CORBY, England (September 14, 2002)--Michael Andretti and his Team Motorola crew were anticipating a good day at the Rockingham Motor Speedway in Corby, England after qualifying second and then posting the fastest time of the morning warm-up...
CORBY, England (September 14, 2002)--Michael Andretti and his Team Motorola crew were anticipating a good day at the Rockingham Motor Speedway in Corby, England after qualifying second and then posting the fastest time of the morning warm-up session prior to today's 211 lap race on the 1.5-mile oval. Once the race began things were still looking good with Andretti running in second or third place for the first third of the race. Unfortunately, after his second pit stop (lap 94), Andretti was penalized for speeding on pit lane and had to serve a drive through penalty that put him down one lap.
"I am so disappointed today," said Andretti. "Team Motorola gave me an awesome car all weekend and it is just a shame when you can't capitalize on it." Andretti eventually brought the No. 39 car home in 10th place and although there was disappointment in the outcome of the race, there was no disappointment in the effort. "The team has done a terrific job this weekend," said general manager Kim Green. "We were quick right away and I think despite our result today we have a lot to be proud of with our effort."
Michael's technical partner and Scotland native, Dario Franchitti, won today's race and continues in third place in the championship with 126 points. Cristiano daMatta finished second and is still in the lead of the championship with 191points and Patrick Carpentier rounded out the top three finishers. Team Motorola now has 85 championship points and has moved into eighth place in the championship hunt. Michael's other technical partner Paul Tracy finished 19th in today's race and is currently in seventh place in the championship with 86 points.
Team Motorola will now return to their shop in Indianapolis, Indiana and begin preparations for the Grand Prix Americas to be held Sunday, October 6 in Miami, Florida.
Michael Andretti -- #39 Honda-Lola-Bridgestone
"It was just a shame today. We had the car to win. I was conserving fuel and was still able to run up front so if we hadn't gotten that penaltywe would have been in good shape for the podium. I'm really happy for Dario but I'm really disappointed for Team Motorola. The guys gave me a good car not just today, but all weekend and we just weren't able to capitalize on it."
Kim Green -- General Manager
"Today was a tough day. We had a car worthy of winning this race. It was one of those things today where you are trying as hard as you can and pit lane plays such an important part of the race and sometimes it get you. But I have to give credit to the team, the race cars were very, very good this weekend and it was a great weekend for our teammate, Dario. We should be very proud, the whole team did a great job this weekend and we learned a lot so even though it was disappointing for Team Motorola, on the whole it was a good weekend for the team."