For once, Michael Andretti didn't have to worry about fuel, and he had a blast.
Shuffled to last place after a bump from rookie Scott Dixon on the first lap, Andretti came back Sunday to win the CART Molson Indy for the seventh time in 16 years. While at the back of the pack, Andretti stopped a few times under caution to top off the fuel tank, and it paid off.
"We knew we were going to be in good shape, so we didn't have to stretch any of our stops and so I was always able to run at full rich (maximum fuel consumption), and that was a big advantage," Andretti said.
"I was able to race today. It's the first time I've been able to do that in a long time. Normally, it's "Save fuel! Save fuel!' I didn't have to today, and it was fun."
Alex Tagliani was second and Adrian Fernandez third, followed by Alex Zanardi and Dixon.
Andretti vaulted past Helio Castroneves into second place in points with 73, 11 behind leader Kenny Brack. Andretti also broke a CART record he had shared with Al Unser Jr. for most wins in one event. Unser won Long Beach six times when he raced in CART.
Pole-sitter Gil de Ferran, who led the first 49 laps and seemed on his way to victory for Team Penske, wrecked the right rear on Lap 76 in a collision at Turn 3 with Cristiano da Matta. Brack, who started third, lost his engine to an electrical problem on Lap 62 while running sixth. Castroneves, who started on the front row, parked his Reynard-Honda four laps later after his engine caught fire.
Andretti was out front for the first time on a restart at Lap 72 and led the rest of the way, beating Tagliani by 2.7 seconds.
BRITISH GRAND PRIX: Two-time Formula One champion Mika Hakkinen finally got his first win of the season at Silverstone, England, preventing pole-sitter Michael Schumacher from tying Alain Prost's career record of 51 victories.
Hakkinen's McLaren-Mercedes passed Schumacher's Ferrari on the fifth of 60 laps on the 3.194-mile course and won by 33 seconds. Hakkinen, who started second, got his 19th victory and first since August.
"It feel pretty good after all these troubles going on this year," said Hakkinen, whose car broke while he led on the final lap of the Spanish Grand Prix and has failed at the start three times this season.
Schumacher, who finished second, continued to close in on his fourth series title. David Coulthard, whose McLaren spun out with a suspension problem on the third lap, trails 84-47 after 11 of 17 races with a maximum of 60 points remaining.
Schumacher gets his next chance to tie Prost before his compatriots in the German Grand Prix July 29 in Hockenheim.