CHAMPCAR/CART: Surfers Paradise: Bridgestone race report

Philippe claims first victory; Bourdais clinches title in Australia Continuing the theme of a weekend of firsts, CTE Racing-HVM's Nelson Philippe claimed his first-ever Champ Car victory on the streets of Surfers Paradise today. He made a bold...

Philippe claims first victory; Bourdais clinches title in Australia

Continuing the theme of a weekend of firsts, CTE Racing-HVM's Nelson Philippe claimed his first-ever Champ Car victory on the streets of Surfers Paradise today. He made a bold pass on Oriol Servia for the top spot on lap 35. After some pit strategies shook out, he retook the lead on lap 52 in a race that saw eight different drivers out front. Mario Dominguez seemed comfortable at his new Rocketsports team, finishing just behind Philippe in only his second race with the squad. Team Australia's Alex Tagliani finished a popular third. Although he was not on the podium, Sebastien Bourdais' day ended with champagne anyway - he clinched the championship and celebrated his third consecutive series title.

* From Nelson Philippe, #4 CTE Racing-HVM Ford/Lola/Bridgestone: "The tires were awesome. They did not go off at all. I'm not [kidding] you - they were good the whole time. That's really an amazing feeling. As for the reds, I preferred the reds today, which is a rare thing for me. But the blacks performed well too. I mean, they were there at the end so I can't complain!"

* From Sebastien Bourdais, #1 McDonald's/Newman/Haas Racing/Ford/Lola/Bridgestone: "Bridgestone as a company did a great job again. We haven't seen any situations where the tires failed us. Obviously, condition-wise, sometimes some things work better for you and the car. But the tires are exceptionally consistent for everybody, and it's been a great season again. So thanks to Bridgestone for being a supporter of Champ Car."

* Bridgestone Tire Performance Summary: This weekend marked the debut of the red alternate Potenzas on the streets of Surfers. In fact, Bridgestone Motorsport brought new tires for both its dry-condition specifications this weekend. The slicks fall into the most durable range of Bridgestone street-course compounds, with the red-sidewall alternates containing a slightly softer compound than the standard black-sidewall Potenzas. Each car received six sets of standard-spec and two sets of alternate-spec tires for the weekend.

* From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Bridgestone Motorsport: "It was a very eventful race with a lot of unexpected activity on the track and an extremely exciting race as well. It's almost unbelievable that it's another new winner here in 16 years of racing. It was great to see the enthusiasm for the entire CTE team and Nelson Philippe. Bridgestone Motorsport congratulates them all We also congratulate Sebastien Bourdais and the entire Newman/Haas organization. Winning a third consecutive championship is an incredible accomplishment."

Race temperatures ranged from 106 to 86 degrees track and from 78 to 74 degrees ambient (F).
Race temperatures ranged from 41 to 30 degrees track and from 25 to 23 degrees ambient (C).

-credit: bridgestone

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Alex Tagliani , Oriol Servia , Sébastien Bourdais , Nelson Philippe