Girish Mahajan

1999 Molson Indy Toronto

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Date  July 18, 1999
Official name  Molson Indy Toronto
1999 Molson Indy Toronto
Location  Exhibition Place Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Course  Temporary Street Course 1.755 mi / 2.824 km
Distance  95 laps 166.725 mi / 268.318 km
Weather  Temperatures reaching up to 31 °C (88 °F); wind speeds up to 15 kilometres per hour (9.3 mph)

The 1999 Molson Indy Toronto was the eleventh round of the 1999 CART season and took place on July 18, 1999, at the 2.824-kilometre (1.755 mi) Exhibition Place temporary street circuit in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Race

Gil de Ferran took pole in qualifying by a considerable margin, but his lead did not last long as Dario Franchitti passed him at Turn 3 on the first lap. It was a lead which he was not going to relinquish. De Ferran ran second and Jimmy Vasser third early on, but the latter suffered from tyre problems and dropped down the order, with Christian Fittipaldi taking third. After the first pitstop, Roberto Moreno ran second behind Franchitti by following an alternate strategy, but it meant that he had to make his second stop earlier than others, and after the second round of stops, de Ferran took the place, with Fittipaldi being jumped by Paul Tracy. De Ferran however was sent to the back of the lead lap for hitting a tyre in the pit lane, putting him out of contention. Franchitti had no such problems and took his first win of the season ahead of teammate Tracy, with Fittipaldi taking the final step on the podium.

References

1999 Molson Indy Toronto Wikipedia


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