CHAMPCAR/CART: San Jose: Pre-race notes, schedule

Did You Know? Located only 45 minutes south from San Francisco the City of San Jose was California's first civilian settlement, founded in 1777. Originally, the city served as a farming community to provide food for nearby military ...

Did You Know?

Located only 45 minutes south from San Francisco the City of San Jose was California's first civilian settlement, founded in 1777.

Originally, the city served as a farming community to provide food for nearby military installations. It became the first city to be incorporated in California in 1850 and was the site of the state's first capital. After over 150 years as an agricultural center, increased demand for housing from soldiers and other veterans returning from World War II and starting families, as well as aggressive expansion during the 1950s and 1960s led to businesses being attracted to the city. By the 1990s, San Jose's central location within the booming technology industry in the area earned the city the nickname as the Capital of Silicon Valley. In 1979, the city council adopted San Jose as the official spelling of the city name on the city seal and official stationery; however, the name is still more commonly spelled without the diacritical mark. The official name of the city is The City of San Jose. Today San Jose boasts the highest disposable household income of anywhere in the country. With the largest concentration of technology expertise in the world, it is not surprising that over half of the adult population holds a college degree. Innovation and creativity aren't just words-San Jose also leads the nation in patent generation. The city has 25 companies with 1,000 employees or more. San Jose also has the best public safety record of any metropolitan area in the United States and has been for five consecutive years.

Noteworthy

Comparing Graham Rahal to other notable American drivers through out Champ Car history, the rookie has two podium finishes in eight races, the only U.S. driver to post more was his father who recorded five podium finishes in his first eight events. Other notable American drivers that also posted two podium finishes in their first eight events include Danny Sullivan and Al Unser Jr. Drivers posting one podium finish in their first eight races include legends like A.J. Foyt, Parnelli Jones, Al Unser Sr., and Michael Andretti.

By winning his 27th race in Edmonton Sebastien Bourdais moves to ninth on the Champ Car all time victory list. He is currently tied on the list with Johnny Rutherford.

In 2005 Katherine Legge became the first woman to win a major open-wheel event, during the 2005 season in the Atlantic Championship race at Long Beach. After that first win Legge went on to score back-to-back victories in Atlantic competition in Edmonton and San Jose, before moving up to Champ Car competition.

Robert Doornbos is the first driver to record one win and five podium finishes in his first eight races, since Nigel Mansell accomplished the same feat during his rookie year in 1993. Over the first eight races of their Champ Car careers Doornbos has an average finish of 5.1, while Mansell posted an average finish of 6.

So far this season eight drivers have made their way to podium finishes in the Champ Car World Series. Three of those have been Roshfrans Rookie-of-the-Year candidates (Robert Doornbos, Neel Jani and Graham Rahal).

By the Numbers

132 -- How many laps Sebastien Bourdais has led during the first two editions of the San Jose Grand Prix.
55 -- How many laps other drivers have led during the first two races in San Jose.
12 -- How many cars were running at the end of last year's grand prix.
10 -- How many cars Justin Wilson had to pass in last year's race to finish second and capture the point for being the most improved car during the event.
9 -- How many points separate second from fourth in the point standings.
6.686 -- How many seconds Sebastien Bourdais won the San Jose Grand Prix by last year.
5 -- How many times the caution banner flew in both the 2005 and 2006 editions of the San Jose Grand Prix.
4.254 -- The difference in seconds between the 2006 and 2005 pole times set by Sebastien Bourdais.
3 -- How many rookies have led during the San Jose Grand Prix.
2 -- How many times Sebastien Bourdais has set the fastest lap of the race in San Jose.
1 -- How many fist fights have broken out on pit road in San Jose.

FAST FACTS SAN JOSE GRAND PRIX AT REDBACK RACEWAY

WHAT: San Jose Grand Prix at Redback Raceway

WHERE: San Jose, California

WHEN: Friday--Sunday, July 27-29

SUPPORT EVENTS: Champ Car Atlantic Championship, Formula BMW USA, Historic Stock Car Racing Series, and Formula Drift Championship Series.

CHAMP CAR SCHEDULE (All times local):

FRIDAY, JULY 27
10:15 -- 11:30 a.m., Champ Car practice
2:00 -- 3:00 p.m., Champ Car qualifying

SATURDAY, JULY 28
10:15 -- 11:30 a.m., Champ Car practice
2:00 -- 3:00 p.m., Champ Car qualifying

SUNDAY, JULY 29
11:00 -- 11:30 a.m., Champ Car warmup
3:00 p.m. -- SAN JOSE GRAND PRIX AT REDBACK RACEWAY

U.S. TELEVISION SCHEDULE (Eastern Time): SUNDAY, JULY 29 -- San Jose Grand Prix at Redback Raceway, ESPN2, 6:00 p.m. ET. (Live).

2006 CHAMPION: Sebastien Bourdais
2006 POLESITTER: Sebastien Bourdais

TRACK LAYOUT: 1.443- Temporary Street Course.
RACE LENGTH: One hour and forty-five minutes

TRACK RECORDS:
Qualifying (one lap) -- 2006, Sebastien Bourdais, 48.989 seconds (106.040 mph).
Race -- 2006, Sebastien Bourdais, 1:38:00.168 (85.694 mph) based on 97 laps (139.971 miles).

RACE ROUND: Round nine of sixteen in the Champ Car World Series

2007 CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES POINTS LEADERS: 1, Sebastien Bourdais, Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing, 194; 2, Robert Doornbos, Minardi Team USA, 174; 3, Will Power, Team Australia, 169; 4, Justin Wilson, RSPORTS, 165; 5, Alex Tagliani, RSPORTS, 134.

-credit: ccws

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Al Unser Jr. , Michael Andretti , Alex Tagliani , Nigel Mansell , Graham Rahal , Parnelli Jones , Sébastien Bourdais , Robert Doornbos , Katherine Legge , Neel Jani , Will Power , A.J. Foyt , Johnny Rutherford