RACE WINNER: Juan Montoya narrowly beat Michael Andretti, who now holds a 14 point advantage on Roberto Moreno. Fittipaldi led the Michigan 500 before sliding across the grass on the front straight and retiring in 14th place. MICHAEL...
RACE WINNER: Juan Montoya narrowly beat Michael Andretti, who now holds a 14 point advantage on Roberto Moreno. Fittipaldi led the Michigan 500 before sliding across the grass on the front straight and retiring in 14th place.
MICHAEL ANDRETTI, # 6 Big Kmart/Texaco/Havoline Ford-Cosworth Lola
FINISHING POSITION: 2nd
"The race came down to a lapped car. Tarso had a choice of whether he was going to help me or Juan and he chose Juan. He went high and gave the tow to Juan. We were both fighting for his draft. I knew that if Juan and I could separate from the pack it would be a shootout between the two of us. Everything was working out the way we had planned. We were keeping up with the pack for most of the race and conserving a lot of fuel to be in the hunt in the end and we were. I wanted Juan to lead through one and I would get back by in three. Everything was going as planned until we came upon Tarso. He had been running low all day so I thought he was going to go low but he went high. I thought he would go to the middle and we would win. If he would have just gone down one half of a car width on the track we could have won. Juan and I were racing clean and giving each other room. I tried to take care of him and give him room and he did the same. It was a fun finish for the fans. I'm very happy to bring the Big Kmart/Texaco/Havoline car home today in the points and take the Championship lead. I said that finishing this race was going to be instrumental for the Championship and I am so happy to have a strong race today. What a disappointment to be so close and not win."
CHRISTIAN FITTIPALDI, #11 Big Kmart/Route 66 Ford-Cosworth Lola
FINISHING POSITION: 14th
"They started shouting 'don't lead, don't lead' so I backed off and gave up the lead. You would burn too much fuel when you led so I lifted to let everyone by. When I went off, the whole pack had lifted cause no one wanted to be in front. I've never seen anything like it before in racing. Imagine a race where you lift because you don't want to lead. I was running close to Michael so I had to get on the brakes or I would have hit him. I stood on the brakes and pulled out from behind the pack and then went off. I don't know why I went off. I spun very easily though. I was very lucky. Other than the accident, this was another race that we were competitive in but have nothing to show for it in terms of points. The Big Kmart car was very good on the first stint and we kept changing it. After dropping to 16th, we came back up and were back in contention. The car was very good. It's a shame how it turned out."