CHAMPCAR/CART: Mercedes Gold Coast results

Adrian Fernandez won a wild Honda Indy 300 at the 2.795-mile, 14-turn Surfers Paradise street circuit in Queensland, Australia. The excitement started on the first lap in the first corner, when Gil de Ferran, pole sitter Juan Montoya...

Adrian Fernandez won a wild Honda Indy 300 at the 2.795-mile, 14-turn Surfers Paradise street circuit in Queensland, Australia. The excitement started on the first lap in the first corner, when Gil de Ferran, pole sitter Juan Montoya and Dario Franchitti crashed out of the race after de Ferran made contact with Montoya. But the five Mercedes-Benz drivers were able to stay clear of the melee, and the reward was a seventh-place finish for Herdez/Bettenhausen Motorsports driver Michel Jourdain Jr., and all the Mercedes-powered Champ Cars finishing in the points. "It was crazy the whole race," said Jourdain, who generally stayed out of trouble during an event that saw five caution periods, four of which were due to dramatic accidents. "We finished good, but most importantly, we finished." Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing/Mercedes-Benz driver Tony Kanaan started the race seventh and finished eighth despite the fact he was in a fuel conservation mode for a majority of the contest. "It turned out to be a battle of fuel consumption, and we really had to work hard to save fuel almost all race long," said Kanaan. "It was especially frustrating for us today because we had a great race car." Two spots behind Kanaan was Nextel/PacWest Racing/Mercedes-Benz pilot Mauricio Gugelmin. His car suffered from a shift problem early in the race that put him at a disadvantage, and that in turn resulted in a braking problem for the veteran driver because he had trouble making downshifts. "On my first pit stop they had to reset the gearbox calibration," said Gugelmin, who finished 10th. "I was locking up the brakes in the rear and the front every time in the chicane. I just didn't have a good car." Mark Blundell battled numerous mechanical problems with his Motorola/PacWest Racing/Mercedes-Benz, but he was still able to finish 11th. In 12th place was Luiz Garcia Jr. in the Hollywood/Arciero Project Racing/Mercedes-Benz.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Adrian Fernandez , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Mauricio Gugelmin , Mark Blundell , Michel Jourdain , Luiz Garcia Jr. , Mo Nunn