Texas Race Postponed - 2001
4/30/2001 6:35:28 PM
From the start of practice on Friday, speeds were approximately 10 mph higher than forecast for CART's first visit to this Ft. Worth facility. In addition, the tri-oval and high-banked 1.5-mile configuration led to drivers experiencing vertical gravitational loads of up to 4 'gs' and more than 5 'gs' of lateral load, for periods of up to 20 seconds each lap. As a result, the majority of the drivers experience periods of dizzyness and disorientation when attempting to run more than a handful of laps in succession.
CART officials, along with representatives of all engine and chassis manufacturers, investigated several options to attempt to slow the cars down, but on Sunday morning determined that a successful solution could not be achieved at this time.
The last time a CART event was postponed due to safety concerns was in 1985 at Michigan Speedway when the race, scheduled for July 21, was postponed after qualifying due to tire safety concerns. The race was run at a later date, and won by Emerson Fittipaldi.
Michael Andretti (#39 Team Motorola Honda): "I must say that in my 20 years of racing, I have never experienced the kind of forces I experienced here this weekend. At this point, I've got to really applaud CART for standing up for safety and trying to find a solution instead of going forward with the event at this time. This isn't something we could predict. I want to say that on behalf of all the drivers, we are truly sorry for the fans."
Driver's Championship (after 2 of 21 races) Manufacturer's Championship 1. Cristiano da Matta 37 points 1. Honda 38 points 2. Gil de Ferran 30 2. Toyota 37 3. Helio Castroneves 28 3. Ford Cosworth 14 4. Paul Tracy 26 4. Phoenix Ilmor 0 5. Jimmy Vasser 18 6. Michael Andretti 12 Dario Franchitti 12 Rookie of the Year Tony Kanaan 12 1. Nicholas Minassian 7 points 9. Kenny Brack 11 2. Bruno Junqueira 4 10. Nicholas Minassian 7 3. Tora Takagi 3