Two of the most popular drivers in Champ Car, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Jimmy Vasser, went to war in Sunday's Tecate/Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix at Fundidora Park, twice with each other and once each with a separate partner.

Herdez Competition driver Hunter-Reay eventually survived to take eighth place after a day that saw him move up swiftly from eighth place on the starting grid and even rise as high as fourth as the race reached its half-way point.

However on two occasions the 23 year-old Champ Car sophomore collided with former Series Champion Vasser and dropped as low as 16th although on both occasions he avoided sustaining damage.

"I don't know what was going on with Jimmy," said a rather bemused Hunter-Reay. "He knocked me off the track twice, which is a shame because we had a fast car and my stops were great."

Hunter-Reay's problems didn't end with Vasser as he also collided with Michel Jourdain Jr in the closing laps as the two were battling for ninth position. Driving what must be the only Lola in the field made out of concrete, RHR was once again able to survive his skirmish unscathed and he maintained his position.

In a small slice of irony, Hunter-Reay gained a spot on the very final corner when sworn enemy Vasser collided with defending series Champion Paul Tracy while battling for seventh and beached his PKV Racing Lola on the kerbs within sight of the flag.

"PT completely screwed up," said Vasser in true politically correct team owner fashion! "Last lap, last turn. He just can't give it up. He should be the one out, not me."

With Hunter-Reay finishing eighth and Vasser finally classified in twelfth spot, the two drivers sit eighth and 14th respectively in the standings.



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