CHAMPCAR/CART: Toronto story

MARLBORO RACING NEWS -- THE OFFICIAL INDYCAR NEWS SERVICE ========================================================= MOLSON INDY TORONTO Canadian National Exhibition Center Toronto, Ontario, Canada Sunday, July 17, 1994 Race Story ...

MARLBORO RACING NEWS -- THE OFFICIAL INDYCAR NEWS SERVICE =========================================================

MOLSON INDY TORONTO Canadian National Exhibition Center Toronto, Ontario, Canada Sunday, July 17, 1994 Race Story

ANDRETTI AND RAHAL OUTDISTANCE PENSKES IN TORONTO -------------------------------------------------

Michael Andretti drove an agressive race to win his second PPG Indy Car World Series event of the season in today's Molson Indy Toronto.

Several of the early favorites were eliminated or delayed in a variety of incidents. Leaders Robby Gordon and Nigel Mansell lost time with punctured tires while PPG Cup championship leader Al Unser Jr. dropped out with an engine failure on the opening lap. Unser's teammate Paul Tracy also lost a lap when he was delayed in an incident triggered by Unser's engine failure.

Michael Andretti took the lead on lap 26 of 98 and led all the way to the finish. Andretti qualified sixth this weekend, his best qualifying performance in some time since qualifying fifth at Indy, and led a race for the first time since winning at Surfers Paradise, Australia in March. Andretti was challenged toward the end of today's Molson Indy Toronto by Bobby Rahal who scored his and Honda's best result of the year with a strong second place. Rahal fought off a late challenge from Emerson Fittipaldi. Today was Mario Andretti who finished fourth.

Today's top 10 were included Paul Tracy, pole qualifier Robby Gordon, Andrea Montermini, Teo Fabi, Jacques Villeneuve and Scott Goodyear. Frontrunners who failed to finish included Unser, defending PPG Cup champion Nigel Mansell and Mauricio Gugelmin who ran as high as fourth before being eliminated in an accident with Adrian Fernandez. Fernandez recovered to finish 13th after running as high as third.

After nine of this year's 16 PPG Cup races, Al Unser Jr. continues to lead the championship with 127 points. Emerson Fittipaldi is second with 100 points followed by today's winner Michael Andretti with 80 points. Robby Gordon is fourth in points (75) and Paul Tracy retains fifth (74) Mansell falls from third to sixth with 72 points.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jacques Villeneuve , Robby Gordon , Al Unser Jr. , Scott Goodyear , Michael Andretti , Adrian Fernandez , Bobby Rahal , Paul Tracy , Mauricio Gugelmin , Nigel Mansell , Mario Andretti , Andrea Montermini , Emerson Fittipaldi , Teo Fabi