Bourdais Scores From 10th to Win 12th Champ Car Race Frenchman becomes fastest to earn a dozen, all with Lola Sebastien Bourdais notched his second victory on the 14-event Champ Car World Series calendar, winning the inaugural 88-lap West...
Bourdais Scores From 10th to Win 12th Champ Car Race
Frenchman becomes fastest to earn a dozen, all with Lola
Sebastien Bourdais notched his second victory on the 14-event Champ Car World Series calendar, winning the inaugural 88-lap West Edmonton Mall Grand Prix of Edmonton on the 1.973-mile Finning International Speedway road course at City Centre Airport. Benefiting from mistakes by those in front of him, conserving fuel and being aggressive when he could in his #1 McDonald's Lola/Ford-Cosworth/Bridgestone racer, Bourdais beat teammate Oriol Servia's #2 PacifiCare Lola to the flags by 0.595 seconds.
Bourdais increased his point lead over Paul Tracy 182-161 after the Canadian finished third in the #3 Indeck/Forsythe Championship Racing Lola. "My Lola was behaving very, very well," he said of his charge to the front from tenth on the grid. "I just waited and tried to save fuel when I had to, tried to go fast when I had the clean and clear track in front of me. That paid off and it feels really good to bring a one-two home."
Servia's second straight podium came from fourth on the grid and he "knew it was going to be a little bit of a survival game. Mistake-free was definitely probably going to bring me a podium," the Spaniard reasoned, "so I'm just very happy to finish second." It was his fourth podium in relief of Bruno Junqueira in five starts.
Tracy led 30 laps of the contest after getting past polesitter A.J. Allmendinger's #10 Western Union Lola on the eighteenth lap. "We started off the race really well," from third grid spot. He had difficulties in the center of the contest, dismaying the more than 80,000 partisan fans on hand, "but we got lucky in the end, back on the podium" in third.
Last week's winner Justin Wilson nearly took another but a self-inflicted spin on restart after the final of three cautions. His #9 CDW Lola was "set for a second place, maybe a win. The Lola has just been fantastic all weekend."
Mario Dominguez rounded out the top five with his #7 Indeck/Forsythe Championship Racing Lola, pleased to rebound. "We raced a bit conservative [after bad luck in the last few races] and I'm just happy to be able to finish. We knew there would be a lot of incidents today so we just kind of waited for things to happen." Allmendinger, who led the most laps and set the fastest tour of the race retired with a broken transmission after brushing the wall. He retains fifth place points."
The Champ cars resume the chase for the Vanderbilt Cup with the Taylor Woodward Grand Prix of San Jose through that city's streets on July 31st.