CHAMPCAR/CART: Newman/Hass Milwaukee race report

CHRISTIAN FITTIPALDI, ...

CHRISTIAN FITTIPALDI, #11 Kmart Toyota-Lola: "I was asking for them to get Nicolas to get out of the way since he was a backmarker but he didn't get the move over flag. Ironically or not, his teammate Bruno was catching up to me the entire time. I'm incredibly disappointed and obviously mad. If the end result didn't bother me then I should not be a driver. I'm disappointed for my team and myself overall. With Cristiano being taken out on the first lap again, I was carrying all of the hopes of the entire race team as well as everyone from the work shop on my shoulders."

* NOTE: 100th CART start did not go as planned. Was in fourth place when he tried to pass the lapped car of rookie Nicolas Minassian on lap 205 of 225. Was his fifth start in Milwaukee. Best finish was sixth place in 1996 and best start was third in 1996.

CRISTIANO da MATTA, #6 Texaco/Havoline/Kmart Toyota-Lola: "I think Helio just lost it. Helio and Kenny were racing like it was the last lap. The first turn for them looked like they thought it was the last turn of the last lap. Unfortunately it was the last lap for me. The disappointment is unbelievable. This is a team sport and you feel bad when you let everyone down even though something is not your fault. It should have been a 225 lap race not a sprint, one-lap event, which is how it started. We were able to hold onto third place in the points but we didn't plan to "hold on" to third. We wanted to keep making some progress. Leading the standings early on was good but we knew it would be a long season and the luck would not always go our way. That's why we didn't get comfortable just because we were in the lead. We're ready for the luck to turn around again. It will be good to get back to the street course events. I'm looking forward to Detroit. We have learned a few things since (second place in) Long Beach."

* NOTE: In his third Champ car race in Milwaukee, Cristiano was unable to complete one lap for the second consecutive race as second place starter Helio Castroneves lost control of his car after banging wheels with polesitter Kenny Brack on the first turn and hit da Matta. He finished 14th in 2000 and 7th in 1999 for PPI Motorsports. His highest finish to date at Milwaukee came in the Indy Lights series where he finished 4th in 1997.

-NHR

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Nicolas Minassian , Kenny Brack