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.
“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.