CHAMPCAR/CART: Toyota Nazareth summary

- For the second consecutive race, Juan Montoya dominated the field today only to see victory slip away after getting a punctured tire from debris on the track after another racer's contact with the wall. Montoya led every green flag lap ...

- For the second consecutive race, Juan Montoya dominated the field today only to see victory slip away after getting a punctured tire from debris on the track after another racer's contact with the wall. Montoya led every green flag lap through the first half of the race. Montoya dropped to fifth place after the puncture, but was caught up in an accident when two cars spun in front of him on a re-start - resulting in a broken front wing on the Target Toyota. After replacing the nose cone, the defending FedEx Champion dropped to 12th. He then charged through the field to finish fourth - proving to be one of the few drivers able to pass on the tight 0.946-mile oval.

- Juan Montoya's 110 laps led extends his series leading total to 303 - more than double the next highest competitor, Gil de Ferran. Montoya has now led 282 of the last 426 (66%) laps run in Champ Car competition over the last two races. Toyota leads all manufacturers with 304 laps led in Champ Car competition this season.

- Including today's pole position, Toyota has been on the front row in each of the five FedEx Championship Series races this season - the only manufacturer to do so. To date, Toyota has two pole positions and three second-place qualifying efforts. - With a seventh-place finish today, Jimmy Vasser regained sole possession of second-place in the FedEx Championship Series points chase. Cristiano da Matta slips to ninth after getting caught up in a first-lap incident, while Montoya has risen to 10th place after starting the season without a point in the first three races of the season.

- Oriol Servia earned his second top-10 finish in just his fifth Champ Car race with a ninth today. Servia currently sits third in a hotly-contest Rookie-of-the-Year race.

Manufacturer's Championship: 1. Ford 88; 2. Honda 88; 3. Toyota 70; 4. Mercedes 31

#1 Juan Montoya, Target Toyota Lola: "We're going pretty good now, bad things just keep happening. The engine was good today. Sometimes things happen you can't control."

Jim Aust, Toyota vice president of motorsports: "We're extremely pleased with the way we ran today. Juan clearly had everyone covered. We just can't get any racing luck. At some point, it has to go our way. I want to congratulate Roger Penske for winning his 100th Champ Car race, that's a tremendous accomplishment. If we couldn't win, I'm glad it was Roger."

NEXT RACE: MILLER LITE 225, June, 4 - ABC

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Jimmy Vasser , Oriol Servia , Roger Penske