(Milwaukee, Wi) -- After being battered and receiving heavy damage bills at the last two races, PacWest Racing escaped unscathed from the sixth round of the FedEx Championship Series at the Milwaukee Mile in Wisconsin today. ...
(Milwaukee, Wi) -- After being battered and receiving heavy damage bills at the last two races, PacWest Racing escaped unscathed from the sixth round of the FedEx Championship Series at the Milwaukee Mile in Wisconsin today.
#17 Nextel PacWest Mercedes-Benz driver Mauricio Gugelmin came away from the #Miller Lite 225 with two extra championship points after finishing 11th #while Mark Blundell bought home his #18 Motorola PacWest Mercedes-Benz in #17th place.
The Milwaukee race finally got a start today at 1.45pm after being postponed almost 24 hours because of continual drizzling rain.
The Motorola car was involved in an accident in Japan last month while the machine was virtually destroyed after being helped into the wall by another driver at Nazareth last weekend -- the only "war wounds" today were a few stone chips.
Juan Montoya won the race from Michael Andretti, Patrick Carpentier, Kenny Brack and Roberto Moreno -- Dario Franchitti, Max Papis, Adrian Fernandez, Christian Fittipaldi, Tony Kanaan, Gugelmin and Gil de Ferran made up the top 12.
The next round of the FedEx Championship Series will be held at Detroit on June 18.
MAURICIO GUGELMIN - # 17 NEXTEL PACWEST MERCEDES-BENZ -- 11th
"We were able to conserve a lot of fuel during the race which was the right thing to do, but today we just did not get a break," said Gugelmin.
"Some people elected to pit early and they still finished with two stops.
"On my second stop I just came in too hot and locked up and hit a couple of wheels -- so that was a slow stop and caused me to get behind Montoya and I never got my lap back.
"The end result probably would have been one position if the stop had been perfect.
"I had a better car than an 11th placed car overall."
MARK BLUNDELL - # 18 MOTOROLA PACWEST MERCEDES-BENZ -- Starts 17th
"I think we will need to sit down and have a look at our race and our strategy," said Blundell.
"That was probably the best balanced car I have had on an oval this year and we made great fuel mileage when we needed with the Mercedes-Benz.
"We passed cars out on the track, but we just could not make track position.
"One of the yellows came out just after one of our stops, so that certainly didn't work in our favor.
"I am quite amazed we finished out of the points with the car we had."
Championship points: Paul Tracy 59, Roberto Moreno 52,Jimmy Vasser 48, Juan Montoya 44, Michael Andretti 44, Gil de Ferran 43, Kenny Brack 39, Adrian Fernandez 38, Max Papis 31, Dario Franchitti 28 - Maurico Gugelmin 21 (14th), Mark Blundell 11 (18th).