Alex Zanardi and the ...
Alex Zanardi and the #66 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard retired with gearbox trouble on Lap 176 of today's 225-lap Lehigh Valley Grand Prix at Nazareth Speedway. Having started 21st, he was running several laps down due to handling problems on the 1-mile tri-oval, then began experiencing gearbox problems in the latter stages of his run before retiring. He completed 167 laps on the day.
Zanardi's teammate Tony Kanaan and the #55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard made a valiant bid, leading 64 laps and setting the fastest lap of the race but seeing his gamble on pit strategy not pay off. He led Laps 126-189, had to pit for fuel on Lap 190, and ended up 16th to end his streak of seventh-place finishes in the first two events.
After a weekend off, the 2001 CART FedEx Championship Series resumes with Round 5 at Twin Ring Motegi in Japan May 17-19.
"What can you say after a weekend like we had? Today, the car started feeling out of balance right when the leaders first came up behind me early in the race, so I was fighting that until the first round of pit stops. Then, we ended up developing transmission problems that almost put me into the wall three times. The car would come out of gear as I was coming to the corners. So we decided the safe thing to do would be to park the car and call it a weekend. Thankfully, we have that all behind us."