Detroit flashback: In 1999, driver changes were everywhere


Ryan Briscoe (No. 4 Panther Racing) and Mike Conway (No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing) are last-minute replacements for this weekend’s  IZOD IndyCar Series Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit.

It brings back memories of another year in Detroit, when the CART field had a night-and-day difference between its previous race at the Michigan International Speedway and its race in Detroit, some 75 miles east two weeks later.

In 1999, some six cars changed driver lineups from the 500-mile race at Brooklyn, Mich. to the street race at The Raceway on Belle Isle. The changes are below, which occurred after a mix of injuries and/or driver replacements:

No. 3 Team Penske: Michigan, Alex Barron. Detroit, Gonzalo Rodriguez.
No. 11 Newman/Haas Racing: Michigan, Christian Fittipaldi. Detroit, Roberto Moreno.
No. 15 Walker Racing: Michigan, vacant. Detroit: Naoki Hattori.
No. 18 PacWest Racing: Michigan, Roberto Moreno. Detroit, Mark Blundell.
No. 20 Patrick Racing: Michigan, P.J. Jones. Detroit, Jan Magnussen.
No. 34/71 Dale Coyne Racing: Michigan, Dennis Vitolo (No. 34), Detroit, Memo Gidley (No. 71).

Juan Pablo Montoya’s pole-winning lap is below. Dario Franchitti won the race, with a link to the full race on YouTube here.