CHAMPCAR/CART: Vancouver report

Emerson Fittipaldi was 4th and Nigel Mansell 5th on the last lap but Mansell punted Fittipaldi off on turn 10 and both cars were out, though they were classified 9th and 10th as they were the last cars on the lead lap at the end. They had some ...

Emerson Fittipaldi was 4th and Nigel Mansell 5th on the last lap but Mansell punted Fittipaldi off on turn 10 and both cars were out, though they were classified 9th and 10th as they were the last cars on the lead lap at the end. They had some choice words right after the incident.

Tracy fell victim to the same kind of treatment from Micheal Andretti about 8 laps from the end, again on turn 10, and was most unhappy with Andretti, who continued on undamaged. Tracy did the same to Teo Fabi earlier on turn 5, pushing Fabi into the tires; he later extracted himself and continued.

Gordon led to lap 10 when there was a full course yellow after #19 Alessandro Zamperdi caught fire on turn 5, and held the lead until lap 37 wwhen he went into the pits, continuing straight through without stoping then pitting for tires on the next lap.

Mansell led until lap 74, including a full course yellow on laps 52-54 and 57-61 (after #18 Jimmy Vasser mounted #17 Dominic Dobson and locked together on turn 5). These yellows allowed Gordon to catch up to the field. Unser took the lead on lap 75 and held it until the end. Michael Andretti went to the back of the pack on lap 64, but as full course yellow again onlaps 76-80 allowed him to catch up again. Gordon and Andretti worked their way up through the field to finish 2nd and 3rd.

Race day started out cool and overcast but there were sunny breaks for the race. There was a record crowd of 70,600 on race day.

Lap by lap placings of the leaders wil follow later for those intersted.

-- **************** L.J. Street

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