CHAMPCAR/CART: Rio Paul Tracy; continuing the lead

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (April 30, 2000) - Team KOOL Green's Paul Tracy scored his third podium finish in as many races in today's running of the Rio 200 at Emerson Fittipaldi Speedway. Tracy leads the championship standings with 48 points after...

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (April 30, 2000) - Team KOOL Green's Paul Tracy scored his third podium finish in as many races in today's running of the Rio 200 at Emerson Fittipaldi Speedway. Tracy leads the championship standings with 48 points after finishing third today behind runner-up Jimmy Vasser and winner Adrian Fernandez.

Fernandez earned his sixth career Champ Car victory today, leading a total of 11 laps, after starting from the 16th spot on the grid. Fernandez was running second behind Alex Tagliani, when the rookie pole-winner spun with just eight laps to go. Tagliani smoked his tires trying to keep control, creating a huge smoke screen, which caught out TKG driver Dario Franchitti and Kenny Brack. Fernandez assumed the lead, Vasser found his way through in second place and Tracy moved into third after nudging past Tagliani's car. Tagliani brought out the fifth and final yellow flag which ended the race when he spun on a re-start with just two laps to go.

Round 4 of the CART FedEx Championship Series moves next to Twin-Ring Motegi in Japan two weeks for the Firestone Firehawk 500.

PAUL TRACY, #26 Team KOOL Green HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (Started 3rd / Finished 3rd ; Currently 1st in the standings with 48 points)

"Team KOOL Green is three-for-three on the podium so far this season. It's great to be heading to Japan leading the championship standings, especially after a difficult race like today. There was a lot of banging out there, but we were still standing at the finish. I'd be thrilled if we can keep coming out of races with big points.

"I'm disappointed for Dario today because it looked like he was going to have a strong result. I know he had his own problems out there and it's a shame because he was up there when Tagliani spun."

DARIO FRANCHITTI, #26 Team KOOL Green HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (Started 8th / Finished 11th ; Currently 18th in the standings with 4 points)

"The race didn't go so well for us from the very beginning. I got hit by another car in the first couple of laps that damaged the ski-ramp front-wing end-plate, which gave me lots of understeer. We could never get rid of that understeer. I could get on the power coming out of the turn, but I had to brake too early going in, costing us some speed. We're missing something somewhere. It has been difficult the way things have been going.

"When the leader (Tagliani) spun, I was going into a huge smoke screen. I mean I couldn't see a thing. I braked, looking for a way through and the car swapped ends. I wasn't even going that fast. Then I stalled the engine."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Adrian Fernandez , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Kenny Brack , Emerson Fittipaldi