Bourdais Back on Top in San Jose Sebastien Bourdais drove a flawless race and claimed his fifth win of the 2006 season today in San Jose, putting a damper on anyone's hopes of challenging him for the season title with only five races left. As...
Bourdais Back on Top in San Jose
Sebastien Bourdais drove a flawless race and claimed his fifth win of the 2006 season today in San Jose, putting a damper on anyone's hopes of challenging him for the season title with only five races left.
As heated battles raged on and off of the track, Bourdais kept up a blazing pace and was in a class of his own. He lost the lead at the start until Champ Car officials deemed that Paul Tracy had passed him prior to the start/finish line before the green flag dropped, as well as when Charles Zwolsman and Oriol Servia chose to run alternate pit strategies. But when the final pit stops shook out, Bourdais was back on top and easily cruised to victory.
Cristiano da Matta put in his best performance of the season with a second-place finish. His RuSPORT teammate Justin Wilson, currently second in the point standings, kept his championship hopes alive by claiming the final spot on the podium.
* From Sebastien Bourdais, #1 McDonald's Newman/Haas Racing Ford/Lola/Bridgestone: "They [the Bridgestone Potenzas] were really consistent, and I am very happy with both the standard and the reds. I guess it was maybe a little easier to get one lap in qualifying out of the red tires, but on the long runs it was kind of... the car rebalancing itself between the two types of tires. Consistent, fast, and the grip was there - so I could not be any happier with them."
* Bridgestone Tire Performance Summary: The standard and alternate specs that Bridgestone Motorsport brought to San Jose were a proven combination, having been used on the streets of Houston and Toronto earlier this season. The differences between the two were very evident this weekend. Bridgestone engineers calculated that between Friday and Saturday's lap times, changes in the track accounted for times 0.5 seconds per lap, and the red Potenzas were worth an additional 0.3 seconds. Each car received seven sets of standard Potenzas and two sets of the red-sidewall alternates to use during the weekend, but at least one set of each spec was required to be run during Sunday's race.
* From Joe Barbieri, Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport: "We're thrilled with the effort that Champ Car and the City of San Jose made to improve the track and the viewing areas for the fans. The huge crowds here saw a great race with a lot of action. It is a testament to the Bridgestone tires that Sebastien was able to drive as hard as he did all day. Also, it was good to see the tires help a guy like Justin Wilson come through the field from 12th all the way to third. Bridgestone Motorsport is already looking forward to next year - we can't wait to come back!"
Race temperatures ranged from 115 to 127 degrees track and from 81 to 83 degrees ambient (F).
Race temperatures ranged from 46 to 53 degrees track and from 27.5 to 28.5 degrees ambient (C).