CHAMPCAR/CART: Zanardi Chicago race notes

Alex Zanardi and his ...

Alex Zanardi and his #66 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard finished ninth in today's Target Grand Prix at Chicago Motor Speedway. Zanardi started fifth but lost a couple of spots early in the race. He re-emerged in fifth after pitting for the first time on Lap 79 for tires and fuel. He worked his way to second place on Lap 122, making a bold move to get around Helio Castroneves and into position to chase leader Kenny Brack. But then he was held up by the lapped car of Michel Jourdain for dozens of laps, allowing Brack to stretch his lead. Zanardi pitted for the second and final time on Lap 162 and fell back to ninth place. He was passed by teammate Tony Kanaan with 13 laps to go to fall back to ninth, where he finished.

Kanaan and the #55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard finished eighth after starting on the pole. Brack won today for the third time this season. He was followed across the finish line by runner-up Patrick Carpentier and third-place-finishing Gil de Ferran.

The next race on the schedule is in two weeks (Aug. 10-12), the Miller Lite 200, Round 13 of 21 on the 2001 CART FedEx Championship Series at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

ALEX ZANARDI

"I'd like to say it was fun, but it was far from it. It was a good workout. That's about it. These races are terrible for two reasons: first, these (Handford) wings are not conducive to good racing on a track like this because they make the cars so nervous in traffic that it's impossible to pass; and second, I think it's ridiculous that they allow somebody in a lapped car to hold me up. It's a fact that (the lapped car of) Michel Jourdain held me up altogether for at least 50 laps today on two different stints. We asked CART repeatedly to have him let us by, just like we all agreed to do in the driver's meeting. My lap times were 25.3 seconds before I caught up to him. And then I was running no better than 26.3s when I got behind him. He refused to let me by, and CART didn't do anything about it. If that's how it's going to be, then I'm not taking any more time out of my schedule to do CART promotional appearances."

-MNR

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Patrick Carpentier , Alex Zanardi , Tony Kanaan , Kenny Brack , Michel Jourdain , Mo Nunn