Racing Results: 8/25/2003

August 25, 2003


8/24 Hungarian Grand Prix, Hungaroring Sport RT, Budapest, Hungary (1:39:01.46 Race Time) -- Renault's Fernando Alonso in the Mild Seven Renault lapped the field to win the race. The 22-year-old Spaniard became the youngest driver ever to win a Grand Prix, which was achieved in a convincing and dominant fashion. While much was made of the historic overtones of Alonso's first victory, the most impressive aspect of it was how it was achieved. He used the Renault's renowned launch system to catapult himself into the lead at the first corner, and then romped away from the pack at an incredible pace. After four laps Alonso already had a 10-second lead, which he increased with a series of fastest laps before his first pit stop. Raikkonen briefly grabbed the lead until his stop two laps later, after which Alonso held sway once again. Such was his pace that he lapped World Championship leader Michael Schumacher and teammate Jarno Trulli in the latter stages, and cruised to victory. If the destiny of the winner was never in doubt, second place was also a foregone conclusion by half-distance. Raikkonen's super start in the West McLaren/Mercedes from seventh to fourth, was the catalyst for his runner-up position, 16.768 seconds behind Alonso. He got ahead of Jaguar’s Marc Webber at the first round of pit stops and never looked back, rejuvenating his own World Championship hopes. Williams was forced to play catch-up after its disastrous start. Montoya was stuck behind Michael Schumacher before his first stop, but once ahead of him he closed right on to the tail of the second Ferrari of Barrichello, just as Rubens suffered a frightening left-rear suspension failure that pitched him off the road and into the tire wall. Rubens was uninjured in the head-on impact, and Montoya continued his charge. Meanwhile, Ralf Schumacher was carving his way through the lower order and had virtually negated the time lost in his first lap spin by his second pit stop. His highlight was an impressive pass on brother Michael, just as Montoya failed to make a move stick on Trulli's Renault ahead of him. Montoya used his second stop to leapfrog ahead of both Trulli and Webber, as did Ralf Schumacher. The duo charged until the end, and Montoya even found time for a quick spin. The reigning champ's poor finish of eighth means his World Championship advantage has all but evaporated. With three races to go, Williams/BMW’s Juan Pablo Montoya and McLaren/Mercedes’ Kimi Raikkonen are just one and two points respectively behind Marlboro Ferrari’s Michael Schumacher. It will take a remarkable set of events for this championship not to go down to the last round. After Michelin swept the first seven positions in Budapest, the question now is whether Schumacher, Ferrari and Bridgestone can fight back at Monza, Indianapolis and Suzuka. The Ferrari package figures to be much more competitive at the remaining circuits, with Schumacher particularly strong at Suzuka. Next Race: 9/14 Italian Grand Prix, Monza, Italy (7:30 a.m. ET; SPEED)


8/23 Sharpie 500, Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN (.533-Mi. Oval; 500 Laps) – Winning his fourth race of the year and third in that past four events, Kurt Busch in the #97 Rubbermaid/Sharpie/Roush Racing Ford Taurus is winning fans and silencing critics as he continues showing them the way home. In the half-mile ‘ring’ that is the Bristol Motor Speedway, Busch stayed out of trouble for the most part, and never appeared to be seriously challenged by Kevin Harvick’s #29 GM Goodwrench Service/ Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo, who again finished in the runner-up spot, this time ending up about 2-3 car lengths behind Busch at the finish. Points leader Matt Kenseth in the #17 DeWalt Power Tools/Roush Racing Ford finished 4th, going from 329 points in front of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. to 351 with Jr. finishing 9th. Jamie McMurray in the #42 Havoline/Chip Ganassi Dodge was third, admittedly blocking to keep Kenseth from gaining another position, and in fifth was the #48 Lowe’s Home Improvement/Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet of Jimmie Johnson. Next Race: 8/31 Southern 500, Darlington Raceway, Darlington, SC (12:30 p.m. ET; NBC)


8/22 Food City 250, Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN (1.0-Mi. Oval; 250 Laps ; MPH Ave. Speed; 1:51:07 Race Time) – Michael Waltrip, in the #99 Aaron’s Chevrolet Monte Carlo, put a slight ‘bump-and-run’ on Ron Hornaday’s #2 ACDelco Chevrolet to win his first Busch series race of the season. With 34 laps to go, Waltrip pulled up to Hornaday’s bumper, tapping him just enough to loosen him up, allowing Waltrip to go by for the lead, which he held to finish 1.501 seconds in front. Ted Musgrave was third in the #6 Bill Miller/Food City Dodge, followed by Shane Hmiel’s #48 Goulds Pumps/Innovative Motorsports Chevrolet, and Kevin Harvick’s #21 Payday/Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet in fifth. Next Race: 8/30 South Carolina 200, Darlington Raceway, Darlington, SC (2:00 p.m. ET; NBC)


8/20 O’Reilly 200 presented by Valvoline Maxlife, Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN (.533-Mi. Oval; 88.813 MPH Ave. Speed; 200 Laps) On the white flag lap with less than one to go, Kevin Harvick’s cut a tire allowing Travis Kvapil in the #16 IWX Motor Freight Chevrolet Silverado to win his first NCTS event of the season. Harvick’s #6 Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevrolet stalled, rendering him unable to complete the final lap and relegating him to 10th. Kvapil finished 3.403 seconds ahead of Robert Pressley’s #159 Melling Engine Parts Dodge Ram, with Rick Crawford in the #14 Circle Bar Motel/RV Park Ford in 3rd, Brendan Gaughan’s #62 Orleans Hotel Dodge in 4th, and Dennis Setzer ‘s #15 Acxiom/Computer Associates Chevrolet rounding out the top five. Next Race: 9/4 NCTS 200, Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, VA (8:00 p.m. ET; SPEED)


Next Race: 9/1 Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, Indianapolis Raceway, Park, Clermont, IN (Final Eliminations --8:00 p.m. ET; ESPN)


8/23 Feature Race, Grays Harbor Raceway Park, Elma, WA (3/10-Mi. Oval) -- Jason Meyers, in the #7 VMAC Maxim, picked up where Joey Saldana’s #17 Eagle Raceway Maxim left off for the second straight race on his way to completing his first O’Reilly World of Outlaws Series double-feature sweep. Saldana started on the pole and led the first 36 laps before his flat right rear tire gave Meyers first place. Meyers held off standings leader Steve Kinser ‘s #11 Quaker State Maxim to win his third “A” Feature of the year. Paul McMahan was 3rd, followed by Jason Sides, and Daryn Pittman in 5th.

Next Race: 8/31 Harvest Classic Finals, Calistoga Speedway, Calistoga, CA (Semi-banked, 1/2-Mi. Oval)


8/24 Nazareth Indy 225, Nazareth Speedway, Nazareth, PA (1-Mi. Oval; 225 Laps; 200-Mi. Race Distance) -- Helio Castroneves became the IRL IndyCar Series points leader with this win. Castroneves, in the # 3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara-Toyota, led the final 173 laps and beat two-time IndyCar Series champion Sam Hornish Jr. by .1697 of a second. Bryan Herta, in the #27 Archipelego/Motorola Dallara-Honda, finished third. Castroneves and his Marlboro Team Penske teammate Gil de Ferran are now first and second in the point standings, respectively. Castroneves, who earned two bonus points for leading the most laps, has 429 points, while de Ferran, who finished fourth in the race, has 404. Tony Kanaan entered the race on top of the point standings with an eight-point lead over Castroneves, but on Lap 120, the #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Panoz G Force-Toyota of Tomas Scheckter touched the right rear of Kanaan’s #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara-Honda. Both cars made contact with the outside retaining wall in Turn 2 ending their day. Kanaan finished 18th, while Scheckter finished 19th. Kanaan fell to third in the point standings and now has 397 points, 32 behind leader Castroneves. Castroneves’ victory, his second of the season and fifth of his IndyCar Series career, was the 10th of the season for Toyota and the brand clinched the 2003 IRL IndyCar Series Manufacturer’s Championship. Next Race: 9/7 Delphi Indy 300, Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, IL (1.5-Mi. D-shaped Oval; 1:00 p.m. ET: ABC Live)


8/24 Molson Indy Montreal, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Canada (2.709-Mi. Road Course; 75 Laps) Michel Jourdain Jr. utilized a wise race strategy and lightning-quick pit work from his Gigante Team Rahal Ford-Cosworth/Lola crew to win. Jourdain edged Patrick Racing's Oriol Servia across the finish line by 1.277 seconds to collect his second career victory in the Series. Quebec native Patrick Carpentier in the Players/ Forsythe Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola thrilled the partisan crowd by placing third. Points leader Paul Tracy finished sixth after he ran out of fuel on the final lap and points runner up Bruno Junqueira finished out of the points. Subsequently Jourdain gained valuable points in the championship battle pulling within seven points of Junqueira and within 35 points of Tracy. Next Race: 8/31 Centrex Financial Grand Prix of Denver, Denver, CO (3:00 p.m. ET; SPEED Live)


8/24 Road America 500 presented by the Chicago Tribune, Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI (79 Laps; 2:46:21.273 Timed Event; 4.048-Mile Road Course) -- JJ Lehto and Johnny Herbert scored their second ALMS win of the season driving the #3 ADT Champion Racing Audi R8 to a one-lap win. Herbert took the lead on lap 29 by passing the polesitting Infineon Team Joest Audi R8 of Marco Werner, and never lost the lead again. Andy Wallace and Chris Dyson finished second overall and won the LMP 675 class in the #5 Dyson Racing Lola EX257-MG, while Jan Magnussen made a last-lap pass of Corvette driver Johnny O'Connell to win the GTS class for the #80 Prodrive Ferrari 550 Maranello team with co-driver David Brabham. Johnny Mowlem and Craig Stanto, driving the #24 Michael Petersen-White Lightning Porsche 911 GT3 RS, scored its first-ever win in the ALMS, taking GT class honors. Next Race: 9/7 Monterey Sports Car Championships, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, CA


8/24 Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI (25 Laps; 112.481MPH Ave. Speed) -- Scott Pruett continued his dominating run toward his third Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup championship, recording his sixth victory the season. In the process, the driver of the #7 Jaguar R Performance XKR allowed Jaguar to clinch its third Manufacturers’ Championship. The carmaker previously won the manufacturers title in 1978 and 2001. Johnny Miller finished second in the #64 Eaton Cutler-Hammer Jaguar XKR, ahead of Michael Lewis’ #12 Westward Tools/The Crank Jaguar XKR. Justin Bell, making his first start this season in the #59 Ultama Swimwear Chevrolet Corvette, drove through the field to finish fourth, followed by Stu Hayner, who battled a severe vibration throughout the event, to finish 5th in the No. 2 GMAC Commercial Finance/Trenton Forging Corvette. Pruett took the lead at the start, and never gave it up during the race, which ended under caution. Next Race: 8/31 Centrex Financial Grand Prix of Denver, Denver, CO (Delayed Broadcast; 1:30 p.m. ET; SPEED)


8/24 Sunoco World Nationals, Norwalk Raceway Park, Norwalk, OH – TOP FUEL: Bruce

Litton, in the Lucas Oil Dragster, defeated Clay Millican’s Werner Enterprises/104+ Octane Boost entry. Litton ran a 4.938, 294.50 mph to win in the first 16-car field in IHRA history. Litton is the only driver to beat defending world champion Clay Millican this year and did it again. PRO MODIFIED: Thomas Patterson qualified in the lower half

of the field but defeated Fred Hahn in round one, Pat Moore round two and Von Smith in the semis before defeating Quain Stott, 6.378 to 6.497 for the event win. Funny Car: In the quickest Funny Car field in IHRA history, Jim Sickles defeated John Foster in round one with a 5.779 E.T. Sickles was unopposed in round two, ran the best times of the field in round three at 5.769, 246.17, then met three-time world champion Von Smith in the final round, beating him with a 5.828 to 5.880. PRO STOCK: Doug Kirk defeated John Bartunek first round with a 6.616 E.T. He then

downed Pete Berner in round two and Jeff Dobbins in round three. In the final round, Kirk met Carl Baker. Baker broke off the line and Kirk went on to victory running a 6.585 E.T. Next Race: 9/7 Amalie Oil North American Nationals, New England Dragway, Epping, NH


8/24 Erie 250, Lake Erie Speedway, Erie, PA -- Robbie Pyle, in the Citgo Chevrolet, led the final 101 laps take the win. Pyle had finished in the runner-up spot three times during the current season, and was leading at Madison International Speedway with 14 laps remaining when he lost an engine. But Pyle was not to be denied during ASA’s first visit to Lake Erie Speedway to the delight of a near capacity crowd by holding off Butch Miller’s Timber Wolf Chevrolet by 0.464 seconds to record his second career

win. Pole sitter Toby Porter in the Meijer Chevrolet, Rick Beebe in the Structural Transport Ford and Mike Garvey in the Jani-King Chevrolet rounded out the top five.

Next Race: 9/1 Elko Speedway, Elko, MN (2:30 p.m. ET; SPEED Live)


Race: 8/30 Winchester Speedway, Winchester, IN (0.5-Mi. Paved Oval; 8:00 p.m. ET; SPEED Live)


Next Race: 9/21 6 Heures du Circuit Mont Tremblant, Le Circuit Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada (6-Hr. Timed Event; 5:00 p.m. ET; SPEED)


Next Race: 9/7 Tuned by Matrix GR Motorsports NHRA Sport Compact Nationals, Infineon Raceway, Sonoma, CA


Next Race: 8/30 Houston Raceway Park, Baytown, TX

8/17 Virginia Motorsports Park, Dinwiddie, VA – PRO COMPACT: It wasn’t a question of ‘if’ Street Glow/Bullish Motor Sports would win the class event title, but ‘who’. Ara Arslanian defeated teammate George Ioannou, with a 6.840, 201.580, to 6.860, 202.760. PRO OUTLAW RWD: In the battle of the rear wheel drives, it was the Performance Factory NYC Toyota Supra of Vinny Ten reigning supreme, running as 7.70, 174.660 to defeat Osofast Racing’s Brent Rau, who ran an 8.020, 170.360 in his Mitsubishi Eclipse. PRO OUTLAW FWD: Not only the quickest and fastest female in all of sport compact drag racing, but the fastest FWD period now, Lisa Kubo in the APC/Saturn Motorsports Saturn Ion ran an 8.30 in qualifying to claim that distinction. Then in the finals, Kubo bettered that mark, running an 8.280, 176.050, to down current Pro Outlaw FWD points leader, Steven Thomson’s Honda Civic, who ran a 9.860, 107.990. PRO 4-CYLINDER: Jojo Callos, in the Castrol Syntec/Team Tactics Acura Integra, had a scary moment in the finals, as Lance Holung lost control of his Honda and crossed the centerline narrowly missing Callos. Holung’s subsequent DQ rendered Callos’ 10.150, 138.390 sufficient to win the event. PRO STOCK: Cloyse Holland ran a 10.820 at an identical 124.650 MPH to steal the win from Norris Prayoonto, whose 10.870 made the difference here. STREET TIRE: Paul Efantis’ MSP Motorsports Toyota Supra continues on a tear, winning with a 8.420, 168.280, to

Willie Daniel’s losing 12.740, 134.190.


8/24 All Star Nationals, Atco Raceway, Atco, NJ – RESULTS NOT AVAILABLE.

Next Race: 9/7 Rocky Mountain Nationals, Bandimere Speedway, Denver, CO


8/23 Cayuga Speedway, Nelles Corners, Ontario, Canada (250 Laps; 8/28 Delayed Broadcast; 7:00 p.m. ET; SPEED) -- Brian Ross’ #42 Speedco Truck Lubes/ Poynter Drywall Ford Taurus passed Charlie Ford on lap 153 and held off a hard-charging Kertus Davis in the #68 Quality Brake Centers/MMP Ford to win the Lucas Oil 250 presented by Ken-Co Industries Ltd. Ross scored his second win of the season and first in the USAR Hooters ProCup Series since his win at Jennerstown Speedway last April. Canadian Jason McLellan in the #3 Artic Clear/T.D. Smith Transport Chevrolet Monte Carlo followed Davis in third, with Joel Kauffman’s #44 L A West Luxury Vans Chevrolet fourth and Danny Sammons’ #97 Freds Parts Center/ Ford completing the top five. Next Race: 8/30 Jackaroo Sauces 250 presented byAdvance Discount Auto Parts, USA International Speedway, Lakeland, FL (250 Laps; 9/4 Delayed Broadcast; 10:30 p.m. ET; SPEED)


Next Race: 9/7 Round 10 - Telstra Rally Australia


Next Race: 9/13 Primm 300, Las Vegas, NV


Next Race: 8/30-31 Crandon, WI


8/23 Baja Mex 300, Bay of Ensenada, B.C., Mexico – NO RESULTS AVAILABLE.


Next Race: 10/4 The Coast Resorts SNORE 250, Las Vegas, NV


8/24-25 Brands Hatch – In Round 15, it was Warren Hughes MGZS seizing the victory, averaging 85.94 MPH over the 35 laps, beating Vauxhall’s Yvan Muller to the checkers by 2.713 seconds. Third was Colin Turkington in another MGZS, with Matt O’Neal’s Honda Civic Type-R close behind. Round 16 saw Turkington win outright, as Vauxhall’s Paul O’Neill ended up 1.398 seconds back, with Alan Morrison’s Honda in third. Turkington averaged 82.70 MPH, finishing in a time of 31:09.023. Next Race: 9/7 Donington Park, Rounds 17 & 18

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