With five laps remaining in the CART Miller Lite 225 at the Milwaukee Mile, Paul Tracy was in the lead and the fuel warning light of his Reynard-Honda was burning bright.
"Usually, when it comes on, you've only got two laps of fuel left," Tracy said. "But we got to the end and we were still running."
Tracy stayed on the oval while other drivers pitted for fuel in the waning laps. The Canadian driver was rewarded with his 14th victory and first since May 1997.
"It's a rejuvenation of a career," Tracy said. "Two years is a long time to go without winning. You're doing everything right, trying to make the right decisions on every single lap and, all of a sudden, everything falls apart."
All the cars on the lead lap of the 225-lap race pitted for tires and fuel during a caution period on Lap 124, with rookie Juan Montoya, winner of three of the first seven races this season, taking the lead from defending race champion Jimmy Vasser with a quick stop.
Montoya came in for fuel on Lap 210, giving Vasser the lead. The fourth caution came out on Lap 212 after Roberto Moreno spun. Vasser then made a quick stop on Lap 213, giving Tracy the lead.
The victory was not assured until P.J. Jones spun on Lap 218, bringing out the fifth and final caution and giving Tracy just enough fuel to make it to the end.
Greg Moore finished 5.880 seconds behind Tracy and Gil de Ferran was third. The winner averaged 129.029 mph.