Alex Zanardi and the ...
Alex Zanardi and the #66 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard finished 12th in today's Miller Lite 225 at The Milwaukee Mile. It was the second consecutive performance in the championship points (he was sixth two weekends ago at Motegi) for Zanardi, who started the day 15th on a starting grid that was determined by the current driver standings because Saturday's regularly scheduled qualifying session was rained out..
Zanardi quickly worked his way into the top 10. He was ninth by Lap 20 and stayed there until the first round of pit stops, unfortunately violating the pit speed limit on his way in. After that, Zanardi then stalled the motor as he was readying to exit the pits; combined with a drive-through penalty for the pit speed violation, he dropped back to 19th place. Zanardi moved up to 16th by the latter stages of the race before making a final charge to the finish. He passed three cars on each of the final three laps, and ended up recording the third-fastest lap of the day (23.537 seconds; 159.608 mph), behind Dario Franchitti (23.277; 159.608) and Patrick Carpentier (23.286; 159.547).
Meanwhile, teammate Tony Kanaan and the #55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard finished sixth today after starting seventh and recorded the fourth-fastest lap of the day (23.568; 157.637). Kenny Brack won today for the second event in a row, beating runner-up Michael Andretti and third-place-finishing Scott Dixon across the finish line.
The next stop on the 21-race CART FedEx Championship Series 2001 tour is Round Seven in two weeks (June 15-17), the Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit.
"That was a lot of work for just one point! But I'm happier to get that one point than I can remember being after some race wins in the past. My car was okay. I had a lot of understeer, but at the same time I was one of the guys out there who could put some moves on people. Unfortunately we had a problem with our pit speed on our first stop. We must have had a bad sensor because my dash wasn't showing me going 54 mph. Then, when I stalled the car ... well, it's not the first time in my career that has happened, and I' m not proud of it. It got a little frustrating out there because it is so bloody difficult to pass. But we were able to make a run there at the end. If I would have had one more lap, I could have picked up one more position because I had (Alex) Tagliani. But we'll take our one point and go on from here."