CHAMPCAR/CART: San Jose: Neel Jani race report

Neel Jani again on the podium The first time in his young career Neel Jani led a ChampCar race on his own merits. He could nearly smell the sweet taste of victory. After a real exciting race, with position changes for the lead, Neel ...

Neel Jani again on the podium

The first time in his young career Neel Jani led a ChampCar race on his own merits. He could nearly smell the sweet taste of victory. After a real exciting race, with position changes for the lead, Neel finished 2nd.

In a thrilling race Neel Jani and Oriol Servia exchanged the lead four times. After a hard fight he could keep Servia at bay. But during this time, Robert Doornbos caught up with the leaders through a clever pit stop strategy and went in to the lead. A full yellow course allowed Neel to catch up on Doornbos.

After the restart and just 20 minutes to go, Neel surprised leader Doornbos with an overtaking move and pulled out a two second lead. It looked like a sure win, but another full course yellow allowed Doornbos to catch up.

By this time Neels tyre graining was producing a huge under steer, which led Doornbos pass him.

"The team did a real great job through the whole weekend. On Friday's practice and qualifying we were last, due to an engine problem. And now on Sunday we finish 2nd and were fighting for the victory, it's just amazing."

This is Neel's third podium finish and meanwhile he is 5th in the championship.

-credit: neel-jani.com

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Oriol Servia , Robert Doornbos , Neel Jani