Byline: LOMAS G
By GORDON LOMAS PROMISING Canadian racer Greg Moore left Australia
yesterday still grossly underexposed despite landing on the podium at
his third IndyCar start at the Gold Coast last Sunday.
Moore's achievement to finish third behind Jimmy Vasser and Scott
Pruett in the 65-lap IndyCar race on the streets of Surfers Paradise
has given him a shot at challenging for the series lead in California
in two weeks.
The 20-year-old has made a stunning impact in his short time in the
super competitive IndyCar ranks for the Player's Ltd team.
Yet in the wash-up of round three of the championship, Moore's
effort scarcely raised a ripple in post-race summaries.
It was his first time on the Surfers Paradise circuit and he showed
tremendous driving acumen compared to some rash manoeuvres from more
experienced drivers such as Michael Andretti.
""I could not ask for much better than my effort in this race
because it was my first time on the track and I was still learning it
during the race,'' Moore said.
""The only time I had seen the layout of the circuit before was on
television back home in Canada.''
Moore has moved to seventh place in the series on 20 points, 27
fewer than Gold Coast winner and PPG Cup leader Jimmy Vasser.
""I said before the season started that we might surprise a few
people this year and we're well on the way,'' Moore said.
Moore cooly kept his car running when Andretti took Marlboro Penske
driver Paul Tracy out of the race on lap 16, almost clogging the exit
to turn eight.
""I managed to squeeze through both of those drivers but we had to
come to a standstill and I was worried about stalling the car,'' Moore
""To be honest, I thought the red flag would have come out to stop
the race because it was really tight and I didn't think the rest of the
field could get through.''
Moore, a sensational winner of 10 of the 12 IndyLights races last
season, is leading the rookie-of-the-year points.
GREG MOORE . . . "We're well on the way'.