For Bryan Herta, miles per gallon was just as important as miles per hour.
As one leader, then another, pitted late in Sunday's Kansas Indy 300, Herta drafted behind the lapped car of Robbie Buhl and hoped he had enough fuel left.
He did, barely.
Herta took the lead with five laps to go and held on for his first Indy Racing League victory.
"We were looking for someone to hook up with to save fuel," Herta said. "I need to send (Buhl) a nice bottle of champagne."
Herta ran out of fuel after crossing the finish line and had to be pushed into Victory Lane.
It was the first win on an oval for Herta, a former CART driver. He signed on with Andretti Green Racing late last month after Dario Franchitti, who broke his back in a motorcycle accident in April, had season-ending surgery.
"I don't ever cry in a race car, but I was crying when I crossed the finish line," Herta said.
Helio Castroneves finished second despite losing his top two gears. His Penske Racing teammate, Gil de Ferran, another one who made a late pit stop, was third. Kenny Brack was fifth.
Tony Kanaan, whose late pit stop gave Herta the lead, finished fourth and stretched his lead over Scott Dixon from 27 points to 31. Dixon, the pole-sitter, was sixth.
Felipe Giaffone crashed on Lap 56 and broke his pelvis and right thigh, said Dr. Henry Bock, the IRL's medical services director. Giaffone was cut from his car and airlifted to KU Med Center. He tried to pass Dan Wheldon in Turn 2 when his right front tire made contact with Wheldon's left rear.
FRENCH GRAND PRIX: Ralf Schumacher won at Magny Cours for his second straight Formula One victory, finishing 13.8 seconds ahead of Juan Pablo Montoya to give Williams-BMW consecutive 1-2 finishes.
Michael Schumacher of Ferrari languished in fifth most of the race and finished third. Kimi Raikkonen was fourth.
Ralf Schumacher, whose victory in last weekend's European Grand Prix in Nuerburgring, Germany, ended a 24-race winless streak, claimed his sixth career win.
"I still don't believe it. Two wins in a row, and finally from the pole," said Schumacher, who failed win from the top qualifying position in Monaco and Canada.
The Williams cars ran first and second virtually all the way. Schumacher stretched his lead from 3.5 seconds to nearly 10 after 60 laps.
Michael Schumacher still leads in points with 64. Raikkonen is second with 56, three ahead of Ralf Schumacher.
CLEVELAND GRAND PRIX: Sebastien Bourdais finished with his car banged up from a late collision Saturday to win the first night race in the CART event's 22 years.
The rookie pole-sitter took the lead from Jimmy Vasser on Lap 83 and held off Paul Tracy by 2.2 seconds. But Bourdais had to survive a late scare when he had contact with Adrian Fernandez with four laps left.
The incident damaged the left side of Bourdais' car and turned a runaway win into a nail-biter. Bourdais' left rear tire was nearly shredded, but that was partly because of postrace "doughnuts" on the track.
"If you could see my blisters, you wouldn't believe it. It was a very, very tough race," said Bourdais, the first rookie to win three races since Juan Montoya in 1999. "But it all came out very good."