Tracy makes it three-for-three in 2003, sets record in process. Paul Tracy kept it clean and benefited from the misfortune of others to collect his third consecutive Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford victory to...
Tracy makes it three-for-three in 2003, sets record in process.
Paul Tracy kept it clean and benefited from the misfortune of others to collect his third consecutive Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford victory to begin the 2003 season. The Canadian becomes the first driver in Champ Car World Series history to win the initial three events of a season.
Tracy took the lead for the first 27 laps, then yielded to pole sitter Michel Jourdain Jr., seeking the first triumph of his Champ Car career. But Jourdain had an apparent clutch problem that left his car stalled in the pits on its final stop, and Tracy held off Adrian Fernandez by nearly five seconds to clinch the 22nd win of his career and fourth on Bridgestone Potenza tires.
"Bridgestone did a great job in this race," Tracy said. "It was amazing how fast you could go on the tires for so long. You could turn your fastest lap right before you came in (to pit) on your 27th or 28th lap. Great job by Bridgestone!"
Bridgestone entered Champ Car competition in 2002 and, in addition to serving as Presenting Sponsor of the series, is the Official Tire that supplies all entrants with Potenza racing radials.
Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Bridgestone Motorsport: "Once again the people of Long Beach have put on another fantastic event, and once again the Bridgestone tires played a significant role. Initial data reports and feedback from the drivers indicate the Bridgestone engineers were right on the mark again this weekend with their tire selection. The Potenzas provided excellent wear rates and were incredibly consistent. As Paul Tracy said, many drivers could run their fastest laps at the end of a stint, showing that the tires were still providing the grip and handling after taking a pounding for numerous laps. This is the Bridgestone/Firestone family's eighth consecutive Long Beach victory and we're extremely proud of the standard we've set for tire performance on this and every Champ Car circuit."
Race temperatures ranged from 84 to 91 degrees track and from 69 to 72 degrees ambient (F).
Race temperatures ranged from 29 to 33 degrees track and from 21 to 22 degrees ambient (C).