Alex Zanardi and the ...
Alex Zanardi and the #66 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard saw their day end on Lap 4 of today's Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit. Zanardi, who started from 15th on the grid, lost four spots in the opening laps and was working Lap 4 when he was hit from behind by the car of Michel Jourdain entering Turn 3 and sent into the tire wall. No one was injured, and both cars were out of the race as a result of the incident.
Zanardi's teammate Tony Kanaan and the #55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard did not even start today's race. Kanaan suffered a mild concussion in a qualifying accident Saturday afternoon and was advised by doctors to not participate in the main event. He will be back in action next weekend when the CART FedEx Championship Series resumes with Round 8 at Portland (Ore.) International Raceway.
"It was obvious from the start that I didn't have a car that was going to lead me to spray champagne at the end of the day. I have no idea what the problem was. So I had my eyes on my mirrors all through the back straight to make sure nobody was there as I headed into the corner. I even left a little room just in case he (Jourdain) wanted to try and pass me. Well, it was obvious he tried it a little late because I never saw him in the mirrors, and the next thing I knew he hit me from behind and we ended up in the tire wall. I am uncomfortable talking about an accident like that because you always end up blaming each other. I am sure he's blaming me a little bit. It's been a frustrating season so far, but we're not giving up. The first thing we need to do is figure out what was wrong with the car today and come back strong at Portland."