IndyCar AUSTRALIA NOTEBOOK
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* WHAT: IndyCar Australia * WHERE: Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia * WHEN: Friday-Sunday, March 29-31 * SCHEDULE: (All times local): FRIDAY, MARCH 29 -- IndyCar practice, 11 a.m. - noon IndyCar qualifying (2 groups/30 minutes each), 2:30 - 3:45 p.m. SATURDAY, MARCH 30 -- IndyCar practice, 9 - 10 a.m. IndyCar qualifying (2 groups/30 minutes each), 12:30 - 1:45 p.m. SUNDAY, MARCH 31 -- IndyCar warm-up, 10 - 10:30 a.m. Grid IndyCars, 1:15 p.m. IndyCar Australia, 2 p.m. * BROADCAST: TV – ABC (Tape delayed, 2 - 4 p.m.) * DEFENDING CHAMPION: Paul Tracy * DEFENDING POLESITTER: Michael Andretti * TRACK LAYOUT: 2.804-,mile, 12-turn temporary road course * RACE LENGTH: 181.675 miles, 65 laps * TRACK RECORDS: Qualifying (one lap) – 1995 Michael Andretti, 104.313 mph (present course); Race – 1995, Paul Tracy, 92.335 mph (present course) * RACE NO.: 13 of 16 * NEXT EVENT: April 14, Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Long Beach, Calif.
Michale Andretti won his second consecutive pole of the season and clearly displayed the most dominant car on race day. Newman/Haas Racing went home with the victory, but it was Andretti's teammate, Paul Tracy, who was celebrating. Andretti led the opening 41 laps and all but 14 in the 65-lap event, but was overwhelmed with misfortune late in the race. His hopes for victory ended when he had late transmission problems and then was involved in a last-lap accident attempting to hold off Bobby Rahal. Andretti finished ninth. Meanwhile, Tracy grabbed the lead from Andretti on lap 58 and cruised to a 6.983-second victory over Rahal. It was Tracy's ninth career victory. Scott Pruett finished third, Mauricio Gugelmin fourth and Danny Sullivan fifth. Other items of interest: With podium finishes in both races, Rahal took the lead for the PPG Cup. … Pruett's podium finish was his first since being involved in a horrible crash during testing in 1990. It also moved him into third in the PPG points standing. … One of the season's early surprises was Gugelmin. With a pair of top-four showings, he was second in the PPG Cup race, two points behind Rahal.
VITAL RACE STATISTICS
Time of race: 1:58:26.054 Average speed: 92.335 mph Margin of victory: 6.983 seconds Caution flags: 4 for 8 laps Lap leaders: Michael Andretti, 51; Paul Tracy, 8; Stefan Johansson, 6.
Year Pole winner Race winner 1991 Michael Andretti John Andretti 1992 Al Unser Jr. Emerson Fittipaldi 1993 Nigel Mansell Nigel Mansell 1994 Nigel Mansell Michale Andretti 1995 Michael Andretti Paul Tracy