David Coulthard, getting a confidence boost from his pole position and the early withdrawal of teammate and rival Mika Hakkinen, led from start to finish to capture Sunday's San Marino Grand Prix.
The 27-year-old Scotsman, driving his silver-and-black McLaren car, beat the Ferraris of Michael Schumacher and Eddie Irvine at the home track of the Italian team, winless at Imola since 1983.
Coulthard's first victory this season, and the third for the British team in four championship races, lifted him to second place in the world drivers standings, three points behind Hakkinen.
Hakkinen, with 26 points, was stopped by a gear-box failure during the 17th lap while chasing Coulthard in second place.
Schumacher trailed Coulthard by 4.5 seconds and has 20 points in the drivers championship. Irvine finished third, 51.7 seconds back.
Coulthard got off to a perfect start from the pole and opened his lead with a streak of fastest laps during the first half of the race at the Enzo and Dino Ferrari circuit.
Coulthard was in command after pitting twice. He came out both times ahead of Schumacher, who only could cut a peak gap of 24 seconds in the final laps.
"I got a confidence boost today," Coulthard said. "The victory means I'm back in the battle for the drivers title and makes up for the disappointment in the Argentine GP."
Coulthard finished sixth in Argentina after a collision with Schumacher. He was second to Hakkinen in Australia and Brazil.
BOSCH GRAND PRIX: As the dominant drivers at Nazareth Speedway, Paul Tracy and Michael Andretti look forward to the CART circuit's return each year to the little track in the foothills of eastern Pennsylvania.
They know a car that's much less than 100 percent is doomed to defeat at the oddly shaped, .946-mile oval. And each had another 24 hours to consider just that when rain forced rescheduling of the race to 10 a.m. today.
As defending champion and holder of the most dominant performance in the race's history, Tracy knows what demands have to be met.
"You've got to be perfect at Nazareth or you're going to be way down the list," said Tracy, who led 192 of 200 laps in 1994. "Fortunately, I think we've got a good race car and I think with my experience here we should be in good shape for the race."
Andretti hopes to match Emerson Fittipaldi's record of three Bosch victories. "If your car is working good, you have a good shot at the win here," he said. "If not, it's a long race."
PENNZOIL NATIONALS: Cory McClenathan, Chuck Etchells, Warren Johnson and Matt Hines won their categories at Dinwiddie, Va. The $1.6-million NHRA race was held in front of a track-record 100,200. McClenathan earned his third straight Top Fuel victory in the McDonald's dragster. Etchells won in a side-by-side tire-smoking battle with Tim Wilkerson in the Funny Car final. Johnson claimed his fourth straight Pro Stock victory at VMP, and Hines remained unbeaten this season in Pro Stock Motorcycle.