'Last chance' Brack gets 1st wictory in last race of 2002. Kenny Brack fashioned a happy finish to an otherwise disappointing season by racing first to the checkered flag today in Mexico City. Running in the top four all day in his Target Chip...
'Last chance' Brack gets 1st wictory in last race of 2002.
Kenny Brack fashioned a happy finish to an otherwise disappointing season by racing first to the checkered flag today in Mexico City. Running in the top four all day in his Target Chip Ganassi Racing Toyota/Lola on Bridgestone tires, Brack took advantage of a lightning-quick final pit stop to emerge ahead of the other front-runners.
The Swede led the final 12 laps and beat Cristiano da Matta to the finish line by 3.987 seconds to earn his first triumph of the season and the fifth of his Champ Car career. Afterward, Brack said everything about his car was good today, especially the Bridgestone Potenza race tires that carried him flawlessly to victory lane.
"We had fabulous stops and everything was great today," said Brack, whose win vaulted him five positions to sixth place in the final season standings. "We had a good car, it stayed really consistent and the Bridgestone tires were good all the way through. We never had any problems. This is a tough track for tires, too, because it's very abrasive, lots of grip. I was expecting the tires to go off some but they didn't; they stayed very consistent. I'd rather not have waited this long to win this year, but since that was the case, here it is today. It feels great."
With the conclusion of today's race, Bridgestone winds up its first season in CART Champ Car competition. Bridgestone was the Official Tire of CART in 2002 and will substantially increase its involvement in 2003, when the tire manufacturer becomes Presenting Sponsor of the CART Champ Car Series.
Joe Barbieri, Project Supervisor, Bridgestone Motorsport:
"This was our first trip to Mexico City and there are never any guarantees when you bring a tire to a track on which you haven't tested, but we are extremely pleased with the performance of the Bridgestone Potenzas this weekend. It seemed all the drivers were able to push their cars hard all day long in the race and the tires held up sensationally well. Like everyone in the paddock, we have been thoroughly impressed with the entire facility here and the Mexican fans were enthusiastic and terrific. To hear them cheering Michel Jourdain around the whole circuit when he was leading sent chills up the spine. We can't wait to come back again in 2003."
Qualifying session temperatures ranged from 75 to 104 degrees track and from 66 to 70 degrees ambient (F); Qualifying session temperatures ranged from 24 to 40 degrees track and from 19 to 21 degrees ambient (C).