Vancouver 1999 - Saturday Saturday

Bryan Herta slides off the track at Turn 1 into the run-off area in morning practice. He continues on course with no apparent damage to the car.

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Herta Mania
Montoya Smoking

Montoya pits with a large amount of smoke billowing from the rear of the car. He quickly exits the car as the crew pulls off the engine covers. Juan had entered the session late, and had only completed three laps in the session before the apparent engine problem sidelined his practice effort.

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Only minutes later, Helio Castro-Neves also pits with smoke showing at the rear of the car. CART pit workers report a possible header problem.

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Castro-Neves Smoking
Gugelmin Smoking

And while we’re on the subject of smoke, here’s Mauricio Gugelmin locking up his wheels at Turn 1.

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And then Paul Tracy doing the same a few minutes later.

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Tracy Smoking
Herta in the Pits

Back in the pits, Bryan Herta waits out a caution period caused by Memo Gidley stalling at Turn 5 against the outside wall.

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But there is not time to clear the track and restart the session, so the drivers climb from their cars. Max comes to the pit wall to discuss his performance with the Tim Reiter, his race engineer.

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Mad Max on the Wall
Hogan and Ganassi

Team owners Carl Hogan and Chip Ganassi chat about the session.

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Local driver Greg Moore is interviewed for local television. He lost an engine in practice and quickly switched to the spare car for the rest of the session.

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Moore Interview
Adrian Fernandez Not Driving

Adrian Fernandez sits out this race due to his injured wrist, but he’s there to coach substitute P.J. Jones - to great effect.

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Roberto Moreno walks back to the paddock with Michel Jourdain Jr. riding his bike.

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Moreno and Jourdain
Greg's Bike

Greg Moore’s easy-rider motorbike is parked by the Player’s team garage.

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The Tecate Girls pose for a photo with a track worker.

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Tecate Girls #1
Haas Blessing

Team owner Carl Haas performs his regular ritual of laying his hands on the cars and blessing them before the start of qualifying. Apparently the team members hate him doing this...

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Moreno prepares to climb into the cockpit of his Newman-Haas Swift-Ford. The weather is dry, but there are clouds looming over the mountains.

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Car and Mountains
Drive-Thru Crew

Tony Kanaan chats with his McDonald’s Drive-Thru Crew before the start of qualifying.

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Green flag waves to start the Group Two qualifying session, with Michael and Roberto screaming out of their pit boxes.

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Michael and Roberto
Tracy Third

With the session over, Paul Tracy is in third place and out of his car: “I’m pretty happy with how the day ended up. I didn't expect to run in the top five with how the guys were going, but I guess I owe P.J. [Jones] dinner for causing that red at the end of the session and saving my bacon.”

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P.J. finds himself second on the grid, behind Montoya: “We started improving at Chicago with a seventh-place finish, and this weekend, we just kept carrying on. I wanted to go out and put a good lap in, and we got it. I'm happy for Tecate, Quaker State and Adrian [Fernandez]. He deserves a lot of credit. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn't have had this opportunity.”

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P.J. Second
Tecate Girls #2

The Tecate Girls are there to help P.J. celebrate, and to pose with another course worker.

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What did you take this for, Paul? Well, notice that even though Luiz Garcia’s new ride in car 21 is sponsored by Tang, Team Hogan still relies on  Gatorade for race-time refreshment!

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Tang vs Gatorade

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