CHAMPCAR/CART: Edmonton: Forsythe Racing race report

Forsythe Championship Racing Bounces Back in Edmonton Toronto, Ontario, Canada -- Forsythe teammates Paul Tracy and Oriol Servia finished fifth and sixth today at the Rexall Grand Prix of Edmonton closing out the weekend in a positive note after...

Forsythe Championship Racing Bounces Back in Edmonton

Toronto, Ontario, Canada -- Forsythe teammates Paul Tracy and Oriol Servia finished fifth and sixth today at the Rexall Grand Prix of Edmonton closing out the weekend in a positive note after experiencing a wide variety of problems during the 3 day event.

Tracy lined up 14th on the grid and had an impressive start picking up four positions on the first lap. During the first stint the Canadian concentrated on turning consistent laps and saving fuel at the same time which paid off during the first pit stop on lap 20 where his #3 INDECK crew helped him pick up another two positions placing him in seventh. Tracy continued climbing the charts through on track passes and pit stops and wound up picking a championship point for improving the most positions during the race.

Servia's race strategy practically mirrored his teammate's and consisted on turning fast laps while saving fuel at the same time in order to pick up positions during the pit stop sequences. Even though the Spaniard had to battle throughout the race with an extremely loose race car, he managed to hold on to make the strategy work bringing his #7 INDECK DP01 home in the sixth position.

Paul Tracy
Finished Fifth
11th in Championship with 103 Points

"Up until yesterday we were actually having one of our worst weekends. We made huge changes to the car overnight and we really didn't know what to expect today, and even in warm up it was hard to tell where we were. So we kind of came blindfolded into the race. The car was OK, it wasn't super fast but were able to run at the same pace as a bunch of guys that qualified in front of us. We got a top five which is very good considering where we started."

Oriol Servia
Finished Sixth
Ninth in Championship with 121 Points

"Starting so far back and finishing sixth is definitely a good result. We've been a little lost this weekend, especially considering how strong we were at the last race. But a good team like Forsythe always bounces back and we were able to move up during the race, we had great pit stops and my guys definitely got a bunch of positions for me. We really hustled today, I was driving every lap as a qualifying lap, I was pushing extremely hard and the car really wasn't that easy to drive. I'm actually destroyed both physically and mentally, when you have a winning car everything I just easier, but I just held on and kept doing consistent laps and brought it home."

The next round in the 2007 Champ Car World Series, the San Jose Grand Prix at Redback Raceway will take place July 27-29 at the downtown streets of San Jose, California. Tune in to Race Director, available through the Champ Car website, for live coverage of the race and many practice and qualifying sessions with multiple channels of live video, audio, timing, telemetry and commentary.

-credit: forsythe-racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy , Oriol Servia