World Champion Michael Schumacher presented himself in a bullish mood ahead of his attempt to record his eighth victory of the current season at Indianapolis. Having claimed Canadian glory from a lowly sixth starting position last weekend, the Ferrari pilot said that there was no reason why his ‘formidable’ car should not win at the Brickyard. Indianapolis is the state capital of Indiana and lies 1,000km west of New York. The track achieved world-wide fame with its annual staging of the legendary Indianapolis 500 and the Nascar race, Brickyard 400.
In qualifying, Rubens Barrichello proved fastest, pipping Schumacher for pole for the first time. BAR/Honda secured the second row on the grid, with Sato and Button taking third and fourth and Williams/BMW in fifth and sixth.
The race itself went the way eight out of nine have this season, Michael Schumacher taking the chequered flag ahead of team-mate Rubens Barrichello, giving Ferrari yet another one-two. Brother Ralph was involved in a serious crash and spent the night in hospital. He looks unlikely to be able to take his place in France in two weeks time.