Bourdais holds off salsa wagon of Dominguez Caps dominance of Champ Car Euro rounds French rookie Sebastien Bourdais, driving the ...
Bourdais holds off salsa wagon of Dominguez
Caps dominance of Champ Car Euro rounds
French rookie Sebastien Bourdais, driving the #2 Lilly Lola/Ford-Cosworth/Bridgestone racer earned his second Champ Car victory in a week, holding off Mario Dominguez' efforts to unseat him in the German 500 at EuroSpeedway Lausitz and besting the #55 Herdez Lola/Ford by a .084-second whisper in a thrilling finish to the 154-lap dash around the 2.023-mile tri-oval. The 68,000 fans in attendance were thrilled by the race-long battle between this duo, ringing their cowbells as Bourdais crossed the checkers to win his first oval start.
"It was a lot of fun and a lot of stress out there and we had a great race with Mario today," Bourdais exclaimed. "My Lilly Lola was just exceptional today." Dominguez was "very happy. I had one of the best cars out there, for sure." Dominguez moved from 7th to 5th in points with his second podium in a week.
Michel Jourdain Jr. earned the final podium spot with a third place finish in the #9 Gigante Lola/Ford, lagging the leaders by .245 seconds and keeping a strong hold on third place with 56 points. Despite a pit infraction Jourdain "passed a lot of guys but I had nothing for them [leaders Bourdais and Dominguez]."
With his second straight win and sweep of all available points (pole, laps led, victory), Bourdais moved from sixth to fourth (49) in the yearlong point chase. Bourdais' teammate Bruno Junqueira, who finished fourth in the #1 PacifiCare Lola/Ford is tied with point leader Paul Tracy (#3 Team Player's Lola/Ford) who finished 12th with 66. "This was my best oval race in Champ Cars," Junqueira declared. "I didn't have power to challenge for the win, but I had a good fight with Oriol at the end."
With a record pace of 1 hour 49:22.493 seconds in a race slowed twice (debris) for 11 laps, only three cars failed to finish the contest. Lola runners swept the top five positions as Oriol Servia (#20 Visteon Lola/Ford), quickest in morning warm-up earned fifth place.
The Champ Cars return to their US base for the next round May 31st at the historic Milwaukee Mile, where they'll race around the 1.032-mile oval under the lights for the first time in series history in the Milwaukee Mile 250.