Molson Indy Vancouver Race Report - 2001

9/3/2001 4:34:13 AM

Honda Racing Report
Sunday, September 2, 2001

Molson Indy Vancouver Race Report
Circuit: Concord Pacific Place (1.78 mile street circuit), Vancouver, B.C.
2000 Winner: Paul Tracy (Honda) 85.034 mph average speed
Weather: Partly sunny, mild, 74-degrees F

Race Results:
Fn. St.	Driver            Manufacturer   Laps  Average Speed/Notes		
01. 07.  Roberto Moreno       Toyota          98    80.543 mph
02. 03.  Gil de Ferran        Honda           98    -4.687 seconds
03. 11.  Michael Andretti     Honda           98    -6.971 seconds
04. 13.  Tony Kanaan          Honda           98    -10.499 seconds
05. 22.  Oriol Servia         Ford Cosworth   98    -13.497 seconds
06. 21.  Michel Jourdain      Ford Cosworth   98    -13.850 seconds
07. 18.  Tora Takagi          Toyota          98    -14.520 seconds
08. 04.  Kenny Brack          Ford Cosworth   98    -14.812 seconds
09. 19.  Dario Franchitti     Honda           98    -15.122 seconds
10. 20.  Memo Gidley          Toyota          98    -16.224 seconds
11. 12.  Christian Fittipaldi Toyota          98    -16.536 seconds
12. 06.  Bruno Junqueira      Toyota          98    -21.186 seconds
14. 24.  Shinji Nakano        Honda           98    -22.394 seconds
18. 05.  Helio Castroneves    Honda           95    Running
21. 10.  Adrian Fernandez     Honda           79    Not running - contact
24. 23.  Alex Zanardi         Honda           40    Not running - contact
26. 08.  Paul Tracy           Honda           29    Not running - contact

De Ferran Takes Over Championship Lead

Although passed by eventual race winner Roberto Moreno with just 10 laps remaining, second place was enough for Honda-powered Gil de Ferran to take over the lead in the CART FedEx Championship Series at the Molson Indy Vancouver.

Starting third, the defending series champion avoided trouble all day in an incident-packed street race and had his own private battle with Moreno throughout the event. That became a duel for the victory during the final 20 laps, but when de Ferran brushed the wall on the 88th lap Moreno squeezed through to lead the rest of the way.

Just behind the lead pair, both Michael Andretti and Tony Kanaan also posted excellent runs, driving past the mistakes of others to finish third and fourth after starting mid-field. Dario Franchitti, however, lost out a possible top-three finish when low fuel levels forced him to enter a closed pit lane. The resulting penalty, being moved to the back of the pack for the restart, dropped the Team KOOL Green driver to a ninth place finish.

Helio Castroneves, the points leader coming into today's race, was forced off course by Kenny Brack on the opening lap, then dropped several more laps off the pace when an electrical fault caused his Honda-Reynard to stall on course. He is now tied with Brack for second in the series points standings.

Shinji Nakano lost out on a possible top-ten finish when he was forced to make an additional pit stop after debris picked up by his tires during a caution period caused a vibration aboard his Fernandez Racing entry.

Paul Tracy had his day end early when contact from Cristiano da Matta flattened a rear tire on the Team KOOL Green entry, while Alex Zanardi and Adrian Fernandez ended their days with contact against the tire barriers.

After one weekend off, the CART FedEx Championship Series now heads to Europe for the first time in two decades, with back-to-back oval races at the new Eurospeedway in Lausitz, Germany and Rockingham Speedway in the midlands of England.

Driver's Championship (after 15 of 21 races) 	Manu. Championship

01. Gil de Ferran 115 points 1. Honda 245 points

02. Kenny Brack 110 2. Toyota 214

03. Helio Castroneves 110 3. Ford Cosworth 203

04. Michael Andretti 103

05. Dario Franchitti 85

06. Scott Dixon 82

07. Cristiano da Matta 78 Rookie of the Year

08. Roberto Moreno 74 1. Scott Dixon 82 points

09. Patrick Carpentier 69 2. Bruno Junqueira 48

10. Tony Kanaan 66 3. Max Wilson 12

11. Paul Tracy 65 4. Tora Takagi 9

12. Christian Fittipaldi 56

17. Adrian Fernandez 42

22. Alex Zanardi 24

25. Shinji Nakano 10

Gil de Ferran (#1 Marlboro Team Penske Honda) Started 3rd, finished 2nd, takes over driver's championship points lead: "Coming out of here with the points lead is great for us and it shows the strength of the team and the consistency that we have had throughout the year. To finish first, first you have to finish and that philosophy has a lot of implications for us. We will keep on challenging ourselves. There are six races to go and still a lot of work to be done. Roberto (Moreno) drove a great race and we and Kenny (Brack) were back and forth throughout the race. It was a pretty exciting race for me. We had a chance to beat Roberto, but couldn't quite do it, but it was still a very good race for us."

Michael Andretti (#39 Team Motorola Honda) Started 11th, finished 3rd: "We just tried to play it as cool and calm as we could and that seemed to pay off. The team did a good job on the pit stops and I gained a position at each stop. It was one of those days where we kept our noses clean, in fact, I don't think we have a mark on the car! We're quietly getting ourselves back into this thing. We dropped out of three races in a row and that hurt us a bit, but in the last couple we have been clawing our way back into it. This team is capable of doing it. They are not going to give up and I'm not going to give up."

Tony Kanaan (#55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Honda): Started 13th, finished 4th: "It was a tough day. A tough weekend, actually, after we started so well (with the fastest lap in the opening practice). We put ourselves through a lot. Me and my engineer Eric (Cowdin) were all over each other all weekend. It was a very difficult time for us. But today's result, even though we were one short of the podium, leaves us feeling pretty good after all we've been through. After Friday morning, it seemed like everything we tried just wasn't working. We were 19th in warm-up this morning and I thought it was going to be another one of those days. But we stuck with it. And we actually had some good luck on the racetrack for a change. Now we're in the top 10 in the points, where we definitely feel we belong, and hopefully we're there to stay."