CHAMPCAR/CART: Montreal: Bridgestone race report

Bourdais Adds Montreal to List of Champ Car Conquests It took a few attempts, but Sebastien Bourdais finally added a race win on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve to his already-impressive resume today. His timing could not have been better, since...

Bourdais Adds Montreal to List of Champ Car Conquests

It took a few attempts, but Sebastien Bourdais finally added a race win on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve to his already-impressive resume today. His timing could not have been better, since this was Champ Car's last visit to the famed Montreal track for the foreseeable future. After a mechanical failure eliminated his strongest competition of the weekend, A.J. Allmendinger, Bourdais inherited the lead and took the victory - his sixth of the year. The win extended Bourdais championship margin to 62 points over A.J. Allmendinger and Justin Wilson with 3 races remaining on the 2006 schedule.

From Sebastien Bourdais, #1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I felt really bad yesterday, because my car was really good in the warm-up. But on the first lap in the heavy rain, I just couldn't drive it. So, I was disappointed to lose the lead after two corners like that, but today was a different day. We benefited from a mechanical from A.J. and a mistake from Justin, so we are in the best position for the championship. It was pretty much the same for the whole race today; the line widened a little bit lap after lap after lap, but the grip didn't really go very high and it was tough to race. The smallest mistake - you would put the Bridgestone tire in the wet and that was that. I really had a big moment once, and after that I said, 'let's keep focused because it's really easy to make a mistake today.' The tires were very, very consistent, and we just had almost a mistake-free race."

Bridgestone Tire Performance Summary: During the laps run in the rain on Sunday, there were no issues with grip from the Bridgestone rain tires (Bridgestone brought the "softer," or higher-grip, of its two rain tire specs to Montreal). The race was postponed solely due to visibility issues - the tires were performing well and ambient and track temperatures were within the acceptable range. With the track mostly dry upon the restart, Champ Car officials deemed that if teams used more than one dry set of tires during the race, then one of those sets must be the alternates.

From Joe Barbieri, Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport: "It is rare that all three types of Bridgestone Potenzas are put to the test under race conditions, and we are pleased that each performed their duties very well. The rain tires dispelled the water on Sunday, but the resulting spray made it impossible for the drivers to see. We are happy that conditions improved so much on Monday that both the alternates and primary tires could be put to use. I would like to make special mention of our motorsports team from Performance Tire, who put in a tremendous effort to mount, dismount and balance so many tires this weekend during ever-changing circumstances. They do a great job week in and week out, and they deserve to be recognized."

Race session temperatures ranged from 65 to 67 degrees track and from 63 to 66 degrees ambient (F).
Race session temperatures ranged from 18 to 19.5 degrees track and from 17 to 19 degrees ambient (C).

-credit: bridgestone

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Gilles Villeneuve , Sébastien Bourdais , A.J. Allmendinger