|MOTORSPORT NEWS - June 05 1999|
NASCAR round 13 preview - Dover Downs International Speedway June 6th 1999
Car set up will be critical in this round of the series. The notorious "Monster Mile" is one of the toughest circuits in the Series. The concrete surface is unforgiving and the expansion joints give the cars a heavy jolting during the race added to this the 24 degree banking provides an extra challenge. Mark Martin won at Dover Downs in 1998 and holds the qualifying lap record. Bobby Labonte and Jeff Gordon finished in the top five in 1998. Based on recent performances of all three drivers it's easy to see that this could prove to be an extremely hard fought race. Both Labonte and Martin are not too far away from top spot in the drivers standings lying third and fourth respectively so they have everything to play for. Dale Jarrett still leads the series.
FedEx CART Championship - Round 7 - The Milwaukee Mile June 6th 1999 (Preview)
Action takes place at the Milwaukee Mile on Sunday. Last years winner, Jimmy Vasser has not featured on too many of the leaderboards this season. Michael Andretti has had successful races on this one mile oval having taken no less than five victories in the past. His last victory at Milwaukee was back in 1996. His recent resurgence of form has seen him take victory at the last round at the Gateway International Raceway, while he lies third in the championship standings. With only four points separating leader Montoya, from Franchitti, it's hard not to see these two drivers putting up a fight. Earlier in the season I predicted that Franchitti could possibly take the title but looking at Montoya's run of success I'm beginning to have my doubts. The race report will be available on The Car Enthusiast from June 12th.
Acropolis Rally preview - June 6th/June 9th 1999
Subaru took a one-two in Argentina to boost their team's flagging morale. The orchestrated result by the team left Richard Burns seething, as a misunderstanding of instructions by his team mate Kankkunen going into the last stage meant that he snatched the lead from Burns. It was hard for Burns to supress his disappointment after the event. It's history now and Burns should be one of the most determined drivers in Greece this weekend. He has put in good performances there in the past.
The new Peugeot 206 WRCs will be making their second appearance of the season with Francois Delecour and Gilles Panizzi behind the wheel of each of the two cars entered. Mitsubishi need a win in Greece but Makinen is not confident that their car is now as competitive as some of the WRC machinery. He still holds a slender lead in the championship. Following their suspension failure in Argentina the Martini Ford Team have been working around the clock on revisions to strenghten the Focus WRC for this event. Colin McRae will be looking to get back the winning form he enjoyed earlier in the season. He has won this event twice in the past. The ever threatening Toyota Corolla WRCs of Sainz and Auriol will be seeking to snatch points from the other teams so that they can consolidate their lead in the manufacturers title and take the lead in the drivers title away from Makinen.
This event is hard on driver and car alike. The terrain chews up tyres, so choice will be critical over the rough and rocky stages. High temperatures will need to be overcome also. The winner will
receive his laurels at the finish at the Megara Circuit on Wednesday June 9th. Our report will be online next week (June 12).
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