VANCOUVER (July 25, 2003) -- The Player's/Forsythe CART Champ Car entry driven by Paul Tracy ( ...
VANCOUVER (July 25, 2003) -- The Player's/Forsythe CART Champ Car entry driven by Paul Tracy (#3 Player's/Forsythe Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) was penalized by CART Stewards upon the end of Friday's first-day qualifying for the Molson Indy Vancouver and has had his best lap of today's session taken off the time sheets.
CART Champ Car officials penalized Tracy following violations of Rule 5.4.8 of the Champ Car Rule Book which states, "During qualifying sessions, drivers not running at full qualifying pace should be aware of overtaking drivers, and should give way to all overtaking drivers."
The loss of Tracy's fastest lap will demote the #3 car to second in the first-day qualifying results with a fast lap of 61.862 seconds (103.644 mph) and will give the first-day pole to Bruno Junqueira (#1 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone), who led qualifying with a best lap of 61.845 seconds (103.672 mph). Junqueira will also receive the championship point for leading the session, giving him 125 and narrowing his deficit to 14 points behind Tracy in the 2003 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford standings.