CHAMPCAR/CART: Mechanical problems force PacWest out early

(Toronto, CA) -- Both PacWest Racing entries failed to finish the Molson Indy of Toronto today -- the 10th round of the FedEx Championship Series. Mauricio Gugelmin, driver of the ...

(Toronto, CA) -- Both PacWest Racing entries failed to finish the Molson Indy of Toronto today -- the 10th round of the FedEx Championship Series.

Mauricio Gugelmin, driver of the #17 Nextel PacWest Mercedes-Benz, was forced out on lap 45 of the 112-lap contest with an electrical problem.

Mark Blundell, the pilot of the #18 Motorola PacWest Mercedes-Benz, stopped out on track on just lap 20 with a mysterious mechanical problem that cut all power.

Blundell was looking forward to a successful day after being fastest in the morning warm-up that started in damp conditions and which dried enough for most drivers to be on slicks by its completion.

Michael Andretti won the 40th race of his career when he took the checkered flag from Patrick Racing's Adrian Fernandez and local hero Paul Tracy -- all three, previous race winners at Toronto.

The race was run in front of a record weekend crowd of 168,000 Champ Car fans. The next round of the FedEx Championship Series will be a 500-mile contest at the Michigan Speedway next Sunday, July 23.

MAURICIO GUGELMIN - # 17 NEXTEL PACWEST MERCEDES-BENZ -- 15th

"The oil switch had been giving me problems since Saturday and it came back to haunt me today," said Gugelmin.

"The switch kept popping up which caused my oil temperature to jump up to 126 degrees.

"The car quit because something burned -- it smelled like burnt rubber in the cockpit.

"We are looking forward to a better result in Michigan next weekend."

MARK BLUNDELL - # 18 MOTOROLA PACWEST MERCEDES-BENZ -- 22nd

"It (the car) just stopped," said Blundell.

"I don't think it was a fuel pressure problem because there was no splutter or anything, it just cut off. It is never a pleasant experience walking back to the pits.

"It is tremendously disappointing because I think we had the race set-up to put us in the running at the end. It is frustrating for me, the crew, the rest of the team back at the shop -- everyone. But at the end of the day that's the result we have and we can't change it.

"We just need to put it behind us and get refocused for Michigan next weekend."

TOP 12: 1: Michael Andretti; 2: Adrian Fernandez; 3: Paul Tracy; 4: Cristiano da Matta; 5: Alex Tagliani; 6: Gil de Ferran; 7: Patrick Carpentier; 8: Max Papis; 9: Jimmy Vasser; 10: Kenny Brack; 11: Oriol Servia; 12: Luiz Garcia Jr.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Max Papis , Adrian Fernandez , Patrick Carpentier , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Mauricio Gugelmin , Oriol Servia , Kenny Brack , Mark Blundell , Cristiano da Matta , Luiz Garcia Jr.