Sunday, July 27, 2003

Tracy shakes off penalty to grab Molson Indy pole


His lap of 105.236 pushes Junqueira to No.2 position

The Associated Press

VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Paul Tracy answered his critics the best way he could, winning the pole for the Vancouver Molson Indy.

The series points leader lost the provisional pole - and the point that goes with it - to Bruno Junqueira Friday when CART penalized Tracy for blocking other drivers late in the qualifying session.

"It's very satisfying," Tracy said after Saturday's qualifying session for today's race. "Yesterday, I felt we were wrongly stripped of our position and point."

Tracy qualified after watching 2001 Vancouver winner Roberto Moreno post a fast lap of 1 minute, 1.172 seconds, 104.813 mph to take over the top spot with 26 minutes remaining in the 40-minute session. Instead of waiting for the traffic-jammed late laps, he drove his Ford-Cosworth-powered Lola onto the nearly empty track with about 18 minutes remaining.

He retook the top spot with just less than 15 minutes remaining, turning a lap of 1:01.049, 105.024, then bettered it the next trip around with a 1:00.926, 105.236.

Junqueira came the closest to catching Tracy with a last-second lap of 1:01.070, 104.988, but Tracy wound up heading into today's 100-lap race with his fourth pole of the season and the 17th of his career.

NASCAR WINSTON CUP: Ryan Newman and Jimmie Johnson got their front-row starting positions with speed and power. But they might have to slow down to win today at Pocono Raceway.

Newman and Johnson recognize that success in Winston Cup racing no longer is achieved simply by pushing the gas pedal to the floor.

"You don't always see the fastest car winning," said Newman, the pole-sitter for today's Pennsylvania 500 at Long Pond, Pa. "You've got to have the total package."

By that he means a top-notch car owner, crew chief and driver. Then it's all about aerodynamics, chassis, engine and strategy. Newman leads the circuit in poles with five and is tied for the top spot in victories with three.

He's the fastest driver. But his most recent win came two weeks at Chicagoland Speedway, when he saved gas.

"At Chicago, we had the total package," Newman said. "At Loudon, Jimmie had the total package. It's all about that."

Johnson won last Sunday at New Hampshire International Speedway.

"I think everywhere we go, every weekend, that's going to be a factor," he said, referring to fuel mileage. "The only thing that changes that is the long cautions."

Saving gas is especially critical at Pocono, a flat, 2 1/2-mile triangle where running out at the wrong spot on the track means the driver won't make it back to pit road.

IRL: Tomas Scheckter earned his second straight pole for an IRL event at Michigan International Speedway, putting himself in good position to win his second Firestone Indy 400. Scheckter turned a fast lap of 222.458 mph at Brooklyn, Mich., for his second pole of the season and fifth of his career.

A repeat victory at MIS today would make Scheckter the third driver in track history to win two straight Indy-style races along with Mario Andretti and Bobby Unser.

BUSCH SERIES: Scott Wimmer won the NASCAR Busch 250 at Pikes Peak International Raceway in a race that saw a track-record 15 lead changes.

Wimmer led for 70 laps and took the lead for good on the 227th lap by overtaking Jason Keller, who finished 1.045 seconds behind.

NASCAR TRUCKS: Brendan Gaughan ran the fastest race in Craftsman Truck series history Saturday at Brooklyn, Mich. Gaughan averaged 154.044 mph in the Sears 200 for his second consecutive victory and fourth in his last seven races, and eclipsed the previous record of 144.260 by Kurt Busch at California Speedway in 2000.

Auto racing

Busch results

TRIMSPA DREAM BODY 250

Saturday

At Pikes Peak International Raceway

Fountain, Colo.

1. (16) Scott Wimmer, Chevrolet, 250.

2. (5) Jason Keller, Ford, 250.

3. (18) Scott Riggs, Ford, 250.

4. (8) Johnny Sauter, Chevrolet, 250.

5. (10) Joey Clanton, Pontiac, 250.

6. (2) Stacy Compton, Chevrolet, 250.

7. (3) Ron Hornaday Jr., Chevrolet, 250.

8. (17) Kevin Grubb, Dodge, 250.

9. (9) Ashton Lewis Jr., Chevrolet, 249.

10. (7) Kasey Kahne, Ford, 249.

11. (12) David Stremme, Dodge, 249.

12. (11) David Green, Pontiac, 249.

13. (13) Tim Fedewa, Chevrolet, 249.

14. (15) Shane Hmiel, Chevrolet, 249.

15. (14) Hank Parker Jr., Chevrolet, 249.

16. (6) Mike Bliss, Chevrolet, 248.

17. (27) Coy Gibbs, Chevrolet, 248.

18. (32) Clint Vahsholtz, Ford, 246.

19. (28) Rick Carelli, Chevrolet, 246.

20. (24) Jason White, Chevrolet, 244.

21. (36) Tammy Jo Kirk, Ford, 243.

22. (23) Mike Harmon, Chevrolet, 242.

23. (21) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 240.

24. (37) Dana White, Ford, 239.

25. (1) Bobby Hamilton Jr., Ford, 146.

26. (34) Jamie Mosley, Ford, 94, overheating.

27. (31) Rick Markle, Chevrolet, 49, eng. fail.

28. (30) Jason Schuler, Ford, 43, overheating.

29. (4) Brian Vickers, Chevrolet, 29, accident.

30. (26) Larry Gunselman, Chevrolet, 28, acc.

31. (35) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 28, acc.

32. (42) Mike Potter, Chevrolet, 21, brakes.

33. (43) Jimmy Kitchens, Pontiac, 19, overheat.

34. (25) Brad Teague, Chevrolet, 18, overheat.

35. (40) Justin Ashburn, Chevrolet, 14, vibration.

36. (41) John Hayden, Chevrolet, 10, clutch.

37. (19) Josh Richeson, Ford, 9, vibration.

38. (20) Jeff Fuller, Chevrolet, 6, vibration.

39. (39) Ryck Sanders, Ford, 4, vibration.

40. (29) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 1, ignition.

41. (33) Jerry Robertson, Chevrolet, 1, trans.

42. (22) Stanton Barrett, Pontiac, 0, eng. fail.

43. (38) Wayne Edwards, Chevrolet, 0, trans.

Average Speed of Race Winner: 108.919 mph.

Time of Race: 2 hours, 17 minutes, 43 seconds.

Margin of Victory: 1.045 Seconds.

Caution Flags: 3 for 23 laps.

Lead Changes: 15 among 12 drivers.

Lap Leaders: B. Hamilton Jr. 1-31; S. Riggs 32; J. Schuler 33-43; S. Compton 44-45; R. Hornaday Jr. 46-82; H. Parker Jr. 83-85; R. Hornaday Jr. 86-124; J. Keller 125; R. Hornaday Jr. 126-129; S. Wimmer 130-176; A. Lewis Jr. 177; D. Green 178; J. Clanton 179-180; K. Kahne 181-185; J. Keller 186-227; S. Wimmer 228-250.

Top 10 in Points: S. Riggs - 2,882; D. Green - 2,880; J. Keller - 2,832; R. Hornaday Jr. - 2,832; B. Vickers - 2,758; B. Hamilton Jr. - 2,677; S. Wimmer - 2,576; J. Sauter - 2,545; S. Hmiel - 2,479; T. Bodine - 2,467.

NASCAR Trucks results

SEARS 200

Saturday

At Michigan International Speedway

Brooklyn, Mich.

Lap length: 2-mile d-shaped oval

1. (6) Brendan Gaughan, Dodge, 100 laps, 154.044 mph.

2. (3) Ted Musgrave, Dodge, 100.

3. (2) Chad Chaffin, Dodge, 100.

4. (1) Jason Leffler, Dodge, 100.

5. (4) Carl Edwards, Ford, 100.

6. (7) Jon Wood, Ford, 100.

7. (18) Travis Kvapil, Chevrolet, 100.

8. (15) Dennis Setzer, Chevrolet, 100.

9. (9) Terry Cook, Ford, 100.

10. (11) Bobby Hamilton, Dodge, 100.

11. (5) Bill Lester, Dodge, 100.

12. (14) Rick Crawford, Ford, 100.

13. (8) David Starr, Chevrolet, 100.

14. (12) Robert Pressley, Dodge, 100.

15. (10) Mike Skinner, Dodge, 99.

16. (30) Randy Briggs, Ford, 98.

17. (21) Chris Horn, Chevrolet, 98.

18. (13) Eric Jones, Chevrolet, 97.

19. (35) Doug Keller, Chevrolet, 96.

20. (25) Jerry Hill, Dodge, 96.

21. (28) Loni Richardson, Chevrolet, 95.

22. (36) Ricky Sanders, Ford, 94.

23. (23) Jody Lavender, Chevrolet, 93.

24. (33) Jamie Aube, Chevrolet, 73, ignition.

25. (16) Matt Crafton, Chevrolet, 66, eng. fail.

26. (19) Johnny Chapman, Chev., 40, rear end.

27. (17) Lance Hooper, Ford, 35, transmission.

28. (29) Randy MacDonald, Chev., 27, eng. fail.

29. (22) Stan Boyd, Chevrolet, 25, eng. fail.

30. (26) Jonathon Price, Chevrolet, 21, trans.

31. (27) Ryan McGlynn, Chevrolet, 10, overheat.

32. (24) Phil Bonifield, Chevrolet, 7, water pump.

33. (31) G.J. Mennen, Dodge, 4, handling.

34. (20) Kenny Hendrick, Ford, 2, eng. fail.

35. (32) Aaron Daniel, Ford, 2, vibration.

36. (34) Rick Ware, Chevrolet, 0, clutch.

Time of race: 1 hour, 17 minutes, 54 seconds.

Margin of victory: 11.477 seconds.

Caution flags: 1 for 6 laps.

Lead changes: 10 among 8 drivers.

Lap leaders: J.Leffler 0; T.Musgrave 1-10; C.Edwards 11-28; T.Kvapil 29; L.Hooper 30-33; J.Leffler 34-39; J.Wood 40-46; B.Gaughan 47-73; C. Edwards 74-77; B.Lester 78-79; B.Gaughan 80-100.

Top 10 points: B.Gaughan, 2,000; T.Kvapil, 2,000; T.Musgrave, 1,969; D.Setzer, 1,921; R.Crawford, 1,890; J.Wood, 1,876; B.Hamilton, 1,868; J.Leffler, 1,852; T.Cook, 1,754; C.Edwards, 1,687.

Winston Cup lineup

PENNSYLVANIA 500

After Friday qualifying; race Sunday

At Pocono Raceway

Long Pond, Pa.

Lap length: 2.5 miles

Car numbers in parentheses

1. (12) Ryan Newman, Dodge, 170.358 mph.

2. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 169.821.

3. (38) Elliott Sadler, Ford, 169.246.

4. (18) Bobby Labonte, Chevrolet, 168.932.

5. (0) John Andretti, Pontiac, 168.925.

6. (5) Terry Labonte, Chevrolet, 168.757.

7. (2) Rusty Wallace, Dodge, 168.710.

8. (88) Dale Jarrett, Ford, 168.631.

9. (17) Matt Kenseth, Ford, 168.530.

10. (41) Casey Mears, Dodge, 168.397.

11. (9) Bill Elliott, Dodge, 168.294.

12. (42) Jamie McMurray, Dodge, 168.290.

13. (97) Kurt Busch, Ford, 168.124.

14. (6) Mark Martin, Ford, 168.080.

15. (19) Jeremy Mayfield, Dodge, 168.080.

16. (30) Steve Park, Chevrolet, 167.976.

17. (15) Michael Waltrip, Chevrolet, 167.948.

18. (8) Dale Earnhardt Jr, Chevrolet, 167.785.

19. (99) Jeff Burton, Ford, 167.704.

20. (40) Sterling Marlin, Dodge, 167.670.

21. (7) Jimmy Spencer, Dodge, 167.626.

22. (77) Dave Blaney, Ford, 167.616.

23. (54) Todd Bodine, Ford, 167.563.

24. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 167.454.

25. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 167.448.

26. (25) Joe Nemechek, Chevrolet, 167.380.

27. (21) Ricky Rudd, Ford, 167.367.

28. (23) Kenny Wallace, Dodge, 167.280.

29. (10) Johnny Benson, Pontiac, 167.249.

30. (74) Tony Raines, Chevrolet, 167.069.

31. (29) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 167.063.

32. (32) Ricky Craven, Pontiac, 167.056.

33. (20) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 166.926.

34. (49) Ken Schrader, Dodge, 166.806.

35. (45) Kyle Petty, Dodge, 166.586.

36. (43) Christian Fittipaldi, Dodge, 166.432.

37. (31) Robby Gordon, Chevrolet, Provisional.

38. (22) Ward Burton, Dodge, Provisional.

39. (1) Jeff Green, Chevrolet, Provisional.

40. (01) Mike Wallace, Pontiac, Provisional.

41. (37) Derrike Cope, Chevrolet, Provisional.

42. (89) Morgan Shepherd, Ford, Provisional.

43. (50) Larry Foyt, Dodge, Provisional.

IRL lineup

FIRESTONE INDY 400

Saturday; race Sunday

At Michigan International Speedway

Brooklyn, Mich.

Lap length: 2-mile d-shaped oval

(Car number in parentheses)

1. (10) Tomas Scheckter, Panoz G Force-Toyota, 222.458 mph.

2. (9) Scott Dixon, Panoz G Force-Toyota, 222.425.

3. (3) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Toyota, 221.953.

4. (4) Sam Hornish Jr., Dallara-Chevrolet, 221.837.

5. (31) Al Unser Jr., Dallara-Toyota, 221.465.

6. (21) Alex Barron, Panoz G Force-Toyota, 221.387.

7. (13) Greg Ray, Panoz G Force-Honda, 221.344.

8. (15) Kenny Brack, Dallara-Honda, 220.942.

9. (6) Gil de Ferran, Dallara-Toyota, 220.867.

10. (8) Scott Sharp, Dallara-Toyota, 220.467.

11. (12) Tora Takagi, Panoz G Force-Toyota, 220.159.

12. (55) Roger Yasukawa, Dallara-Honda, 219.948.

13. (26) Dan Wheldon, Dallara-Honda, 219.446.

14. (27) Bryan Herta, Dallara-Honda, 219.127.

15. (11) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Honda, 218.806.

16. (14) A.J. Foyt IV, Panoz G Force-Toyota, 218.551.

17. (2) Vitor Meira, Dallara-Chevrolet, 217.439.

18. (52) Buddy Rice, Dallara-Chevrolet, 215.828.

19. (24) Robbie Buhl, Dallara-Chevrolet, 214.438.

20. (23) Sarah Fisher, Dallara-Chevrolet, 214.380.

21. (91) Buddy Lazier, Dallara-Chevrolet, 213.091.

CART lineup

VANCOUVER MOLSON INDY QUALIFYING

Friday qualifying; Sunday's race

At Concord Pacific Place Street Circuit

Vancouver, British Columbia

Race distance: 178.10 miles, 100 laps

1. (1) Bruno Junqueira, Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone, 1:01.706/103.672

2. (3) Paul Tracy, Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone, 1:01.845/103.644

3. (2) Sebastien Bourdais, Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone, 1:01.921/103.545

4. (33) Alex Tagliani, Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone, 1:02.032/103.360

5. (20) Oriol Servia, Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone, 1:02.103/103.241

6. (4) Roberto Moreno, Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone, 1:02.216/103.054

7. (15) Darren Manning, Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone, 1:02.222/103.044

8. (32) Patrick Carpentier, Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone, 1:02.348/102.836

9. (9) Michel Jourdain Jr., Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone, 1:02.350/102.832

10. (51) Adrian Fernandez, Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone, 1:02.469/102.637

11. (34) Mario Haberfeld, Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone, 1:02.838/102.034

12. (27) Max Papis, Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone, 1:02.999/101.773

13. (55) Mario Dominguez, Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone, 1:03.033/101.718

14. (31) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone, 1:03.317/101.262

15. (5) Rodolfo Lavin, Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone, 1:03.437/101.070

16. (12) Jimmy Vasser, Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone, 1:03.461/101.032

17. (19) Gualter Salles, Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone, 1:03.928/100.294

18. (11) Geoff Boss, Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone, 1:04.316/99.689

19. (7) Tiago Monteiro, Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone, 1:05.754/97.509




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