Inclement weather forced postponement of the third race (of six) in the CART FedEx Championship Series season so far this year to 10 AM this morning with a warm-up set for 8:00 AM. Light drizzle further postponed the Miller Lite 225 this...
Inclement weather forced postponement of the third race (of six) in the CART FedEx Championship Series season so far this year to 10 AM this morning with a warm-up set for 8:00 AM. Light drizzle further postponed the Miller Lite 225 this morning but the race finally started at approx. 1:45 PM CT.
MICHAEL ANDRETTI, # 6 Big Kmart/Texaco/Havoline Ford-Cosworth Lola
FINISHING POSITION: 2nd
STARTING POSITION: 10th
"I did my passing at the start of the race and in the pits. The Big Kmart/Texaco/Havoline guys did a great job in the pits to make up four positions. All of the extra practice has really paid off for us. They have worked really hard on pit stops. The fans were fantastic. A lot of people came out to the race and we really appreciate it. The conditions were difficult since it was postponed and it was good to see so many people back. I don't know what it is about this place. Maybe it's the cheese. I just enjoy racing here and has been competitive. We gave away tons of points at the start of the season and are starting to make them back up. It was a good day. The car was one-half decent but not perfect. Juan was having more problems than I was in traffic. When he finally caught traffic with five laps to go I pushed hard and was gaining on him. Too bad there weren't 10 more laps. (On the crash in practice:) It didn't affect the outcome of the race, just the race for the pole. (On Juan's success:) He has a good team behind him and he is a good driver. It was only a matter of time until they won a race this season. (said jokingly:) Too bad it was when I was in second."
CHRISTIAN FITTIPALDI, #11 Big Kmart/Route 66 Ford-Cosworth Lola
FINISHING POSITION: 9th
STARTING POSITION: 5th
"The guys (Moreno, Brack and Fernandez) that were out of sync (on their pit stops) caught me on the last yellow. There were three cars that would have had to pit but they caught the yellow otherwise we would have at least finished sixth. The yellows have not worked well for me this year. We lost a position on the first stop in the pits also. I had too much push the entire race. The car was a handful. Ninth place wasn't great but we scored a few points and were able to hold our ground in relation to the others. We need to be making up ground though. I'm looking forward the Detroit race so we can see how we do on the second street course. There will be many people from Kmart at the race so we need to make a strong show for them and the fans. We plan to make up some points there."