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Last Updated:  Sunday, 23 March, 2003, 23:18 GMT
Tracy triumphs in Monterrey
Canadian driver Paul Tracy maintains one of the leading positions during the Tecate Telmex Gran Prix at Monterreys Parque Fundidora
Tracy has a nine point lead in the drivers' championship

Canada's Paul Tracy won his second successive Cart event with a win in the Monterrey Grand Prix.

By beating Mexico's Michel Jourdain by 2.039 seconds, he became the first Cart driver in 21 years to capture the first two races of a season, having also won the season opener at St Petersburg, Florida.

Despite a near peerless performance, Tracy managed to stall during his victory lap while attempting to spin to entertain the crowd.

"I need to work on my 'doughnuts'. That was embarrassing," said Tracy.

"But we made the right calls, and we've had a great day."

The result left Tracy leading Jourdain 43-32 in the drivers' championship points chase after two of 18 races.

Yorkshireman Darren Manning scored his best-ever Champ Car result, finishing seventh.

I'm out here having fun, living a dream and driving cars for a living
Kurt Busch

The next Cart start is 13 April at Long Beach, California.

Tracy completed the 85-lap road course event in two hours, three minutes and 4.677 seconds, at an average speed of 87.184 mph.

Jourdain was next with Canada's Alex Tagliani completing the podium positions in third, some 10 seconds behind Jourdain.

Indy Racing League

Brazil's Tony Kanaan won Indy 200 from pole position in Pheonix.

Countryman Helio Castroneves was second with Felipe Giaffone third. Al Unser Jr was fourth with Sweden's Kenny Brack fifth.

Kanaan lost the lead on the first corner after being told the start was being delayed, only to have three rivals race past before he could recover.

But using a fuel economy strategy that saw him stretch his last tank for the final 90 laps, Kanaan recovered and took advantage of 10 crashes to win at the one-mile oval.

"It feels great. I'm happy today," Kanaan said. "But I'm a little bit sad. I want to ask for peace, peace in the whole world."

Castroneves' team-mate Gil de Ferran, a two-time Cart champion, suffered a "minor fracture" of the lower back and a concussion after being taken out by Michael Andretti late in the race.


Kurt Busch led for 112 laps as he defended his title at an incident-filled Bristol Nascar 500.

Busch, driving a Ford Taurus, finished ahead of team-mate and Winston Cup points leader Matt Kenseth and Bobby Labonte in a Chevrolet.

Busch became the second driver in the last five years to win this event in consecutive seasons.

"I love this place and I love the fact that I got another win, here," Busch said.

"I'm out here having fun, living a dream and driving cars for a living."

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