Fittipaldi gains G.I. Joe's pole position, as Andretti runs out of gas on final lap


PORTLAND, Ore. -- Emerson Fittipaldi benefited from Michael Andretti's late misfortune yesterday and claimed the pole position for today's IndyCar Budweiser-G.I. Joe's 200.

Fittipaldi, who also started on the pole last year, had an average speed of 115.730 mph on his final lap of qualifying over the 1.95-mile Portland International Raceway road course. That bettered his earlier best of 115.727 mph, which also would have been good enough for the pole.

Andretti, who had to replace the engine on his Penske Ford after a piston broke midway through Friday's qualifying, had his top speed of 115.564 mph three laps from the finish. He apparently thought he was on his way to his fastest effort on his final lap, but he ran out of fuel on the back straightaway.

"It was a shame because that was the cleanest I went through all the stuff back here," Andretti said, referring to the curves on the back part of the road course. "They thought we had enough fuel and actually we should have had more than enough to make it to the end. I guess the fuel meter was off or something and they didn't put in enough."

24 Hours of Le Mans

LE MANS, France -- Two Peugeots held a solid lead after eight hours.

The top French-made Peugeot, driven by France's Yannick Dalmas and Britain's Derek Warwick and Mark Blundell, led another Peugeot by 4 minutes, 6.327 seconds, or nearly a lap. Both were two laps ahead of a Mazda.

The leader had covered 114 laps or 963.3 miles.

Miller Genuine Draft 400


BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Pole-sitter Davey Allison will be going after his fourth victory of the year today at Michigan International Speedway. He has finished in the top 10 in 9 of 13 races and leads the Winston Cup Series in points.

He set a qualifying record of 176.268 mph in a Ford Thunderbird on the two-mile, highly banked oval.

Conditions are forecast to be virtually perfect for racing, with temperatures reaching only to the low 60s and partly cloudy skies. A record crowd of more than 90,000 is expected.

Goodwrench 200


BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Bob Keselowski survived an early spin and came back to win the stock car race at Michigan International Speedway.

It was Keselowski's 20th career victory, adding to his all-time Automobile Racing Club of America Supercar Series record.

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