CHAMPCAR/CART: Rio Luiz Garcia Jr. scores points in second straight race

Garcia, 28, of Brasilia, tied his best career CART finish, which he recorded at the Long Beach Grand Prix two weeks ago. The Brazilian had a problem with a toe link and punctured right rear tire, but was able to overcome them and take his 2000...

Garcia, 28, of Brasilia, tied his best career CART finish, which he recorded at the Long Beach Grand Prix two weeks ago. The Brazilian had a problem with a toe link and punctured right rear tire, but was able to overcome them and take his 2000 Hollywood-Embratel-Tang-Varig-Banco Sofisa-Reynard/Mercedes-Benz to 12th place.

It was his first race of the season in the 2000 car. After his race, crew members from the Project Racing Group doused the hot driver with a bucket of water.

Garcia now has two points in the FedEx CART Championship.

Quotes

"I'm really happy to score a point in my second straight race and in front of my home crowd. This is really something special for me. I kept pushing, pushing, pushing as hard as I could throughout the race. I was making some adjustments during the race, you know, playing with the bars. I had a good run and am happy with the point. It was also nice to do it for my sponsors, Hollywood, Embratel, Varig, Tang, and Banco Sofisa, who were here to see me race."

"We had a small problem with the suspension which made the car loose and I came in, which was good because we also discovered a puncture on the right rear tire."

On his battle with Gualter Salles

"It was a good fight. We had a nice race and it reminded me of our days when we raced in Formula Fords. It was fun making some moves on him. After I passed Gualter, I was trying to go after (Bryan) Herta, but I had a bit of a push coming out of turns one and four." -- Luiz Garcia Jr., Driver

"Luiz did another great job for us. It was the first time we had a competitive car in the race. After all the problems we had over the weekend, we're happy to have scored a point. On Luiz's second set of tires, he had some competitive times. We had a problem with the toe link, which made the car loose, and we had a puncture-that's why we lost two laps. We' re very happy with the new Reynard/Mercedes-Benz package." -- Andreas Leberle, Team Owner

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gualter Salles , Luiz Garcia