2001 Target Grand Prix of Chicago
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|Race 12 of 21 in the 2001 CART season|
|Date||July 29, 2001|
|Official name||2001 Target Grand Prix Presented by Energizer|
|Location||Chicago Motor Speedway, Cicero, Illinois, United States|
1.029 mi / 1.656 km
231.525 mi / 372.6 km
|Driver||Tony Kanaan (Mo Nunn Racing)|
|Driver||Kenny Bräck (Team Rahal)|
|Time||24.687 (on lap 164 of 225)|
|First||Kenny Bräck (Team Rahal)|
|Second||Patrick Carpentier (Forsythe Racing)|
|Third||Gil de Ferran (Team Penske)|
The 2001 Target Grand Prix, known informally as the 2001 Grand Prix of Chicago, was a Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) motor race held on July 29, 2001 at Chicago Motor Speedway in Cicero, Illinois, USA. It was the 12th round of the 2001 CART FedEx Championship Series season. Kenny Bräck won his third race of the season and of his CART career for Team Rahal ahead of Patrick Carpentier and Gil de Ferran.
Bräck's quick pace allowed him to make up ground in the second half of the race and ultimately win the race itself, further distancing himself from 2nd place Hélio Castroneves in the drivers' standings. Carpentier and Forsythe Racing were in the middle of a powerful surge in form, with teammates earning podiums at Cleveland and Toronto and Carpentier taking his first career win just a week earlier at the Michigan 500. de Ferran was also beginning an improvement in form and consistency that would make him a championship contender at the end of the season.
The race saw lots of clean on-track action and multiple lead changes, something that was not common for open-wheel cars on oval tracks. Only three cars retired from the race, and only one was a result of contact with the barriers.
|July 28, 2001 - Qualifying Speeds|
|1||Tony Kanaan||23.145||—||160.052||Mo Nunn Racing|
|2||Hélio Castroneves||23.148||+0.003||160.031||Team Penske|
|3||Adrian Fernández||23.203||+0.058||159.652||Fernandez Racing|
|4||Memo Gidley||23.221||+0.076||159.528||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|5||Alex Zanardi||23.315||+0.170||158.885||Mo Nunn Racing|
|6||Jimmy Vasser||23.317||+0.172||158.871||Patrick Racing|
|7||Roberto Moreno||23.327||+0.182||158.803||Patrick Racing|
|8||Kenny Bräck||23.340||+0.195||158.715||Team Rahal|
|9||Patrick Carpentier||23.371||+0.226||158.504||Forsythe Racing|
|10||Dario Franchitti||23.395||+0.250||158.342||Team Green|
|11||Bruno Junqueira (R)||23.409||+0.264||158.247||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|12||Gil de Ferran||23.458||+0.313||157.916||Team Penske|
|13||Maurício Gugelmin||23.459||+0.314||157.910||PacWest Racing|
|14||Alex Tagliani||23.471||+0.326||157.829||Forsythe Racing|
|15||Bryan Herta||23.498||+0.353||157.647||Forsythe Racing|
|16||Shinji Nakano||23.501||+0.356||157.627||Fernandez Racing|
|17||Michael Andretti||23.513||+0.368||157.547||Team Motorola|
|18||Tora Takagi (R)||23.539||+0.394||157.373||Walker Motorsport|
|19||Scott Dixon (R)||23.568||+0.423||157.179||PacWest Racing|
|20||Cristiano da Matta||23.592||+0.447||157.019||Newman-Haas Racing|
|21||Oriol Servià||23.678||+0.533||156.449||Sigma Autosport|
|22||Paul Tracy||23.742||+0.597||156.027||Team Green|
|23||Michel Jourdain, Jr.||23.805||+0.660||155.614||Bettenhausen Racing|
|24||Christian Fittipaldi||23.957||+0.812||154.627||Newman-Haas Racing|
|25||Max Papis||23.984||+0.839||154.453||Team Rahal|
- Lead changes: 14 among 9 drivers
Standings after the raceEdit
- "2001 Target Grand Prix Qualifying Results". Championship Auto Racing Teams. July 28, 2001. Archived from the original on July 2, 2003. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
- "2001 Target Grand Prix Race Results". Championship Auto Racing Teams. July 29, 2001. Archived from the original on May 4, 2003. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
- 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)
- "2001 Target Grand Prix of Chicago". Racing-Reference.com. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
- "Target Grand Prix Sunday Press Notes". Championship Auto Racing Teams. July 29, 2001. Archived from the original on March 25, 2003. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
- "Ford Race Report". Championship Auto Racing Teams. July 29, 2001. Archived from the original on March 25, 2003. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
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