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Nothing Da Matta with Cristiano.

Other front-runners to drop out included Max Papis who suffered an engine fire on the pace lap, Helio Castroneves who blew an engine while lying second on lap 35 while the hero of the event, Tony Kanaan lost a gearbox whilst in third place on lap 146.

Montoya picked up three points from the weekend despite his failure to finish, one for leading the most laps, one for securing pole position and one for being classified in twelfth place such was the incredible rate of attrition.

The series now takes a well earned break before moving on to the Mid Ohio Sports Car Course in two weeks to start a series of road races. The title picture is now becoming slightly more clear although any one of half a dozen drivers can still win.



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