MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin (June 2, 2002)-- Team Motorola started today's race in 13th position and by lap three Michael Andretti was in sixth place, a very good start to the day. Â Things continued to look promising as Michael worked his way up to...
MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin (June 2, 2002)-- Team Motorola started today's race in 13th position and by lap three Michael Andretti was in sixth place, a very good start to the day. Things continued to look promising as Michael worked his way up to second place by lap 105 with the help of his Team Motorola pit crew. "Things were going great early on in the race," said Andretti. "But we just made some mistakes that we couldn't quite recover from this afternoon." Michael had come in for a pit stop on lap 112 and shortly after his stop he spun on cold tires and fortunately didn't make contact. "It dawned on me that the two guys I was trying to keep up with were both on warm tires," explained Michael. "I should have been more careful." Overall, despite the spin and what might have been a questionable pit strategy, general manager Kim Green was happy with the hard work and championship points earned today. "I think we'll take a good look at our pit strategy," said Green. "But at the end of the day, Michael and everyone on Team Motorola worked really hard today and we're going home with championship points."
Paul Tracy, Michael's technical partner, won today's 250-lap race, with Adrian Fernandez finishing second and Max Papis finishing third. Michael's other technical partner, Dario Franchitti, finished the day in 12th position after he made contact with the wall on lap 188. Andretti is still in sixth place in the championship with 28 points, while Michel Jordain has assumed the lead with 42 points. Franchitti is in second with 35 points while Paul Tracy is in third with 32 points.
Team Motorola will now return to their shop in Indianapolis to begin preparations for the Grand Prix of Monterey that will be held on June 9.
Michael Andretti -- #39 Honda-Lola-Bridgestone
"Today was a pretty tough day. We lost track position on a couple of occasions and today track position was king. Once I lost that I really couldn't do anything because it was really difficult to pass. After the first few laps, passing was pretty close to impossible because of the turbulence from the aero package. The spin I had didn't help either. I came out on cold tires and the two guys in front of me were on warm tires and I was trying to stay with them and unfortunately, that dawned on me after I spun. I got on the throttle when they got on the throttle but I really should have been more careful. Even though I'm disappointed, we scored points for the championship so I guess all was not lost."
Laps Led: 0
Laps Completed: 250 of 250
Points Earned: 6 for 28 total
Today was Michael's 294th start of his career.
In 2001, Michael started 10th and finished second in this race. In 2000, Michael also finished second.
Michael has led 715 laps at the Milwaukee Mile.
Michael leads all active Champ Car drivers with 294 race starts, 42 wins, 32 poles and 6,563 laps led.
Kim Green -- General Manager
"We worked really hard all day to finish seventh. I think early on in the race Michael made some great passing maneuvers and really moved through the field. We got all the way up to second place. I think we need to take a hard look at our pit strategy and see if we made a call that wasn't the best since we had been running with Paul Tracy and he won the race making a slightly different call on his pit strategy. The spin on the restart hurt a little bit as well. Everyone on Team Motorola worked really hard today and we all worked really hard to get to Milwaukee with the new Lola's and at the end of the day it wasn't the result we hoped for but we got solid points for the championship."