CHAMPCAR/CART: Toronto: Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing race report

Tiago Monteiro finishes 10th at the Molson Indy Toronto Tiago Monteiro and Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing climb to a 10th place finish at today's Molson Indy of Toronto. The crew did a fantastic job on pit stops and the driver did an incredible job...

Tiago Monteiro finishes 10th at the Molson Indy Toronto

Tiago Monteiro and Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing climb to a 10th place finish at today's Molson Indy of Toronto. The crew did a fantastic job on pit stops and the driver did an incredible job with a car that wasn't handling well. The team started the day 13th and worked their way through to their best finish since recording a 9th place finish at Laguna Seca last month.

Driver Tiago Monteiro was tired, but happy. "It was a long day," he said, "but good. I haven't run the last 2 races so it's very good to finish in the top 10. It was the most difficult race I think I've ever run. The lack of a dry run didn't help. We weren't able to get a good set up on the car. We had no grip and no rear. We didn't struggle to race; we struggled just to keep the car on the track. It was important to score points, it's not the way I'd like, but we finished 10th, which was good. I thought we were competitive in practice, but we really weren't during the race"

Team owner Emerson Fittipaldi was pleased with the weekend's results, but was already looking toward the next event. "I'm happy we were able to start and finish the race," said the 2-time F1 and former CART champ. "It was a very difficult car for Tiago to drive and he did a great job. Every pit stop was good and the last one was the quickest of the race. We just need to get the balance right on the car for the race. We need to do our homework and get the car set up better for Vancouver."

Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing co-owner James Dingman was equally happy with his team's performance at Toronto. "It was a wonderful event for CART," he said. "Unfortunately we went a lap down early and had to struggle to finish. The entire team is very proud of Tiago and the effort he put in to bring the car home in 10th place. Now we're looking forward to Vancouver which is our next stop on the Canadian tour."

The team will pack up and head back to Indianapolis tonight before heading to Vancouver for round 11 of the 2003 Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford. The Molson Indy Vancouver will take place on Sunday, July 27th on the 1.781-miles street circuit at Concord Pacific Place in Vancouver.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tiago Monteiro , Emerson Fittipaldi