CHAMPCAR/CART: Brack, Montoya take wins on somber weekend

Following last week's tragedy, posting motorsports results may seem trivial. However, those who choose to compete see racing as the start of a recovery process. With that in mind, there were a few bright spots in a weekend of understandably mixed...

Following last week's tragedy, posting motorsports results may seem trivial. However, those who choose to compete see racing as the start of a recovery process. With that in mind, there were a few bright spots in a weekend of understandably mixed emotions.

1994 Barber Pro Series race winner Juan Montoya realized his dream of Grand Prix victory with his maiden win in the Italian Grand Prix. (See article)

In CART action, 1993 Barber Pro Series Champion Kenny Brack earned his fourth win of the season at the Lausitzring in Germany, allowing the Swede to retake the championship lead. Brack's post-race celebration -- which was already going to be subdued because of last week's events -- was even more somber with the uncertainty concerning a serious accident concerning two drivers.

The victory is Brack's fourth on an oval track, following wins at Nazareth, Motegi, Japan and Chicago earlier this year.

"We had a pretty good car all day," said Brack. "We tried to make sure that we didn't have to pit one more time in the end and I think that strategy paid off very well for us, obviously," Brack said. "It's very unfortunate the incident near the end happened and I hope Alex [Zanardi] is okay. But for Team Rahal it was a needed result in our quest for the championship this year."

The last laps overshadowed a strong race that was dominated early by Brack, but was claimed in the middle by Skip Barber trained Tony Kanaan, who had been among the fastest drivers all weekend. Kanaan took the lead for the first time on lap 96 and, once in clean air, started reeling off blindingly-fast laps. He would go on to finish seventh, slightly behind Michael Andretti, who finished with a fourth place result to complete the Skip Barber trained Top-10.

1999 Barber Dodge Pro Series racer Townsend Bell showed well in his first Champ Car race running on the lead lap all day, despite having to pit an extra time after missing his pit stall during his second stop. Bell soldiered on and finished just out of the points in 13th, besting both of his more experienced Patrick Racing teammates.

"This is fun, man," said Bell after being congratulated by car owner U.E. "Pat" Patrick. "I learned a ton. We were getting pretty fast there at the end. So much happened today. I'm not sure of each little incident but one thing's for sure, toward the end of each pit sequence we were pretty quick.

Bell now heads to Rockingham, England for the second of his two Champ Car races with Team Patrick Racing.

Also in Germany, former Barber Dodge Pro Series pilot Thed Bjork and his co-driver took secured the SR II title with a victory in eighth round action of the FIA Sports Car Championship at the Nurburgring. It was the team's fourth victory of the year in their Sports Racing Team Sweden Lola Nissan B2K/40.

>From Brand's Hatch, England, Skip Barber trained Alex Gurney had his best weekend of the British F3 season with an eighth and a ninth place finish in the two races to secure five points. Gurney was disappointed not to have done better at Thruxton two weeks ago when he qualified fifth for two races but made up for it this weekend, matching the pace of his Italian teammate.

-Barber

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Series Formula 1 , IndyCar
Drivers Alex Gurney , Michael Andretti , Tony Kanaan , Kenny Brack , Townsend Bell , Thed Björk , Skip Barber