MONTREAL, Quebec, Canada (August 25, 2002)-- It was a very long day for Team Motorola and driver Michael Andretti at the inaugural Molson Indy of Montreal. Â Amid the sea of fans surrounding the 2.707-mile road course Andretti managed to work his...
MONTREAL, Quebec, Canada (August 25, 2002)-- It was a very long day for Team Motorola and driver Michael Andretti at the inaugural Molson Indy of Montreal. Amid the sea of fans surrounding the 2.707-mile road course Andretti managed to work his way from his 18th starting position to a final position of eighth. "Today was not a good day for us," said Andretti. "The big positives are that we are rolling the car back on the truck and we gained championship points." Andretti was very enthused though to see his technical partner, Dario Franchitti, capture first place and his other technical partner Paul Tracy finish fourth. "They both did a great job," commented Andretti.
Andretti started today's 80-lap event in 18th position and had worked his way to 15th on the start when he was hit by another car as a result of an incident further up the grid. "The contact on the first lap just punctured our tire," said general manager Kim Green. "Although it didn't cost us too much, it was still an extra pit stop and put us down 2 positions." Andretti did recover from the first lap incident and mainly just tried to work with the car to keep it balanced and to bring it to the finish line in a points paying position.
Dario's victory was his second of the season and has moved him into second place in the championship with 106 points. Cristiano daMatta finished second today and now has 161 points and continues to lead the championship. Tony Kanaan rounded out the podium in third place. Today's eighth place finish earned Michael 5 points and gives him a total of 82 points and seventh place in the championship race. Paul Tracy is now in ninth place in the championship with 81 points.
Team Motorola will now return to their shop in Indianapolis and begin preparations for the Shell Grand Prix of Denver to be held on September 1 in Denver, Colorado.
Michael Andretti -- #39 Honda-Lola-Bridgestone
"Today wasn't a very good one for me or for Team Motorola but our technical partners, Dario (Franchitti) and Paul (Tracy) did a good job. We just didn't have it all weekend. We were just lacking that little bit to go fast. It's a disappointment but hopefully we'll get it figured out for Denver. But this event was just great. I think it was a great race and a huge success. The fans came out and supported it and it was all very positive, so that was really great to see."
Kim Green -- General Manager
"It's certainly been a long weekend for Team Motorola. We just had to have patience and work our butts off today to get championship points. Michael hung in there and Team Motorola had good pit stops, including our extra stop after being hit on the first lap and puncturing a tire. It was a gutsy day out there and everyone just hung in there and worked hard. The car wasn't very well balanced but we just soldiered on and went from 18th to 8th and those are valuable points."