WINNER: Michael Andretti scored his 40th CART victory and a personal best sixth win in Toronto as well as moved within two points of CART FedEx Championship points leader Roberto Moreno. MICHAEL ANDRETTI, ...
WINNER: Michael Andretti scored his 40th CART victory and a personal best sixth win in Toronto as well as moved within two points of CART FedEx Championship points leader Roberto Moreno.
MICHAEL ANDRETTI, # 6 Big Kmart/Texaco/Havoline Ford-Cosworth Lola
FINISHING POSITION: 1st "I am happy to get my 40th win here in Toronto," said Andretti. "I love this place. The Big Kmart/Texaco/Havoline team did a superb job and won this for me in the pits. I think Michigan and Fontana will be the two key races for the championship. Who ever can finish those races will be in good shape. I started out all over (second place) Helio and noticed his tires started to go off. I tried to push him into a mistake but he only made small ones. I tried to be patient and rely on my experience and just decided to leave it up to the crew. They did a superb job and got me out in front of Helio in the pits. Again it was almost the same scenario with (race leader) Cristiano. I was pushing him as hard as I could and trying to get him to make a mistake. I decided to again wait for a stop and the Big Kmart/Texaco/Havoline guys got me another position. He went in one lap before me and when I pitted and came out, I was immediately in front of him on the track and had to hold him off on cold tires. After that, I had a run on Adrian when he was coming out of the pits and knew I had an advantage since he was on cold tires. I went beside him and then I had it. I knew I had to get by him since he pitted later than I did and would be tough to pass after his tires warmed up. The Ford engine ran perfectly all day. I was really counting the last 15 laps down and just hoping we would make it to the end. It's been a long time since I won on a street course and it is a nice feeling."
CHRISTIAN FITTIPALDI, #11 Big Kmart/Route 66 Ford-Cosworth Lola
FINISHING POSITION: 17th (was running in fourth place at the time of the accident)
"Michael and Gil were side-by-side and neither could decide who was going to move ahead and then Gil suddenly stood on the brakes and darted in his pits. He didn't even more over before he jumped on the brakes and I ran into the back of his car. I though Gil would pull over then brake like others. It damaged my nose and broke the studs so we couldn't put on a new one. This has been a really tough year for the Big Kmart/Route 66 team. I have to admit it."