CHAMPCAR/CART: Air jack knocks Montoya off Laguna seca podium

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<pre> Race Results Finish Qualified #1 Juan Montoya 6th 5th #12 Jimmy Vasser 8th 9th #97 Cristiano da Matta 15th 15th #96 Oriol Servia 17th 10th #10 Memo Gidley 19th 26th

- Juan Montoya was on pace for a late race duel with eventual winner Helio Castroneves before an air jack failed on his last pit stop dropping him from second to eighth on his way to a sixth-place finish. For Montoya, it's the ninth time this season that some form of misfortune - either bad luck or mechanical has knocked him from contention for a win while running in the top three. In those nine races, he's suffered from: engine failure (Miami), gearbox failure (Rio and Road America), pit incidents (Motegi and Monterey), running over debris (Nazareth), broken CV joint (Detroit), fuel leak (Chicago) and fuel pump (Vancouver).

- The sixth-place finish for Montoya was his sixth top-10 finish of the season.

- Jimmy Vasser finished eighth today, marking his third consecutive top-10 finish and his 11th of the season.

- Despite his third straight top-10 finish, Vasser dropped to ninth-place overall in the points race, one spot ahead of Cristiano da Matta. With the sixth-place finish, Juan Montoya moved up to 11th.

Jim Aust, Toyota vice president of motorsports: "Another opportunity lost. The amazing thing about the series this year is that Juan is still only 47 points out of first despite all of his troubles."

Manufacturer's Championship: Honda 269; Ford 268; Toyota 216; Mercedes-Benz 63

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Memo Gidley , Oriol Servia , Cristiano da Matta