CHAMPCAR/CART: Lausitz: Bridgestone race report

Bourdais charges to 2nd straight win in superspeedway thriller With a huge performance assist from the Bridgestone Potenza race tires, the first oval race of the 2003 Champ Car World Series season delivered all the passing and tire-to-tire...

Bourdais charges to 2nd straight win in superspeedway thriller

With a huge performance assist from the Bridgestone Potenza race tires, the first oval race of the 2003 Champ Car World Series season delivered all the passing and tire-to-tire racing that fans could handle, and wound up with the top three finishers dashing across the finish line less than a quarter-second apart. Newman/Haas Racing sensation Sebastien Bourdais claimed the victory for the second straight weekend on the European swing, edging Herdez Competition's Mario Dominguez and Team Rahal's Michel Jourdain for top honors.

Afterward, Bourdais said his Bridgestone tires were "perfect," adding, "What can I say? The Bridgestone tires were as consistent as ever, from the very first lap to the very end. Very consistent."

The race results also tightened the season points race, leaving Paul Tracy (12th place today) and Bruno Junqueira (fourth) in a virtual tie for the lead, with Jourdain just 10 points behind and Bourdais 17 back. Bridgestone, the Official Tire of the Champ Car World Series, supplies tires to all 19 entries.

"Bridgestone is thrilled to be part of the festivities on this most memorable weekend in Germany," said Joe Barbieri, Bridgestone Motorsport Project Supervisor. "Alex Zanardi getting to drive those final 13 laps in a Champ Car is something we'll never forget. And that was followed by such a tremendously exciting race. We're proud that the Bridgestone engineers designed a tire that helped make the race so exhilarating with the many passes, lead changes and dicing all around the track. It was clear the drivers had the confidence in their Potenzas to take them wherever they needed to make a move. Durability was never a question, either. We had one team run a set of tires for 64 laps or just under 130 miles this weekend, including a 28-lap race stint, and the Potenzas held up great."

Race temperatures ranged from 85 to 103 degrees track and from 70 to 74 degrees ambient (F).
Race temperatures ranged from 29 to 39 degrees track and from 21 to 23 degrees ambient (C).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Alex Zanardi , Mario Dominguez , Sébastien Bourdais , Michel Jourdain