The battle for the CART Constructors Championship title tightened this weekend, with Reynard cars finishing second and third at the tenth round of the Series in Toronto, to keep the British company ahead of its rivals. Team Penske Reynard driver,...
The battle for the CART Constructors Championship title tightened this weekend, with Reynard cars finishing second and third at the tenth round of the Series in Toronto, to keep the British company ahead of its rivals. Team Penske Reynard driver, Helio CastroNeves started from pole position, but dropped out after 45 laps with mechanical problems. The 112 lap race was dominated by PPI Motorsports Toyota Reynard Champ Car driver, Cristiano da Matta, until the final pit stop when he slipped back to fourth place. Quick pitstops by the Patrick Racing and Team KOOL Green crews put their Reynard drivers, Adrian Fernandez and Canadian native, Paul Tracy, ahead, but they were overtaken by Champ Car veteran, Michael Andretti, who retained the lead until the chequered flag.
Adrian Fernandez, Tecate/Quaker State/Patrick Racing Ford Reynard, commented: "For us, it was a good race. We gained two positions at the start when [Juan] Montoya and [Dario] Franchitti got together, and I got by [Gil] de Ferran on the restart. Then, I saw Paul coming and I said 'Here we go again.' He did the same thing at Cleveland. I really had to concentrate. I had kind of a big moment with Oriol Servia, and after that, there were really no yellows. My brakes started to fade toward the end and I had to be careful not to completely kill them before the end of the race. We made up a lot of positions on fuel. After the last stop, I got out ahead of Michael, but he had more temperature in his tires and he was able to get past. But it was a great result for Patrick Racing today."
Paul Tracy, KOOL Honda Reynard added: "It was an up and down weekend with the weather and various problems we had. I'm very happy with the way things turned out. It was almost disastrous at the start. I hit the wall and bent the suspension, and I had a problem with the right front tire. It would build up too much pressure, so I had to be really careful. It was a handful all day, and I'm glad we were able to come home in third. [On paying tribute to Greg Moore with his helmet design this weekend] "It's not too emotional. I mean, we're all sad about what happened, but now it's time to pay tribute to Greg's life. It was an honor wearing his helmet today; I think it was a little push from behind today. I want to thank Ric [Moore, Greg's father], his wife, and his whole family for letting me do this here this weekend. We've been able to do some really great things for the Greg Moore Foundation."
The FedEx Championship Series points race tightened up considerably after leader Roberto Moreno (Visteon Ford Reynard) went scoreless this weekend. Andretti closed to 90-88 while Gil de Ferran (Marlboro Honda Reynard) drew to third place with 75 after finishing sixth. Paul Tracy (KOOL Honda Reynard) stands fourth at 73 points, followed by rookie Kenny Brack (Shell Ford Reynard) with 66.
The FedEx Championship Series continues with its fifth event in six weeks, the Michigan 500 Presented by Toyota, Sunday, July 23, at Michigan Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan.