Motor Racing: Mansell ends in a spin

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NIGEL MANSELL failed to finish for only his second race of the season when he was forced to withdraw from the Makita 300 here at Monterey, after being caught up in a spin with a back marker.

The shunt, which knocked him off course, aggravated a wrist injury suffered in an off- track incident earlier in the season. At the time, Mansell was in fourth place, which he had regained from seventh during a well-timed pit stop.

The race included an early incident when a back marker slowed suddenly and Mansell had nowhere to go but over the other car's rear wheel. Mansell had gradually fallen back from that point on and was about to be lapped when the second round of pit stops put him closer to the leaders.

The Canadian, Paul Tracy, led the race from start to finish, winning his fifth race of the 1993 PPG Indy Car world series and equalling Mansell's record of five victories in a season.

Tracy and Fittipaldi were clearly the best in the field on this 11-turn road course, while Mansell, Danny Sullivan, and Arie Luyendyk competed in tight formation for the first half of the race.

Mansell fell out of contention after the first incident, which did not appear to damage the car, but did seem to slow him down.

Tracy came under heavy pressure from Emerson Fittipaldi when his safety harness came loose. Tracy managed to hold Fittipaldi until he got some relief in the closing laps when Fittipaldi spun off course behind slower traffic. Mansell's wrist was sprained and very painful. He said the injury would require an X- ray.

MAKITA 300 INDYCAR GRAND PRIX (Monterey, California): 1 P Tracy (Can) Penske-Chevrolet; 2 E Fittipaldi (Bra) Penske-Chevrolet; 3 A Luyendyk (Neth) Lola-Ford Cosworth; 4 S Goodyear (Can) Lola-Ford Cosworth; 5 A Unser Jnr (US) Lola-Chevrolet; 6 S Johansson (Swe) 1992 Penske-Chevrolet; 7 B Rahal (US) Lola- Chevrolet; 8 T Fabi (It) Lola-Chevrolet. Failed to finish: N Mansell (GB) Lola-Ford Cosworth.