CHAMPCAR/CART: Denver: Lola race report

Bourdais Takes His Fifth in Denver Recovers from spin to win In a thrilling Sunday drive at the Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver, Sebastien Bourdais utilized the impeccable handling of his ...

Bourdais Takes His Fifth in Denver
Recovers from spin to win

In a thrilling Sunday drive at the Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver, Sebastien Bourdais utilized the impeccable handling of his #2 McDonalds Lola/Ford-Cosworth/Bridgestone racer to go from polesitter to thirteenth place to victory in the ninth race of the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season on the slinky 1.657-mile Denver street course.

After setting new track records in both qualifying sessions, Bourdais entered the first turn of a 90-lap race alongside teammate and eventual third-place finisher Bruno Junqueira's #6 PacifiCare Lola and came out the loser, but recovered to bound through the field and earn his fifth win of the season and eighth of his less-than-two-year Champ Car career.

Leading the final 11 laps and finishing an impressive 7.446 seconds in front of Paul Tracy's #1 Indeck Lola Bourdais exclaimed, "I think it is the most beautiful win for sure. We just had to pass guys on the race track and we achieved that with the car. We had an awesome Lola the whole weekend, straight out of the truck." Bourdais set the fastest lap of the race working his way to the front, "So I am just very, very happy to be up here."

Tracy led the most laps, 40, en route to second place despite not having "the fastest car in the field. It was adequate enough to maintain a consistent pace and I could run the same pace from start of each stint until the end, which is important." Brake problems relegated Junqueira to third place. "I just tried to keep the car on the track which was difficult," he related.

Mario Dominguez earned another fourth place in the #55 Herdez Lola, followed by the impressive rookie A.J. Allmendinger, fifth in his #10 BG Products/Western Union Lola, Oriol Servia in the #11 YokeTV.com Lola and rookie Justin Wilson, seventh in the Mi-Jack Lola. Mario Haberfeld was eighth, Patrick Carpentier took ninth in the #7 Indeck Lola and Road America victor Alex Tagliani rounded out the top ten in his #8 Johnson Controls Lola.

Bourdais increased his point lead with this victory to 248 over Junqueira's 192 points while Tracy lies third with 180 points. Tagliani is fourth (164) and Carpentier rounds out the top five points holders with 154. The Champ cars have a weekend off before heading for race #10 on August 29th, the Molson Indy Montreal on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Bruno Junqueira , Patrick Carpentier , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Oriol Servia , Mario Dominguez , Gilles Villeneuve , Sébastien Bourdais , A.J. Allmendinger