Willy T. Ribbs inherited the lead when Paul Newman spun out just before the halfway point, then charged to an easy victory in the SCCA-Bendix Brakes Trans-Am at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. It was the fifth victory in eight Trans-Am races this season for Ribbs, America's leading black driver . . .

In the Indy-car race at Elkhart Lake, Canadian Jacques Villeneuve overcame a spin, intermittent rain and a late challenge from Michael Andretti to win the Provimi Veal 200.

Villeneuve, the younger brother of the late Formula 1 driver Gilles Villeneuve, earned his first Indy-car victory, crossing the finish line 10 seconds ahead of Andretti. Villeneuve took over the top spot when Al Unser Jr. spun and crashed into a guardrail while holding about a 20-second lead. Unser was taken to a hospital for X-rays of his right ankle for a possible fracture. He also suffered a two-inch laceration on his right heel . . .

In Nuerburgring, West Germany, Michele Alboreto, driving a Ferrari, took the lead and held it for the last third of the race to win the German Formula 1 Grand Prix, ninth round in the 16-race world championship series.

Alboreto, who won the Canadian Grand Prix earlier this season and has had four second-place finishes to take the overall lead in the world championship standings, drove the 189.074-mile course in 1 hour 35 minutes 31.337 seconds, averaging 118.77 mph. He finished 11 seconds ahead of a McLaren piloted by Alain Prost.