IPS: Fike wins rain shortened Pikes Peak race

FOUNTAIN, Colo. (June 14, 2003) -- Aaron Fike won the rain shortened Pikes Peak 100 Infiniti Pro Series race at the one-mile Pikes Peak International Raceway. With 85 laps in the books, rain started falling, forcing Indy Racing League officials...

FOUNTAIN, Colo. (June 14, 2003) -- Aaron Fike won the rain shortened Pikes Peak 100 Infiniti Pro Series race at the one-mile Pikes Peak International Raceway.

With 85 laps in the books, rain started falling, forcing Indy Racing League officials to display the red and checkered flags at the completion of lap 87, 13 laps shy of the posted distance.

Jeff Simmons finished second followed by Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Ed Carpenter. Mark Taylor rounded out the top five.

Simmons started from the pole and led the first three laps. "I got a good start, but we were just a little bit off," said Simmons. "We were off a little bit with the (tire) pressures and stuff like that, I think. At the end, I was just trying to hold off (Arie) Luyendyk."

Cory Witherhill, who started second, passed Simmons for the lead and held the point for two laps before hitting the turn four wall.

"We had a pretty good car during the warmup session and the race, so it was just a matter of trying to get up in front and stay there," said Witherhill. "Unfortunately, I went into turns three and four and the front end just kind of gave out on me mid-corner. I tried to pull it off without pushing up too high, but it went up and slapped the wall a little bit and just ruined something on the car."

Witherhill was unable to continue, handing the lead to Fike, who never looked back.

Despite leading comfortably to the end, Fike said he had problems with the wind. "We started the race a little bit tight. As the wind picked up coming off of (turn) four, it pushed the front end down. Obviously, it made the cars tighter. I'm sure everyone was having problems with the push, especially in traffic."

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Mark Taylor , Aaron Fike , Jeff Simmons , Ed Carpenter , Arie Luyendyk Jr.