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2001 Target Grand Prix of Chicago

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Coordinates: 41°49′50″N 87°44′55″W / 41.83056°N 87.74861°W / 41.83056; -87.74861

United States 2001 Target Grand Prix
Race details
Race 12 of 21 in the 2001 CART season
Chicago Motor Speedway.svg
DateJuly 29, 2001
Official name2001 Target Grand Prix Presented by Energizer
LocationChicago Motor Speedway, Cicero, Illinois, United States
CourseOval
1.029 mi / 1.656 km
Distance225 laps
231.525 mi / 372.6 km
Pole position
DriverBrazil Tony Kanaan (Mo Nunn Racing)
Time23.145
Fastest lap
DriverSweden Kenny Bräck (Team Rahal)
Time24.687 (on lap 164 of 225)
Podium
FirstSweden Kenny Bräck (Team Rahal)
SecondCanada Patrick Carpentier (Forsythe Racing)
ThirdBrazil 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.

Contents

QualifyingEdit

July 28, 2001 - Qualifying Speeds
Rank Driver Time Leader Speed (mph) Team
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
Source:[1]

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/retired Grid Points
1 8   Kenny Bräck Team Rahal 225 1:45:12.835 8 20
2 32   Patrick Carpentier Forsythe Racing 225 +4.480 9 16
3 1   Gil de Ferran Team Penske 225 +5.190 12 14
4 18   Scott Dixon (R) PacWest Racing 225 +5.563 19 12
5 12   Memo Gidley Chip Ganassi Racing 225 +9.651 4 10
6 33   Alex Tagliani Forsythe Racing 225 +13.037 14 8
7 3   Hélio Castroneves Team Penske 225 +13.597 2 71
8 55   Tony Kanaan Mo Nunn Racing 225 +14.558 1 62
9 66   Alex Zanardi Mo Nunn Racing 225 +17.157 5 4
10 51   Adrian Fernández Fernandez Racing 225 +20.914 3 3
11 5   Tora Takagi (R) Walker Motorsport 225 +21.199 18 2
12 26   Paul Tracy Team Green 225 +22.098 22 1
13 7   Max Papis Team Rahal 225 +39.483 25
14 40   Jimmy Vasser Patrick Racing 224 +1 Lap 6
15 27   Dario Franchitti Team Green 224 +1 Lap 10
16 52   Shinji Nakano Fernandez Racing 224 +1 Lap 16
17 4   Bruno Junqueira (R) Chip Ganassi Racing 223 +2 Laps 11
18 22   Oriol Servià Sigma Autosport 223 +2 Laps 21
19 6   Cristiano da Matta Newman-Haas Racing 223 +2 Laps 20
20 20   Roberto Moreno Patrick Racing 223 +2 Laps 7
21 77   Bryan Herta Forsythe Racing 222 +3 Laps 15
22 17   Maurício Gugelmin PacWest Racing 220 +5 Laps 13
23 16   Michel Jourdain, Jr. Bettenhausen Racing 189 Contact 23
24 39   Michael Andretti Team Motorola 187 Engine 17
25 11   Christian Fittipaldi Newman-Haas Racing 102 Engine 24
Source:[2]
Notes
  • 1– Includes one bonus point for leading the most laps.[3]
  • 2– Includes one bonus point for being the fastest qualifier.[3]

Race statisticsEdit

  • Lead changes: 14 among 9 drivers

Standings after the raceEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "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.
  2. ^ "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.
  3. ^ a b 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 Target Grand Prix of Chicago". Racing-Reference.com. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  5. ^ "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.
  6. ^ "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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