John Andretti notches first Indy win
John Andretti came up yesterday with his first Indy-car victory by taking the inaugural Gold Coast Indy, the first CART race outside of North America.
Andretti, who turned 28 Tuesday, continued the tradition of his racing family, joining his uncle, Mario, and cousin, Michael, as winners on the Indy-car circuit.
The winner took the top spot four laps from the end when three-time series champion Rick Mears lost control and his five-second lead.
As he tried to pass the slower cars of Randy Lewis and Dean Hall, Mears drove too deep into one of the 12 turns on the quick 2.793-mile circuit, sliding to a stop at the end of a runoff area as Lewis and Hall collided behind him.
Andretti wound up beating Bobby Rahal to the finish line by 12.7 seconds, with Mears third, very nearly catching Rahal on the final lap.
1. (9) John Andretti, Indianapolis, Lola-Chevrolet, 65, $118,625, 91.950 mph. 2. (4) Bobby Rahal, Dublin, Ohio, Lola-Chevrolet, 65, $101,635. 3. (7) Rick Mears, Bakersfield, Calif., Penske-Chevrolet, 65, $80,410. 4. (10) Danny Sullivan, Aspen, Colo., Lola-Alfa Romeo, 65, $66,710. 5. (11) Scott Pruett, Dublin, Ohio, Truesports-Judd, 65, $60,360. 6. (14) Scott Brayton, Coldwater, Mich., Lola-Chevrolet,65, $54,010. 7. (16) Jeff Andretti, Nazareth, Pa., Lola-Cosworth, 65, $47,660. 8. (17) Mike Groff, Northridge, Calif., Lola-Cosworth, 64, $41,310. 9. (8) Arie Luyendyk, Netherlands, Lola-Chevrolet, 64, $34,960. 10. (12) Tony Bettenhausen, Indianapolis, 1990 Penske-Chevrolet, 62, $33,690.
11. (18) Franco Scapini, Monaco, Lola-Cosworth, 59, $22,145. 12. (22) Dean Hall, Olympic Valley, Calif., 1990 Lola-Cosworth, 58, crash, $31,785. 13. (20) Randy Lewis, Hillsborough, Calif., 1990 Lola-Cosworth, 58, crash, $31,785. 14. (1) Michael Andretti, Nazareth, Pa., Lola-Chevrolet, 47, suspension, $33,610. 15. (2) Eddie Cheever, Aspen, Colo., Lola-Chevrolet, 42, crash, $28,610. (3) Al Unser Jr., Albuquerque, N.M., Lola-Chevrolet, 41, crash, $25,435. 17. (5) Mario Andretti, Nazareth, Pa., Lola-Chevrolet, 41, crash, $23,848. 18. (25) Phil Krueger, Indianapolis, 1989 Lola-Cosworth, 32, overheating, $18,393. 19. (6) Emerson Fittipaldi, Brazil, Penske-Chevrolet, 27, drive line, $23,848. 20. (23) Mark Dismore, Greenfield, Ind., Penske PC17-Buick, 22, engine failure, $23,848.
21. (19) Hiro Matsushita, Japan, 1990 Lola-Cosworth, 13, crash, $22,260. 22. (15) Ted Prappas, Los Angeles, 1989 Lola-Judd, 8, off course, $16,805. 23. (13) Scott Goodyear, Canada, Lola-Judd, 5, engine failure, $22,260. 24. (21) Dennis Vitolo, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., 1989 Lola-Cosworth, 3 off course, $16,805. 25. (24) Buddy Lazier, Vail, Colo., 1988 Lola-Cosworth, 1, suspension, $11,350.
NASCAR Motorcraft 500
Sterling Marlin was in the lead on the 47th lap when the Motorcraft 500 was stopped because of rain.
The Winston Cup stock-car event was rescheduled for 11 a.m. today.
Alan Kulwicki was running in second. Ken Schrader was third, followed by Ernie Irvan and Mark Martin.
The race was started under caution after morning rain. The green flag came out after six laps.
Geoff Brabham, Derek Daly and Gary Brabham won the rain-marred 12 Hours of Sebring on Saturday after spinning out and falling a lap behind in the final hour.
The victory broke a team-record, five-race losing streak for Nissan.
1, Geoff Brabham, Australia, Derek Daly, Italy and Gary Brabham, Australia, Nissan NPT-90, 298 laps, 91.626 mph. 2, Chip Robinson, Oldwick, N.J., Bob Earl, Purcellville, Va. and Julian Bailey, Britain, Nissan NPT-90, 297. 3, Bob Wollek, France, Bernd Schneider, Germany and Massimo Sigala, Italy, Porsche 962C, 296. 4, John Winter, Frank Jelinski, Germany and Henri Pescarolo, France, Porsche 962C, 295. 5, Kenny Acheson, Ireland, John Nielsen, Denmark, Davy Jones, Cortland, N.Y. and Raul Boesel, Brazil, Jaguar XJR-12, 284. 6, Brian Bonner, Lynnfield, Mass., Scott Sharp, Wilton, Conn. and Jeff Kline, Malibu, Calif., Chevrolet Spice, 283. 7, Charles Morgan, Conway, Ark. and Jim Pace, Jackson, Miss., Buick Kudzu, 280 (Camel Lights Class winner). 8, Robby Gordon, Orange, Calif. and Max Jones, Long Beach, Calif., Ford Mustang, 279 (GTO Class Winner). 9, John Hotchkis, Pasadena, Calif., Jim Adams and Chris Cord, Los Angeles, Pontiac Spice, 278. 10, Gianpiero Moretti, Italy, Stanley Dickens, Britain and Helmut Mundas, Germany, Porsche 962C, 277.
11, Steve Millen, Irvine, Calif., Jeremy Dale, Canada and Johnny O'Connell, Novato, Calif., Nissan 300Zx, 277. 12, Price Cobb, Evergreen, Colo., John O'Steen, Cincinnati, and Brian Redman, Britain, Mazda RX-7, 275. 13, Dorsey Schroeder, Ballwin, Mo. and John Fergus, Columbus, Ohio, Ford Mustang, 271. 14, Pete Halsmer, Anaheim, Calif., Calvin Fish, Britain and John Morton, El Segundo, Calif., Mazda RX-7, 270. 15, Almo Coppelli, Italy and Jay Hill, Lake Geneva, Wis., Buick Spice, 265. 16, Andy Pilgrim, Miami, R.K. Smith, Carlsbad, Calif. and Tommy Morrison, Albany, Ga., Chevrolet Corvette, 260. 17, Bob Leitzinger, State College, Pa., David Loring, Chocorua, N.H., Butch Leitzinger, State College, Pa. and Chuck Kurtz, Boalsburg, Pa., Nissan 240SX, 257. 18, Juan Manuel Fangio II, Argentina and Willy T. Ribbs, San Jose, Calif., Toyota Eagle, 256, not running. 19, Jim Stevens, Northville, Mich., Jim Jaeger, Cincinnati, Ohio and Don Walker, Portland, Ore., Ford Mustang, 250. 20, Alex Job, Orlando, Fla., Chris Kraft, Gainesville, Fla. and Jack Refenning, Pompano Beach, Fla., Porsche 911, 247.
21, Andy Evans, Mill Creek, Wash., George Robinson, Houston, and Carlos Bobeda, Northridge, Calif., Buick Spice, 236. 22, Brad Hoyt, Minneapolis, and Leighton Reese, Minnetonka, Minn., Mazda RX-7, 234. 23, Dick Greer, Columbus, Ohio, Al Bacon, Kinsport, Tenn., Peter Uria, Plantation, Fla. and Mike Mees, Frankfort, Ohio, Mazda RX-7, 232. 24, Mike Dow, Fountain Valley, Calif., David Tennyson, Canada and Ken Knott, Kennesaw, Ga., Buick Spice, 227. 25, John Paul, Jr., West Palm Beach, Fla., James Weaver, Britain and Morris Shirazi, Golden Beach, Fla., Porsche 962, 218, not running.. 26, Reed Kryder, Canal Fulton, Ohio, Frank DelVecchio, Stratford, Conn. and Joe Danaher, BTC Albany, N.Y., Nissan 240SX, 207. 27, Parker Johnstone, Redmond, Ore., Doug Peterson, Rancho Cordova, Calif. and Steve Cameron, Sonoma, Calif., Acura Spice, 204, not running. 28, Henry Brosnaham, Brandon, Fla., Steve Roberts, Avon Park, Fla., Bob Scolo, Long Island, N.Y., Paul Mazzacane, Tamarac, Fla. and Richard Andison, Canada, Chevrolet Camaro, 166. 29, Tim McAdam, Greenwich, Conn., Jeff Purner, Gainesville, Ga. and Fred Phillips, Shreveport, La., Chevrolet Spice, 165, not running. 30, Martino Finotto and Ruggero Melgrati, both Italy and Fermin Velez, Spain, Ferrari Spice, 147, not running.
31, Honorato Espinosa, Felipe Solano, and Francisco Lopez, all Colombia and Rob Wilson, Britain, Mazda MX-6, 140, not running. 32, Uli Bieri, Switzerland and John Graham, Canada, Ferrari Alba, 138, not running.. 33, Scott Lagasse, St. Augustine , Fla., John Heinricy, Holly, Mich., Don Knowles, Springfield, Va., and Stu Hayner, Yorba Linda, Calif., Chevrolet Corvette, 134, not running.. 34, Tom Hessert, Cherry Hill, N.J. and Costas Los, Monaco, Buick Kudzu, 128, not running.. 35, E.J. Generotti, Plantation, Fla., Paul Travilla, Weston, Fla., and G.W. Church, Lauderhill, Fla., Mazda RX-7, 113, not running.. 36, Richard McDill and Bill McDill, both Maitland, Fla., Camaro, 112, not running. 37, Jay Kjoller, Lambertville, Mich., Patrick Mooney, Toledo, Ohio and Steve Volk, Richmond, Va., Porsche 911, 108, not running. 38, David Russell, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Mike Graham, Deerfield Beach, Fla., and Cameron Worth, Pompano Beach, Fla, BMW 325, 103, not running.. 39, Rocky Moran, Cota de Caza, Calif., and Andy Wallace, Britain, Toyota Eagle, 82, not running.. 40, Tommy Johnson, Winter Park, Fla., Rob Robertson, Orlando, Fla., John Sheldon, Britain and Irv Hoerr, Peoria, Ill. Buick Tiga, 82, not running..
41, Anthony Puleo, St. Augustine, Fla., John Annis, Tampa, Fla., Tom Panaddio, Daytona Beach, Fla., Tom Walsh, Sunrise, Fla., Camaro, 75, not running. 42, Rene Herzog, Switzerland, Hurley Haywood, Jacksonville, Fla., Daniel Mueller, Switzerland and Wayne Taylor, Orlando, Fla., Porsche 962, 70, not running. 43, Bob Leitzinger, State College, Pa., Butch Leitzinger, State College, Pa. and David Loring, Chocora, N.H., 52, not running. 44, Johnny O'Connell, Nissan 300ZX, 33, not running. 45, Les Delano, New York, Craig Carger, Marion, Ind., and Andrew Petery, Greenwich, Conn., Chevy Fabcar, 23, not running. 46, Ken Bupp, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Rob Peters, Canada, Camaro, 3, not running.