CHAMPCAR/CART: Portland: Fast facts, schedule, notebook

FAST FACTS WHAT: Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland WHERE: Portland International Raceway, Portland, Oregon, USA. WHEN: Friday-Sunday, June 18-20 SUPPORT EVENTS: Toyota Atlantic Championship, Trans-Am CHAMP CAR SCHEDULE (All times ...

FAST FACTS

WHAT:  Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland

WHERE: Portland International Raceway, Portland, Oregon, USA.
WHEN: Friday-Sunday, June 18-20
SUPPORT EVENTS: Toyota Atlantic Championship, Trans-Am

CHAMP CAR SCHEDULE (All times local):
FRIDAY, JUNE 18
Atlantic practice, 9:00 -- 9:45 a.m.
Champ Car practice, 10:00 -- 11:30 a.m.
Trans-Am practice, 11:45 a.m. -- 12:15 p.m.
Atlantic race #1 qualifying, 1:15 -- 1:45 p.m.
Champ Car qualifying, 2:00 -- 3:00 p.m.
Trans-Am qualifying, 4:00 -- 4:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, JUNE 19
Atlantic race #2 qualifying, 8:00 -- 8:45 a.m.
Trans-Am practice, 9:00 -- 9:30 a.m.
Champ Car practice, 10:00 -- 11:15 a.m.
Atlantic race #1, 12:15 -- 1:15 p.m.
Champ Car qualifying, 1:45 -- 2:45 p.m.
Trans-Am race, 3:45 -- 5:00 p.m.

SUNDAY, JUNE 20
Atlantic warmup, 8:15 -- 8:30 a.m.
Champ Car warmup, 9:00 -- 9:30 a.m.
Atlantic race #2, 10:30 -- 11:30 a.m.
Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland, 1:00 p.m.

U.S. TELEVISION SCHEDULE:
SATURDAY, JUNE 19
HDNet, Champ Car qualifying, 4:45 ET (Live)

SUNDAY, JUNE 20
Spike TV, HDNet, Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland, 4 p.m. ET (Live)

2003 CHAMPION:  Adrian Fernandez

2003 POLESITTER: Paul Tracy
TRACK LAYOUT:  1.969-mile permanent road course

RACE LENGTH: 94 laps, 185.086 miles.

TRACK RECORDS: Qualifying (one lap) -- 2000, Helio Castroneves, 122.768 mph (57.738 seconds). Race -- 2003, Adrian Fernandez, 101.602 mph (1:56:16.626), based on 100 laps (196.900 miles).

RACE ROUND: 4 of 16 in the 2004 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford.

WHO'S HOT

* American Ryan Hunter-Reay (#4 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) was the man to beat in West Allis, Wisconsin. Not only earning his first career pole position, but Herdez Competition's as well, he rolled from the pole as night fell on the Milwaukee Mile, and immediately laid claim to the Time Warner Cable Road Runner 250 Presented by U.S. Bank. The Herdez driver stormed to the front on the very first lap and became the first Champ Car driver in 12 seasons to lead every lap of a series oval event, pacing a Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford record 250 laps.

* Patrick Carpentier (#7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) produced his third podium feat at the Milwaukee Mile during Round Three of the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford. The French-Canadian's second place finish also marks his third consecutive top five finish this season.

* Joining the 1st year team RuSPORT, Michel Jourdain Jr. (#9 Gigante Ford Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) delivered a third place finish to give the team its first career podium in only their third race in the Champ Car World Series. Starting from the 9th spot, Jourdain made his way to the top to earn his eighth career podium in his eighth year behind the wheel of a Champ Car.

* Jourdain's teammate, A.J. Allmendinger (#10 BG Products/Red Bull Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) earned his best Champ Car career finish in Milwaukee when he claimed fifth, rounding out the first time the rookie finished in the top five. He was the highest finishing rookie in Round Three and currently sits second in the rookie-of-the-year standings trailing Mi-Jack Conquest Racing's Justin Wilson (#34 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) by 15 points.

* Team owner and driver for PKV Racing, Jimmy Vasser (#12 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) scored his first top-five finish this season at the Milwaukee event. The former Milwaukee Mile race winner was just short of making it on the podium after maneuvering his way from the eighth starting position to finish fourth.

ON THE RIGHT TRACK

* Alex Tagliani (#8 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) earned his rookie team's second podium here in Portland with a solid performance finishing. Coming very close to winning last year, both Tagliani and Rocketsports Racing are anxiously awaiting their first Champ Car victory.

* Defending 2003 Champion Paul Tracy (#1 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) heads to Portland in hopes to return on the podium, preferably on top, to earn his first career win at Portland International Raceway. During his last visit, he reserved a front row start when he won the pole position finishing the race second. He currently sits in sixth place in the championship after three races with 53 points.

* Current points leader, Newman/Haas Racing's Bruno Junqueira (#6 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) put on a performance after starting 11th on the grid and finishing 4th at last year's event. He currently leads the championship battle over Patrick Carpentier by one point.

NOTEWORTHY

* The United States moved up a couple notches in the Nation's Cup battle after the three American pilots, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Jimmy Vasser, and A.J. Allmendinger all finished in the top five at the Milwaukee Mile. Their accomplishment marked the first time since 2001 in Cleveland when Memo Gidley, Bryan Herta and Vasser finished in the top five.

* Canada takes over the lead in the Nation's Cup standings, leading Brazil 82-74 after three races. The top-five countries in the Nation's Cup are covered by a scant 17 points.

* Mario Dominguez (#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) has finished in the top 10 in each of the last eight events, setting a new record for longest streak of top-10 finishes by a Mexican-born driver.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS

* Ryan Hunter-Reay's victory marked the first time since 1992 that a driver led every lap during a Champ Car oval event. The last driver to accomplish the feat was Bobby Rahal, who led all 200 laps in a Phoenix win.

* Two of the closest finishes in Champ Car history have been recorded here at Portland International Raceway. Mark Blundell beat Gil de Ferran to the checkered flag by 0.027 seconds in 1997, making it the closest finish in Champ Car history. The sixth closet victory in series' history was recorded at PIR in 1986 when Mario Andretti beat his son Michael Andretti to the finish line by 0.070 seconds, giving him a Father's Day to remember.

BY THE NUMBERS

* 57.738 -- Seconds marks the track record posted by Helio Castroneves in 2000. 20 -- Number of times Champ Cars have run at Portland International Raceway. 5 -- Number of drivers who have won from Pole. 1 -- Number of points between the championship leader and the runner-up. 0 -- Number of current Champ Car drivers who have won at this event. 3 -- Number of current Champ Car drivers that have ever led a lap at Portland. 8 -- Drivers that have won Portland and gone on to win the series championship.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Jimmy Vasser , Memo Gidley , Bruno Junqueira , Adrian Fernandez , Bobby Rahal , Patrick Carpentier , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Bryan Herta , Mark Blundell , Mario Dominguez , Mario Andretti , Ryan Hunter-Reay , A.J. Allmendinger , Michel Jourdain
Teams Conquest Racing