After seven years on the Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) circuit without a victory, 41-year-old Roberto Moreno Sunday captured his first career win, and he did it in most dominant fashion at the Grand Prix of Cleveland.
Moreno, who also started from his first career pole, led 91 of the 100 laps on Burke Lakefront Airport's wide, bumpy, 2.106-mile, 10-turn road course in his Ford-Cosworth/Reynard and extended his lead atop the points standings.
Moreno's victory came in his 70th race, collecting a maximum of 22 points for the weekend for a total of 90 in the standings.
It's almost as good as when my daughters were born," the tearful Moreno told the AP. "It's a feeling I cannot describe. It's fantastic."
Rookie Kenny Brack of Sweden was second, also in a Ford-Cosworth/Reynard, followed by Cristiano da Matta of Brazil in a Toyota/Reynard, giving the top three racers their best CART finishes.
Michael Andretti finished in the same position he started, fourth, with Canadian Patrick Carpentier fifth, and CART champion Juan Pablo Montoya of Colombia sixth.
Moreno became the oldest first-time winner of a CART race.
Bryan Herta apparently started a chain reaction when he made contact with da Matta, and Orio Servia, Tarso Marques and Takuya Kurosawa were eliminated before completing a lap.
Michel Jourdain Jnr completed one before retiring with damage from the incident, while Helio Castro Neves managed three laps.
Moreno led smoothly from the pole, falling behind only when he stopped for fuel at the end of the 34th lap.
Moreno now leads the points with 90 and holds a solid 22-point lead over Andretti. De Ferran has 67 and Brack 63, with Paul Tracy and Jimmy Vasser next with 59 - (Several Sources)
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