CHAMPCAR/CART: Mexico City: Bridgestone race report

As he has done much of the season, Paul Tracy controlled today's race from the start, leading 64 of 70 laps to collect his seventh victory of the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season. Relying on a solid set-up...

As he has done much of the season, Paul Tracy controlled today's race from the start, leading 64 of 70 laps to collect his seventh victory of the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season. Relying on a solid set-up keyed by the consistent performance of the Bridgestone Potenza race tires, Tracy won by 1.782 seconds over Sebastien Bourdais and opened a 29-point lead in the championship with but two races remaining.

Mario Dominguez electrified the partisan Mexican crowd by finishing a spirited drive in third place. Afterward, all three podium finishers credited the Potenzas with helping them get there.

"I had a good, consistent car," Tracy said after notching the 26th victory of his career to tie him with Rick Mears for third on the all-time CART list. "My tires were good, I was really able to get the set-up right and the car didn't go away on me. I was able to drive at a certain pace the whole race long and I don't think anybody else could do that except Bourdais. In the end, I was able to edge away from him. A lot of guys were having trouble but I think it was all down to set-up. We didn't probably have the fastest car overall but it was the most consistent car throughout the run. I was able to run the same times all the time and the tire was great."

"The balance of my car was really consistent with the Bridgestone tires," runner-up Bourdais said. "To finish on the podium is a good result. The tires were hanging in pretty well. We had a pretty good balance and were not over-asking of them, so it worked out pretty well."

"There is not a happier man in Mexico or around the world right now," exclaimed Dominguez. "This podium is almost like a victory. ... The tires were great toward the end. The car started to handle really well. Especially on this track in these kinds of conditions, the tire can start to grain and it can be tough on the tires. But my Bridgestones were just fantastic."

Quote from Brett Schilling, Staff Chemist, Bridgestone Motorsport: "The promoters and Mexico City fans deserve credit for putting on another sensational event this weekend. The Bridgestone tires contributed to this fine race by providing consistent performance on a challenging course in high-altitude conditions that limited grip. The teams that carried the proper set-up were able to run consistently fast laps without concern for excessive tire wear, and those are the teams that wound up at the front."

Race temperatures ranged from 107 to 131 degrees track and from 80 to 83 degrees ambient (F).
Race temperatures ranged from 42 to 55 degrees track and from 27 to 28 degrees ambient (C).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy , Mario Dominguez , Rick Mears , Sébastien Bourdais