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1999 Grand Prix Telemar Rio 200

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Date  May 15, 1999
Weather  Light rain
1999 Grand Prix Telemar Rio 200
Official name  1999 Grand Prix Telemar Rio 200
Location  Emerson Fittipaldi Speedway, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Course  Permanent racing facility 1.864 mi / 3.000 km
Distance  108 laps 201.312 mi / 323.978 km

The 1999 Grand Prix Telemar Rio 200 was the fifth round of the 1999 CART World Series Season, held on May 15, 1999, on the Autódromo Internacional Nelson Piquet in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Race

The race was delayed due to rain, and the drivers had to wait for the track to dry out. On the second attempt to start, Juan Pablo Montoya dived past front-row starters Christian Fittipaldi and Dario Franchitti to take the lead. The trio quickly pulled away from the rest of the field with Franchitti taking second from Fittipaldi at the first round of pitstops, only for Fittipaldi to reverse the order a few laps later by passing Franchitti on the track. Neither, despite staying within two seconds of Montoya, were able to give a serious challenge to him, the Colombian taking his third successive win. The battle for second eventually went to Franchitti who beat Fittipaldi with a quicker second pitstop.

References

1999 Grand Prix Telemar Rio 200 Wikipedia


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