2001 Miller Lite 225

Coordinates: 43°01′N 88°01′W / 43.02°N 88.01°W / 43.02; -88.01

The 2001 Miller Lite 225 was a Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) motor race held on June 3, 2001, at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin, USA. It was the 6th round of the 2001 CART FedEx Championship Series season. Team Rahal's Kenny Bräck scored his second career and second consecutive CART race win ahead of a resurgent Michael Andretti and rookie Scott Dixon.

United States 2001 Miller Lite 225
Race details
Race 6 of 21 in the 2001 CART season
The Milwaukee Mile.svg
DateJune 3, 2001
Official name2001 Miller Lite 225
LocationMilwaukee Mile, West Allis, Wisconsin, United States
CourseOval
1 mi / 1.6 km
Distance225 laps
225 mi / 362.102 km
Pole position
DriverSweden Kenny Bräck (Team Rahal)
TimeNo time
Fastest lap
DriverScotland Dario Franchitti (Team Green)
Time23.277 (on lap 201 of 225)
Podium
FirstSweden Kenny Bräck (Team Rahal)
SecondUnited States Michael Andretti (Team Motorola)
ThirdNew Zealand Scott Dixon (PacWest Racing)

Bräck's second win in a row cemented his status at the top of the drivers' standings, now thirty points ahead of 2nd place Hélio Castroneves. This was Andretti's first podium of the year and his first after leaving Newman/Haas Racing; he was the only car that seemed capable of challenging Bräck for the win as the race went on. Dixon, who had won at Nazareth earlier in the season, picked up his second career podium and PacWest Racing's final podium in the series.

The race saw multiple crashes take out several championship contenders, as Cristiano da Matta, in a repeat of the previous race at Motegi, crashed on Lap 1 with Castroneves; Paul Tracy then crashed a few laps later. Jimmy Vasser, who was running 3rd, was taken out by Tora Takagi while trying to lap him on Lap 132; Takagi would be disqualified two laps later for his role in the accident. Finally, Christian Fittipaldi and Nicolas Minassian collided near the end of the race, which would prompt Chip Ganassi Racing to drop the latter after the next race in Detroit.

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying was rained out; the lineup was determined by points standings.[1]

Qualifying not held — Starting lineup
Rank Driver Team
1   Kenny Bräck Team Rahal
2   Hélio Castroneves Team Penske
3   Cristiano da Matta Newman-Haas Racing
4   Paul Tracy Team Green
5   Jimmy Vasser Patrick Racing
6   Gil de Ferran Team Penske
7   Tony Kanaan Mo Nunn Racing
8   Scott Dixon (R) PacWest Racing
9   Christian Fittipaldi Newman-Haas Racing
10   Michael Andretti Team Motorola
11   Dario Franchitti Team Green
12   Bruno Junqueira (R) Chip Ganassi Racing
13   Max Papis Team Rahal
14   Nicolas Minassian (R) Chip Ganassi Racing
15   Alex Zanardi Mo Nunn Racing
16   Shinji Nakano Fernandez Racing
17   Roberto Moreno Patrick Racing
18   Oriol Servià Sigma Autosport
19   Tora Takagi (R) Walker Motorsport
20   Bryan Herta Forsythe Racing
21   Michel Jourdain, Jr. Bettenhausen Racing
22   Maurício Gugelmin PacWest Racing
23   Adrian Fernández Fernandez Racing
24   Max Wilson (R) Arciero Racing
25   Alex Tagliani Forsythe Racing
26   Patrick Carpentier Forsythe Racing
Source:[2]

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/retired Grid Points
1 8   Kenny Bräck Team Rahal 225 1:54:08.097 1 211
2 39   Michael Andretti Team Motorola 225 +1.307 10 16
3 18   Scott Dixon (R) PacWest Racing 225 +3.001 8 14
4 4   Bruno Junqueira (R) Chip Ganassi Racing 225 +6.714 12 12
5 51   Adrian Fernández Fernandez Racing 225 +9.702 23 10
6 55   Tony Kanaan Mo Nunn Racing 225 +10.291 7 8
7 1   Gil de Ferran Team Penske 225 +12.821 6 6
8 7   Max Papis Team Rahal 225 +17.780 13 5
9 27   Dario Franchitti Team Green 224 +1 Lap 11 4
10 17   Maurício Gugelmin PacWest Racing 224 +1 Lap 22 3
11 66   Alex Zanardi Mo Nunn Racing 224 +1 Lap 15 2
12 33   Alex Tagliani Forsythe Racing 224 +1 Lap 25 1
13 16   Michel Jourdain, Jr. Bettenhausen Racing 224 +1 Lap 21
14 22   Oriol Servià Sigma Autosport 224 +1 Lap 18
15 20   Roberto Moreno Patrick Racing 224 +1 Lap 17
16 52   Shinji Nakano Fernandez Racing 224 +1 Lap 16
17 32   Patrick Carpentier Forsythe Racing 223 +2 Laps 26
18 11   Christian Fittipaldi Newman-Haas Racing 204 Contact 9
19 12   Nicolas Minassian (R) Chip Ganassi Racing 203 Contact 14
20 5   Tora Takagi (R) Walker Motorsport 134 Disqualified[3] 19
21 40   Jimmy Vasser Patrick Racing 132 Contact 5
22 77   Bryan Herta Forsythe Racing 73 Spark plug 20
23 25   Max Wilson (R) Arciero Racing 43 Electrical 24
24 26   Paul Tracy Team Green 11 Contact 4
25 6   Cristiano da Matta Newman-Haas Racing 1 Contact 3
26 3   Hélio Castroneves Team Penske 0 Contact 2
Source:[2]
  • 1– Includes one bonus point for leading the most laps.[4]
  • *The bonus point for pole position was not awarded as qualifying was rained out.

Race statisticsEdit

  • Lead changes: 12 among 9 drivers

Standings after the raceEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "CART Saturday Qualifying Summary". Championship Auto Racing Teams. June 2, 2001. Archived from the original on March 28, 2003. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "2001 Miller Lite 225 Race Results". Championship Auto Racing Teams. June 3, 2001. Archived from the original on January 10, 2003. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  3. ^ "Walker Racing Report". Championship Auto Racing Teams. June 4, 2001. Archived from the original on January 25, 2003. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  4. ^ Championship Auto Racing Teams (March 2001). "CART FedEx Championship Series – 2001 Rule Book". Archived from the original on May 28, 2016. Retrieved May 22, 2017.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  5. ^ a b "2001 Miller Lite 225". Racing-Reference.info. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  6. ^ "Miller Lite 225 Sunday Press Notes". Championship Auto Racing Teams. June 3, 2001. Archived from the original on January 25, 2003. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Ford Racing Detroit Preview". Motorsport.com. Retrieved June 1, 2017.


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