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The Race Winner: No. 97 Pioneer/MCI WorldCom Toyota (presented as the No. 25 MCI WorldCom Toyota)

The 2000 Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) season was a breakthrough year for both PPI Motorsports and the Toyota Racing Development program. Toyota had just begun a winning streak in the Indy car series that would lead to PPI earning its first series win as well.

Driven by Brazilian racing sensation Cristiano da Matta, the Pioneer Electronics/MCI WorldCom Toyota earned PPI its first win at Chicago Motor Speedway on July 30, 2000. Da Matta led 51 of 225 laps to reel in a nearly two-second margin of victory over Indy car legend Michael Andretti. Earlier that season, da Matta had also made PPI’s – and Toyota’s – podium debut with a third-place finish in Cleveland, Ohio.

Da Matta, an Indy Lights series champion prior to joining PPI, was in his second and final year with the PPI team. After PPI’s Indy car operation ended at the close of the 2000 racing season, da Matta went on to win the 2002 CART championship and compete for Toyota in Formula One.

When asked about what this first Indy car win meant to him, da Matta said, “This win is for Cal [Wells] and for Jeff Krosnoff.” Krosnoff drove for PPI in 1996, the team’s first full season of Indy car competition. His life was tragically cut short when he was killed in a racing accident in Toronto that same year.

The car available for purchase is the actual race car that won the race in Chicago in 2000. However, in tribute to Krosnoff, it is dressed in an MCI WorldCom paint scheme.

Race Results

2000 Reynard, made in England
Body Construction: Carbon fiber/honeycomb
Front/Rear Suspension: Double wishbone with Eibach springs
Sway Bars: Front and rear sway bars, adjustable from the cockpit
Weight: 1,550 lbs.
Length: 185 inches
Cockpit Width: 18 inches
Height: 32 inches
Wheelbase: 116 inches
Weight Distribution: 40/60
Fuel Capacity: 35 U.S. gallons
Steering Type:
Rack and pinion
(Note: Vehicle does not come equipped with power plant.)
Type: Toyota
Engine Management: Denso fuel, ignition system
Displacement: 1.65 liters/161.7 cubic inches
Engine Block: Aluminum alloy V8
Valve Train: Double overhead camshaft, four valves per cylinder
Crankshaft: Forged steel alloy
Piston: Forged aluminum alloy
Connecting Rods: Forged steel alloy
Transmission/Gearbox: Xtrac, six-speed sequential shift
Denso CDI system
Brembo ventilated steel discs with eight piston calipers
Firestone Firehawk Racing Radials
BBS forged magnesium
Multivex Racing Mirrors with multiple angle convex lens
PPG Industries, Inc.
Steering Wheel:
Momo Corse Products, Inc.