CHAMPCAR/CART: Toronto: Ford preview

FORD - BUILT FOR THE ROAD AHEAD The Ford GT will be featured in this week's in-broadcast segment. The unique styling and racy design of the Ford GT is sure to be a crowd favorite as it will be part of the racing excitement at the Champ...

FORD - BUILT FOR THE ROAD AHEAD

The Ford GT will be featured in this week's in-broadcast segment. The unique styling and racy design of the Ford GT is sure to be a crowd favorite as it will be part of the racing excitement at the Champ Car World Series events in Toronto, Edmonton and Montreal.

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN TORONTO?

Ford of Canada will make an announcement on Thursday, July 7th at 11:00 a.m. (ET) regarding additional involvement with the Molson Indy, Edmonton and Montreal Champ Car events. Dignitaries in attendance will include Ford of Canada President, Joseph Hinrichs. Ford is the "official vehicle" of the Molson Indy Toronto, as well as the upcoming Champ Car events in Edmonton and Montreal.

Toronto's Scott Maxwell, 41, will join the Champ Car Pace Car activities all weekend long. In addition to the SVT pace car vehicles, Maxwell will be providing hot lap rides in his very own Mustang FR500C which he competes with in the Grand-Am Cup Series.

Ford Racing development driver Alison MacLeod, 16, will attend this weekend's Molson Indy to participate in Ford Women's Day at the track. MacLeod, who hails from Mississauga, Ontario, currently races a Ford Focus Midgets primarily in the USAC Midwest Ford Focus Series in a car prepared by legendary USAC car owner, Bob East.

Ford of Canada's Women's Day clinic will be held at the track on Friday, July 8th from Noon until 5:00 p.m. Select engineering students from local colleges will participate in various automotive activities and the group stop at different stations throughout the afternoon that will cover everything from proper seating adjustment to flat tires and important roles women have in racing.

Ford will host a consumer ride-and-drive program on Friday night on the Molson Indy track. Consumers who pre-registered will have a chance to test drive the new Ford Fusion, Mustang, Five Hundred and Freestyle on the same 1.973-mile temporary street course being used for the weekend's races.

DRIVER & TEAM NEWS

Reigning series' rookie-of-the-year, A.J. Allmendinger, scored is highest finish to date at the Cleveland Grand Prix (2nd). He along with RuSPORT teammate Justin Wilson, both in their second season, are sitting 3rd and 4th respectively in the point standings. Last year for the Molson Indy Toronto, Allmendinger qualified 8th and finished 11th while Wilson qualified 5th and ended up in 12th place.

Mario Dominguez looks for a better finish in Toronto seeing as he and Junqueira made contact on lap 1 ending the day for both of them in Toronto last year. Currently 8th in points, Mario best qualifying effort this season was in Long Beach (3rd) and his best finish was in Portland (4th).

Three (3) current drivers have won from the pole at Toronto: Bourdais ('04), Tracy ('03) and da Matta ('02)

Three of the top 5 finishers in the 2004 Molson Indy Toronto are returning this weekend to compete: Sebastien (1st), Vasser (2nd) and Tracy (5th).

Four (4) former series champions are in this weekends line up: Sebastien Bourdais ('04), Paul Tracy ('03), Cristiano da Matta ('02) Jimmy Vasser ('96). Teammates Vasser and da Matta have steadily climbed up the standings to sit 5th and 6th respectively while Tracy leads and Bourdais is just one point behind in 2nd place.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Jimmy Vasser , Paul Tracy , Mario Dominguez , Scott Maxwell , A.J. Allmendinger , Alison MacLeod , Cristiano da Matta