Long Beach 1999 - The Race

The Race

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Tony Kanaan secured his first Champ Car pole, in doing so also winning his crew's wristwatches in a bet. Never having led a single lap before in his 21 CART races, Tony is seen here as he prepares to take the field into the start of the race.

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Tony's First Pole
Jump Start for Bryan

At the start third-place qualifier Bryan Herta blasted down the left hand side to secure the racing line and the lead into the first corner. But he wasn't the fastest and Tony set about getting back on top.

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By the third lap Tony and Dario Franchitti have got back by to reestablish their original order, and Bryan is being hounded by the train of Max Papis, Juan Montoya and Adrian Fernandez (in his new Swift).

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Bryan Slips Back
Tony Back in Front

Having recovered his position at the front, Tony Kanaan leads the race for the next 40 laps, including maintaining it through the first pit stops on lap 24.

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Meanwhile, rookie Juan Montoya, this year's replacement at Target/Chip Ganassi Racing for Alex Zanardi, has passed Mad Max and is making his own moves on Herta.

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Montoya Starts to Move
Robby Slides Off

Robby Gordon in his own team's Toyota-powered Reynard takes the first of several excursions of the track as he locks up his brakes coming into the turn.

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Coming into turn 9 on lap 22, Montoya seizes his chance to pass Herta: he out-drags him on the back straight and comes past on the outside...

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Montoya Sets Up Herta
Montoya Passes Herta

...managing to steal the racing line through the turn. Squeezed out, Herta locks his brakes as he has to concede the corner.

At the restart on lap 31 after a yellow, he also slipped past Franchitti and set about pressuring Kanaan for the lead.

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Montoya: "I really started pushing, pushing trying to show him the nose, and he started making a couple of mistakes."

"I made a mistake," said Kanaan, ending his race in a tyre barrier on lap 46. "The track was breaking up and I just ran off line a little bit and lost it."

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Juan Persues Tony
Dario Can't Get By Juan

Dario had a final chance to pass Juan at the last of five restarts on lap 80. But Montoya again proved too quick and pulled away to a 2.8 second lead.

"I gave it everything. We didn't have the car today which was unfortunate," said a disappointed Franchitti afterwards.

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As Juan brings the number four car home, Chip Ganassi is on his radio saying, "You're the best, you're the man."

In the post-race interviews, Chip is still full of praise: "This guy has a lot of talent. That's why we hired him."

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Juan's First Win

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