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

WHO'S HOT Sebastien Bourdais ( ...

WHO'S HOT

Sebastien Bourdais (#1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) had a tough time of it in qualifying in Edmonton, starting from the 10th spot, the farthest back he had ever gridded on a Champ Car road course. He made amends on Race Day however, coming all the way back to win the event and extend his lead in the standings to 21 points over Paul Tracy with seven races to go

Oriol Servia (#2 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) continues to impress in the Newman/Haas Racing machine after taking over for the injured Bruno Junqueira. The diminutive Spaniard scored another runner-up finish in Edmonton and has earned four podium finishes in his five starts in the car.

Timo Glock (#8 DHL Global Mail Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) continued his strong rookie season in Edmonton, running in the top five at the end of the race before he was involved in contact that knocked him out of the top 10. Glock is the leader in the Roshfrans Rookie-of-the-Year standings and is ninth in the title hunt.

A.J. Allmendinger (#10 RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) comes to San Jose fresh off of winning the first pole of his Champ Car career and leading a race-high 40 laps. He set the fastest lap of the race and was in position to claim that elusive first series victory before contact ended his day. The young American prodigy remains in the top-five in points as the second half of the season begins.

Ronnie Bremer (#19 American Medical Response Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) had a remarkable day in Edmonton considering his circumstances. The personable rookie missed Toronto when he was replaced in his HVM Racing machine, and rejoined the series in Edmonton, driving for Dale Coyne Racing. He responded with a career-best sixth-place finish, making up 10 spots on race day. Despite missing a race, Bremer is third in the 10-man Champ Car rookie field.

ON THE RIGHT TRACK

Nelson Philippe (#34 Wellbox/Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) has scored back-to-back top-10 finishes including a ninth-place run in Edmonton that matched a career-high. Philippe has made up three spots in the standings in the last two races.

Justin Wilson (#9 Intel Ford-Cosworth/Lola Bridgestone) is the new leader in the Bridgestone Passion For Excellence Award standings after Edmonton. The award, which adds up the fastest lap of each driver for each race, has been won in each of its first two seasons by Sebastien Bourdais.

Marcus Marshall (#5 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) had his best race of the year two weeks ago in Edmonton, climbing from 18th on the grid to place eighth. The result was a career best and was the first top-10 finish of his young Champ Car career.

Ricardo Sperafico (#11 Sonny's Real Pit BBQ Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) scored his second top-10 of the year with a 10th-place run in Toronto, giving him two top-10s in the last three races.

DID YOU KNOW

San Jose was founded in 1777, and is the oldest civil settlement in California. It also was California's first capital, with the first legislature convening in a two-story adobe in December of 1849. After over 150 years as an agricultural center, increased demand for housing from soldiers and other veterans returning from World War II, as well as aggressive expansion during the 1950s and 1960s led to San Jose to become a commuter center for Silicon Valley area. This attracted many businesses to the city, especially high technology businesses. For this reason San Jose is known as the "Capital of Silicon Valley." Currently, it is the largest city in the Bay Area, located roughly 50 miles south of San Francisco and 390 miles north of Los Angeles. Auto racing in the Bay Area dates back to 1909 when the AAA National Championship ran its first race in San Leandro. The last time Champ Car raced near the Bay Area was in 1970 at Sears Point when Dan Gurney took the checkered flag.

NOTEWORTHY

Paul Tracy and Sebastien Bourdais are the only drivers to win multiple Bridgestone Pole Awards this season as five different pilots have taken the pole in the year's seven races to date.

This weekend's inaugural San Jose event marks the first time that the Champ Car World Series has run inaugural events back-to-back since Montreal and Denver were added to the calendar in 2002

Paul Tracy leads the series in qualifying average with an average starting spot of 2.57 after seven events. He has started in the top five in every race so far this year.

The #1, #2 and #3 cars of Bourdais, Servia and Tracy finished in that order on the podium in Edmonton, marking the first time that feat has ever been accomplished in the history of Champ Car racing.

BY THE NUMBERS

6,600- The number of high technology companies that call San Jose home. 300- How many average days a year, the sun shines in San Jose. 250 -- The number of Champ Car victories earned by Cosworth Racing. 20- Number of drivers that have recorded a top 10 finish this season in Champ Car. 11- Number of turns on the San Jose street course. 10- San Jose is the 10th largest city in the U.S. 3- San Jose is the third largest city in the state of California, behind Los Angles and San Diego. 1.4 -- number of miles in one lap around the San Jose course. 1 -- San Jose is number one when it comes to the nation's best public safety record of any metropolitan area.

FAST FACTS

WHAT: Taylor Woodrow Grand Prix of San Jose

WHERE:  San Jose, California

WHEN: Friday -- Sunday, July 29-31

SUPPORT EVENTS: Toyota Atlantic Championship, Trans-Am Series, Formula Drift

CHAMP CAR SCHEDULE (All times local):

FRIDAY, JULY 29
Trans-Am practice, 8:15 -- 8:45 a.m.
Atlantic practice, 9:00 -- 9:30 a.m.
Champ Car practice, 10:15 -- 11:30 a.m.
Trans-Am practice, 12:30 -- 1:00 p.m.
Atlantic qualifying, 1:15 -- 1:45 p.m.
Champ Car qualifying, 2:00 -- 3:00 p.m.
Trans-Am qualifying, 4:00 -- 4:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, JULY 30
Trans-Am practice, 8:30 -- 8:45 a.m.
Atlantic practice, 9:00 -- 9:15 a.m.
Champ Car practice, 10:30 -- 11:30 a.m.
Atlantic qualifying, 1:15 -- 1:45 p.m.
Champ Car qualifying, 2:00 -- 3:00 p.m.
Trans-Am race, 4:00 -- 5:15 p.m.

SUNDAY, JULY 31
Atlantic warmup, 8:00 -- 8:15 a.m.
Champ Car warmup, 10:00 -- 10:30 a.m.
Atlantic race, 11:15 a.m. -- 12:05 p.m.
TAYLOR WOODROW GRAND PRIX OF SAN JOSE, 2:00 p.m.

U.S. TELEVISION SCHEDULE: SUNDAY, JULY 31 -- SPEED Channel, Taylor Woodrow Grand Prix of San Jose. Qualifying show begins at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time with live race coverage to follow at 4:30 p.m. Eastern.

TRACK LAYOUT:  1.443-mile street course

RACE LENGTH: TBA

RACE ROUND: 8 of 14 in the 2005 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford.

CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES POINTS LEADERS: 1, Sebastien Bourdais, Newman/Haas Racing, 182; 2, Paul Tracy, Forsythe Championship Racing, 161; 3, Justin Wilson, RuSPORT, 152; 4, Oriol Servia, Newman/Haas Racing, 135; 5, A.J. Allmendinger, RuSPORT, 122;

NEXT EVENT: August 14, Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver, Denver, Colorado

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Ricardo Sperafico , Justin Wilson , Bruno Junqueira , Paul Tracy , Oriol Servia , Dan Gurney , Sébastien Bourdais , A.J. Allmendinger , Nelson Philippe , Ronnie Bremer , Marcus Marshall , Timo Glock , Dale Coyne
Teams HVM Racing , Dale Coyne Racing