Tracy nails elusive 1st victory at Mid-Ohio and regains points lead Paul Tracy has accomplished plenty in his stellar career but today he added a new chapter to the success story in Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by...
Tracy nails elusive 1st victory at Mid-Ohio and regains points lead
Paul Tracy has accomplished plenty in his stellar career but today he added a new chapter to the success story in Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford: a first win at Mid-Ohio. The triumph also gives the Player's/Forsythe driver a career-best six wins this season (all on Bridgestone Potenza tires) and 25 for his career, moving him to fourth place alone on the all-time series list.
Tracy collected the most available points for the weekend by taking the pole on both qualifying days and leading the most laps in the race - putting him in second on the all-time list with 3,322. He regained the championship lead as well with six races remaining.
"Our car was very balanced on the Bridgestones the first half of the race," Tracy said. "As the track rubbered up, my car went a little out of balance - but not enough to cause any alarm. I lost the gap that I had but was able to maintain it at about three seconds. But I really had to drive at the limit. It took all weekend for the track to rubber in, but the times were so fast at the end. The fastest times were laid down at the end of the race and that says a lot about the tires."
"The Bridgestone tires are always really, really good," added Tracy's teammate Patrick Carpentier, who finished second. "I really like those tires and this year they have been really, really consistent."
"The Bridgestone tires held up excellent," said Ryan Hunter-Reay, who placed third to score his first Champ Car podium showing. "In the end, the track started getting real tacky and rubbered in, but the tires were excellent the whole entire time. They were very consistent, they didn't fall off. A hundred percent on Bridgestone's part, for sure."
Quote from Joe Barbieri, Project Supervisor, Bridgestone Motorsport:
"The changing track conditions throughout the weekend posed a major challenge for all the teams, but our congratulations go to Team Player's and American Spirit for making the right adjustments and coming out ahead. As the podium finishers said, the track changed substantially over the course of the race, but they adapted to those changes and kept pushing at a tremendous pace over a physically demanding circuit. As all three also said, they had the confidence in their Bridgestone tires to continue racing at such a frenetic rate and the Potenzas stayed right with them. We'd also like to single out Jimmy Vasser for an inspiring drive that ended about 10 laps too soon. It was good to see him up front again."
Race temperatures ranged from 101 to 112 degrees track and from 80 to 83
degrees ambient (F).
Race temperatures ranged from 38 to 44 degrees track and from 27 to 28 degrees ambient (C).