By David Reininger - Motorsport.com West Allis, Wis. (June 3, 2001) - Kenny Brack won his second consecutive CART FedEx Series Championship event today, leading Michael Andretti across the finish line by 1.307 seconds in the Miller Lite 225 at...
By David Reininger - Motorsport.com
West Allis, Wis. (June 3, 2001) - Kenny Brack won his second consecutive CART FedEx Series Championship event today, leading Michael Andretti across the finish line by 1.307 seconds in the Miller Lite 225 at the legendary Milwaukee Mile. Brack led 130 of the 225 laps in his Shell Ford-powered Lola, becoming the first multiple winner in the FedEx Series this season.
Brack started on the pole position and lead the first 80 laps before sliding high in turn four, allowing Michael Andretti to make an inside move off turn four. As the pair raced down the frontstretch, Brack found his path blocked by Shinji Nakano, forcing the Swede to drop into second place behind Andretti.
With 42 laps remaining, Brack made an inside move on Andretti down the frontstretch, and despite the best efforts of Michael Andretti, Brack resumed the lead. Brack led for good despite a late caution period for contact between Nicolas Minassian and Christian Fittipaldi.
"Obviously it was difficult conditions because this whole weekend we haven't had much running," said Brack, referring to the rain, which washed out all of Saturday's on track activities.
With his win, Brack widens his championship points lead over Helio Castroneves, who started alongside Brack on the front row and crashed on the first lap. "We got side by side, me and Helio. He came down a little bit and we both got sideways. I don't know why we didn't hit but it was very close."
Brack now leads the championship 70-47 over Helio Castroneves.
Michael Andretti was second in his Motorola Honda-powered Reynard, to notch his tenth podium finish in 17 career starts at the Milwaukee Mile. "It was a bit of a strange race," said Andretti. "It was one of fuel mileage, so in the middle of the race we were all just cruising around. It was really difficult to pass the lapped cars so everybody just chose to save fuel."
Scott Dixon finished third driving for the PacWest team, scoring his second career podium finish, both of which have come on one-mile oval tracks. Dixon won the race at Nazareth in May.
Dixon was closing on second place before the final caution period came. The last yellow allowed the front-runners to save precious fuel for the final seven lap dash to the checkered flag.
"We were actually hoping that it wouldn't go yellow," said Dixon. "We had plenty of fuel on board. It seemed like Michael was getting looser and looser. He drifted quite high in (turn) two and if we were a little closer, we probably could have got a run on him."
Bruno Junqueira finish fourth followed by Adrian Fernandez and Tony Kanaan in sixth.
The WheelFx system tested by Newman Haas drivers Christian Fittipaldi and Cristiano da Matta at Nazareth and Milwaukee will make its race debut at Detroit on June 17. The remarkable new technology uses light emitting diodes (LEDs) to display a sponsor's logo on the wheel of the race car when it is traveling at speeds over 5 mph. Recent wind tunnel testing by Lola proved that the system will have no effect on aerodynamic drag or downforce.