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Cleveland Grand Prix


CLEVELAND -- Paul Tracy slipped past Nigel Mansell on the 15th lap and led the rest of the way, out-running Penske teammate Emerson Fittipaldi and Mansell for his second career IndyCar victory.

Tracy had won the pole but lost the advantage to Mansell immediately, while several cars farther back in the field collided on the hairpin turn at the start. The collision ended the day for local favorite Bobby Rahal and Roberto Guerrero, but no serious injuries were reported.

After a five-lap caution flag was lifted, Tracy soon regained the lead from Mansell on that same hairpin turn and led for the rest LTC of the 85-lap race. Aided by two quick pit stops, both lasting about 14 seconds, Tracy averaged 127.913 mph on the 2.369-mile, 10-turn temporary road course at Burke Lakefront Airport.

The victory was Tracy's first since April 18, when he won at Long Beach.

Fittipaldi, the defending champion, has finished in the top three of the past five Cleveland races.

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