MARLBORO RACING NEWS -- THE OFFICIAL INDYCAR NEWS SERVICE ========================================================= BUDWEISER/G.I. JOE'S 200 Portland International Raceway Sunday, June 26, 1994 MARLBORO TEAM PENSKE SCORES 1-2-3 VICTORY IN...
MARLBORO RACING NEWS -- THE OFFICIAL INDYCAR NEWS SERVICE =========================================================
BUDWEISER/G.I. JOE'S 200 Portland International Raceway Sunday, June 26, 1994
MARLBORO TEAM PENSKE SCORES 1-2-3 VICTORY IN PORTLAND -----------------------------------------------------
PORTLAND, Ore. (June 26, 1994) -- Roger Penske's all-star IndyCar team swept its second one-two-three podium sweep of the season at the Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 at Portland International Raceway.
Al Unser Jr. won his fourth race of the year today, holding off teammate Emerson Fittipaldi after a close late-race battle. Paul Tracy finished third.
"My biggest moment was that last yellow when Emerson was able to get as close to me as he was," said Unser, who scored his first of 23 career Indy Car Series wins here in 1984. "I was driving for all I was worth."
Although Portland marked Fittipaldi's fourth second-place finish of the season, he was pleased with the result.
"I'm happy," said Fittipaldi, the race's defending champion. "It was another great race. I was slow on the start, but the last part of the race I was catching Al. He did a fantastic job."
An exciting last-lap battle for fourth place was won by Robby Gordon who beat defending PPG Cup champion Nigel Mansell the finish line by a foot. Gordon was able to make up ground on Mansell after the Briton had to make a 'splash and dash' stop for fuel.
Rookies Jacques Villeneuve and Alessandro Zampedri finished sixth and seventh. Zampedri scored the best-ever finish for Dale Coyne's small team.
Unser Jr.'s fourth win of the year extends his lead in this year's PPG Indy Car World Series championship. He leads teammate Fittipaldi's 105 to 86. Robby Gordon moved into third in the championship with 64 points followed by Michael Andretti with 59, Nigel Mansell with 56 points and Paul Tracy with 50 points.
Unser took a $150,000 Marlboro Pole Award bonus for winning from the pole position.
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