Fumes enough for Franchitti

Driver has just enough fuel for Marconi Grand Prix win

Posted: Monday, July 02, 2001

CLEVELAND -- Dario Franchitti, running on little more than fumes at the finish, held off Memo Gidley to win Sunday's Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland for his first CART victory in 29 races and 1 1/2 years.

Franchitti, who started 14th, took the lead for good on the 91st of 100 laps at Burke Lakefront Airport when Gidley made his final pit stop for fuel, and won by 0.305 seconds.

Bryan Herta was third -- 7.9 seconds behind Franchitti's Reynard-Honda -- and series champion Gil de Ferran was fourth. Series leader Kenny Brack finished sixth and has a 14-point lead over Helio Castroneves.

Defending race champion Roberto Moreno was eighth. He was among the top four drivers until lap 89, when he hit some safety tires while trying to avoid Herta, who began to spin when his left wheels caught grass in a chicane.

Franchitti's victory was the seventh of his CART career and his first since Australia in 1999.

Gidley, making just his second start this season after being hired by car owner Chip Ganassi, led for 59 laps.

Formula One

MAGNY-COURS, France -- Michael Schumacher outran his brother to win the French Grand Prix for the fifth time and move within a victory of tying Alain Prost's Formula One career record.

This was the sixth win in 10 races this season for the Ferrari driver, who overcame brother Ralf, the race's polesitter, for his 50th victory. It also stretched Michael's lead in the series to a massive 31 points over David Coulthard with seven races remaining.

Ralf finished second in his Williams-BMW. His brother's Ferrari teammate, Rubens Barrichello, was third. Coulthard was fourth in a McLaren-Mercedes.

The 1-2 finish by the Schumachers was their second in the last few weeks. Ralf edged Michael last month in the Canadian Grand Prix.

Ralf had been hoping to avenge his defeat to Michael -- caused in part by a penalty -- in last weekend's European Grand Prix on their home circuit of Nurburgring, Germany. Ralf has won two races this season and is third in the standings.

NASCAR Busch

WEST ALLIS, Wis. -- Rookie Greg Biffle went to the front when points leader Kevin Harvick pitted with 17 laps to go, and won an economy run in the GNC Live Well 250 at The Milwaukee Mile.

Biffle went the last 104 of 250 laps without refueling his Ford to get the third victory of his NASCAR Busch series career. He all but clinched the win when pursuer Mike Skinner ran out of gas with two laps remaining.

Matt Kenseth finished second and Kevin Grubb third.

Harvick led for 165 laps, a record for a non-winner in Milwaukee.



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