Rice Wins Thrice
August 1, 2004 | 3:17 P.M. EST
he average speed of 182.123 mph is the fourth-fastest in IRL IndyCar® Series history. It was the third victory of the season for Rice, who was the runner-up to Dario Franchitti on July 25 at The Milwaukee Mile.
Kanaan, who has three IndyCar Series victories this season, led 184 laps but was passed by Rice on Lap 190. They dueled the final 10 laps, racing side by side on portions of Laps 198 and 199, before Rice made the final move.
Kanaan's Andretti Green Racing teammate, Dan Wheldon, was third and Marlboro Team Penske's Sam Hornish Jr. fourth. Vitor Meira, Rice's Rahal Letterman Racing teammate, finished fifth.
Panther Racing crew member Steve Namisnak sustained a fractured right tibia in a pit road incident. He was being transported to Indianapolis for further treatment.
In the Paramount Health Insurance 100 held prior to the IndyCar Series race, rookie P.J. Chesson beat Menards Infiniti Pro Series points leader Thiago Medeiros to the finish line by 0.0941 of a second.
They battled for first the final 20 laps, with the lead see-sawing every few laps. Chesson led by 0.3102 of a second and was running 190.705 mph with three laps left. They ran side by side as they crossed the line with two laps remaining, before Chesson gained the advantage and held on.