CHAMP CAR CANADIAN TRIPLE CROWN WINNERS TO BE DECIDED AT REXALL GRAND PRIX OF EDMONTON July 16, 2007 (Edmonton, AB) - There will be a "Race within a Race" during the Rexall Grand Prix of Edmonton on July 22, as the third and final race in the ...
CHAMP CAR CANADIAN TRIPLE CROWN WINNERS TO BE DECIDED AT REXALL GRAND PRIX OF EDMONTON
July 16, 2007 (Edmonton, AB) - There will be a "Race within a Race" during the Rexall Grand Prix of Edmonton on July 22, as the third and final race in the Champ Car Canadian Triple Crown event will decide which team and drivers will become winners of this first annual three-race series.
During the first two weeks of the 2007 Champ Car World Series' three-week swing through Canada this month, all nine teams faced off against each other at Mont- Tremblant, Quebec and again in Toronto, earning points in the Triple Crown competition.
Currently in first place, from Team Australia, are Simon Pagenaud, France and Australian Will Power. Power was also winner of the Toronto Grand Prix as well as the season-opener in Las Vegas in early April. In second place are RSPORTS team members, Canadian Alex Tagliani and 2006 Grand Prix of Edmonton Champion, Justin Wilson from England. In third, are members of the Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing team, Sebastien Bourdais from France and Graham Rahal of the USA. Bourdais previously won this year's CCWS races in Long Beach, Houston and Portland.
In announcing the establishment of the Champ Car Triple Crown competition, Champ Car President and CEO Steve Johnson said, "Our three events in Canada are very important to us and we wanted to make them even more special this year." He added that, "We have a strong base of very loyal Champ Car fans throughout Canada and over the three races the Canadian Triple Crown will add another interesting element to media coverage and fan interest."
"The fact competition for the Canadian Triple Crown Championship takes place only during the three races held in this country adds something very unique to the Champ Car World Series. And it serves to provide even more entertainment value for an already highly-entertaining sports championship," says Rexall Grand Prix of Edmonton President and General Manager Jim Haskins.
The Canadian Triple Crown Championship is being run on a variety of race courses, showcasing the drivers with a range of driving skills. On Canada Day at Mont- Tremblant, the first leg featured a new circuit for current Champ Car World Series competitors. The 2.65-mile permanent road course in picturesque Quebec last hosted a Champ Car event in 1968.
The second round of the team showcase was contested a week later at the Grand Prix of Toronto at Canadian National Exhibition Place. This year marked the 22nd event held on the 1.755-mile temporary street circuit which has seen a long list of auto racing greats on the top step of the podium.
The third and final leg is to be held at Rexall Speedway on Sunday, July 22, at the city's City Centre Airport, as part of the Rexall Grand Prix of Edmonton. The team averaging the best finishing position during the Champ Car Canadian Triple Crown events -- and acquiring the fewest points -- will receive an Inuit stone carving representing its status as winners of the inaugural team competition. In addition to the Inuit carving, the winning team will also receive other Canadian-themed rewards.