Henzler, Davison win Porsche Michelin Supercup races. Irishman uses last-lap pass of teammate to win Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli race INDIANAPOLIS, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2002 -- Wolf Henzler held off Timo Bernhard to win the Porsche Michelin ...
Henzler, Davison win Porsche Michelin Supercup races.
Irishman uses last-lap pass of teammate to win Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli race
INDIANAPOLIS, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2002 -- Wolf Henzler held off Timo Bernhard to win the Porsche Michelin Supercup race Sept. 29 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, one of the two support series for the SAP United States Grand Prix.
Henzler, from Germany, averaged 94.933 mph, edging Bernhard for the victory by .543 of a second in the race between drivers in Porsche 911 GT3 Cup sports cars.
"It was no easy race because Timo Bernhard was behind me during the whole race, and I had to fight very hard to avoid mistakes," Henzler said. "I think it was good, and he drove very fair. We didn't crash, and he was a very fair driver. Yes, it was great to win the last race."
Alex Davison, who won the first Porsche Supercup race Saturday on the 2.606-mile circuit, finished third. Stephane Ortelli, who clinched the series title Saturday, finished eighth.
Pole sitter Henzler led from start to finish but never led by more than six-tenths of a second during the entire 16-lap race. Bernhard tried to pass Henzler with an outside move entering Turn 1 on Lap 14, but Henzler held him off.
"At the beginning, we had a really close fight, but it was a little bit messy to overtake him at the end," Bernhard said. "We were really close, and I had one good chance to overtake him, but he blocked a little bit, so I was second."
Henzler earned his second victory of the 12-race season. He also won at Silverstone in Great Britain.
Michael Cullen used a last-lap pass of teammate and fellow Irishman Paddy Shovlin to win the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli race immediately after the Porsche Supercup race.
Cullen averaged 81.387 mph in the 12-lap race for Ferrari F360 sports cars, beating Shovlin to the finish by .259 of a second.
"We're just delighted -- delighted to be here," Cullen said. "It's a real honor to race here, to win, and have a one-two. Coming out of Ireland -- it's so small; it's just a big day for us."
Cullen passed Shovlin during a one-lap dash to the checkered flag after a restart on Lap 12. Cullen drove under Shovlin exiting Turn 12 and drove to the victory.