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Paul Tracy finally drinks milk in victory lane at Indy, another Unser wins too

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NBCSN IndyCar analyst and 2002 Indy 500 runner-up Paul Tracy finally earned what he’s sought his entire racing life: he drank from a bottle of celebratory and victorious milk in Victory Circle at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

During this past weekend’s Sportscar Vintage Racing Association’s Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational, Tracy won top honors in the “B Production” class in a 1965 Ford Mustang GT 350.

“For me, it’s a joy to be here and to run here, and to finally go up on top of that podium is obviously a great feeling, and to hold a bottle of milk – that’s the one thing I didn’t get to do in my career that I felt I should have done,” Tracy said. “To be able to do it today with this group of guys, it was a hoot.”

Tracy also provided one of the event highlights when he put a winner’s wreath around legendary IMS historian Donald Davidson on the podium. Indianapolis Star photographer Matt Kryger captured the moment below.

Another highlight of the event was a fourth member of the famous Unser racing family can now proudly say he’s also an Indianapolis Motor Speedway champion.

Robby Unser, son of three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Unser, drove a 1965 Cobra CompR to victory with teammate Andre Ahrle in the Indy Legends Pro-Am, the marquee event of the four-day Sportscar Vintage Racing Association’s Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational.

“You have no idea how much it means to be on this podium,” Robby Unser said in a media release.

Robby Unser is also the nephew of four-time Indy 500 winner Al Unser and the cousin of two-time 500 winner Al Unser Jr.

Robby Unser and Ahrle won first place overall and in the “A Production” class. Seven-time Indy 500 starter Richie Hearn and teammate Clair Schwendeman finished second, followed by Al Unser Jr. and Peter Klutt.

“This SVRA event is a fantastic event and we love it,” Unser Jr. said.

Other notables that competed in the SVRA weekend included 11-time Indy 500 starter Davey Hamilton, A.J. Foyt IV, Roberto Guerrero, Lyn St. James, Davy Jones, Willy T. Ribbs, Bill Elliott and Ray Evernham.

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Todd LeDuc advances two positions in Monster Jam Power Rankings

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Neil Elliott held onto the top spot in the Monster Jam Power Rankings, but he has a new driver sniffing his exhaust as Todd Leduc advanced two positions to second this week.

The Stadium Series Green continues to hold the advantage in the Power Rankings with Elliott topping the chart, Morgan Kane in fourth, and Ryan Anderson eighth, but there is an equitable distribution among the other series throughout the field.

Notably, Leduc and his Monster Energy truck in the Stadium Series Red closed the gap with a 38-point overall victory at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. Leduc achieved his win through consistency, pocketing the overall without winning a single individual event. Leduc’s best session was a second-place finish to Mike Vaters II in Overkill Evolution by .001 points.

Meanwhile on the West Coast, Elliott rambled on. Elliott won his sixth skills challenge in seven contests so far. That contributed to his 35 points for the event at PETCO Park in San Diego and allowed him to hold onto the No. 1 slot in the Monster Jam Power Rankings.

Colton Eichelberger also held station. Third last week, he entered the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on a mission in the Triple Threat Series Central. He topped the event points in all four events with timed race wins in each session, ATV race wins in three of the four, three wins in the speedster obstacle course, two freestyle wins and one win in the donut competitions.

MORE: Ryan Anderson and the anatomy of a Monster Jam freestyle run

Morgan Kane and Grave Digger had a rough night. He was ousted from the racing event in Round 2 by Max-D and Elliott. He failed to win either of the other two competitions of the night and ended with 29 points, which was a distant third to Ryan Anderson’s Son-Uva Digger (37) and Max-D (35).

Brandon Vinson moved up to the fifth position with three wins in the Triple Threat Series West. During the weekend he earned seven session wins, including a sweep of the speedster obstacle course and two victories in the two-wheel skills challenge.

Tom Meents debuted on the Monster Jam Power Rankings in 10th by winning the overall in back to back nights of the Stadium Series Yellow. The Saturday show can be seen Feb. 22 at 11:30 p.m. on NBCSN (click here for streaming). The highlight of Meents’ weekend were race wins on Saturday and Sunday, defeating Coty Saucier in a Monster Energy truck on Night 1 and Eric Swanson in Obsessed on Night 2.

Power Rankings

1. Neil Elliott–same
2. Todd LeDuc–up 2
3. Colton Eichelberger-same
4. Morgan Kane–down 2
5. Brandon Vinson–up 1
6. Tyler Menninga–up 1
7. Coty Saucier–down 2
8. Ryan Anderson–same
9. Linsey Read–up 1
10. Tom Meents-new for 2020

Upcoming TV Schedule (All showings on Eastern time on NBCSN)

Oakland: February 22 (Saturday); 11:30 p.m.
Miami: March 1 (Sunday); 12 a.m.
Jacksonville: March 9 (Monday); 6 p.m.
Detroit: March 21 (Saturday); 11 p.m.
Las Vegas: March 28 (Saturday); 7 p.m.
Santa Clara: April 11 (Saturday); 7 p.m.
Philadelphia: April 17 (Friday); 2:30 p.m.
Denver: April 25 (Saturday); 6:30 p.m.
Monster Jam World Finals Racing: May 9 (Saturday); 5 p.m.
Monster Jam World Finals: May 19 (Tuesday); 4 p.m.
Monster Jam World Freestyle: May 20 (Wednesday); 12 a.m.
Monster Jam World Finals: June 20 (Saturday); 2:30 p.m.