INDIANAPOLIS, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2003 -- Wolf Henzler, from Germany, ignored the politics swirling around the protests and appeals from yesterday's race to score a green light-to-flag win in his Aqua Nova Racing Team Kudach Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car...
INDIANAPOLIS, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2003 -- Wolf Henzler, from Germany, ignored the politics swirling around the protests and appeals from yesterday's race to score a green light-to-flag win in his Aqua Nova Racing Team Kudach Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car in the Por sche Michelin Supercup race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
After winning the pole for the event yesterday, Henzler jumped into the lead right in the first turn and lead for the entire event, scoring a 0.6-second victory. Frank Stippler, who is battling Henzler for the championship, was second, and Patrick Huisman , who won the race yesterday, was third.
The protests and appeals which need to be settled in order to calculate the final championship points include the disqualification of Stippler from Saturday's race for unsportsmanlike driving (and his appeal), and the status of the penalty for Henzler's en gine from Monza two weeks ago (another team has questioned the fine that Henzler paid -- they are asking for Henzler to be disqualified as well). If Henzler retains his Monza points, then he has won the championship outright with his win today, but if Stip pler gets his points back from yesterday, and Henzler is disqualified from Monza, Stippler would win the title.
Former Indy car competitor Allesandro Zampedri finished fourth -- a nice conclusion to his weekend which included a second-place finish yesterday. Former ALMS Panoz driver Klaus Graf, whose car was damaged badly in the incident which resulted in the disqualification of Pierre Kaffer, finished ninth on Sunday after his Walter Lechner crew did a lot of work to repair the damage. Graf's teammate, Walter Lechner, Jr., was fifth, and Kaffer was sixth on Sunday.
The two American guest drivers, Road & Track writer Kim Wolfkill and freestyle motocross champion Travis Pastrana, had better days yesterday, with Wolfkill finishing 16th and Pastrana failing to finish today. Wolfkill, who finished tenth yesterday (after the Stippler disqualification), did not get a good start when the green flag dropped for Sunday's race, and then spun at turn one, losing several positions. Pastrana, who spun several times yesterday, but still finished 16th, had a car spin in front of hi m Sunday, and couldn't avoid contact with the front of his Porsche. Travis damaged the radiator on his car, and could not continue.
Antonio Sabato, Jr., the actor and model who was racing for one of the independent teams, crashed his Porsche during qualifying Saturday, and did not start either event.
Next year's Porsche Michelin Supercup events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will take place June 19 -- 20, 2004, a change in date as the United States Grand Prix moves from September to June.
All Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars are equipped with a 3.6-liter engines that produce 390 horsepower and can travel from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in less than four seconds. With the exception of the guest cars, which are prepared by the Porsche factory, all the en tries are private teams which own their cars and hire professional drivers. The Porsche factory has built 200 of these cars in 2003 for Porsche racing customers around the world, including entries in the Porsche Carrera Cup in Europe, Asia and Australia, as well as The Speed Channel World Challenge and Grand-Am Cup series in the U.S. The current 911 GT3 Cup car is the fourth generation Cup car, with the original Carrera 2 Cup car producing 265 horsepower when it was introduced in 1990.