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MOTOR RACING ROUNDUP : Fittipaldi Remains in Indy Car Title Picture

September 13, 1993|From Associated Press

Emerson Fittipaldi kept the battle for the Indy car championship alive with a victory in the Pioneer Electronics 200 Sunday at Lexington, Ohio.

Mansell, who went into the 199.3-mile, 89-lap race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with a 34-point lead over Fittipaldi and a 47-point lead over Tracy, started from the pole and had a good chance to wrap up the championship with two races remaining.

But he and Tracy banged together moments after the start. Then Mansell's Lola-Ford Cosworth slowed and Arie Luyendyk clipped Mansell's right-front end as he drove past, which led to an early pit stop, putting the 1992 Formula One champion two laps down. Mansell finished 12th.

Tracy was nearly 15 1/2 seconds ahead of Fittipaldi on lap 22 when he slid off the course and slammed into a wall, ending his racing day. Tracy was not injured.

Fittipaldi led the rest of the way.


Damon Hill came from behind in his Williams-Renault to win the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, Italy.

With 58 championship points and three Grand Prix races remaining, Hill has a chance to overtake French teammate Alain Prost for the drivers' title. Prost has 81 points. Each victory is worth 10 points, second worth six.

Prost seemed en route to victory when his engine blew with 4 1/2 laps remaining.

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