Ralf Schumacher took advantage of the misfortunes of his brother, Michael, and pole-sitter Kimi Raikkonen to end a 24-race winless streak.
Schumacher led a Williams-BMW 1-2 finish in the European Grand Prix on Sunday at Nuerburgring, Germany, earning his first victory of the year and fifth of his career.
Five-time series champion Michael Schumacher became the first Formula One driver to surpass 1,000 career points. He was bumped off the track in the 43rd lap but rallied to finish fifth in a Ferrari.
Ralf Schumacher, one of two non-Ferrari winners last year, started third and beat second-place Juan Pablo Montoya by 16.9 seconds for his first win since the Malaysian Grand Prix in March 2002.
The Williams-BMW team capitalized on the engine troubles of Raikkonen, who dropped out in a McLaren-Mercedes midway through the race, and Michael Schumacher’s being bumped off the track by Montoya on the 43rd lap.
“This is great. It’s been a long time,” Ralf Schumacher said. “I have had a couple of pole positions but been unable to turn them into victory and taken a bit of criticism, but this proved a bad driver can win races.”
Ferrari’s Rubens Barrichello was third, 39.6 seconds back, in the 60-lap race at the 3.199-mile circuit in the German Eifel mountains. Fernando Alonso of Renault moved past Michael Schumacher in the final straightaway for fourth.
Michael Schumacher retained his lead in the standings with 58 points. Raikkonen is second at 51 and Ralf Schumacher is third with 43 points.
Jason Keller won the GNC Live Well 250 under the yellow flag at West Allis, Wis., his first Busch series victory this season.
Keller went back and forth for the lead with teammate Scott Riggs for about six laps before driving his Ford to the front for good on the 231st lap at the Milwaukee Mile.
Doug Kalitta won his third top fuel event this season, beating first-time finalist Scott Weis in the NHRA Nationals at Gateway International Raceway at Madison, Ill.
Kalitta drove his Mac Tools dragster to a 4.602-second pass at 312.35 mph, and Weis finished in 4.805 at 298.27.
Del Worsham went 4.884 at 313.00 to beat John Force’s 4.936 at 314.09 for the funny car title; Ron Krisher went 6.843 at 201.64 to beat Allen Johnson’s 6.840 at 201.73 in pro stock, and Geno Scali rode to a 7.139 at 187.99 to beat GT Tonglet’s 7.177 at 185.46 in pro stock bike.
John Blewett drove a Pontiac to first place in the Busch 150 at Wall (N.J.) Township Speedway for his first Featherlite Modified Series victory and sixth of his career. He leads the series point standings.