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Pole-sitter Roberto Moreno captured his first career CART win with a wire-to-wire victory in the 2000 Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland. Moreno's victory was his first since 1988 when he won in Birmingham, England, while campaigning the F3 ...

Pole-sitter Roberto Moreno captured his first career CART win with a wire-to-wire victory in the 2000 Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland. Moreno's victory was his first since 1988 when he won in Birmingham, England, while campaigning the F3 Championship.

With one point for claiming the pole, 20 points for the victory and one point for leading the most laps in the race, Moreno leads the season championship with 90 points over Michael Andretti (68 Points), Gil de Ferran (67 points) and Kenny Brack (63 points).

Kenny Brack's second place finish was the best of his career thus far in his rookie season in CART. Brack's previous best was a third place finish scored in Nazareth earlier this season.

Patrick Carpentier earned the "Budweiser Hard Charger Award" by virtue of his fifth place finish after starting the race in 19th position. The award is presented to the driver in each race who makes the greatest improvement in track position from the beginning to the end of the race.

ROBERTO MORENO -20- Visteon Ford-Cosworth - Finished 1st - "Fantastic. Fantastic. It's just a feeling I cannot describe. Almost as good as when my daughters were born. Fantastic. 1988 was the last time that I raced competitive like this, in Formula 3000. Thank you very much to the Visteon people. It's fantastic to be part of this great team. We're growing together, and pretty soon I'll be 100% for them."

"That's what happens when they give you a good race car. The Visteon crew was fantastic today. The setup we did in qualifying yesterday did the work. We kept the same. We did a little fine-tuning and that's all we did today. I have a mile long full of people to thank for getting here for the first time since 1988 when it was the last time I had such a competitive car to race and in such good condition. I'm just over the moon with this situation. It's great to be here. It's been just a great year for me. I even got my green card in America this year."

KENNY BRACK -8- Shell Ford-Cosworth - Finished 2nd - "Yeah. (THE TEAM) got me short of fuel. I was kind of mad at them for a while, I was trying to keep people behind me, and they wouldn't let me have any fuel, so it was hard to do. In the end, we had enough fuel to give Roberto a bit of a go, but it wasn't enough. He did a great job. I'm happy for (MORENO), for me and for Firestone, Ford and everybody at Team Rahal."

"When I wasn't watching the front of the nose, I was watching behind my wing. But it stayed pretty stationary for the last few laps. I don't think anyone was able to do anything. We were sort of going the same speeds."

MICHAEL ANDRETTI -6- Big Kmart/Texaco/Havoline Ford-Cosworth - Finished 4th - "We had an oil pump problem this morning and had to rush to change the engine for the race. The guys in the pits knew I was losing power with about eight or nine laps to go. The (exhaust) header went and caused the engine to lose power and was not handling well. I didn't know what the problem was until they told me. At least the car worked long enough to finish the race."

ON MORENO'S VICTORY - "Roberto is young at heart. You wouldn't think he is 41. It doesn't surprise me that he won. He drove a good race and has for most of the season. He is the most consistent guy right now and that's how you win championships. Right now we're only 22 points out of first place and this is much better than where we would have been if we did not make it to the checkered flag."

PATRICK CARPENTIER -32- Player's Ford-Cosworth - Finished 5th - "The car was much better in the race (THAN IT HAD BEEN DURING QUALIFYING). The guys did perfect pit stops. We made a lot of mistakes this weekend, but there were no mistakes during the race and that's when it counts. The Ford engine, the tires and the chassis, everything worked great and I'm very happy."

ADRIAN FERNANDEZ -40- Tecate/Quaker State Ford-Cosworth - Finished 7th - "It was an up and down day. I made a very good start and stayed there, but then I made a mistake in one of the corners. From there on it was just a matter of recovering and trying to do fast laps and saving fuel, which was key for us. Then we had a problem on the pitstop when my clutch slipped when I was in gear and we lost seven, eight seconds there, so then we had to catch up again. But in all it was a good result for the team."

ALEX TAGLIANI -33- Player's Ford-Cosworth - Finished 16th - "We had a pretty good day. We struggled during the weekend with the setup, but it was pretty good during the race. Most of the time we were short-shifting and trying to save a lot of fuel. The car was fast enough that at the end I would have been able to fight with da Matta because I was ahead of him and got passed by him because of a fight with Dario (FRANCHITTI) and I got on the marbles and da Matta passed me. I think we had a good run for a podium finish but we had a gearbox problem."

CHRISTIAN FITTIPALDI -11- Big Kmart/Route 66 Ford-Cosworth - Finished 17th - "I started losing power for about a half lap and then the engine went. What can you do? We had a problem in the morning, so we started the race with a new engine. The car was pretty competitive. We just need to turn the page and get ready for the next race."

MAX PAPIS -7- Miller Lite Ford-Cosworth - Finished 18th - "The start was ridiculous. I'm not for those cones in the middle of the track. It just makes it tighter into turn one. I went to the outside of the track, on the grass to miss everyone and our bad luck hit us again. I hit a manhole cover in the grass trying to get back on the track. And the front wing and brake duct were broken. I had to pit to replace the front wing. But the missing brake duct caused the car to be loose. The brakes were bad then. It was tough to drive. We were able to fix the problem, on the next pitstop but the half shaft broke. That's probably because I was using the gearbox to slow me down entering the corners. It just wasn't our day, but I'm happy for Kenny."

TARSO MARQUEZ -34- Panasonic Ford-Cosworth - Finished 24th - "I think (TAKUYA) Kurosawa pushed me during the start, bent the front suspension and the front wing and spun me and a few other guys."

ON THE USE OF CONES DURING THE START - "All the drivers asked (CART) to leave it as it was without the cones. No one wanted them out there, and the result was this."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Roberto Moreno , Patrick Carpentier , Kenny Brack