MOTEGI, Japan -- Kenny Brack held off Helio Castroneves and Tony Kanaan in the Firestone Firehawk 500 on Saturday to win for the first time in his two-year Champ car career.
Brack kept his Ford Lola in the top spot after a late restart at the 1.549-mile Twin Ring Motegi oval speedway, CART's only Asian venue.
The 2000 rookie of the year joined two-time winner Adrian Fernandez and Michael Andretti as victors at the mountaintop circuit in central Japan, where Ford has never been beaten.
The 35-year-old Brack has turned in impressive qualifying times at events all season, only to watch other cars drive away with the victory on race day.
"It's a big weight off my shoulders," Brack said "We've been so close so many times."
He qualified in the front row for the previous four CART races this season, including poles at the Monterrey Grand Prix and the indefinitely postponed Firehawk 600 at Texas Motor Speedway.
He credited his victory Saturday to his team's decision to make its final pit stop after Castroneves and Kanaan, betting fresher tires would make the difference down the stretch.
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