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Fittipaldi wins on controversial calls

Two calls by IndyCar officials helped Emerson Fittipaldi win the Marlboro Challenge on Saturday at Pennsylvania International Speedway.

Bobby Rahal and Michael Andretti were assessed critical stop-and-go penalties for passing the pace car during the only caution period of the 100-lap event.

Rahal was ahead on Lap 54 when Al Unser Jr. bumped John Andretti as the two drove through Turn 1 on the 1-mile oval. Both were able to drive into the pits.

Rahal and Michael Andretti then were assessed penalties for moving past the pace car as they drove down the pit lane.

"I guess the four officials in the tower made the call," a disgusted Rahal said. "How could they see it up there? This decision cost us at least $140,000 (the difference between second and sixth in the $1-million event)."

After Rahal and Andretti were forced to make their stop-and-gos under the green flag, Fittipaldi found himself in the lead over Rahal by 11.21 seconds on Lap 64.


Holly Farms 400: Mark Martin led second-day qualifying for today's race at North Wilkesboro, N.C. Martin qualified his Ford with a lap of 115.628 mph. Alan Kulwicki won the pole Friday with a lap of 117.133 in a Ford.