Rain wreaks havoc in Wisconsin at weather shortened Grand Prix at Road America Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, August 3, 2003 At first, it seemed like the jet drying trucks would get more laps on the Road America track than the Champ Cars. Heavy rain...
Rain wreaks havoc in Wisconsin at weather shortened Grand Prix at Road America
Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, August 3, 2003 At first, it seemed like the jet drying trucks would get more laps on the Road America track than the Champ Cars. Heavy rain and lack of visibility on the track resulted in a three-hour delay to the start of the Mario Andretti Grand Prix at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Brazil's Bruno Junquiera took the chequered flag, followed in second place by his team mate Sebastien Bourdais and Canadian Alex Tagliani in third. Team Player's Patrick Carpentier finished in fifth place. Paul Tracy did not finish the race.
"It was an okay result I guess," said Carpentier, who started in third place on the second row. "We started a little late and with race shortened to 34 laps we could not make any mistakes. Unfortunately, on the second pit stop, we had difficulties with the front air jack and we lost three positions to get out in sixth place. The car lacked power on the straight because we had too much down force. It ran well in the curves and I'm positive that I would have been able to hold my position had I been in third place. I started third, passed two cars on the track and still ended up fifth. At the end, I thought that I might run out of time to pass Manning (Darren) but I was finally able to do it at the very end of the last lap to finish fifth."
After waiting so long for the green flag to fly, Paul Tracy's race ended all too quickly. After powering up from sixth to fourth spot, Tracy's push up to third forced him off the track, out of the race and into a close second place in the drivers' standings behind race winner Bruno Junquiera.
"I'm pretty disappointed," said Tracy, who was the fastest in morning practice earlier in the day. "I had just passed Pat (Carpentier) for third and was on the wrong part of the track on the line without rubber. I got on the brakes and locked all four tires. I couldn't stop on the corner and I ran off the end of the track. I was trying to power my way out of the gravel trap but it just pushed me toward the tire barrier. This isn't how we wanted our race to go. We wanted to have a good weekend but this wasn't good for us. I'm disappointed because I had a good chance to score some points and did not. We'll just have to re-group and do well in Ohio. This was a worst case scenario for us."
Racing fans can follow Team Player's progress at the Champ Car Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio in Lexington, Ohio throughout the weekend by logging on to the team's website at www.teamplayers.ca.