CHAMPCAR/CART: Vancouver: Noteworthy, schedule

WHAT: Molson Indy Vancouver WHERE: Concord Pacific Place, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada WHEN: Friday-Sunday, July 23-25 SUPPORT EVENTS: Toyota Atlantic Championship, CASCAR, Formula Renault CHAMP CAR SCHEDULE (All times ...

WHAT:  Molson Indy Vancouver

WHERE: Concord Pacific Place, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
WHEN: Friday-Sunday, July 23-25
SUPPORT EVENTS: Toyota Atlantic Championship, CASCAR, Formula Renault

CHAMP CAR SCHEDULE (All times local):

FRIDAY, JULY 23
Champ Car practice, 10:00 -- 11:30 a.m.
Champ Car qualifying, 2:00 -- 3:00 p.m.

SATURDAY, JULY 24
Champ Car practice, 10:00 -- 11:15 a.m.
Champ Car qualifying, 1:45 -- 2:45 p.m.

SUNDAY, JULY 25
Champ Car warmup, 9:00 -- 9:30 a.m.
Molson Indy Vancouver, 1:00 p.m.

U.S. TELEVISION SCHEDULE:
SATURDAY, JULY 24 -- HDNet, Champ Car qualifying, 4:45 ET, 8:30 Eastern Time (Tape)
SUNDAY, JULY 25 -- Spike TV, HDNet, Molson Indy Vancouver, 4 p.m. ET (Live)

TRACK LAYOUT: 1.781-mile temporary street course
RACE LENGTH: 85 laps, 151.385 miles.

TRACK RECORDS:
Qualifying (one lap) -- 2002, Cristiano da Matta, 106.260 mph (60.339 seconds).
Race -- 2003, Paul Tracy, 90.632 mph (1:57:54.322), based on 100 laps (178.100 miles).

RACE ROUND: 7 of 15 in the 2004 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford.

NEXT EVENT: August 8, Champ Car Grand Prix of Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

INSTANT REPLAY: Paul Tracy made it back-to-back Canadian victories as he ran the fastest Molson Indy Vancouver since 1997 to score the win. The Canadian led 77 of 100 laps, including the final 38, and beat Bruno Junqueira to the flag by 17.820 seconds in taking the win. Junqueira took the lead after an aborted start, but would later be penalized for jumping the start and passing polesitter Tracy prior to the start/finish line. Junqueira would come back to finish second while rookie Sebastien Bourdais fought through a race-high six pit stops to earn the final spot on the podium. Only 10 cars in the 19-car field were running at the end of the race, with seven of those cars retiring due to contact. Two cars from the Dale Coyne Racing stable suffered accidents in the pre-race warm-up laps and were unable to start the show, meaning that 17 Champ Cars actually took the flag for the race, which was seen by over 160,000 people during the three days.

WHO'S HOT

* Fresh off his third consecutive win Sebastien Bourdais (#2 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola Bridgestone) can't be stopped as he heads to Vancouver with the possibility of tying the record of four straight wins in a Champ Car season. Taking the points lead from teammate Bruno Junqueira (#6 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola Bridgestone) with a total of 164, he earned his fifth Champ Car career win from pole at the Molson Indy Toronto. Finishing on the podium five out of six races this season, the young Frenchman brought home the third pole and fourth win this season for his Newman/Haas Racing outfit.

* Junqueira may not have won a race yet this season, but his uniformity of four podium finishes in six races has been the key to maintaining on top of the Championship battle. Despite an incident in Turn One at the event in Toronto, ending his day on the first lap, the Brazilian was able to sustain his ground in the championship battle holding on to the second spot, trailing his stablemate Bourdais by 28 points.

* Forsythe Championship Racing's Patrick Carpentier (#7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) crossed the stripe at the Molson Indy Toronto in third to give his countrymen something to cheer about. The eighth year Champ Car veteran Carpentier has finished in the top-five five times this season, placing himself third in the Championship fight with 129 points.

* Matching his best Champ Car career finish of fourth place at the Molson Indy Toronto, Mario Haberfeld (#5 Cummins Ford-Cosworth Reynard/Bridgestone) earned his first top-five ranking of the season. The second year Champ Car pilot gave both Reynard and his Walker Racing Team their best finish thus far in 2004.

* American fan favorite Jimmy Vasser (#12 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) was able to represent his country on the podium with his second place finish in Toronto at the first of three Molson Indy events north of the border. His runner-up position marked the best finish of the sophomore team PKV Racing, V standing for Vasser, as he became co-owner this year.

ON THE RIGHT TRACK

* Canadian Paul Tracy (#1 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) won from pole at last year's event leading 77 of the 100 race laps and went on to win the 2003 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Championship title. Although, his 2004 season started strong winning the opener at Long Beach, disappointingly, he has only stood on top of the podium one other time. With 12 starts here, two wins and a second place finish, all eyes will be on this indomitable Canadian, as he tries to earn his second win this season.

* Both Patrick Carpentier and Alex Tagliani (#8 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola Bridgestone) have a little history here at this track from the same previous racing background. While driving in the Toyota Atlantic Series, Carpentier earned two wins, one win from pole. Tagliani had two front-row Atlantic starts prior to piloting a Champ Car. In 2001, Tagliani earned the pole position with Carpentier starting on the front row beside him. Tag led 68 of the 98 laps; unfortunately his day came to an early end due to a gearbox failure. Neither driver has won a Champ Car World Series race in Canada and look to change history with a triumph in their native country.

* Last year's rookies put on a show despite their lack of experience running on the temporary street course at Concord Pacific Place. 2003 Rookie-of-the-Year Sebastien Bourdais scored the fourth podium of his young Champ Car career at last year's event finishing third. In one of the biggest rookie fields in Champ Car history, five of the seven rookie drivers finished in the top-ten. Biggest mover during the 100 laps was American rookie Ryan Hunter-Reay (#4 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) who started 16th to finish 6th.

NOTEWORTHY

* The rookie combination of American A.J. Allmendinger (#10 BG Products/Red Bull Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) and first year team RuSPORT continues to progress on the learning curve, gaining momentum, speed, and ranks, as the 2004 season rolls on. Trailing fellow rookie Justin Wilson (#34 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) by as much as 20 points this year, Allmendinger and team snuck up from behind to tie Wilson going in to Round Seven in the rookie standings with a total of 83 points.

* With four top-ten finishes, the hype continues for Dale Coyne Racing. Gaston Mazzacane (#19 American Medical Response Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) earned his best finish in only his fourth Champ Car start rolling past the checkered flag sixth at the Molson Indy Toronto. Spaniard Oriol Servia (#11 yokeTV.com Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) has been hot on track. Just missing a podium finish after taking the lead during the U.S. Bank Presents the Grand Prix of Cleveland, he maneuvered his way through the field in Toronto to get as high as fourth before an incident with Alex Tagliani put him in the back of the field, as he salvaged a top-ten finish for his team.

* Sebastien Bourdais has taken over the Championship points lead, so has his home country of France in the Nation's Cup battle. With 163 points, France leads defending Cup winner Canada by 5 points with Brazil trailing behind by 12 points. France has never won a Nation's Cup.

BY THE NUMBERS

* 162,271 -- Last year's attendance total for the event weekend. 14 -- Number of times the Champ Cars have raced at Concord Place in Vancouver. 7 -- Most number of leader changes during a Molson Indy Vancouver event. 6 -- Number of times this race has started under yellow. 4 -- Number of times the same driver has won Molson Indy Vancouver. 4 -- Number of times Canadian Paul Tracy has won on home soil. 2 -- Current Champ Car pilots who have won the pole at this event. 1 -- Number of currently Champ Car drivers who have won the Molson Indy Vancouver.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gaston Mazzacane , Mario Haberfeld , Justin Wilson , Jimmy Vasser , Bruno Junqueira , Patrick Carpentier , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Oriol Servia , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Sébastien Bourdais , A.J. Allmendinger , Dale Coyne , Cristiano da Matta
Teams Dale Coyne Racing