Greg Moore

Born:
22nd April 1975
New Westminster, British Columbia
Died:
31st October 1999 (Aged 24)
Fontana, California (USA), Champ Car race
Nationality:
Canadian
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

Popular with press and colleagues alike, Greg Moore graduated to the Champ Car World Series in 1996 as a precocious 20-year-old. He arrived with a catalogue of success in the junior categories. Rookie of the Year in Canadian Formula Ford 1600 in 1991 and USAC FF2000 West a year later, he then confirmed his talents in Indy Lights. A race winner in 1994, he emerged as a dominant champion a year later by winning 10 of the 12 rounds.

Champ Car graduation with Forsythe

Moore’s first Champ Car season, which was with the Player’s Forsythe team for whom he had just enjoyed that success, was wild but fast. There were accidents with André Ribeiro and Christian Fittipaldi and the latter was fined after attacking Moore following an incident at Long Beach. But there were three podium finishes and enough performances to suggest that the Canadian was a star in the making.

The promise was confirmed in 1997. Moore’s Reynard 97I-Mercedes-Benz withstood Michael Andretti’s late challenge on the Milwaukee Mile to score a breakthrough victory. He was on hand a week later in Detroit when PacWest team-mates Mark Blundell and Maurício Gugelmin both ran out of fuel on the last lap to win again.

On pole position for the first time for the opening race of 1998 at Homestead, he made an opportunistic late-race move to win at Rio de Janeiro. That gave him the points lead and he won again at Michigan although accidents eventually blunted his title challenge with Moore fading to fifth in the standings. He began 1999 by winning from pole at Homestead but it was a frustrating campaign thereafter.

Final season

Despite that, Moore signed a three-year contract with Roger Penske for 2000 and beyond. It was the dream deal for someone focused on success in North America. Sadly, one of the sport’s good guys would not be around for that adventure.

He crashed after running high during the 1999 Marlboro 500 at Fontana’s California Speedway – his last race with Forsythe. His Reynard 99I-Mercedes rolled four times and the 24-year-old Canadian suffered head and internal injuries. Airlifted to hospital, Greg Moore was pronounced dead an hour later. Race winner Adrián Fernández remembered Moore "as a great gentleman, friend and race car driver."

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1999 FedEx Championship Series
Forsythe Racing
20 1 3 1
5% win rate
10th 97
1998 FedEx Championship Series
Forsythe Racing
19 4 6 2
11% win rate
5th 141
1997 PPG CART World Series
Forsythe Racing
17 0 5 2
12% win rate
7th 111
1996 PPG Indycar World Series
Forsythe Racing
16 0 3 0
0% win rate
9th 84
1995 PPG/Firestone Indy Lights Championship 12 7 11 10
84% win rate
1st 242
1994 PPG/Firestone Indy Lights Championship 12 2 6 3
25% win rate
3rd 154
1993 Firestone Indy Lights Championship 12 0 1 0
0% win rate
9th 64