CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Player's Portland race report

Portland, Oregon, June 25, 2000 Team Player's driver Patrick Carpentier finished in the points for the fourth time in five FedEx CART Championship races in which he has competed this season with a 10th-place performance at today's...

Portland, Oregon, June 25, 2000 Team Player's driver Patrick Carpentier finished in the points for the fourth time in five FedEx CART Championship races in which he has competed this season with a 10th-place performance at today's Freightliner/G.I. Joe's 200.

Carpentier's teammate Alex Tagliani was in a position to take 11th place and two points in the drivers' standings but had the misfortune of running out of fuel on the last lap, a development that occurred because of a problem with the fuel meter reading.

Gil de Ferran won the race, finishing 2.6 seconds ahead of fellow Brazilian Roberto Moreno. It was de Ferran's second straight triumph in Portland. The two drivers are also neck-and-neck in the overall points standings, with Moreno holding a one-point edge in first place.

Carpentier made a strong comeback as the race progressed. He had to overcome a loss of several positions early in the race after he short-circuited the chicane in corner 1. Running in 10th place at the time, Carpentier was 20th when he returned to the track. "My brakes locked as I came into the corner and I had no choice but to short-circuit the chicane," he explained.

"We didn't have the best car today but we managed to hang in there. At the end of the race the rear of my Player's Reynard was pushing when I braked and the tires were gone. There was no way to adjust the brakes that's why I wasn't going as quick as I could have at the end. Despite the fact it was a tough day, we still managed to pick up some points in the standings and we're looking forward to the next race in Cleveland. "

Tagliani did a masterful job on the first lap of the race, driving to the outside to get past a collision that had occurred in front of him. Tagliani's maneuver gained him eight positions, moving him into seventh place.

With just under 20 laps to go, Tagliani was running sixth, holding off fellow rookies Kenny Brack and Oriol Servia, when a problem surfaced as he drove into the pits for refueling.

"The engine started cutting out as I was coming into the pits," explained Tagliani. "When I stopped, the engine stalled because the fuel pump had gone dry. So, we had to re-start the engine and wait for the pump to get refilled. It's really too bad because the way the car was going today, the Player's team could have finished in a higher position. We were on the verge of being in the top 5."

Carpentier and Tagliani return to action on another temporary road course next weekend when they compete in the Grand Prix of Cleveland on July 2.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Roberto Moreno , Patrick Carpentier , Alex Tagliani , Oriol Servia , Kenny Brack