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E2 THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR MONDAY, OCTOBER 4 1993 insistent Tracy wins IiidyCar finale By David Benner STAR STAFF WRITER Monterey, Calif. Arie Luyen-dyk finished third and he was singing with a smile, "I want to he like Mike." Emerson Fittlpaldi finished second and he joked about the Christmas present he was going to buy Hlro Matsushita: "A mirror this big," said Fittlpaldi, spreading his arms far apart. Rut Paul Tracy had the last laugh of the IndyCar season with a first-place finish in Sunday's Maklta 300 at Laguna Seca Raceway. Tracy, leading all but three laps of the 300-kilometer (185.98 miles), race, won the final race of Ithe 1993 Indy Car PPG World Se-ries by finishing 27.491 seconds ahead of Fittlpaldi. his Team Penske teammate. For both Marlboro Racing drivers, it was a dominant performance. With the points championship Makita 300 1. Paul Tracy ... Penske-Chevy 2. E. Fittipaldi ... Penske-Chevy 3. Ane Luyendyk .... Lola-Ford 4. Scott Goodyear . Lola-Ford 5. Al Unser Jr Lola-Chevy 6. S. Johansson Penske-Chevy 7. Bobby Rahal .... Lola-Chevy 8. TeoFabi Lola-Chevy 9. Mario Andretti .... Lola-Ford 10. Robby Gordon ... Lola-Ford Final series leaders: 1. Nigel Mansell 191; 2. Fittipaldi 183; 3. Tracy 157; 4. Rahal 133; 5. Raul Boesel 132. COMPLETE I WE WON'T BE UNDERSOLD I MOTOROLA Bom a Handheld NO HIDDEN COST 49 Om tw C7TE MufctlMi Wro AfttltmM raqumd- hafeftatomhlfnmi. Cwimi twnaum tviy. "Indiana's Largest Cellular Center" CENTURY CAR PHONES 5720 West 71st Street riViiVr already secured by Nigel Mansell, this race over the 2. 214-mile, 11-turn road course was more or less a polite formality. After the start, in which the front row of Fittipaldi and Tracy jumped to a commanding lead, so were the first two positions. Tracy, who beat pole-sitter Fittipaldi to the first turn, led the first 26 laps before the Brazilian took over while Tracy pitted. 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(tying Mansell) and with a record speed of 106.303 mph in his '93 PenskeChevy-C. Fittipaldi made it interesting. At Lap 60, Tracy had a 6.67-second lead, but began to encounter some jams and a roller-coaster ride. "I hit that last wave of traffic with about 20, 25 laps to go and I undid the seatbelt of my car by accident with my glove," said Tracy. "From there 1 was just hanging out of the car, trying to brace myself in the car, and coming down through the corkscrew I thought I was going to come out of the top of the thing. "I never realized how hard It is to drive with the seatbelts off. Here, it's almost impossible to keep yourself in the car with the elevation changes and how fast the corners are. It really throws you around. I was just trying to keep my body In the car. "By then, I was struggling with the traffic, a lot of guys were racing with each other and I didn't want to stick the nose in and have somebody take it away from me. I was trying to be careful and Emerson was right back on top of me." That was by Lap 66. and the two would fight their way through one crowd, then encounter another. Finally, on the 79th lap, Tracy got by Al Unser Jr. and Matsushita. Fittipaldi got by Unser. Fittipaldi, trying to get by Matsushita in Turn 5, ended up spinning off the course and into the dirt. He didn't kill the engine and got back on the track, but Tracy was long gone. "When I was lapping Hiro, big problem," said Fittipaldi. "I know I'm going to give a Christmas present to Hire a mirror this big. That's what he needs. Coming out of Turn 5, Paul managed to go inside of Hiro, I tried to go Inside, but I don't think he saw me. "He went to the side, then came back to the middle of the track and I had to turn hard on the steering wheel and when I did, I spun and I went cross-country in the desert." Luyendyk would finish third, 19 seconds behind Fittipaldi, In his final drive for the Target-Scotch Video FordCosworth XB. He ll be replaced on Chip Ganassi's racing team by Michael Andretti next season, which prompted the slng- : IV. f s t , .& w4t i i L i i -C 1 Associated Press LEADING THE PACK: Paul Tracy holds his advantage on teammate Emerson Fittipaldi at Laguna Seca. Ing afterward. Notes layed 45 minutes due to fog and poor visibility . . . Bryan Herta of Dublin, Ohio, won the Firestone The start of the race was de- Indy Lights race. Briefly Sports Compiled by Curt Cavin AUTO RACING mi Hewitt spectacular at Eldora Jack Hewitt was on his way to a $50,000 sweep of the U.S. Auto Club's 4-Crown Nationals Sunday at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, when a crash during the sprint-car feature left him with a broken right arm. The Troy, Ohio, native won the 25-lap midget feature on the last lap from Page Jones and was leading the 30-lap sprint race when Mike Mann of Cutler, lnd flipped and landed on his car. The impact flipped Hewitt. He was taken to Coldwater (Ohio) Hospital, then Miami Valley Hos- jac( Hewitt pital In Dayton for treatment. Tony Elliott of Kokomo went on to win the sprint feature with Freddie Smith of Baton Rouge, La winning the 40-lap late model main event. Ron Shuman of Tempe, Ariz., won the 50-lap Silver Crown race. All four races paid $10,000 to win and Hewitt was the only driver scheduled to participate In all four. Most felt he had an excellent chance of winning each. Kalitta posts NHRA record Scott Kalitta recorded the fastest quarter-mile in NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series history Sunday to win his first Top Fuel victory at the Sears Craftsman Nationals at Heartland Park at Topeka, Kan. Kalitta, of Ypsllanti, Mich., covered the quarter-mile distance in 4.806 seconds at 308.64 mph to defeat Cory McClenathan, who earlier had set the NHRA elapsed time record earlier In the day at 4.762 seconds. Chuck Etchells (funny car) and Larry Morgan (pro stock) also won. P.J. wins GTP finale P.J. Jones won the Checker Grand Prix and teammate Juan Fangio II repeated as champion of the top International Motor Sports Association car Saturday night In the last race of GT prototypes. IMSA has withdrawn its sanction from GTP and GTP Lights, which are being phased out In favor of World Sports Cars. The first night race at Phoenix International Raceway turned out to be little more than a victory strut for Dan Gurney's Toyota-sponsored All American Racers. Jones held the pole, with Fangio on his outside, and led all but two of the 127 laps he completed on the 1.51 -mile road course, opened last year for the first IMSA event at PIR. Jones averaged 95.165 mph during the 2:06:38-hour race, beating Fangio by 31.390 seconds. Hope Chrysler Classic. A six-way playoff, which would have been a first for the tour, appeared likely but Russ Cochran bogeyed the 18th hole to fall from contention. Inman, whose previous victory was six years ago at the Provident Classic in Chattanooga, Tenn., earned $126,000 and a new car. He also moved up from 125th to 66th on the PGA money list. The top 125 golfers retain their tour cards for next season. Trevino wins again Lee Trevino scored his third victory of the season and second in a row on the Senior PGA Tour, taking the Vantage Championship by five shots Sunday. He closed with a 6-under-par 66 on the course In Clemmons, N.C., where he won the 1974 PGA Championship. TENNIS Graf wins, heads for surgery Steffi Graf won her 40th straight match and the Volkswagen Card Cup Sunday, beating Czech Jana Novotna 6-2, 6-0 In their first meeting since this year's dramatic Wimbledon final. Graf dominated after breaking Novotna In the sixth game of the first set at Leipzig, Germany, frustrating the world's eighth-ranked player when she attacked the net with passing shots and perfect lobs. Graf won her seventh straight tournament and 78th of her career. She has a 68-5 record this year. The world's top-ranked player was last beaten May 1 at Hamburg by Spain's Arantxa Sanchez Vlcario in the same tournament In which a man rushed from the stands to stab Monica Seles. Graf said after the match that she will be operated on today for a bone chip in her right foot. The Injury has plagued her for months. She will miss the Barilla Open in Zurich, Switzerland, where she Is the defending champion. The Injury was described as minor, but Graf won't know until after the operation how long she will be unable to play. Stich defeats Edberg Second-seeded Michael Stlch of Germany defeated top-seeded Stefan Edberg of Sweden 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-2 Sunday to win the Swiss Indoors tournament at Basel, Switzerland. Stich, who beat Edberg a week earlier In Germany's Davis Cup victory over Sweden, began feeling confident when the two-time Wimbledon champion appeared to slow down In the third set. Stich, ranked sixth in the world, at times appeared unable to connect with his first serve. But he used his second service well in tight situations. He failed on his first chance at match point, but won the second. Chang wins fourth title Michael Chang won his fourth singles title of the year, beating Jonas Svensson of Sweden 6-0, 6-4 in the Malaysia Salem Open championship at the National Tennis Center In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It was the first time In Chang's career, who was seeded second in this tournament and Is ranked eighth in the world, won four singles titles in one year. He previously won at Jakarta in January, Osaka In March and Cincinnati In August. RUNNING Wallace wins, moves closer to Earnhardt By Tom Foreman Jr. ASSOCIATED PRESS North Wllkesboro, N.C. Rusty Wallace knows the one way to catch Dale Earnhardt and win the NASCAR Winston Cup driving title. "1 think this is the eighth or ninth consecutive time that we've outrun them," Wallace said Sunday after winning the Tyson Holly Holly Farms 400 1. Rusty Wallace ....Grand Prix 2. Dale Earnhardt Lumina 3. Emielrvan Thunderbird 4. Kyle Petty Grand Prix 5. Ricky Rudd Lumina 6. Harry Gant Lumina 7. TerryLabonte Lumina 8. Rick Mast Thunderbird 9. Dale Jarrett Lumina 10. Ken Schrader Lumina Series leaders: 1. Earnhardt 3,877; 2. Wallace 3,805; 3. Jarrett 3,571 ; 4. Mark Martin 3,527; 5. Morgan Shepherd 3,354. GOLF Inman wins Southern Open John Inman prevailed in a five-way playoff Sunday EyeStOne WU1S Minnesota marathon rn win the Southern (men. his first virion on the PGA Tour since his rookie season In 1987. He finished regulation play at 10-under-par 278, tied with Mark Brooks, Billy Andrade, Brad Bryant and Bob Estes. Inman shot a 2-under 70 for his final round at Pine Mountain, Ga. 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SAM-NOON Another Sutter goes to Blackhawks Associated Press The Chicago Blackhawks claimed right wing Rich Sutter off the NHL's waiver draft Sunday, giving the team three members of one of hockey's better-known families. Darryl Sutter, the former Indianapolis Ice coach, Is head coach of the Blackhawks and brother, Brent, plays right wing. Farms 400. "If I can keep doing that, then I think I can beat him just by performance." Wallace took the lead with 100 laps to go. He also took 10 more points off a deficit that in mid-August was 324. He now trails Earnhardt, a five-time NASCAR champion and the second-place finisher Sunday, by 72 points (3,877-3,805) with four races left. "With a 300-polnt lead, I'm sure he kind of had It In cruise control for a while," Wallace said. "And now, he knows he's got to run hard and so he ran hard today, 1 thought." It was In 1989 that Wallace came to North Wilkesboro Speedway trailing Earnhardt by 75 points. 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