CHAMPCAR/CART: Cleveland: Noteworthy, schedule

WHAT: U.S. Bank Presents The Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland WHERE: Burke Lakefront Airport, Cleveland, Ohio, USA WHEN: Thursday-Saturday, July 1-3 SUPPORT EVENTS: Toyota Atlantic Championship, Trans-Am, Formula BMW USA CHAMP CAR...

WHAT:  U.S. Bank Presents The Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland

WHERE: Burke Lakefront Airport, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
WHEN: Thursday-Saturday, July 1-3

SUPPORT EVENTS: Toyota Atlantic Championship, Trans-Am, Formula BMW USA

CHAMP CAR SCHEDULE (All times local):

THURSDAY, JULY 1
BMW practice, 10:00 -- 10:30 a.m.
Atlantic practice, 10:45 -- 11:15 a.m.
Champ Car practice, 11:30 a.m. -- 1:00 p.m.
Trans-Am practice, 1:15 -- 1:45 p.m.
BMW practice, 2:45 -- 3:15 p.m.
Champ Car qualifying, 3:30 -- 4:30 p.m.
Atlantic qualifying, 4:45 -- 5:15 p.m.
BMW qualifying -- Race #1, 5:30 -- 6:00 p.m.
Trans-Am qualifying, 6:15 -- 6:45 p.m.

FRIDAY, JULY 2
BMW qualifying -- Race #2, 8:30 -- 9:00 a.m.
Atlantic practice, 9:15 -- 9:45 a.m.
Champ Car practice, 10:00 -- 11:15 a.m.
Trans-Am practice, 11:30 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m.
Atlantic qualifying, 1:00 -- 1:30 p.m.
Champ Car qualifying, 1:45 -- 2:45 p.m.
BMW race #1, 4:00 -- 4:30 p.m.
Trans-Am race, 5:00 -- 6:15 p.m.

SATURDAY, JULY 3
BMW warmup, 10:10 -- 10:30 a.m.
Atlantic warmup, 10:45 -- 11:00 a.m.
BMW Race #2, 12:15 -- 12:45 p.m.
Champ Car warmup, 1:00 -- 1:30 p.m.
Atlantic race, 2:30 -- 3:30 p.m.
U.S. Bank Presents The Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland, 5:00 p.m.

U.S. TELEVISION SCHEDULE:
FRIDAY, JULY 2 -- HDNet, Champ Car qualifying, 2:00 ET (Live)
SATURDAY, JULY 3 -- HDNet, U.S. Bank Presents The Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland, 5 p.m. ET (Live)'
SUNDAY, JULY 4 -- SpikeTV, U.S. Bank Presents The Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland, 4 p.m. (tape-delayed)

2003 CHAMPION:  Sebastien Bourdais

2003 POLESITTER: Sebastien Bourdais
TRACK LAYOUT:  2.106-mile temporary road course

RACE LENGTH: 97 laps, 204.282 miles.

TRACK RECORDS:
Qualifying (one lap) -- 1998, Jimmy Vasser, 134.385 mph (56.417 seconds).
Race -- 2002, Patrick Carpentier, 120.998 mph (2:00:05.785), based on 115 laps (242.190 miles).

RACE ROUND: 5 of 16 in the 2004 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford.

NEXT EVENT: July 11, Molson Indy Toronto, Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

WHO'S HOT

* Frenchman Sebastien Bourdais (#2 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) earned his fourth career win from pole at the Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland. Leading 85 of the 94 laps, he obtained an eight second gap over Newman/Haas Racing teammate Bruno Junqueira (#6 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) during the middle of the race and went on to claim his second Champ Car victory of the season.

* Bruno Junqueira, had a strong run at the end of the Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland posting the fastest lap of the race while trying to catch his teammate Sebastien Bourdais, but ran out of time, crossing the finish line second. He earned his third podium finish this season out of four races and retains the Championship lead with 105 points.

* Trailing Junqueira by just six points, eighth-year veteran Patrick Carpentier (#7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) of Forsythe Championship Racing put together an impressive run starting from 13th to finish fourth at the Portland event. He earned a Championship point for "Most Positions Gained" during the race when he maneuvered his way through the 18-car field to gain nine positions.

* 2003 Series Champion Paul Tracy (#1 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) and his team Forsythe Championship Racing's strategy during Round Four in Portland was to run longer than the Newman/Haas team, the strategy allowed Tracy to run three to four laps more then the duo. Finishing third, Tracy stepped back up onto the podium to regain the positive momentum he started the season with.

* Mario Haberfeld (#5 Cummins Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) of Walker Racing was the best finishing Reynard at Portland International Raceway. Starting from 15th, he battled his way into the top ten, finishing ninth to earn his third top-ten finish this season.

ON THE RIGHT TRACK

* As the Polesitter and race winner of the 2003 event here in Cleveland, Sebastien Bourdais comes back to the Burke Lakefront Airport course strong after his dominant run in Portland. He will be chasing his eighth career pole, sixth career win, and fifth career win from pole when the engines fire Saturday afternoon.

* 1996 Series Champion Jimmy Vasser (#12 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) returns to Cleveland making his 188th consecutive start. He is a previous Cleveland polesitter, starting on the inside of row one in 1996 and 1998. During his 1998 qualifying stint, he posted a new track (56.417 seconds/134.385 mph) record that holds to date.

* Another one to watch here on the temporary circuit at Burke Lakefront Airport is Patrick Carpentier, who prevailed in 2002. He posted the fastest speed during that run at an average of 120.998 mph, which was a new track record that he still grasps. He heads to the U.S. Bank Presents the Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland with five consecutive top-five finishes and will be one to have eyes on this Fourth of July Weekend.

* Coming off a two-three finish from Portland, respectively, last year's podium finishers Bruno Junqueira and Paul Tracy return to a Cleveland course that was the site of a furious last-lap fight battle in 2003. Junqueira has yet to win on the Burke Lakefront Airport while Tracy won from pole in 1993 and finished second at the last event.

* Mario Dominguez (#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) heads to the Cleveland event for his third Champ Car appearance on the shores of Lake Erie. After setting a new record for a Mexican-born driver by finishing in the top-ten in each of the last eight events prior to Portland, his consistency was broken during a restart in Portland when he lost control on the front straight and rolled into Rodolfo Lavin (#3 Corona Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) ending his day early and his top-ten streak. Finishing fifth at last year's event here in Cleveland, Dominguez will be another one to watch as he aims to get his second podium of the season.

NOTEWORTHY

* In one of the most anticipated rookie driver classes in recent years, these rookies are really making an impressive debut in the Champ Car World Series. Rookie-of-the-Year points leader, Justin Wilson (#34 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) has three top-ten finishes, including two strong qualifying efforts starting third in Monterrey and fourth in Portland. With all eyes on the battle for fifth place during the Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland, Wilson and fellow rookie A.J. Allmendinger (#10 BG Products/Red Bull Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) put on a show only to cross the finish line less then a second apart in fifth and sixth respectively. Allmendinger shadows Wilson in the rookie standings by 17 markers.

* Canada preserves the lead in the Nation's Cup standing, leading Brazil 107-101 after four races. France is in third place with 98 points, followed by the United States and Mexico rounding out the top-five.

BY THE NUMBERS

* 56.417 -- Number of seconds in which the track record was set by Jimmy Vasser in 1998. 22 -- Number of years the Champ Car World Series has raced on Burke Lakefront Airport. 10 -- Number of turns compiled on the 2.106-mile temporary street course. 8 -- Number of drivers who have won the pole position and went on to win the race. 5 -- Number of drivers who have won this event more than once. 3 -- Number of current Champ Car drivers who have won this event previously. 3 -- Also, the number of rookies who have won here in Cleveland.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mario Haberfeld , Justin Wilson , Jimmy Vasser , Bruno Junqueira , Patrick Carpentier , Paul Tracy , Mario Dominguez , Sébastien Bourdais , A.J. Allmendinger , Rodolfo Lavin