No rest for Team Player's on Labour Day Weekend: Tracy grabs 12 points and maintains lead in standings Denver, Colorado, August 31, 2003 Labour Day weekend found Team Player's driver Paul Tracy working harder than ever at the Grand Prix of ...
No rest for Team Player's on Labour Day Weekend:
Tracy grabs 12 points and maintains lead in standings
Denver, Colorado, August 31, 2003 Labour Day weekend found Team Player's driver Paul Tracy working harder than ever at the Grand Prix of Denver, the seventh race in a nine week summer stretch. Tracy began the race in ninth spot but made short work of climbing up the grid to finish in fourth place. Brazilian Bruno Junquiera, who held the pole, took the chequered flag, followed by his teammate Sebastien Bourdais in second and Oriol Servia in third. Team Player's Patrick Carpentier hit a tire wall on lap 62 and did not finish the race.
Tracy's fourth place finish gave him another twelve points in the driver's standings. Despite his win in Denver, Junquiera remains stalled in second place in the points behind the Team Player's driver, who holds an eighteen point lead over the Brazilian. Tracy, who was quickest in morning warm-up, also had the second-fastest time of the race (one minute, 2.083 seconds, one one-thousandths of a second off the fastest).
"I passed a few cars at the start (three), but after that it was impossible to pass," says Tracy. "Once I went by Pat (Carpentier), I was real quick. In clear air I was fast. I could get within a car length but you could not pass. There was no passing. The cars have little down force because of the altitude, the corners are slow and there are no braking zones. Team Player's was hoping for a podium, but we were one step short of it. We have three weeks off and we will have to rebound by improving our qualifying. That's especially true for Miami (the next race.)"
Team Player's Patrick Carpentier was driving fifth when his race went off the street and into the tires. "I had my front brakes lock up on me," he says. "That put me off course into the marbles and I lost a lot of time which let Paul catch up to me. At that point the team felt he had a stronger car and since it was impossible to pass on this track, they asked me to let him by. After that I still had some difficulties with the brakes locking up. This time I wasn't so lucky and ended up in the tires. It's a very frustrating way to end the weekend."
After a month and a half of relentless racing (only one weekend off out of six), Champ Car World Series drivers now have almost a month before the next round of racing. Racing fans can follow Team Player's progress at the Grand Prix Americas in Miami, Florida starting September 26, 2003 by logging on to the team's website at www.teamplayers.ca.