Henzler Takes Third Consecutive Porsche Victory at Indy Las Vegas' Jaskol wins second Formula BMW USA race INDIANAPOLIS, Sunday, June 20, 2004 -- Wolf Henzler of Germany led every lap from the pole in the No. 5 Infineon -- Team Farnbacher PZM ...
Henzler Takes Third Consecutive Porsche Victory at Indy
Las Vegas' Jaskol wins second Formula BMW USA race
INDIANAPOLIS, Sunday, June 20, 2004 -- Wolf Henzler of Germany led every lap from the pole in the No. 5 Infineon -- Team Farnbacher PZM entry to win the Porsche Michelin Supercup race June 20 at the United States Grand Prix.
His average speed for the 16-lap race was 96.070 mph.
It was Henzler's third consecutive victory at Indianapolis after winning Saturday's first race. Henzler also won the second Porsche race on Indy's 2.605-mile road course in 2002 and 2003, bringing his total victories at the Speedway to four.
"The whole weekend was perfect for me," said Henzler, 29. "I got the maximum points, and I'm leading in the championship, many points out in front. But again was just a perfect race for me. I had a very good set of tires, also in qualifying. That was the way to win the race, because at the beginning I had very fast laps. The drivers behind me fought a little bit."
Henzler's margin of victory was a convincing 4.5 seconds over teammate Dirk Werner, a series rookie. Christian Menzel, driving the No. 39 tolimit Motorsport entry, finished third, completing an all-German podium. Werner finished third in Saturday's race.
Pole winner Henzler never was pressured during the race and steadily built a lead by approximately three-tenths of a second per lap in the opening stages. Lapped traffic slowed his progress in the late stages of the race, but Werner and Menzel also lost time.
Henzler is having a 2004 season not unlike that of fellow German Michael Schumacher in Formula One. Henzler has won five of six rounds of competition and took maximum points from the other race in Monaco as its winner was a guest driver who could not score points. Schumacher has won eight of nine F1 races in 2004.
American Patrick Long, a 22-year-old native of Westlake, Calif., finished fourth in the second Porsche event, three-tenths of a second behind Menzel. Long, who started fourth, stalked Menzel throughout the race, catching up to his bumper in the "S" turns through Turns 8-10, but losing ground on the straightaways.
"I was sort of stuck between a rock and hard place," Long said. "These guys are battling out for a championship, and if I had put that risk in, I would be in quite a bit of trouble. I was a guest. I kept my nose clean. I didn't really have anything for them in the straight lines."
Long's result concludes an impressive week, as he finished second in Saturday's first round of Porsche Michelin Supercup competition and was part of the team that won the GT class at the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 12-13.
"The first time at Indianapolis is special," he said. "I said earlier that if I got one top five, I'd be happy. To come away with a podium yesterday and today with a fourth is pretty consistent."
Alessandro Zampedri, a three-time Indianapolis 500 competitor, finished sixth.
Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series rookie Mark Taylor had a disappointing weekend come to an early end when his car's clutch failed on Lap 11. Taylor was forced out early Saturday after another competitor hit him on Lap 1, denting a fender that eventually caused tire failure.
"I was getting more used to the car and having a bit of a race there," Taylor said. "I just over-revved it going into the first corner, and did the clutch in. It's a shame. I almost got to the end this time. It's been good fun, that's the main thing. I got to go around the track, and it's a completely new car to me. It's always good to experience something different.
"It will make me glad to get back into the IndyCar Series again. The extra downforce makes it a lot nicer."
An American driver won the 14-lap Formula BMW USA Championship race for the second day in a row, with 19-year-old Matt Jaskol, a Las Vegas native and resident, taking first place. Championship leader Andreas Wirth finished second for the second day in a row, and James Hinchcliffe was third.
Jaskol, who finished 15th on Saturday after being assessed a drive-through penalty, excitedly jumped from his car after winning Sunday and ran to the start-finish line to kiss the Speedway's famous "Yard of Bricks."
"Those bricks tasted unbelievably sweet," he said. "I just had to do that, being an American and all. I'm staying with a friend of mine that works for Fernandez Racing here in Indianapolis, and last night we had a big talk with the racing gods. After the black flag yesterday, we really wanted things to go better for us today. It looks like it worked.
"To win here at Indianapolis just means more than anything. I want to come back here and win the Indy 500. It's the American thing to do. And then I want to go on to F1 and see that American flag raise up over my head again and hear the national anthem, just like today. It doesn't get any better than that. I know I've got a lot of work and road miles in front of me, but I'm up for it. I'm pumped."
This was Jaskol's second win in the Formula BMW Championship this season following victory in Round 4 at Montreal during the Canadian Grand Prix last weekend. Jaskol is one of the four Red Bull Driver Search competitors this season, winners in a program designed to groom an American for a Formula One seat.
Saturday's winner, Jonathan Summerton, started from the pole for the second consecutive day and led the first eight laps. Jaskol took the lead from Summerton entering Turn 1 on Lap 9 and never looked back. Wirth eventually passed Summerton for second, but Summerton briefly regained second entering Turn 1 on the final lap only to run off course. Summerton finished fourth.
Federico Montoya, the younger brother of 2000 Indianapolis 500 winner and Formula One standout Juan Pablo Montoya, finished seventh. Graham Rahal, son of 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal, finished 10th. Alexis Fenton, a 21-year-old driver from New York and only the sixth woman to race at Indy, finished 15th.