A fitting tribute: Moore's friends sweep Vancouver podium. In a result most appropriate in the late Greg Moore's hometown, his close friends Dario Franchitti, Paul Tracy and Tony Kanaan took the first three spots in today's 100-lap race. All...
A fitting tribute: Moore's friends sweep Vancouver podium.
In a result most appropriate in the late Greg Moore's hometown, his close friends Dario Franchitti, Paul Tracy and Tony Kanaan took the first three spots in today's 100-lap race. All three drivers were emotional afterward in remembering Moore, a close friend as well to the Bridgestone/Firestone family who died tragically in the 1999 CART season finale. Moore's father Ric was on hand as well today to witness the result, with Team Kool Green's Franchitti coming home first, teammate Tracy second and Mo Nunn Racing's Kanaan third.
"I waited two years to do this," said Franchitti, who had hoped to honor Moore with a Vancouver win in 2000 but finished second. "To finally get it done means a lot. It's really, really special. This is a good one. The Bridgestone tires were great all day. The car was great to start with, then we lowered the pressures (on a tire change during a pit stop) and it made it bad toward the end. That wasn't the tires' fault and we learned from that. Then it was really tricky with all the build-up we had on the tires after the red flag. But the tires were good and we're very happy for the win."
All 18 cars today were equipped with Bridgestone Potenza racing radials. Bridgestone, the Official Tire of CART, joined the FedEx Championship Series this season.
Joe Barbieri, Project Supervisor, Bridgestone Motorsport: "This is a special day for the drivers on the podium and for us at Bridgestone Motorsport. Greg Moore was a dear, dear friend to our racing program and to see three of his closest compatriots riding their Bridgestone tires to the podium today gives us all reason to smile. The Potenza tires performed well again today, giving the drivers the grip and durability necessary to compete on this tight, slick track. We applaud CART's decision to throw the red flag in order to give fans the opportunity for a green-flag finish. It did, however, allow the remaining cars to collect quite a bit of build-up on their tires. There weren't enough laps for the debris to be scrubbed off, but the drivers all did a tremendous job of negotiating the course to the checkered flag."
Barry Green, owner, Team Kool Green: "It was a great day. Anytime you finish 1-2, that's a great team effort. The Bridgestone tires suited our cars all weekend, they were just awesome. We got a bunch of points today that we badly needed."
Race temperatures ranged from 81 to 102 degrees track and from 68 to 72 degrees ambient (F); Race temperatures ranged from 27 to 39 degrees track and from 20 to 22 degrees ambient (C).