Rookie Wins Gold Coast Indy, Ford 1st, 2nd
AFTER walking away from a horrific multi-car crash, rookie driver Mario Dominguez of Mexico won a controversial Honda Indy 300 after driving behind the safety car almost all of the shortened 40-lap race.
Only six laps of the CART series event were run under green flag conditions because of heavy rain and sheets of water on the Surfers Paradise street circuit.
Dominguez crossed the finish line in fading light under safety car conditions which prevented overtaking.
Second was Canadian Patrick Carpentier ahead of countryman Paul Tracy.
Dominguez was one of eight drivers caught in a spectacular pile up which wrecked eight cars in the opening moments of the race.
Japan's Toranosuke Takagi was admitted to the Gold Coast hospital with a fractured pelvis and Mexico's Adrian Fernandez was admitted for neck pain.
Dominguez walked away from his wrecked Ford Lola and used his back up car for the restart which cmae almost 90 minutes later.