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Herdez Bettenhausen #16 Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Firestone
A last-lap mechanical failure by Paul Tracy moved Michel Jourdain into 7th finishing position in today's 65-lap event and into sole possession of 20th place in the championship with the addition of six points to his total.
In a race traditionally littered with broken and expired cars, this year's edition of the Honda Indy 300, witnessed by 110,187 sunburnt and screaming fans, saw 20 of 26 starters complete the full race distance.
Tracy's late-race demise also moved Gil de Ferran into fourth place in the race only one ahead of championship challenger Kenny Brack but enough to secure the Vanderbilt Cup for the second straight year.
Jourdain's finish matched his previous best at this track and is his second-best career road course finish (6th at Vancouver, 2001).
Michel Jourdain, Jr.
"There sure weren't as many cautions as we normally have here but the first one really hurt us! We were going to be one of the last three cars to pit but we got caught out when the track went yellow and the field packed up behind the pace car. But the car was very good and the strategy we had was excellent, even though the race didn't go as usual. It's a nice result for my 100th start but I'm still hoping to improve for my 101st!"
The competitors of the CART FedEx Championship Series return to U.S. soil on Monday and will spend the following days in southern California preparing for the final round of the series, the Marlboro 500 presented by Toyota. This round, which includes a $1million purse for the winner, will take place November 2-4, 2001 on the 2-mile superspeedway at California Speedway in Fontana, California.