Kenny Brack claimed his third victory of his CART campaign and his fourth podium result in five oval starts when he finished 4.480 seconds ahead of Patrick Carpentier to win the Target Grand Prix at Chicago Motor Speedway.

Brack averaged a race-record 132.031 miles per hour en route to the chequered flag, and the 20 points he collected for the triumph made him the first FedEx Championship Series driver to top 100 championship points this season.

''At last! We've been struggling for a while, but today everything came back," said a delighted Brack. "We had a little misunderstanding last week in Michigan, so it's good to be back here.

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"That was a very good victory for the Shell Ford Rahal team," he added. "It was a schoolbook race, we had good pit stops, and it was pretty good, really. We were 12th when all was said and done after the second stop, but we just sat there and didn't take any chances. Then, everybody came into the pits and we were the leaders. There was about 15 to 20 laps to go, and it was easy from there.''

Heading into Round 13, Brack, who has held the championship lead since Round 5 at Japan, holds a 104-82 advantage over Helio Castroneves of Marlboro Team Penske in the championship chase.

Castroneves, the reigning Indianapolis 500 champion, earned six points with Sunday's seventh-place finish and collected a bonus point for leading a race-high 68 laps.

Brack took the lead under caution on Lap 207 when rookie race leader Scott Dixon pitted for the final time. He led the final 19 laps to add to an impressive 2001 oval-track resume that includes victories at Japan and Milwaukee and a runner-up result at Nazareth.

In six career FedEx Championship Series starts on one-mile ovals over the past two seasons, Brack has never finished worse than fourth.

Patrick Carpentier, winner of last week's spellbinding event at Michigan International Speedway, recorded his second consecutive podium finish, the first back-to-back podium results of his five-year career.

''To finish up ahead, you need a little bit of everything," began Carpentier. "This morning the car was not real good, but I had a good car during the race, just trying to save as much fuel as we could.

"This is the first time confusion paid off for me! I thought I wasn't supposed to come into the pits under the last yellow, but the guys were all set up in the pits. So we decided to stay try to go for it, because we couldn't come back in anyway, and we got lucky," Carpentier explained. "There have been no changes to the team, it's just luck now. You need everything, you need good timing and everything to happen, and it's been happening for the team in the last three races.''

Carpentier has earned 36 of his 51 championship points in the past two events and has moved from 17th to ninth place in the championship.

Defending FedEx Championship Series champion Gil de Ferran finished third for his first podium result since third at Long Beach in Round Two.

Not happy with the handling of his Honda-Reynard in this morning's warmup session, de Ferran and his team made major changes to the suspension 'set-up' prior to the start of the race, completing the work just as it was time to grid the cars for the start. The changes were all for the better, and the defending series champion steadily worked his way through the field from his sixth row starting position, finally moving up to third place in the final 10 laps of the race.

''I think the key has to start with yesterday afternoon," said de Ferran. "Obviously, we didn't qualify in the front two rows, but I wasn't terribly unhappy with the car. Nevertheless, we changed the whole car overnight. We ran this morning and I wasn't too happy with the car. We decided to change it all back, and we were tight on time, but we changed it all back.

"I started the race and I felt the car was great straightaway. In the beginning I was being very, very patient trying to conserve as much fuel as possible. At that point I was getting very confident with the car. On the second stop, that's where we really got the car fast. That really made our race. It's a total team effort today, but it's been a long time,'' concluded the reigning CART champ, who has moved from sixth to fifth in the championship with 72 points.

De Ferran's teammate Helio Castroneves led a total of 68 laps, before being balked on a restart by Max Papis. That move helped eventual winner Brack make a successful pass of the Brazilian and begin his run to the race victory.

Scott Dixon finished fourth for his best result since third at Milwaukee in Round 6 last month. He earned championship points for the seventh time in his past nine starts and added to his lead in the race for the $50,000 Jim Trueman Rookie of the Year Award, which now stands at 69-27 over Bruno Junqueira of Target Chip Ganassi Racing.

Junqueira's teammate, Memo Gidley finished fifth today to continue his outstanding work since joining the team for Round 8 at Portland last month. The finish was his second top-five performance in five starts, including a career-best runner-up effort at Cleveland.

The Mo Nunn Racing duo of Tony Kanaan and Alex Zanardi also figured prominently in today's contest, and after starting from pole, Kanaan led a total of 51 laps, but hit slower traffic after his last pit stop and dropped to an eighth place finish after being unable to pass the lapped cars, a situation Kanaan wasn't happy about.

"Unfortunately, lapped traffic cost us a lot today," he explained. "Even through we were maybe seven-tenths (of a second) quicker, when you got behind slower traffic you were stuck running the same line. We had already agreed that when you are a lap down you have to let people by. It was very disappointing, and it wasn't good racing. But it's up to the people upstairs (race officials) to enforce the blue flag."

Main loser at Chicago was Team KOOL Green's Dario Franchitti, who led for 19 laps, but incurred a pit-lane speeding penalty that dropped him out of a points-paying finish.

Meanwhile, Toronto race winner Michael Andretti dropped out of the contest with a broken exhaust header on lap 187 while Shinji Nakano also lost out a possible top-10 result when he ran out of fuel on lap 204.