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Grand Prix 2: 1993 Laguna Seca 300k [21/21]

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Published on Jan 30, 2017

Round 21:
Indy Grand Prix of Monterey (sanctioned by CART)
186.2 miles (299.6 km) around Laguna Seca Raceway
[1.9 miles (3.05 km) / 98 laps]

Driver: #9 Raul Boesel (Brazil)
Team: Dick Simon Racing (USA)
Chassis: Lola T93
Engine: FordXB
GP2 power: 810/830HP (R/Q)
GP2 weight: 750kg (1654lbs)
GP2 tire grade: B (medium)
GP2 failure rate: 9740/32767 (29.73%)
GP2 difficulty: Ace (no driver aids)
Website: http://gp2.sharoma.com
Control: $10 Logitech Precision gamepad

Welcome to Laguna Seca for the 1993 Indy Grand Prix of Monterey!

Going into the final round, just over a year since I started this season, I was leading Tracy by 12 points and Mansell by 16. Pole position increased these margins by one. At the start of the race, Mansell was involved in a crash and retired. Tracy continued unchallenged after my own retirement but fell off the road at the Corkscrew (1:09:00) and even briefly engaged the 'spin recovery' gear, something I've never seen the AI do. He was lucky to escape without wing damage as every time I did this in practice I lost a front wing or at least damaged it. He looked all set for a victory and the title until his suspension failed on lap 73 (1:13:38). The earlier incident across the gravel may have contributed to his suspension failure later on[*]. I set the fastest lap by going 'all out' on lap two, managing a qualifying pace time of 48.679s (good enough for third on the grid). After that I played it very cautiously and I don't think I even managed a 49 second lap. When Goodyear's engine failed on lap 9 (7:53) I was very careful and lost places trying to avoid a crash. Once I was in the pack I continued to drop back out of caution. I survived numerous hairy incidents, including the loss of a front wheel (at 10:46 - thanks Andretti!) and a spell going backwards (24:30 - thanks Cheever!). By lap 17 I was being lapped and losing more time letting the leaders by. I started to recover and was back in the points, flirting with the top 10. My luck finally ran out when I tried to pass Robert Guerrero for 9th place on lap 31 (32:07). His car survived a nasty sounding sandwich without damage, whereas I lost a rear wheel and was immediately out (that's four wheels lost in the last three races). I watched the rest of the race unfold. It's a shame there wasn't a fight to the finish line but after such a long season, even winning like this isn't bittersweet.

[*] Mechanical failures in GP2 are determined before the race begins but I am still ignorant as to whether events in the race affect when they occur.

-Raul Boesel scores 2 points for pole position & fastest lap

Classification:

1st Robby Gordon 1h 23m 44.975s [20 points]
2nd Scott Pruett -1 lap [16]
3rd Roberto Guerrero -2 laps [14]
4th Brian Till -3 laps [12]
5th Buddy Lazier -3 laps [10]
6th Eddie Cheever -3 laps [8]
7th Robbie Buhl -3 laps [6]
8th Ross Bentley -4 laps [5]
9th Andrea Montermini -4 laps [4]
10th Jeff Wood -4 laps [3]
11th Paul Tracy - Suspension [2]
12th Mike Groff - Transmission [1]
13th Scott Brayton - Engine
14th Jimmy Vasser - Oil Leak
15th Arie Luyendyk - Engine
16th Raul Boesel - Didn't Finish [2pts]
17th Mario Andretti - Water Leak
18th Danny Sullivan - Transmission
19th Hiro Matsushita - Engine
20th Emerson Fittipaldi - Oil Leak
21st Scott Goodyear - Engine
22nd Stephan Gregoire - Engine
23rd Teo Fabi - Engine
24th Al Unser, Jr. - Loose Wheel
25th Bobby Rahal - Suspension
26th Nigel Mansell - Didn't Finish

Fastest laps:

1st Raul Boesel 48.679s
2nd Paul Tracy +0.889s
3rd Robby Gordon +0.932s
4th Roberto Guerrero +1.230s
5th Scott Goodyear +1.291s

After Round 21 of 21:

1st Raul Boesel - 227 points [**]
2nd Paul Tracy - 215
3rd Nigel Mansell - 209
4th Bobby Rahal - 178
5th Al Unser, Jr. - 150
6th Emerson Fittipaldi - 123
7th Robby Gordon - 121
8th Scott Goodyear - 106
9th Arie Luyendyk - 95
10th Mario Andretti - 91
11th Roberto Guerrero - 87
12th Teo Fabi - 65
13th Mike Groff - 59
14th Danny Sullivan - 57
15th Stefan Johansson - 54
16th Scott Brayton - 48
17th Jimmy Vasser - 39
18th Eddie Cheever - 36
= Scott Pruett - 36
20th Adrian Fernandez - 25
21st Geoff Brabham - 18
22nd Mark Smith - 16
23rd Stephan Gregoire - 15
= Brian Till - 15
25th Jim Crawford - 11
26th Buddy Lazier - 10
27th Hiro Matsushita - 7
= Gary Bettenhausen - 7
29th Robbie Buhl - 6
30th Tony Bettenhausen - 5
= Lyn St. James - 5
= Al Unser, Sr. - 5
= Ross Bentley - 5
34th Marco Greco - 4
= Andrea Montermini - 4
36th John Andretti - 3
= Jeff Wood - 3
38th Willy T. Ribbs - 2
39th Dominic Dobson - 1

[**] Raul Boesel led every round of the championship and clinched the national title of 1993 IndyCar World Series Champion. He scored six race victories, 9 podiums, 14 points finishes, 14 top ten finishes, 6 pole positions and 10 fastest laps. Two victories were on road courses, two on street circuits and two on ovals. The championship commenced on January 24th, 2016 and ended on January 30th, 2017.

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