CHAMPCAR/CART: Toyoto Mid-Ohio race notes

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<pre> Race Results Start/Finish #20 Roberto Moreno 15/6 #11 Christian Fittipaldi 9/8 #6 Cristiano da Matta 11/10 #12 Memo Gidley 17/11 #18 Scott Dixon 12/12 #4 Bruno Junqueira 10/13 #17 Mauricio Gugelmin 21/14 #5 Tora Takagi 22/21 #40 Jimmy Vasser 4/23

- Roberto Moreno was the top Toyota finisher at today's Miller Lite 200 with a sixth. It was his third top-six finish and his eighth points-paying finish of the year. Moreno gained nine positions on the tough-to-overtake racetrack.

- Moreno's teammate, Jimmy Vasser, ran in the top three from the green flag through the midway point of the race before contact with the lapped car of Michel Jourdain ended his day. He eventually finished 23rd. It's the third time in the last eight races that Vasser was running in the top five only to have an incident force him from the race.

- Christian Fittipaldi's eighth-place finish is his fifth top-10 finish of the season. The result was his best showing since a third at Portland.

- Cristiano da Matta's 10th marks his eighth top-10 finish this season. He has now scored 55 out of his 70 points on road courses. The 1998 Indy Lights champion moves back into a sixth-place tie overall with Scott Dixon.

- Scott Dixon has now registered nine points-paying finishes in his last 10 races. Dixon currently leads the series in laps completed - finishing (1,666) out of a possible (1,712). In addition, he extended his Rookie of the Year points lead to 43 points over Bruno Junqueira, 70-27.

- Memo Gidley's 11th-place finish is his third points-paying result in his last five races - the other two were a second at Cleveland and a fifth at Chicago.

Jim Aust, Toyota vice president of motorsports: "Jimmy (Vasser) had a great run going today. It was a shame to lose him while stuck in lapped traffic. We'll need to regroup quickly and be prepared for Road America."

Jimmy Vasser, #40 Visteon Toyota: "We just haven't been able to get points since Japan. There were lapped cars between us (the leaders) and you have to get through them. In the drivers meetings, they say that the lapped cars are supposed to move over and let the guys fighting for the lead go by. I'm not really sure what happened, I'd have to see the video tape. It's unfortunate. The Patrick guys gave me a really good car today."

NEXT RACE: Motorola 220, Aug. 19, ESPN, 1:00 p.m. EDT/10 a.m. PDT


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Memo Gidley , Bruno Junqueira , Roberto Moreno , Christian Fittipaldi , Scott Dixon , Mauricio Gugelmin , Tora Takagi , Cristiano da Matta , Michel Jourdain