RACE WINNER: Paul Tracy took the lead from his teammate who had a slower pit stop during a splash of fuel and won the event. With the win, he closed the gap in the points championship to Andretti by five points (Andretti 126; Tracy ...
RACE WINNER: Paul Tracy took the lead from his teammate who had a slower pit stop during a splash of fuel and won the event. With the win, he closed the gap in the points championship to Andretti by five points (Andretti 126; Tracy 121).
CHRISTIAN FITTIPALDI, #11 Big Kmart/Route 66 Ford Lola:
FINISHING POSITION: 4th
Fittipaldi scored his second highest finish at Vancouver of fourth place. His highest finish here is third place in 1996.
"It wasn't the finish we were hoping for but I can't complain. We thought we could be on the podium here but we will certainly take it considering the season we have had so far. We have been competitive enough to win this season but haven't been able to do it for one reason or another. It was a pretty good finish though considering we didn't have the speed to catch up to da Matta or the rest. Team Green and the Penske's will be tough at Laguna but we will try our best to be ahead of them at the end of the race."
MICHAEL ANDRETTI, # 6 Big Kmart/Texaco/Havoline Ford-Cosworth Lola
FINISHING POSITION: 12th
Andretti's telemetry reported that he had enough fuel to complete the race but he ran out with one-and-one-half laps left and dropped from eighth place to 12th and scored one point rather than five.
"They found something wrong with the fuel tank so that might have been the problem. The telemetry told us that we had enough fuel to go the distance. We had been running very lean since the start of the race and were going slower than most of the guys because we were going for a one-stop strategy. That turned out to be a mistake because we should have finished fourth or fifth with a two-stop strategy. It's such a shame because it really puts pressure on us for Laguna. The Green cars and Penske are going to be strong and every point counts now. This hurts a lot for the Championship. Now our chances are not as good as they would have been if we finished fourth or fifth. (On dropping from eighth to 12th when Gil was attempting a pass:) I was having a problem getting my tires warm on the restarts and didn't get a chance to warm up my tires and Gil got a run on me. I had to go wide and almost missed the turn. It was a tough race. We were definitely hoping for more than one point today."