Sebastien Bourdais took a flag-to-flag victory in the Tecate/Telmex Grand Prix of Monterrey to wrap up the weekend at the 2.104-mile Fundidora Park circuit in fine style for his fourth career Champ Car World Series win. SÃ©bastien ...
Sebastien Bourdais took a flag-to-flag victory in the Tecate/Telmex Grand Prix of Monterrey to wrap up the weekend at the 2.104-mile Fundidora Park circuit in fine style for his fourth career Champ Car World Series win.
The Frenchman led Bruno Junqueira, his Newman/Haas Racing teammate, across the finish line by 3.852 seconds to take his first win this season; Paul Tracy won the first round at Long Beach. The 2003 Greg Moore Award recipient led 43 laps in the 72 lap race.
"I'm really happy with the Newman/Haas crew," said Bourdais. "I really had the revenge to take this race (to avenge last year's loss). It's been a dominant weekend. We just had the right car."
The NHR Lola team not only had the one-two finish today, they also now hold the top two spots in the points as Bourdais leads the drivers' championship by five points over Junqueira.
Local fan favorite Mario Dominguez took the third place finish in his Herdez Competition Lola after a early spin on lap two moved him to the back of the field. The Mexican driver climbed his way back to the top with help from six cautions and great pitstops.
"I am so happy, I have the best team in the world," expressed a extremely happy Dominguez. "Thanks to a great Herdez car and a hard working team, we have a podium finish.
"I made a mistake at the beginning of the race, which put me at the back of the field. However, the Herdez crew developed a great strategy, and I don't know how they did it, but I got to the front. Thanks to them, I am here. I am so happy to be a part of this outstanding team."
Patrick Carpentier had a strong showing for his Forsythe Racing Lola leading 16 laps during the heated competition, he finished fourth missing the final podium step by a mere second.
Rocketsports Racing's French-Canadian driver Alex Tagliani had a remarkable run from his 15th start position, he crawled his way up through the field, took advantage of full-course cautions, had great pitstops by his team and finished in fifth. Tagliani lead one lap for one bonus point and garnered another for being the driver who gained the most positions from start to finish.
"It was a pretty difficult race, a bit hot," said the Englishman who is not use to the heat of Mexico. "We were very slow in the first stint, the rear tires went away. The car was bouncing and sliding all over the place. It was a real hassle."
Wilson added, "Basically it was a disaster in the first part of the race. After that the car was pretty good. The next set of tires were back up to what we knew and we were quick again. I made a few overtaking maneuvers trying to get back up the order."