CHAMPCAR/CART: Luiz Garcia Jr out of points at Motegi

MOTEGI, Japan -- Luiz Garcia Jr.'s race came to a premature end as internal problems contributed to his first mechanical DNF of the 2000 season. He had completed 18 laps and was classified 23rd in the race. According to Project Racing Group ...

MOTEGI, Japan -- Luiz Garcia Jr.'s race came to a premature end as internal problems contributed to his first mechanical DNF of the 2000 season. He had completed 18 laps and was classified 23rd in the race.

According to Project Racing Group engineer Michael Wright, Garcia's car had a clutch fluid leak.

The DNF ends Garcia's two race points scoring streak, and also ends his finish in the money paying position.

It was the first internal DNF for Garcia and the team this season.

"Once I had heat in the tires I got into a really good rhythm during my race and was feeling great. I was going faster with each green lap and passed Tarso (Marques) and was catching (Takuya) Kurosawa when officials saw smoke coming from my car and I had to come in to the pits. Obviously it's disappointing because I felt we had a good chance to score some more points." -- Luiz Garcia Jr., Driver

"It's a shame that we had our problem and had our first DNF of the year. We certainly don't like it. Luiz was running some competitive times and had passed (Tarso) Marques and had a good run going. Now we'll do some testing and get ready for Nazareth." -- Andreas Leberle, Team Owner

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