WHO'S HOT * Paul Tracy ( ...
* Paul Tracy (#3 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) of Player's/Forsythe Racing returned to his native country in Round 10 of the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford to a home crowd of 73,255, brining them to their feet as the Canadian scored the definitive win of his illustrious Champ Car career. Tracy started from pole, led all 112 laps of the Molson Indy Toronto and boosted his championship points total to 139 with nine races remaining. With four wins in 10 races this season, Tracy continues the quest for his first CART Champ Car title as the series will race for the second consecutive round north of the border in Vancouver, British Columbia.
* Team Rahal's Michel Jourdain Jr. (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) heads to the Molson Indy Vancouver on the heels of a second place run in Toronto which secured third place in the championship with 113 markers. The Mexican Champ Car vet has scored six top fives with five podiums as the series starts a three-race stretch in Vancouver followed by events at Road America and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
* Brazilian Bruno Junqueira (#1 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) of Newman/Haas Racing lost little ground to Tracy in the standings with a third place effort on the downtown streets of Exhibition Place. Junqueira continues to ride the wave of consistency that has produced nine top fives and six podiums in 10 events, and has Tracy in his sights just 15 points back.
* Newman/Haas Racing stablemate Sebastien Bourdais (#2 Lilly Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) came into his own in Toronto, erasing a rookie season trend of "all or nothing" in his first nine races. The first-year sensation won three of nine races in the early goings this year, but finished outside the top 10 in all but one of the races he did not emerge victorious. Bourdais remains very much alive in the overall title hunt in fifth with 86 markers and leads the Rookie of the Year standings by 36 points over English shoe Darren Manning (#15 RAC/Walker Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone).
ON THE RIGHT TRACK
* Paul Tracy took the checkered flag at Concord Pacific Place in 2000 and backed that performance up with another podium in 2002 when he finished second.
* Canadian Alex Tagliani (#33 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) of Rocketsports Racing proved in 2001 he has the necessary skills to dominate the 1.781-mile temporary street course. Tag won the pole in Vancouver and led the most laps (68), but mechanical difficulties cut his day short and he finished a disappointing 23rd. He finished seventh a year ago after starting eighth and will look to deliver Rocketsports owner Paul Gentilozzi his first win in Champ Car competition.
DID YOU KNOW?
* A brain child of former CART Champ Car President and CEO, John Frasco, the Molson Indy Vancouver was established in 1989 with the collective assistance from the City of Vancouver, Concord Pacific Place, Molson Breweries, B.C. Pavilion Corporation and Tourism Vancouver. The original course was built around B.C. Place Stadium on the former Expo '86 lands on the North side of False Creek in downtown Vancouver. The first CART race event was held on Labor Day Weekend in 1990...Molson Breweries purchased the race from John Frasco in 1995 and has executed the event every year since under the management of their sports and entertainment division, now known as Molson Sports & Entertainment...Over the years, the continued development of the False Creek lands on the Concord Pacific Place site has resulted in numerous changes to the race track and event site. In 1997, the race announced that a major change to the race track route would take place prior to the 1998 event. Residential development of the False Creek area had boomed and the land required for grandstands and event amenities had become a sea of high end condominiums and a beautiful waterfront community...From the 1998 race through to 2004, the race track has and will run around the end of False Creek utilizing portions of downtown streets including Pacific Boulevard, Abbott Street, Expo Boulevard, Quebec Street and the Science World parking lot in Creekside Park. In addition, the facility is made up of lands owned and controlled by Concord Pacific Place, the Plaza of Nations, GM Place, the City of Vancouver, Vancouver Park Board, Translink and Science World. The annual race attracts over 160,000 people during its three event days.
WHERE WE'LL BE IN VANCOUVER
* On Monday, July 21, Victory Podium in the Champ Car Paddock will host a "Molson Indy Vancouver, Citygate Community Barbecue" from 4:00 -- 7:00 p.m. The event is open to the public. Contact Paul Williams, Molson Indy Vancouver (604) 787-3884 for more details.
* On Monday, July 21, the Cat 'n' Fiddle at 1979 Brown Street and Coquitlam will host a "Molson Canadian/Molson Indy Blow Out Bash" at 6:00 p.m. The event is open to the public, 19 years of age and older. Contact Baxter Wilson, Molson Canada, (604) 664-1819 for more details.
* On Tuesday, July 22, Seymour's Pub at 720 Old Lillooet, North Vancouver will host a "Molson Canadian/Molson Indy Blow Out Bash" at 6:00 p.m. The event is open to the public, 19 years of age and older. Contact Baxter Wilson, Molson Canada, (604) 664-1819 for more details.
* On Wednesday, July 23, Finnegan's Pub at 1515 College Drive, Abbotsford will host a "Molson Canadian/Molson Indy Blow Out Bash" at 6:00 p.m. The event is open to the public, 19 years of age and older. Contact Baxter Wilson, Molson Canada, (604) 664-1819 for more details.
* On Thursday July 24, the Start/Finish line will host the Miss Molson Indy Vancouver Media Press Conference with Miss Indy Girls at 12:00 p.m. Participants include Miss Molson Indy Girls and CART Champ Car Driver Alex Tagliani. Contact Merrill Cain, Champ Car, (317) 716-9327 or Paul Williams, Molson Indy, (604) 787-3884 for more details.
* On Thursday July 24, the False Creek, Plaza of Nations Dock will host a Sea-Doo photo opportunity with Champ Car drivers Paul Tracy and Patrick Carpentier at 1:00 p.m. Contact Paul Williams, Molson Indy, (604) 787-3884 for more details.
* On Thursday July 24, the Shark Club Downtown at 180 West Georgia Street will host the Molson Canadian/Molson Indy Blow Out Bash & GSYE Finale with Champ Car drivers Paul Tracy and Patrick Carpentier at 5:00 p.m. The event is open to the public, 19 years of age and older. Contact Baxter Wilson, Molson Canada (604) 664-1819 or Cynthea Galbraith, Molson Indy (416) 579-1048for more details.
* On Thursday July 24, the The Roxy, located downtown at 932 Granville Street will host the Molson Canadian/Molson Indy Headquarter Party at 10:00 p.m. The event is open to the public, 19 years of age and older. Contact Baxter Wilson, Molson Canada, (604) 664-1819 for more details.
* On Friday July 25, the Science World Stage will host a Champ Car Fan Forum with Champ Car Vice President of Racing Operations John Lopes, PK Racing team owner Craig Pollock, SPEED Channel commentator Derek Daly and Team Player's Vice President of Operations Neil Micklewright from 1:00 -- 2:00 p.m. Contact Amanda Trotter, Champ Car, (317) 716-9269 for more details.
* On Friday July 25, the Commodore Ballroom will hold a Drivers' VIP Party hosted by Paul Tracy at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $125 (Canadian) per ticket + 7% GST. Contact Jeanette Horwood, Molson IndyFest (604) 602-7403 or Cynthea Galbraith, Molson Indy (416) 579-1048 for more details.
* On Saturday July 26, the Molson Canadian Rocks Mainstage at the Plaza of Nations will host the Miss Molson Indy Grand Finale with the Miss Indy Girls and Champ Car driver judges from 5:00 -- 6:30 p.m. Contact Rosko Dickinson or John Lee (604) 684-4639 for more details.
WHAT: Molson Indy Vancouver
WHERE: Concord Pacific Place, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
WHEN: Friday -- Sunday, July 25-27
CART SCHEDULE (All times local):
FRIDAY, JULY 25
Champ Car practice, 10:00 -- 10:50 a.m.
Champ Car practice, 11:40 a.m. -- 12:30 p.m.
Champ Car qualifying, 3:00 -- 4:00 p.m.
SATURDAY, JULY 26
Champ Car practice, 10:00 -- 11:15 a.m
Champ Car qualifying, 1:45 -- 2:45 p.m.
SUNDAY, JULY 27
Champ Car warmup, 9:00 -- 9:30 a.m.
Molson Indy Vancouver, TBA laps, 1:00 p.m.
U.S. TELEVISION SCHEDULE:
SATURDAY, JULY 26 -- SPEED Channel, CART Champ Car qualifying, 4:30 p.m. ET.
SUNDAY, JULY 27 -- SPEED Channel, Molson Indy Vancouver, 9:30 p.m. ET.