CHAMPCAR/CART: Road America: Noteworthy, schedule

WHO'S HOT * Paul Tracy ( ...

WHO'S HOT

* Paul Tracy (#3 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) of Player's/Forsythe Racing dominated Round 11 of the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford in Vancouver and became the first Canadian to win consecutive races on home soil in CART Champ Car history after taking his fifth win on the season. With his 24th career win, Tracy moves into a tie with three-time CART Champion Bobby Rahal for fourth on the all time list as the series heads to Road America for the second of three straight weekends of Champ Car action. Tracy nearly scored a perfect weekend at the Molson Indy Vancouver after winning from pole and leading the most laps, but lost the provisional pole to Bruno Junqueira (#1 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone). Junqueira trails Tracy by 20 markers (161 to 141) as the series makes its return to the monstrous 4.048-mile Elkhart Lake circuit.

* The Molson Indy Vancouver saw Newman/Haas Racing pilot Bruno Junqueira record his seventh podium in 11 events and his 10th top five result, and earned a bonus point Friday for provisional pole. The Brazilian is enjoying his best Champ Car season to date and will look for his first victory of the season this weekend at the Mario Andretti Grand Prix at Road America Presented by Briggs & Stratton.

* Newman/Haas Racing stablemate Sebastien Bourdais (#2 Lilly Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) overcame a scare in the first turn at Concord Pacific Place last Sunday and was able to bounce back from six pit stops to land his fourth podium of the year. The Frenchman has authored three wins this year and leads the rookie standings with 100 points, 40 markers head of the nearest first year pilot Darren Manning (#15 RAC/Walker Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Lola/Bridgestone). The impressive rookie heads to Road America fourth overall in points after moving ahead of Patrick Carpentier (#32 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) in the standings after a disappointing 13th place run in his home country

* Behind the frontrunners in Vancouver came a number of rookies that earned career-best finishes. England's Darren Manning took his second-ever CART Champ Car top-five finish in fifth while Ladder System graduate Ryan Hunter-Reay (#31 American Spirit Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone) of American Spirit Team Johansson set a career best with a sixth-place run. Mario Haberfeld (#34 Mi-Jack/Conquest Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone) if Mi-Jack Conquest Racing claimed the seventh spot while Walker Racing's Rodolfo Lavin (#5 Corona Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone) put up a new career best with an eighth-place run.

ON THE RIGHT TRACK

* Two-time Road America champion Paul Tracy amassed three straight poles in Elkhart Lake from 1992-94, with a win coming in 1993. Most recently Tracy won the 2000 event after outlasting owner/driver Adrian Fernandez (#51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Honda/Lola/Bridgestone) to the stripe. Fernandez stands seventh in the championship hunt with 70 points.

 

DID YOU KNOW?

* Bruno Junqueira returns to his favorite track where he scored his first Champ Car victory in his rookie season of 2001. The Brazilian started on pole last year at Road America, led 14 laps, set the fastest race lap, but would finish third behind 2002 CART champion Cristiano da Matta and Alex Tagliani (#33 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) after a slow pit stop by Ganassi Racing. The Newman/Haas Racing pilot hopes to leave Road America with the championship points lead and his first win of the season. Junqueira was also fastest in a recent test in Elkhart Lake, with teammate Sebastien Bourdais clocking in second.

NOTEWORTHY

* Road America has been good to Newman/Haas Racing drivers over the years and it stands as the team's winningest track (8 wins, 5 poles, 15 podiums in 20 races). It also serves as one of the Illinois-based squad's home tracks. The namesake of the grand prix this year - Mario Andretti - brought NHR it's first of 71 wins in his rookie season of 1983. Andretti also won the event from pole- the second pole for the team that now has 74 to its credit.

WHERE WE'LL BE IN ELKHART LAKE

* On Thursday, July 31 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., the "Mario Andretti Grand Prix at Road America Presented by Briggs & Stratton Luncheon and Press Conference" will take place at the tent located at the Briggs & Stratton Motorplex. Participants include Champ Car Drivers Alex Tagliani, Bruno Junqueira, Tiago Monteiro and Rodolfo Lavin. Guests: media, by invitation only, contact Merrill Cain at Champ Car (317) 716-9327 for more details.

* On Thursday, July 31 from 1:00- 4:00 p.m.,      the "Drive the Line II Karting Program" will be held at the Briggs & Stratton Motorplex. The event is a promotional event for 10 lucky Road America fans (eligibility through advance ticket purchase). Guests: 10 Winners of Promotions Contest, contact Mary Lou Haen at Road America (920) 892-4576 for more details.

* On Friday, August 1, from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.,     a "Champ Car Fan Appreciation Activity Featuring an All-Driver Autograph Session" will be held in the Champ Car paddock. Participants include all Champ Car Drivers and Pace Car drivers. Contact Randy Biggs at Champ Car (317) 716-9257 for more details.

* On Friday, August 1, at 5:30 p.m., a "Mario Andretti On-Track Photo Opportunity" will be held on the track in Turn 5 (note: weather date is Saturday, 8/2 at 5:30 p.m.). Guests: Open to the public, contact Mary Lou Haen at Road America (920) 892-4576 for more details.

* On Saturday, August 2, 2003 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., the Cartoon Network's Johnny Bravo will make an appearance and photo opportunity at the Aurora Health Care Family Fun Zone located north of the VIP/Media Tower, parallel to the track outside the Paddock near Gate 2. Guests: Open to the public, contact Mary Lou Haen at Road America (920) 892-4576 for more       details.

* On Saturday, August 2, 2003 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., CART will host a "Champ Car Fan Forum with Mario Andretti," 1984 Champ Car World Series Champion; Paul Newman, Owner, Newman/Haas Racing and Oscar winning actor; Emerson Fittipaldi, Owner, Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing and 1989 Champ Car World Series Champion at the Road America Center in Skip Barber Building (Turn 5). Contact Randy Biggs at Champ Car (317) 716-9257 for more details.

* On Saturday, August 2, 2003 from 4:45 - 5:30 p.m., a "Champ Car Inner Circle Fan Club Meeting" will be held at the Road America Center in Skip Barber Building (Turn 5) with Champ Car drivers Michel Jourdain, Jr. of Team Rahal and Paul Tracy of Player's-Forsythe Racing. Contact Randy Biggs at Champ Car (317) 716-9257 for more details.

 

FAST FACTS

WHAT:  Mario Andretti Grand Prix At Road America Presented by Briggs & Stratton
WHERE:  Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
WHEN:  Friday - Sunday, August 1-3

SUPPORT EVENTS:  Speed World Challenge, Formula Ford 2000

CART SCHEDULE (All times local): 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 1
Champ Car practice, 9:30 - 10:20 a.m.
Champ Car practice, 11:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Champ Car qualifying, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 2
Champ Car practice, 10:00 - 11:15 a.m.
Champ Car qualifying, 1:45 - 2:45 p.m.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 3
Champ Car warmup, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Mario Andretti Grand Prix At Road America Presented by Briggs & Stratton, 60 laps, 2:00 p.m.

U.S. TELEVISION SCHEDULE: 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 1
Champ Car practice, 9:30 - 10:20 a.m.
Champ Car qualifying, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m., HDNet

SATURDAY, AUGUST 2
Champ Car practice, 10:00 - 11:15 a.m.
Champ Car qualifying, 1:45 - 2:45 p.m. HDNet

SUNDAY, AUGUST 3
Champ Car warmup, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Mario Andretti Grand Prix At Road America Presented by Briggs & Stratton, 60 laps, 2:00 p.m.

LIVE INTERNET AUDIO SCHEDULE:  Live audio of the CART Champ Car World Series is available for qualifying on SATURDAY, AUGUST 2- 2:30 p.m. ET, and the Mario Andretti Grand Prix At Road America Presented by Briggs & Stratton on SUNDAY, AUGUST 3 - 3:00 p.m. ET, on the official web site of the CART Champ Car World Series, www.champcarworldseries.com.

TRACK LAYOUT:  4.048-mile permanent road course
RACE LENGTH:  60 laps, 242.880 miles
PIT STOP INTERVAL: 13 laps

RACE ROUND:  12 of 19 in the 2003 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford.

NEXT EVENT:  August 10, CART Champ Car Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mario Haberfeld , Darren Manning , Bruno Junqueira , Bobby Rahal , Patrick Carpentier , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Mario Andretti , Paul Newman , Tiago Monteiro , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Sébastien Bourdais , Emerson Fittipaldi , Rodolfo Lavin , Skip Barber , Michel Jourdain
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , HART