CHAMPCAR/CART: Surfers Paradise: Forsythe Racing race report

Difficult Day For Forsythe Racing Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia -- October 22, 2006 - What was shaping up to be a dominating performance by the Forsythe Team turned out to be a disaster today at the Lexmark Indy 300. Paul Tracy ...

Difficult Day For Forsythe Racing

Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia -- October 22, 2006 - What was shaping up to be a dominating performance by the Forsythe Team turned out to be a disaster today at the Lexmark Indy 300. Paul Tracy made contact with Will Power while exiting the pits after his first stop and cut a tire which forced him to come back in and place himself out of sequence with the leaders. The change of strategy worked in favor of the Canadian driver as he managed to turn very quick laps, including the best lap of the race, and get back to the front. Tracy was running second with only a handful of laps to go when he was assessed two different controversial penalties by the Champ Car officials and was forced to give up two positions; he finished the race in fourth.

A.J. Allmendinger picked up three positions during the first fourteen laps of the race but also had some serious problems during his first pit stop. The fuel hose was still connected to the #7 Indeck car when Allmendinger exited the pits which caused it to rip and spill methanol which quickly ignited. Damaged caused to the car during the incident eventually sent Allmendinger against the concrete wall and ended his day early. Nobody was hurt during the pit fire.

Paul Tracy

"I'm so pissed off with Champ Car and it's officiating, I mean I can't even describe how upset I am. During the two incidents today with Mario (Dominguez) I was avoiding both of us crashing you know, and I get penalized and have to drop 2 positions because of it. So basically you are damned if you do and you are damned if you don't, if you make contact then they penalize you for that also. And what happened during the second incident at the chicane I feel that it was just a fix to get one of the Team Australia cars up on the podium, I mean it's so clear it's ridiculous. It's extremely frustrating because this was our race to win. We had a problem during the first pit stop when we touched with Will Power and cut a tire, we had to come back in and get out of sequence, the new strategy worked beautifully and we were right up at the front at the end of the race but then they took it from us."

A.J. Allmendinger

"Terrible day for us today. We started the race and we were quick right away, we were passing cars and making ground on the leaders and everything was going according to plan. But then we came into the pits for our first stop that's where it all went wrong, I'm not sure exactly what happened but when I left the fuel hose ripped and there was a huge fire. The fuel nozzle got stuck between the rear tire and the sidepod and that damaged the car quite a bit. We tried to stay out there but the car was extremely difficult to drive after that, I had to lift on the upshits and it would jump out of gear on the downshifts, it was just really hard to hang on to and I ended up making contact with the wall and that ended our day. The most important thing is that all my crewguys are ok, it's a very scary situation but thank god nobody was injured."

The last race of the 2006 Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford will take place November 10th - 12th in Mexico City.

-credit: forsythe racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy , A.J. Allmendinger , Will Power