CHAMPCAR/CART: Mexico City: Lola race report

Point, Game, Set, Match To Bourdais Leads every lap en route to possession of 2004 Vanderbilt Cup Sebastien Bourdais secured his second major open wheel title today on the 2.786-mile Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez Mexico City road circuit, ...

Point, Game, Set, Match To Bourdais
Leads every lap en route to possession of 2004 Vanderbilt Cup

Sebastien Bourdais secured his second major open wheel title today on the 2.786-mile Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez Mexico City road circuit, winning the Gran Premio Telmex-Tecate Presented by Banamex from pole position, setting the fastest lap en route to convincingly earn the 2004 Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford championship. It was the fifth title for his Newman/Haas Racing team.

"I think it cannot be better, to celebrate the championship by winning the race, having done the pole position and set the fastest lap of the race. It's just been a dominating weekend," Bourdais exulted. "I was so scared about, you know, not being able to give it a clear shot with an incident at the start or mechanical failure. Really a well-deserved championship for the whole McDonald's team and a fantastic achievement from the Newman/Haas Racing team. Really just a perfect day for us." he declared.

Despite nearly throwing away a 17-second advantage when he spun mid-race, the cool Frenchman recovered to take a 4.604-second advantage in his #2 McDonald's Lola/Ford-Cosworth/Bridgestone racer over teammate and three- time series runner-up Bruno Junqueira's #6 PacifiCare Lola. The Brazilian did a mileage race and said his Lola worked best with the standard, not the option Bridgestone tire.

Roshfrans Rookie of the Year A.J. Allmendinger capped his third straight stellar professional season with a third-place podium finish in the #10 Western Union Lola. "Today," the Californian said, "the Lola was absolutely amazing. I'm thrilled with the finish; it's a great way to end the year." He took 6th in the final point standings.

With Lola drivers snaring the top 13 positions in a 63-lap race that saw only three quick laps of caution another Champ Car rookie Justin Wilson earned his best finish in this 14th and final race of the year in fourth with his #34 Mi-Jack/Conquest Lola. 1996 Champ Car titleholder Jimmy Vasser finished fifth with his PKV #12 Gulfstream Lola.

Patrick Carpentier took sixth in the #7 Indeck/Forsythe Championship Racing Lola to nail third in the final standings, followed today by Oriol Servia's #11 yokeTV.com Lola for 5th in points, the #55 Herdez Lola of Mexican Mario Dominguez, while Michel Jourdain Jr. brought the #9 Gigante Lola to ninth and 2003 champion Paul Tracy was tenth in the #1 Indeck/Forsythe Championship Racing Lola, 4th in the season standings. Alex Tagliani (#8 Johnson Controls Lola), Roberto Gonzalez' #21 NII Holdings Lola and the #3 Corona Lola driven by Rodolfo Lavin completed the lucky 13 Lola drivers today.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Bruno Junqueira , Patrick Carpentier , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Oriol Servia , Sébastien Bourdais , A.J. Allmendinger , Rodolfo Lavin , Roberto Gonzalez , Michel Jourdain