Harman Patil

1999 Miller Lite 200

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Date  August 15, 1999
Weather  Dry
Official name  1999 Miller Lite 200
1999 Miller Lite 200
Location  Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, Ohio, United States
Course  Permanent road course 2.258 mi / 3.634 km
Distance  83 laps 187.414 mi / 301.622 km

The 1999 Miller Lite 200 was the fourteenth round of the 1999 CART FedEx Champ Car World Series season, held on August 15, 1999, at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

Race

Dario Franchitti, the championship leader took his first pole of the season after the Saturday qualifying was washed out due to rain, which meant that the grid was decided by Friday qualifying times. Franchitti led away at the start followed by Bryan Herta, although Paul Tracy soon passed Herta and took second. The Team Green duo of Franchitti and Tracy then pulled away from the field, building a lead of 12 seconds. After the first round of pitstops, Franchitti and Tracy stayed 1-2, but Juan Pablo Montoya was up to third after a quick stop. He was 15 seconds behind the Team Green cars, but he was unfazed by that and set about closing it down, and did so rapidly such that the top three cars were nose to tail before the second round of pitstops. Franchitti pitted, handing Tracy the lead, but that did not last for long as he was immediately passed by Montoya. Montoya and Tracy both made their second pitstops and both rejoined ahead of Franchitti, before a caution due to Luiz Garcia, Jr.'s spin bunched the field up. Tracy and Franchitti were quicker than anyone else on the track, but both were absolutely no match for Montoya, who set a stunning pace in the final stint once the track went green, and won by over 10 seconds. Tracy finished second and Franchitti third, which was enough for him to keep his championship lead, although it was down to 1 point.

References

1999 Miller Lite 200 Wikipedia


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