CHAMPCAR/CART: Molson Indy shaping up nicely for Canadian drivers

CHAMPCAR/CART: Molson Indy shaping up nicely for Canadian drivers

Toronto, Ont. (July 12, 2003) - The first Canadian round of the 2003 Champ Car World Series, the Molson Indy Toronto, holds much promise for its three Canadian drivers. Going into Sunday, the 10th event of the 2003 season, Paul Tracy's 118...

Toronto, Ont. (July 12, 2003) - The first Canadian round of the 2003 Champ Car World Series, the Molson Indy Toronto, holds much promise for its three Canadian drivers. Going into Sunday, the 10th event of the 2003 season, Paul Tracy's 118 points leads the championship by 8 points over Brazilian Bruno Junqueira with Patrick Carpentier sitting in 4th, and Alex Tagliani 9th.

Alex Tagliani.
Photo by Eric Gilbert.
These results have given Canada the lead in the Nations' Cup championship, sitting at 150 points, 7 ahead of 2nd place Mexico. Canada hopes to become the first nation other than Brazil, which currently sits 3rd, or the USA to win the Nation's Cup.

Today's qualifying session helped continue this progress and good fortune. All three Canadians scored their best ever qualifying position in Toronto. Tracy secured his first pole position in Toronto, and with it one point towards his championship. Tagliani qualified 4th, and Carpentier 5th.

"We got very lucky today," confessed Tracy. "The rain started and stopped and there wasn't a lot of grip. But it picked up and I noticed the grip was improving and we got into the 58s. Right after that it started to rain again and the track got slippery again, so we timed it right."

Tracy is confident heading into Sunday. "It's my time right now, and I am really relishing it."

If any of the Canadians were to win on Sunday, it would mark the first win for a Canadian at the Molson Indy Toronto since 1993, when Tracy became the first and only Canadian to win the event.

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