Calgary Herald from Calgary, Alberta, Canada on March 16, 1998 · 47
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CALGARY HERALD Monday, March 16, 1998 D7 CART SERIES Andretti edges hard-charging Moore by .075 Canadian overcomes bad pit stop in rallying from 17th place to podium Auto Racing ' W v y : . s v to win if we hadn't had that air jack failure," Moore said. "My car was working real well in traffic." Moore passed defending CART champion Alex Zanardi on the inside five laps from the end before giving the crowd a thrill with a close finish on the last lap. Moore, who got his first two CART victories last year, took advantage of the one chance he had. "Steve Challis, my engineer, asked me with about five laps to go if I thought I had anything for him," Moore recalled. "I said, 'If we get traffic, I think we do.' " Moore felt he needed one more lap to catch Andretti "If we'd have gotten the white flag PIERRE LEBRUN The Canadian Press HOMESTEAD, FLA. Missed it by that much. At one point during Sunday's Grand Prix of Miami, Greg Moore of Maple Ridge, B.C., appeared unlikely to finish on the podium, a victim of an air jack failure that prolonged an early pit stop and dropped him as low as 17th. But the 22-year-old, who on Saturday became the youngest driver ever to win a pole position in the history of CART, charged a furious comeback to finish second, only 0.075 f a second behind winner American Michael Andretti in the season opener. "It's not a bad way to start the year," Terry Renna, Associated Press! Left to right, Alex Zanardi, Mario Andretti and B.C's Greg Moore raise their trophies on Sunday after the Miami Grand Prix. ; Japan's Shigeaki Hattori won the Indy Lights race earlier Sunday. Hattori, in an Epson Lola, averaged 114.825 mph in edging Brazilian Cristiano de Matta. English rookie Guy Smith was third. Notes Tracy finished fifth overall in last year's standings, followed by Moore; (seventh) and Carpentier (17th) . . . The next race is March 28, the Budweiser 500 in Motego, Japan . . . The Toronto Molson Indy is July 19, while the Molsori Indy in Vancouver is Sept 6. ; (to start the last lap) when QUOTABLE we got the checkered, I think I would have had him." Andretti blamed himself Moore said. "Second place is still pretty good." Moore was burning the field early in the race until the Advertisement CALGARY STAMPEDERS for the close finish. "I was being a little conservative maybe a little too conservative," said Andretti, 36. "But I think I still had air jack failure was noticed during his first pit stop on lap J tllOUght "The guys were changing Oh, whlt 3. the tires when they realized loilS dclV Most Affordable Season Tickets In Calgary nardi for the lead 43 laps from the end of the 150-lap race at Metro-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex. He stayed in out front the rest of the way in the 225-mile event Andretti, who led three times for 62 laps, averaged 144.339 mph- Christian Fittipaldi, Andretti's Newman-Haas Racing teammate, was fourth, followed by Scott Pruett and Adrian Fernandez. Patrick Carpentier of Joliette, Que., Moore's teammate from Players who-started ninth, spent most of the race in ' fifth place but faded with tire problems after lap 80 and settled for nth, n.382 seconds behind Andretti Toronto's Paul Tracy, in his first race for Team Kool Green, was heading toward a solid finish until he hit the wall and left the race on lap 79. Tracy, who started 21st on the grid, had climbed all the way to sixth on lap 68. "I got too high trying to get around someone and got up in the grey," said Tracy. "That was it. I went skating up to the wall." something left at the end if I were m the pits for 20 sec- LI lib lb gUlIlg needed it. I think the ending looked closer than it really to be.' onds. That's what dropped us so far back. "I thought 'Oh, what a long day this is going to be.' But you have to put that adversity behind you and start was." Andretti, who won in Miami last year, expected Moore to come back the way 99 Greg Moore week 13 of the 1997 CFL season! He finished with 103 career victCK ries which leaves him 6th in all- time CFL coaching victories. 1 1997 was certainly a regular season of highs and lows for the Calgary Stampeders. The Stampeders -had one of their worst starts in '( many, many years. The Red and White opened the ' season with three ? !: straight losses. However, ' iS k "w fvf he did. "I knew even if he had a problem he'd be there at the end anyways," Andretti said. "It was no surprise to me. He's got a good car." Andretti, the leading active driver with 37 CART victories, passed Za picking away car by car." After Hiro Matsushita of Japan hit the wall on lap 130, bringing out the last of five cautions, Moore was third when the sprint to the finish began on lap 140. "We would have had a good chance in the end, the team k k; V The Stampeders attracted V- over 300,000 fans to their , J . 1 997 season, the largest total "x" attendance since 1981. The Labour Day Classic produced, another sellout. 1;:: Become a 1998 Calgary Stampeder Season Ticket holder W I -1 m 1 turned it around and finished in second spot in the highly competitive West Division. NASCAR BUSCH SERIES and receive the following: - 1 -A McLaughlin wins at Nashville discounted Game Day ticket; ::r. The Stampeders continued their dominance at McMahon Stadium finishing the season with 8 wins and 1 loss on home turf. During the guaranteed prime season location at A -a every game; : Option of purchasing a season, parking pass upon availability; z 90'S, the Stamps have posted Quarterback JeH Garcia, an amazing home record, 65 1997 western Division wins and only 7 losses. MM' 0"sfc"M"n Home-town teenager takes second place Pressley was livid, blaming Berrier for blocking the racing groove. "Ed Berrier was in the way all day," Pressley said. "I mean, he was probably 20 laps down, at least, and he was racing that 37 car (Green) like they were running for positioa "Ed Berrier cost me a race I wanted real bad in Martinsville a couple of times. It don't matter. Whenever I'm in contention to win one, he's usually around." Casey Atwood, who a day earlier became the youngest driver to win a Busch Series pole, wound up second as Chevro- The Associated Press NASHVILLE, TENN. Mike McLaughlin, getting a break when race leader Robert First option to purchase playoff tickets; : First option to purchase Grey Cup tickets (subject to availability); Unused Season Ticket Day; .;: Fifteen (15) percent off merchandise in the Stamps Store; and Bring a Friend promotion. SEASON TICKETS JUST $100, CALL 289-0258 Calgary Stampeder Quarterback Jeff Garcia was named the West's representative as the Most Outstanding Player for the 1997 CFL Chrysler Player Awards. Teammate Fred Childress represented the West as the Most Outstanding Lineman. Head Coach and General Manager Wally Buono recorded his 100th career victory at the helm of the Stampeders during , lets took the first nine positions. The 17-year-old QUOTABLE fomNashviUeledtltfeetimesforlaps. t If the race had gone back to green, Atwood was fairly certain he would have become the youngest Pressley hit a backmarker with eight laps remaining, drove to victory Sunday in the BellSouth Mo-bilityOpryland 320 at Nashville Speedway USA. Pressley got caught up behind the lapped cars of Mark Green and Ed Berrier as they entered the third turn, and clipped the rear of Green's Chevrolet. That started the mishap that also involved Berrier, Glenn Allen and Elliott Sadler. race winner m the history of the series. "I've been around this I was side track for a few years," he ways quite a said. "We just needed a little McLaughlin, running right behind Pressley ,rf4rY-iao more time today. when the accident happened, darted to the inside imiw'" Dale Earnhardt Jr. Randy Keller and cruised to the fourth win of his NASCAR SO 1 KT1CW Lajoie and Jason so I knew At this rate, 278 r Ml II your response something was going tohappea 99 Mike McLaughlin rounded out the top five, followed by Joe Nemechek, Sterling Marlin, Tim Fedewa and Dick Trickle. Elton Sawyer was 10th in a Ford. McLaughlin averaged 82.972 mph. There were 18 lead changes among six dri Busch Series career in a race that finished under caution. It was McLaughlin's first victory since June 1997 at Watkins Glen, N.Y. "There was nowhere either one of us could go," said McLaughlin, who hinted that Pressley might have pressed the issue a little too hard. "The lapped cars had to play out what lane went where. "I was sideways quite a few times out there, so I knew something was going happen. 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Sports editors and broadcasters across Canada choose the winner of the trophy. champi- QUOTABLE DENNIS MORGAN The Canadian Press TORONTO He's won the Formula One world onship, the Indianapolis 500 and the CART Indy-car series, but Jacques Villeneuve still has a burning, unfulfilled ambition to win the Canadian Grand Prix. "It is the most important race of the season for me," Villeneuve said during a visit to Toronto. "I felt so bad last year (he spun out of the Montreal race on the second lap), especially for the Canadian fans. "I want to win the race (June 7 in Montreal) for them, to give them something back for the respect and support they have given me. It's amazing that when I climbed out of the car, the fans weren't angry; they were still supportive. "The reason I love Canadian fans so much is that they give me respect. The fans in some other countries just want to jump at you and grab you. Canadian fans respect the hard work you put in to being a success. "I've just spent a couple of days in Vancouver and Whistler, where I managed to do some skiing, and everywhere I went people would quietly (S) Villeneuve, who will turn 27 on April 9, said he was upset at finishing fifth in the season-opening race in Australia last Sunday. "It's one thing to be lapped by the lead cars, but it's another thing entirely to see those cars take off like a rocket and leave you behind after lapping you. "Obviously, the McLaren cars (which finished first and second) are faster than anyone expected, and my Williams team has some catching up to do. The McLarens were using four-wheel steering, so we will, too. We already have the technology and we'll soon be ready to use it in a race," Villeneuve said. The next Formula One race is the Brazilian Grand Prix in Rio de Janeiro on March 29. Villeneuve is the defending champion. Villeneuve said that, although he has won the world title, his intensity remains the same. "I want to win the championship again. 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