Henzler Wins Porsche Supercup Race; Long Finishes Second Summerton takes first round of Formula BMW USA competition INDIANAPOLIS, Saturday, June 19, 2004 -- Porsche Michelin Supercup points leader Wolf Henzler won the first of two scheduled...
Henzler Wins Porsche Supercup Race; Long Finishes Second
Summerton takes first round of Formula BMW USA competition
INDIANAPOLIS, Saturday, June 19, 2004 -- Porsche Michelin Supercup points leader Wolf Henzler won the first of two scheduled series races this weekend at the United States Grand Prix, and 22-year-old American Patrick Long finished second June 19 in his first event at the 2.605-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.
Henzler's victory from the pole in the No. 5 Infineon -- Team Farnbacher PZM entry marked his fourth win out of five races this season, and the third at Indianapolis during his Porsche Supercup career. Henzler, from Germany, also won from the pole in Supercup competition at the USGP in 2002 and 2003.
Henzler's Team Farnbacher teammate, Dirk Werner of Germany, finished third.
"I like Indianapolis very much," Henzler said. "It's a good place here. The car setup was good. For the distance, it was very good. The team worked very, very hard for me."
Long, who is racing as a guest driver this weekend, started second and maintained that position in the No. 2 Porsche AG factory car throughout the race, often pushing Henzler for first place and pulling away from the rest of the field.
Long, from Westlake, Calif., never before competed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He drove in selected Porsche Michelin Supercup and Porsche Carrera Cup races last year in Europe as a Porsche factory driver.
"I kind of fluffed the start, which maybe was just me being a little out of practice, but I was able to hold my position, which wasn't easy," Long said. "From then on, I was just trying to study Wolf's lines. I've never been on this circuit before, and he's real experienced here. I'm going to go back and harp on my mechanics and see if we can get a little more push for tomorrow."
Long is competing at Indianapolis only one week after being part of the team that won the GT class in the world's most prestigious endurance race, the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
"My career is well ahead of my expectations after last weekend," he said. "It has been an amazing couple of weeks, to run at Le Mans my first time and then to run at Indianapolis, and then to be on the podium at both places. It's just something that I never would have imagined."
Mark Taylor, a rookie competitor in the Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series and, like Long, a guest of Porsche this weekend, did not finish in the No. 1 Porsche AG car. Taylor was forced off track entering Turn 1 on the first lap, causing fender damage and putting him at the back of the field. The fender gradually cut into a tire and caused a spin late in the race, forcing Taylor out.
The Porsche Michelin Supercup will race again at 9:40 a.m. (EST) Sunday.
Florida resident Jonathan Summerton, 16, won the inaugural Formula BMW USA Championship race at Indianapolis. Championship leader Andreas Wirth finished second and Dominik Jackson third in the 30-minute race, which covered 14 laps of the 2.605-mile circuit.
"It's really great, I really enjoy it," Summerton said. "I had a victory in Canada, and I was definitely looking forward to this victory. I went into the Williams-BMW pit the other night, and I guess I have some supporters in there now, too. They came over and congratulated me, so it was definitely a huge honor."
Summerton became the youngest driver to win an official race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
"To put on such a great show in front of all of these people and win, wow."
Summerton, from Kissimmee, Fla., started from pole, but Federico Montoya, the younger brother of 2000 Indianapolis 500 winner and BMW WilliamsF1 Team driver Juan Pablo Montoya, passed him on Lap 4 for the lead.
Montoya led until the beginning of the final lap, when Summerton drafted him down Indy's long main straight and passed him entering Turn 1. Montoya spun on the backstretch while running second and finished seventh.
"I wasn't going for the lead, I was trying just to catch up and see if I could pass him or overtake him," Montoya said. "But in that turn, the brake pedal broke. When I pressed the pedal, it just went in the middle between the throttle and the brake, so I braked late and the car just went out on me. That was the end of the race."
Graham Rahal, the 15-year-old son of 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal, finished ninth, and Alexis Fenton, a 21-year-old New York native and only the sixth woman to race at Indy, finished 13th. Red Bull Driver Search winner Matt Jaskol finished 15th, one lap down after being assessed a drive-through penalty during the race.
The Formula BMW USA Championship will race again at 2:15 p.m. (EST) Sunday, shortly after the finish of the United States Grand Prix.
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