Racing Results: 8/4/2003

August 4, 2003


8/3 German Grand Prix, Hockenheim Circuit, Hockenheim, Germany (67 Laps; 1:28:48.769 Race Time) – That Juan Pablo Montoya had an easy time in winning the German Grand Prix in his H-P Williams-BMW is perhaps not that surprising, but that he had a 65.7-second victory margin is. With teammate Ralf Schumacher eliminating himself, Kimi Räikkönen’s McLaren-Mercedes, and Rubens Barrichello’s Ferrari on the first lap, this left Montoya and his three-stop pit strategy to run freely upfront, with the two Renaults of Fernando Alonso and Jarno Trulli to frustrate Michael Schumacher in the Ferrari and prevent him from passing. Eventually when Schumacher did make it past, it was for naught as a punctured tire sent him back to 7th, allowing David Coulthard in the McLaren-Mercedes, Trulli, Alonso, and the Toyotas of Oliver Panis and Christiano da Matta to finish ahead of the Ferrari. Montoya’s win brought him within 6 points of defending World Champion Michael Schumacher, and narrows Ferrari’s lead in the Manufacturer’s Championship to a slim two points over Wlliams-BMW. Next Race: 8/24 Hungarian Grand Prix, Hungaroring Sport RT, Budapest, Hungary (7:30 a.m. ET; SPEED)


8/3 Brickyard 400, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis, IN (160 Laps; 134.554 MPH Ave. Speed) -- Kevin Harvick’s #29 GM Goodwrench Service/Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo won from the pole, but once again the stats don’t tell the story. On Lap 151 with 10 to go, Harvick got a jump on the restart, pulling out 10 car lengths on the field. Harvick finished with a 2.754-second lead on current points leader Matt Kenseth in the #17 Smirnoff Ice/DeWalt Tools/Roush Racing Ford Taurus, followed by Jamie McMurray’s #42 Havoline/Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge Intrepid, Jeff Gordon’s #24 DuPont Refinishes/Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, and Bill Elliott in the #9 Dodge Dealers/Evernham Motorsports Dodge rounding out the top five. Stats being what they are, Harvick’s win will go down as the first polesitter to win the Brickyard 400. Next Race: 8/10 Sirius At The Glen, Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, NY (1:00 p.m. ET; NBC)


8/2 Kroger 200 presented by Tom Raper RVs, Indianapolis Raceway Park, Clermont, IN (.686-Mi. Oval; 200 Laps) – 19-year old Brian Vickers, driving the #5 GMAC Financial Services/Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo, slugged it out with the #48 Goulds Pumps/Innovative Motorsports Inc. Chevrolet of polewinner Shane Hmiel, and emerged with the lead on Lap 181, which he held to the end. Jason Keller’s #57 Albertson’s/ppc Racing Ford Taurus, and Stacy Compton’s #59 Kingsford/Johnsonville Chevrolet then passed Hmiel, who wound up fourth, with Scott Riggs, in the #10 Nestle NesQuik Ford finishing fifth. It was the first Busch Series win for Vickers, and Hmiel is still looking for his first trip to Victory Lane. Next Race: 8/16 Cabela’s 250, Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI (1:30 p.m. ET; TNT)


8/1 PowerStroke Diesel 200, Indianapolis Raceway Park, Clermont, IN (.686-Mi. Oval; 200 Laps) – Carl Edwards’ #99 Roush Racing Ford went 140 laps on a single tank of fuel, winning the race while his truck sputtered on the final lap. Narrowly beating Travis Kvapil in the #16 IWX Motor Freight Chevrolet Silverado by a .617-second margin, fuel mileage took out contenders Rick Crawford and Jason Leffler with 10 and 3 laps to go respectively. Through attrition, Bobby Hamilton’s #4 Square D Dodge Ram, Brendan Gaughan's #62 Casino Queen Hotel Dodge, and the #50 Bob Graham for President/ Roush Racing Ford of Jon Woods made up the top five. Next Race: 8/8 Federated Auto Parts 200, Nashville Superspeedway, Lebanon, TN (9:00 p.m. ET; SPEED)

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