CHAMPCAR/CART: PacWest Laguna Seca race recap

Pacwest Racing Group Honda Grand Prix Of Monterey Sunday, October 14, 2001 Race recap: Dixon and Gugelmin carried a great pit strategy throughout the race, but the chips didn't fall their way at the end of the timed race. Gugelmin,...

Pacwest Racing Group
Honda Grand Prix Of Monterey
Sunday, October 14, 2001

Race recap: Dixon and Gugelmin carried a great pit strategy throughout the race, but the chips didn't fall their way at the end of the timed race. Gugelmin, after contact with Brack on lap one, managed to climb as high as tenth until he was struck from behind by Oriol Servia in a spectacular crash on lap 65 - ending his day. Gugelmin was not injured in that accident, but he did sustain a minor right wrist injury in his contact with Brack. X-Rays were inconclusive, but Mo does not believe his wrist is broken. Dixon managed to lead a lap with his fuel strategy and ran in second position for quite some time. After his second stop, he fell to fifth and battled back-markers the rest of the way. With several yellow flags late in the race, some drivers in the lead pack were able to conserve fuel and avoid pitting with just a handful of laps to go. Scott finished fourth and his points lead for Rookie of the Year increased to 42 with just two races remaining.

SCOTT DIXON - #18 NEXTEL POWERWARE PANASONIC PACWEST TOYOTA
Starting position: 3rd Finishing position: 4th Laps: 76

"It's a shame that the race ended the way that it did because there was much more there (in our car) for us," said Dixon. "My car was really good today, and our pit strategy was just as strong. Today was a case where the yellow flags helped a lot of the drivers, and hurt us. Towards the end, while we were running fourth, we felt that a few of the lead cars may have needed to pit to make it all the way, but all the yellows helped them conserve fuel. Otherwise, we would have moved up a few more spots. It's disappointing, but we'll take the points and head to Australia."

MAURICIO GUGELMIN - #17 NEXTEL PACWEST TOYOTA
Starting position: 13th Finishing position: 16th Laps: 76

"Servia missed his braking point and ran right into my rear and flipped over my car," said Gugelmin. "It's too bad because we had a good strategy going, and we were finally poised to collect some points. My car was fine all day. I actually hurt my right wrist in the first contact incident with Brack at the start of the race, and I had trouble gripping the steering wheel the rest of the way. I don't think it is broken, or anything major, but we'll have it looked at again if it continues to hurt this week. We almost made it, but my luck this year hasn't been good enough. We just can't seem to get any points."

-PacWest-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Oriol Servia