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A.J. Allmendinger (#7 INDECK Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) got his season back on track when he recorded his fourth victory of the season in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains of Denver. The American started his day on the outside of the front row and lurked behind Sebastien Bourdais until Lap 48 when he saw his opportunity and pounced. Allmendinger retook the lead after the last round of pit stops and never looked back, leading a total of 45 laps during the day. In Montreal Allmendinger has one Champ Car Atlantic victory to his credit. His best start and finish came at the 2004 event when Allmendinger started the day on the outside pole, led ten laps, and finished in fifth.
Rookie contender Dan Clarke (#14 CTE Racing-HVM Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) scored his first Champ Car podium with a third-place run in Denver. Clarke is now just 16 championship points away from a berth in the top 10 in the season standings.
Will Power (#5 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) continues to impress and has built a 22-point lead in the Roshfrans Rookie-of-the-Year standings, protecting his advantage with a career-high fourth-place finish in Denver two weeks ago.
In Denver, Charles Zwolsman (#34 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) scored his career-best fourth consecutive top-10 finish, second-longest of the season by a rookie. Last year in Atlantic Series competition Zwolsman started the day in the fifth position before recording a sixth-place finish.
CTE Racing-HVM had quite a strong showing in Denver having both of their drivers finish in the top-five. A third-place performance by Dan Clarke, coupled with a fifth-place run by teammate Nelson Philippe(#4 CTE Racing-HVM Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) , allowed the team to see both its cars finish in the top five for the first time since Mario Dominguez and Ryan Hunter-Reay completed the feat at Australia in 2004.
ON THE RIGHT TRACK
Oriol Servia (#6 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) returns to the site of his first Champ Car victory this weekend, heading to Montreal as the defending race winner. Servia became just the 10th driver in the last 59 years of Champ Car racing to win a race by leading only the final lap of competition. In his last three appearances at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve Servia has yet to start or finish outside of the top ten.
Alex Tagliani (#15 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) has the most experience of any driver in the field on the 2.709-mile Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve. Tagliani has four Champ Car starts as well as four Atlantic starts on the Quebec racetrack. He won the pole and led a race-high 52 laps in the Champ Car event in 2003, and won from pole in the 1999 Atlantic race.
Mario Dominguez (#19 Sonny's Bar-B-Q Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) has three consecutive top-10 results in Montreal including a podium run in 2004 where he finished third after starting on the inside of the second row.
Bruno Junqueira (#2 Hole In The Wall Camps Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) missed last year's Montreal event but comes back this year as a returning race winner. The Brazilian came from fourth on the grid to win in 2004, leading 25 laps en route to the victory.
Sebastien Bourdais (#1 McDonalds Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) has won back-to-back pole positions in Montreal and holds the event record for most laps led in a single race (59) and total (85), but has yet to finish on the podium in the Canadian city.
Sebastien Bourdais, A.J. Allmendinger and Justin Wilson are the only drivers to win Champ Car races this year through nine events. The record for fewest winners in a season is three, that coming in 1964 when A.J. Foyt won 10 of 13 races while Parnelli Jones (two) and Lloyd Ruby (one) shared the other three.
Nelson Philippe scored a fifth-place finish in Denver, marking the first time in his young Champ Car career that he has scored consecutive top-five results.
The Champ Car World Series crested the 1,000,000 mark in attendance for 2006 after drawing more than 155,000 fans in San Jose.
Dan Clarke's third-place finish in Denver made him the 11th driver this season to earn a berth on the podium. Clarke is the only rookie to have finished on the podium this season.
Paul Tracy's penalty of seven championship points stemming from an incident in San Jose made him the second driver this season to have points deducted from his total. Mario Dominguez also lost seven points for his actions in Milwaukee. This is the first time since 2000 (Oriol Servia, Michael Andretti) that two drivers have been penalized with the loss of points in the same season.
Justin Wilson leads the Bridgestone Passion For Excellence Award after 10 races, pacing Will Power by nearly three seconds. Wilson would be the first person other than Sebastien Bourdais to win the award in this, the fourth year that the honor has been given.
Bruno Junqueira's win in Monterrey last season gave him victories in each of his first five seasons as a Champ Car driver. A win this season would make the Newman/Haas Racing pilot the first driver since Bobby Rahal (1982-87) to earn wins in each of his first six years in the series.
In the Nation's Cup standings, France has run out to a 24-point lead over England after 10 events. The U.S., carried by lone American A.J. Allmendinger, is third, 10 behind England.
DID YOU KNOW?
Montreal, is the second largest city in Canada and the largest city in the province of Quebec. It is known as the francophone Metropolis of North America and nicknamed "The City of Saints" due to the many streets starting with the name "Saint". With the rise of Gilles-Villeneuve, French Canada wanted to build a race track so that they could watch their native son race in Quebec, after Mont-Tremblant was deemed unsafe. So, the idea of making the Island into a racetrack was born. In October of 1978 the first race was held on the circuit and it has hosted at least one race a year since then. A particularly famous part of the circuit is the wall on the outside of the exit of the final chicane. In 1999 the wall, which has on it the slogan Bienvenue au Quebec giving it the nickname "Mur du Quebec" (Quebec Wall), ended the race of three Formula One World Champions, Damon Hill, Michael Schumacher & Jacques Villeneuve. Since then the wall has been nicknamed "The Wall of Champions".
BY THE NUMBERS
85 -- The number of laps Sebastien Bourdais has led in Montreal, the most of any driver. 25- How many laps A.J. Allmendinger led on the way to his Champ Car Atlantic Victory in 2003. 9 -- How many points separate fourth and tenth in the point standings. 3 -- The most times a yellow flag has come out during the Grand Prix of Montreal. 2 -- How many times a rookie has led laps in the Grand Prix of Montreal (A.J. Allmendinger, 2004 and Timo Glock, 2005) 1 -- How many laps Oriol Servia led on his way to last year's victory in the Grand Prix of Montreal.
CHAMP CAR GRAND PRIX DE MONTREAL
WHAT: Champ Car Grand Prix de Montreal
WHERE: Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
WHEN: Friday--Sunday, August 25-27
SUPPORT EVENTS: Champ Car Atlantic, CASCAR, Formula Ford 1600
CHAMP CAR SCHEDULE (All times local): FRIDAY, AUGUST 25 -- 9:10 - 9:55 a.m., Atlantic practice; 10:15 - 11:30 a.m., Champ Car practice; 1:10 - 1:40, Atlantic qualifying; 2:00 - 3:00 p.m., Champ Car qualifying. SATURDAY, AUGUST 26 - 9:25--10:10 a.m., Atlantic practice; 10:30--11:30 a.m., Champ Car practice; 1:10 - 1:40 p.m.; Atlantic qualifying; 2:00 - 3:00 p.m., Champ Car qualifying. SUNDAY, AUGUST 27 - 8:00 - 8:15 a.m., Atlantic warmup; 9:30 - 10:00 a.m., Champ Car warmup; 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; Atlantic race; 1:30 p.m. CHAMP CAR GRAND PRIX DE MONTREAL
U.S. TELEVISION SCHEDULE (Eastern Time): SUNDAY, AUGUST 27 - Champ Car Grand Prix de Montreal, NBC, 1:30 p.m. (Live)
2005 CHAMPION: Oriol Servia
2005 POLESITTER: Sebastien Bourdais
TRACK LAYOUT: 2.709-mile road course
RACE LENGTH: 72 laps (195.048 miles)
TRACK RECORDS: Qualifying (one lap) -- 2002, Cristiano da Matta, 1:18.959 seconds (123.512 mph). Race -- 2004, Bruno Junqueira, 1:39:12.432 (113.049 mph) based on 69 laps (186.921 miles)
RACE ROUND: 11 of 14 in the 2006 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford.
INSTANT REPLAY: Oriol Servia became only the 10th driver dating back to 1946 to win a Champ Car race while leading only the last lap of the race, but the Spaniard was more than deserving of his first-ever Champ Car victory. Servia took the win over rookie Timo Glock, taking the lead when Glock was forced by Champ Car Stewards to cede the position to the Newman/Haas driver after shortcutting the frontstretch chicane twice during the waning laps. Sebastien Bourdais had been the strongest pilot all day long, leading 59 laps from the pole, but a rare misstep on a late pit stop dropped him out of contention. Glock moved into the lead, inheriting the spot when he fortuitously pitted ahead of a late-race caution, and paced 19 of the last 20 laps on his way to a career-best second place finish. Justin Wilson rounded out the podium by finishing third. The race had been run caution-free for the first 57 laps before a string of incidents scrambled the order. Paul Tracy lost nine spots by pitting too close to the wall and A.J. Allmendinger lost his chance at victory when he entered a closed pit to fix a cut tire. Tracy ended his day in eighth while Allmendinger followed him in ninth.