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1999 ITT Automotive Detroit Grand Prix

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Date  August 8, 1999
Weather  Dry
1999 ITT Automotive Detroit Grand Prix
Official name  1999 ITT Automotive Detroit Grand Prix
Location  The Raceway on Belle Isle Park Detroit, Michigan, Detroit, United States
Course  Temporary street circuit 2.346 mi / 3.776 km
Distance  71 laps 166.566 mi / 268.096 km

The 1999 ITT Automotive Detroit Grand Prix was the thirteenth round of the 1999 CART FedEx Champ Car World Series season, held on August 8, 1999, on The Raceway on Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan.

Race

Championship leader Juan Pablo Montoya took his fifth pole of the season, and he dominated the early stages of the race, rapidly building a 6-second lead. Paul Tracy ran second early on, although it did not last for long as his teammate Dario Franchitti passed him. Franchitti was able to pull away from Tracy, but had no answer for Montoya, whose lead was up to 10 seconds before a caution caused by a coming together between Robby Gordon and Jan Magnussen triggered the first round of pitstops, during with the top 3 remained unchanged. Montoya continued to dominate once the green flag was brought out, although a miscommunication meant that he did not enter the pits when another caution period caused by Memo Gidley's car failing. The other drivers were all able to make their second stops, and effectively gained a free pitstop on him. Montoya stayed out in an attempt to get as big a lead as possible once the track went green. He built a lead of 15 seconds before he made his pistop, but rejoined only eighth, as Franchitti was handed the lead. Franchitti, despite more caution periods went on to win the race ahead of teammate Tracy in another Team Green 1-2, with Greg Moore taking the final spot on the podium. The win handed Franchitti the championship lead as well, as Montoya was taken out of the race by Hélio Castro-Neves after the latter misjudged a restart attempt.

References

1999 ITT Automotive Detroit Grand Prix Wikipedia


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