CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Australia gaining speed in Phanos contest

Team Australia is gaining speed with an early lead in Phanos European Team Cup Competition. Similar to the Canadian Triple Crown competition narrowly won by Team Australia's duo of Will Power ...

Team Australia is gaining speed with an early lead in Phanos European Team Cup Competition. Similar to the Canadian Triple Crown competition narrowly won by Team Australia's duo of Will Power #5 and Simon Pagenaud #15 recently, the competition will reward the best team over the next two European races with unique trophies and a week-long stay at one of the Phanos Resorts locations.

Showing another strong team performance at Circuit Zolder in Belgium, qualifying first and third place on the provisional pole, they accrued a total of 34.5 points, putting them at the top of the Phanos European Team Cup competition standings.

Points are earned by Champ Car teams for both Friday and Saturday qualifying sessions, with first place taking 10 points and each position after taking 0.5 points less that the preceding driver (10 / 9.5 / 9 / 8.5 etc.). The winner on Sunday's race will take 20 points and each position after will receive one point less that the preceding driver (20 / 19 / 18 / 17 etc.). Standings are then determined by adding up the points for each teammate. Jan Heylen #34 Conquest Racing, driving for the only team with one driver, will have his points doubled for each session.

As with the Canadian Triple Crown, the competition seems to be heating up, with only 2.5 points separating Team Australia and second place Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing's Sebastien Bourdais #1 and Graham Rahal #2. Alex Tagliani #8 Rocketsports and Justin Wilson #9 CDW are currently occupying third position with 26 points - holding the same position they finished with in Canada, and only 3 points separating the next three teams.

The competition will continue next week when Champ Car heads to Assen for the Bavarian Beer Champ Car Grand Prix of Holland.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Alex Tagliani , Graham Rahal , Sébastien Bourdais , Jan Heylen , Will Power , Simon Pagenaud
Teams Conquest Racing