IRL: Castroneves broke lose series

IRL: Castroneves broke lose series Pilot Penske Helio, Castroneves ended his 15-month series with no wins, beating yesterday at the 250-mile race in St. Louis."Better late than never," said the Brazilian after the finish. The last time I won last year in Indianapolis, and since then I was never able to rise to the top step of the podium. Thanks to the team that they believed in me and in every possible way supported me".Unbelievable, but the whole race of Castroneves drove without telemetry, which greatly complicated his life not only in race, but also to the pit stop, where he did not work the speed limiter."Ride the race without telemetry, it's still something to control the airplane, not having in his hands the helm," joked Helio after the finish.Castroneves started from pole position, but on the first round yielded the leadership to the pilot Team Rahal Kenny Marriage. The Swede led peleton only five laps, and then went around racer Andretti Green Racing's Tony Kanaan. Up to 79 circle (two hundred) Kanaan with Castroneves fought for leadership, and then in Chapter peleton entered the championship leader Scott Dixon.The pilot Chip Ganassi Racing, no doubt, was the fastest in the race. After leaders, he began to distance himself from presledovatel - at times, his advantage over the rest was up to 15 seconds.Race for Dixon ended for 42 laps before the finish when his car refused transmission."It is very disappointing to finish so great for us race this finish, he killed the new Zealander. "We had the fastest car and the most real of all the chances in the fourth season victory. Alas, our gathering is not only spoiled the race, but seriously complicated for us the situation in the championship".After gathering Dixon became the top of Castroneves, retaining the industry's position to the finish. Kanaan tried to attack the leader on the last laps, but to no avail - at the finish, he lost to the winner less than a second.However, even the second place helped Kanaan to return lost in the previous step the lead in the overall standings."The last laps of the race became for me a real challenge," says Kanaan. I could not fully concentrate on the struggle for leadership, because back in the immediately vicinity of me was Gil de Ferran".Partner Castroneves team de Ferran finished third in the overall championship went up on the second line. After 11 races of the season he loses Kanaan seven points and three points ahead of Castroneves. Scott Dixon dropped to the fourth line.Sixth in the race finished two-time champion Sam Hornish (Panther Racing). American again started on older, less powerful version of the Chevrolet motor, but looked much better buddy rice, on a machine which stood a new Chevy engine.With the next race new, more powerful engines Chevrolet will be available for all customers of American mechanics.Source: www.asport.ru12.08.2003.

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