Pit stop heartbreak costs dominating Brack, Toyota victory at Rockingham; four Toyotas in the top six. - Kenny Brack (Target Toyota) dominated the first 172 laps from the pole, but a problem on his last pit stop dropped him to ninth-place on ...
Pit stop heartbreak costs dominating Brack, Toyota victory at Rockingham; four Toyotas in the top six.
- Kenny Brack (Target Toyota) dominated the first 172 laps from the pole, but a problem on his last pit stop dropped him to ninth-place on the re-start and cost him any chance for victory today at the Rockingham 500 in England. Series points leader Cristiano da Matta finished second to Dario Franchitti, who used a yellow flag pit strategy to gain numerous positions in the pits and eventually put him into the lead for the victory on a track that proved extremely difficult to pass. Da Matta was the first of four Toyota drivers in the top six as Oriol Servia placed fourth, Bruno Junqueira fifth and Tora Takagi was sixth.
- Cristiano da Matta (Havoline Toyota) earned his ninth top-three finish of the season with a second today. He extends his championship lead to 58-points over second-place Bruno Junqueira, 191-133. Da Matta officially eliminates nine more drivers from championship contention today Christian Fittipaldi, Michel Jourdain, Paul Tracy, Alex Tagliani, Michael Andretti, Scott Dixon, Kenny Brack, Jimmy Vasser and Tony Kanaan. All but the top four drivers in the championship have now been eliminated.
- Oriol Servia (Visteon Toyota) charged from the 14th starting spot to a season-best fourth-place finish today. It's his best finish since finishing third at Detroit in his 2000 rookie season.
- With his fifth-place finish today, Bruno Junqueira (Target Toyota) now has registered eight top-five finishes this season second only to fellow Toyota driver Cristiano da Matta.
- After running second for much of the race, Tora Takagi (Pioneer/Denso Toyota) earned his sixth top-10 finish of the season with a sixth-place today.
- After leading almost two-thirds of the race, Kenny Brack ended up finishing in eighth-place making it five Toyotas in the top eight. It's his eighth top-10 finish of the season. Brack's Target Ganassi teammate Scott Dixon overcome a pit-lane speeding violation to earn his 11th top-10 finish of the season today with a 10th-place finish.
- Toyota drivers continue to rank first and second in the CART points race with three in the top five and four in the top 10. Cristiano da Matta leads with 191 points followed by boyhood friend Bruno Junqueira in second with 133. Christian Fittipaldi is fifth with 98 points and Scott Dixon stays in 10th with 82. Da Matta needs just 34 points to clinch the 2002 championship.
- With the second-place finish along with bonus points for winning the pole and leading the most laps today, Toyota now holds a 32-point lead in the CART Manufacturer's Championship over Honda, 266-234. Ford is third 74 points behind with 192.
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