Tony Kanaan and his ...
Tony Kanaan and his #10 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Lola was running in third place at today's CART Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio when a yet-to-be-determined mechanical problem ended his shot at the team's second consecutive podium finish just 14 laps from the end of the 92-lap event. Kanaan started fourth and held that position through the first two of today' s three mandatory pit stops. He moved into third when then-second-place Cristiano da Matta spun off the track while trying to take the lead on Lap 69 and brought out the yellow. Kanaan made his final pit stop under that yellow and re-emerged in third. Just nine laps later, he reported that something in the engine or drivetrain seized, and he coasted into the pits, where his day ended.
Polesitter Patrick Carpentier won for the second time in three races today, leading all but three laps in beating runner-up Christian Fittipaldi and the third-place-finishing Michael Andretti to the checkered flag.
The next stop on the 2002 CART FedEx Championship Series tour is next weekend (Aug. 18), the Grand Prix of Road America featuring the Motorola 220.
"This is about as disappointing as you can imagine. We had a solid race car and we were going to have an easy third-place finish for the second race in a row. Something just locked up when I went to brake in the carousel. I don't know if it was in the engine or the gearbox or the driveshaft. It's just a shame. I'm absolutely at a loss for words. It's just been one of those years. I don't know what else to say other than let's turn another page and see if we can learn what happened and correct it for next week. We 're all trying our best. We're just going to keep working hard, just like we did today. One thing for sure, we're never going to give up the fight."