BOURDAIS KNOWS THE WAY THROUGH SAN JOSE Scores second straight victory on two new circuits SAN JOSE, CA - Sebastien Bourdais baptized the new 1.448-mile San Jose street circuit this weekend by putting his ...
BOURDAIS KNOWS THE WAY THROUGH SAN JOSE
Scores second straight victory on two new circuits
SAN JOSE, CA - Sebastien Bourdais baptized the new 1.448-mile San Jose street circuit this weekend by putting his personal stamp on the Taylor Woodrow Grand Prix of San Jose, winning pole position, leading the most laps (63 of 93) and claiming a 3.724-second victory over nemesis Paul Tracy.
Giving textbook racing lessons in the #1 McDonald's Lola/Ford- Cosworth/Bridgestone racer, Bourdais had control over his destiny, avoiding incidents that caused three of five caution periods and using skills to prevail over Tracy's #3 Indeck/Forsythe Championship Racing Lola and teammate Oriol Servia's #2 PacifiCare Lola. While rookies Ronnie Bremer (#19 American Medical Response Lola) and Bjorn Wirdheim (#4 HVM Lola) used alternate strategies to lead this debut contest over these tough central California streets, Bourdais prevailed to gain a 13th career victory and increase his point total in quest of a second consecutive Champ Car World Series title.
"I elected to try and be safe, to keep saving fuel and wait for my turn to take the lead back. More importantly," said the 2004 Champ Car titleholder, "I tried not to make any mistakes and I think that was the key of the race, the key of the day." Only half the 18-car field completed the race and fully five retirements were due to contact on the bumpy, challenging track. "I think I was in the preferred position," Bourdais added. "A few guys out of sync definitely didn't make it easy because it was so difficult [saving fuel]."
Tracy knew it would be "a tricky track for sure with no room for error. It's narrow and, obviously it's very slippery so you really had to concentrate on just being smooth." Servia had high hopes for the day after qualifying second and "knew it was going to be a race of no mistakes so that was my approach."
From ninth grid slot Justin Wilson brought the #9 Intel Lola home fourth even though the Briton realized, "This wasn't our best track but we got out of it almost all that we could." Mario Dominguez took fifth with the #7 Indeck Lola while rookie Timo Glock's "hard race" to sixth in the #8 DHL Global Mail Lola turned out to be "more physical for the car than the drivers." Bremer, Wirdheim and Alex Tagliani were the final finishers.
Bourdais leads all pursuers to Denver August 14th, pacing Tracy 216-188 points. Wilson lies third with 175 and Servia holds 160 4th place points. A.J. Allmendinger is fifth.