Fernandez Racing 99 +1 Lap 16
16 25   Max Wilson (R) Arciero Racing 98 +2 Laps 26
17 66   Casey Mears Mo Nunn Racing 98 +2 Laps 25
18 18   Scott Dixon (R) PacWest Racing 96 Contact 7
19 33   Alex Tagliani Forsythe Racing 93 Contact 5
20 17   Maurício Gugelmin PacWest Racing 78 Gearbox 9
21 39   Michael Andretti Team Motorola 76 Brakes 12
22 20   Roberto Moreno Patrick Racing 65 Gearbox 11
23 4   Bruno Junqueira (R) Chip Ganassi Racing 52 Gearbox 2
24 26   Paul Tracy Team Green 49 Contact 21
25 16   Michel Jourdain, Jr. Bettenhausen Racing 37 Contact 18
26 22   Oriol Servià Sigma Autosport 37 Contact 17
Source:[2]
  • 1– Includes two bonus points for leading the most laps and being the fastest qualifier.[3]

Race statisticsEdit

  • Lead changes: 0 among 0 drivers


Standings after the raceEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2001 Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston Qualifying Results". Championship Auto Racing Teams. October 6, 2001. Archived from the original on May 4, 2003. Retrieved June 5, 2017.
  2. ^ "2001 Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston Race Results". Championship Auto Racing Teams. October 7, 2001. Archived from the original on May 4, 2003. Retrieved June 5, 2017.
  3. ^ Championship Auto Racing Teams (March 2001). "CART FedEx Championship Series - 2001 Rule Book". Archived from the original on 2016-05-28. Retrieved 2017-05-22.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  4. ^ a b c "2001 Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston Results". Racing-reference.info. Retrieved June 5, 2017.
  5. ^ "2001 Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston Box Score" (PDF). Championship Auto Racing Teams. October 7, 2001. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 31, 2003. Retrieved June 5, 2017.
  6. ^ "CART Monterey Preview". Championship Auto Racing Teams. October 9, 2001. Archived from the original on April 3, 2003. Retrieved June 5, 2017.


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