Race on SundayFestival Curves
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Race photos from the Festival Curves on Sunday June 21.
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Moore Crashing the Party

Bryan Herta makes a good start ahead of Dario Franchitti, but Greg Moore is in an over-optimistic mood, passing seven cars on the front straight before realizing he can't stop! He spears Christian Fittipaldi on the entrance to the Festival Curves (top left of picture).

Christian spins and mayhem ensues, with drivers trying to avoid the mess on all sides.

Spin City
Michael on the Grass

Michael Andretti has to drive across the grass to get round the stationary cars, but soon gets stuck on the kerb and stalls, requiring a tow to get started again.

"What did you do that for?" screams Christian. Through the dust thrown up by cars driving over the gravel track we see that they picked up Paul Tracy too, and his day is done.

Just Look at this Mess!
Vasser, Fernandez, de Ferran

Soon after the restart from the full-course yellow, Adrian Fernandez is already hounding Jimmy Vasser with Gil de Ferran close behind.

Scott Pruett is second with Alex Zanardi gaining on him.

Zanardi Runs Down Pruett
Vasser Dancing with Fernandez

Fernandez tries to slip down the inside of Vasser on the entrance to the chicane on lap 10, but he catches the Target car and it spins. See his left front wheel as he slides off the track.

A second full-course yellow flag as Jimmy is pushed to get started again. His car is only slightly damaged, but enough to affect his performance for the remainder of the race.

A Push for Jimmy
Trapped Tecate

Fernandez, of course, is out and walks back to the pits while his broken car is pulled from the gravel trap.

Mark Blundell starts to make his way up through the field. It was not to be his day, though. On lap 28 he unnecessarily pushes it too hard with Vasser going into the Festival Curves and pulls over at turn 4 with too much damage to continue.

Last Year's Winner
Pruett leading de Ferran through Traffic

The first round of pit stops mixes things up. Herta makes a strategic error by pitting under yellow on only lap 14. Green-flag stops for the others from laps 34 to 46 leave Zanardi leading with Pruett and de Ferran (here lapping Helio Castro Neves, Vasser and Gugelmin) behind.

A yellow flag on lap 73, when Franchitti makes contact with P. J. Jones under passing. Current leader Bryan Herta pits under the yellow returning behind Zanardi who resumes the lead. The green flag waves on lap 79 and Herta and de Ferran jostle for position coming into the Festival Curves.

de Ferran/Herta Jousting Match
About to Make Contact

Side-by-side through the chicane, they make contact...

de Ferran Pulls Off

...and de Ferran's Reynard-Honda limps to a safe spot to call it a day.

Gil waves to the crowd as he strolls back to the paddock.

Gil Wave
Meier and Gugelmin

For a while Arnd Meier (left) seems mysteriously high up the leader board, although I think that was just the order of the pit stops. He did finish a respectable 12th, though.

Mauricio Gugelmin had a relatively uneventful day, allowing him to finish 7th.

Zanardi led the remainder of the race, gradually extending his lead to 6.8 seconds. This was his second win in a row and the fourth straight for Target Chip Ganassi Racing.

Anyone for donuts?

Zanardi Out in Front
Battle for Second

The action was the tussle for second place, but Herta was unable to take Pruett, finishing just 0.27 seconds behind.

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