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Racing roundup

Posted: Monday, July 16, 2001

JOLIET, Ill. -- Kevin Harvick, the youngster who replaced superstar Dale Earnhardt after the Intimidator was killed in the Daytona 500, won the inaugural Tropicana 400 on Sunday.

The 25-year-old Harvick, elevated to a full-time ride in Winston Cup a year ahead of schedule after Earnhardt's death, held off Robert Pressley by 0.649 seconds on the new Chicagoland Speedway. Harvick also won in Atlanta three races after taking over the Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet.

Harvick, who also is running a full Busch Series schedule and is leading the points in that series, took the lead for good on lap 242, passing Mark Martin just as pole-winner Todd Bodine spun to bring out a caution flag.

Ricky Rudd was third, followed by Dale Jarrett, Jimmy Spencer, Martin, Matt Kenseth and rookie Kurt Busch.

Jeff Gordon, who came into the race with a 48-point lead over Jarrett in the season standings, overcame a 28th-place start to become a contender until a late-race engine problem relegated him to 17th. With the season at the halfway point, Jarrett moved into a tie with Gordon, with Rudd 18 points behind.

TORONTO -- Michael Andretti, shuffled to last place on the first lap of the Molson Indy, took advantage of 11 caution periods to win the race for the seventh time in its 16-year history.

Andretti's second straight Toronto victory broke a CART record he shared with Al Unser Jr. for most wins in one event. Unser won Long Beach six times when he raced in CART.

Alex Tagliani was second, followed by Adrian Fernandez, Alex Zanardi and rookie Scott Dixon.

Andretti took the lead on a restart at lap 72, and held a 7-second advantage when Christian Fittipaldi and rookie Bruno Junqueira crashed on the 88th to bring out the final caution.

That set up a five-lap shootout, but Andretti, who made four pit stops, pulled away to a 4-second lead and cruised to his CART-record 41st career victory, and first this year.

Formula One

SILVERSTONE, England -- Finland's Mika Hakkinen prevented Michael Schumacher from making history, winning the British Grand Prix for his first victory of the Formula One season.

Polesitter Schumacher, trying to tie Alain Prost's career record of 51 victories, finished second.

Hakkinen's McLaren-powered Mercedes beat Schumacher's Ferrari by 33 seconds. Hakkinen, the two-time world champion, got his 19th career victory and his first since last August.

Schumacher gained valuable ground as he chases his fourth series title. David Coulthard, whose McLaren spun out with a suspension problem on the third lap, did not score a point. Schumacher leads Coulthard 84-47 after 11 of 17 races.



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