"It was a pretty average day for the Vaseline car, but I didn't get much help from Marco when I was coming up to lap him," he fumed, "I helped him when I was a lap down at Watkins Glen, and he totally screwed me for ten laps. I'll remember that one."
Paul Tracy took 'best of the rest' honours in sixth place, with Graham Rahal, Justin Wilson, Robert Doornbos and Marco Andretti rounding out the top ten. Doornbos' ninth place matched his season-best performance with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing and enabled him to take the lead in the rookie of the year standings by three points over Raphael Matos, who finished ten laps down in 18th place.
Tony Kanaan, meanwhile, was lucky to escape with only second degree burns to his hands and face after the refuelling hose refused to shut off and sprayed methanol into the cockpit of his Andretti Green machine.
The fuel ignited, with Kanaan scrambling to extricate himself from the car as Team Penske and Panther Racing crew members doused the car with water in an attempt to stem the flames. The Brazilian, who left the circuit with both thumbs heavily bandaged, will be re-evaluated by Indy Racing League medical personnel this week before being given clearance to race at Kentucky next Saturday night.
"In the next couple of days, we will know the extent of the burns I have on my hands and face - I could be uglier than I am now!" he joked, "I am glad we are okay, as it was a scary moment. I have to thank all the other teams - Penske, the Panther boys and everybody who came to rescue me. It's pretty remarkable and its shows the strength of the IndyCar family. We are competitors over the weekend but, when somebody needed help, I got it. I am glad I am okay, but it seems like nothing can go right this year."