CHAMPCAR/CART: Mid-Ohio Toyota race report

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<pre> Race Results Finish Qualified #96 Oriol Servia 10th 17th #10 Memo Gidley 12th 23rd #97 Cristiano da Matta 17th 7th #12 Jimmy Vasser 21st 11th #1 Juan Montoya 24th 10th

</pre> - Oriol Servia earned his sixth top-10 finish of the season with a 10th today. Servia has scored championship points in every road course event this season except for one - at Cleveland where he was knocked out of the race after being hit from behind on the opening lap.

- Memo Gidley earned his third consecutive points-paying finish for Della Penna Motorsports with a 12th today. The former Toyota Atlantic ace also has three top-10 finishes on the season in six races.

- Cristiano da Matta lost a shot at his sixth top-10 finish in his last seven races when he got caught behind an incident between Paul Tracy and Alexandre Tagliani. After Tracy spun and blocked the track, da Matta was forced off the circuit and into the gravel trap ending his day in 17th place.

- Jimmy Vasser was potentially on the way to his sixth top-10 finish in eight career appearances at Mid-Ohio before being taken out of the race with what appeared to be an ill-advised passing attempt by a lapped Dario Franchitti. Vasser ended up 21st.

- Juan Montoya finished 24th today after running out of fuel after completing 43 laps today. Montoya, who was forced to pit early after spinning on lap 15, was battling an ill-handling car for much of the race, twice going off track.

- After being knocked out of the race today without a points-paying finish, Cristiano da Matta dropped to sixth in the FedEx Championship Series points race. Juan Montoya dropped to ninth, while Jimmy Vasser fell out of the top 10.


Jim Aust, Toyota vice president of motorsports: "After two straight wins, we found out how humbling Champ Car racing can be today. It was easily our most top-five finish. On the otherhand, we get a chance to get back onto the race track in five days and work our way back to Victory Lane."

Manufacturer's Championship: Ford 224; Honda 205; Toyota 190; Mercedes 53

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Memo Gidley , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Oriol Servia , Cristiano da Matta