CHAMPCAR/CART: PacWest Vancouver race notes

Both PacWest drivers experienced highs and lows during this 98-lap timed race in Vancouver. Starting in the middle of the pack, Dixon used pit strategy to move into second position during the first full-course yellow on lap-25 when the leaders ...

Both PacWest drivers experienced highs and lows during this 98-lap timed race in Vancouver. Starting in the middle of the pack, Dixon used pit strategy to move into second position during the first full-course yellow on lap-25 when the leaders pitted. He elected to stay out until lap 39 when he came in for fuel and tires. On lap 41, Dixon was hit by Takagi and suffered damage to some bodywork on the right rear of his car. He was bump started after stalling, but went one-lap-down when he had to pit for repairs. Gugelmin, due to an excellent pit strategy by his crew, managed to lead this race for five laps after making four pit stops early for fuel. When the leaders pitted on lap 74, Big Mo assumed the lead until the restart at lap 79. Several cars then passed him, before another driver hit him on lap 85 after the restart. He cut his right rear tire in the incident and had to pit on lap 86 for new tires and a splash of fuel. The race ended under time restrictions after 98 laps of the scheduled 100-lap event.

SCOTT DIXON - # 18 NEXTEL POWERWARE PANASONIC PACWEST TOYOTA
Starting position: 17th Finishing position: 13th Laps: 98

"I'm pretty upset to say the least," said Dixon. "We had a good car today, but our race pretty much ended when I was hit by Takagi on lap 41. I don't know what happened there, but I was in front of his when I was hit at the right rear of my car. We had some bodywork damage that needed repair, but we had no chance after that because I was one-lap down."

MAURICIO GUGELMIN - # 17 NEXTEL PACWEST TOYOTA
Starting position: 16th Finishing position: 15th Laps: 97

"It was like bumper cars out there," said Gugelmin. "We managed to led a few laps today because of our pit strategy, but then we had to try and save fuel to go the rest of the way. When you are in a position to try to save fuel, your tires tend to get really dirty. So, on the restart at lap 85, I was junk. Several drivers passed me and I almost put my car into the wall because my tires were dirty. You cant really save fuel and keep your tires clean. It doesn't matter now because I was hit on the restart lap and cut one of my tires. That really ended any hopes of points for me and my crew."

-pacwest

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