da Matta back in top form

Monday, August 19, 2002

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. -- Cristiano da Matta returned to form Sunday, ending a three-race slump with a victory in the Motorola 220.

The CART series leader won for the first time on the scenic 4-mile road course at Road America, earning his sixth win in 12 starts this season and the 10th of his career.

It wasn't a dominant victory, like some the Brazilian driver has had this season. Paul Tracy actually led the most laps (24) in the race, which was extended this year from 55 to 60 laps, and pole-winner Bruno Junqueira and Alex Tagliani both were contenders to the end.

Tagliani wound up second, finishing 0.805-seconds -- about six car-lengths -- behind da Matta.

Rubens Barrichello edged teammate Michael Schumacher to win the Hungarian Grand Prix, and their 1-2 finish allowed Ferrari to clinch the Formula One team title with four races left in the season.

Schumacher already had assured himself of a record-tying fifth driver's championship. By finishing 0.4 seconds behind Barrichello, he just missed becoming the first to win 10 races in a year.

--From wire reports

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