Michael Schumacher remains the king of the US Grand Prix, no matter the size of the field.
The seven-time Formula One champion became the first driver in any series to win five races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, taking his fourth straight yesterday on the 2.6-mile, 13-turn road course at the famed Brickyard.
The only other drivers to win as many as four races at Indy are A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears -- all in the Indianapolis 500 -- and NASCAR's Jeff Gordon in the
Schumacher was followed by Felipe Massa for a 1-2 Ferrari finish. Afterward, Schumacher picked up his teammate and tossed him in the air, waving his arms like a maestro as the crowd sang along with the German anthem. He leaped to the top step of the victory podium.
``I've had very good times here," Schumacher said. ``I feel very excited and on the podium I showed a lot of emotions."
Formula One champion Fernando Alonso, who had won six of the first nine races and four in a row entering yesterday's race, was never in contention and wound up fifth. Giancarlo Fisichella, Alonso's Renault teammate, finished third, followed by
Schumacher won for the third time this season and the 87th time of his career. He cut Alonso's championship lead from 25 points to 19 with 8 of 18 races left.
Indy Racing League -- Sam Hornish celebrated his 27th birthday with his second straight victory -- and the points lead.
Hornish blew past Dan Wheldon after a restart with 17 laps to go at Kansas Speedway at Kansas City, Kan., then won a back-and-forth battle down the stretch for his third victory of the season.
Wheldon, the defending IRL champion, passed Hornish on the 197th lap of the 200-lap, 300-mile race. He was still narrowly ahead with two to go, but Hornish retook the lead in the white flag lap and held it until the end of the Kansas Lottery Indy 300.