WHO'S HOT * Bruno Junqueira ( ...
* Bruno Junqueira (#1 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) beat Newman/Haas Racing teammate Sebastien Bourdais (#2 Lilly Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) to the line by a scant 0.703 seconds on a wet racing surface at Road America last Sunday to secure his fourth career CART Champ Car win and first as a NHR driver. The Brazilian completed a perfect weekend in Elkhart Lake after claiming both Friday and Saturday poles and leading the most laps en route to victory - a 23 point performance that vaulted him ahead of Canadian Paul Tracy (#3 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) of Player's/Forsythe Racing for the championship points lead (164-161) as the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford travels to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend for Round 13. The win, coupled with Tracy's DNF after a Lap 11 crash, gives Junqueira the series points lead for the first time in his CART Champ Car career.
* With a runner up result at Road America, French rookie Sebastien Bourdais gave Newman/Haas Racing its first 1-2 sweep since he and Junqueira went 1-2, respectively at Brands Hatch in May. Bourdais continues to lead the loop in rookie points 116-68 over England's Darren Manning (#15 RAC/Walker Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone) after recording his fifth top three of the season. Bourdais also set the fastest lap of the race at Elkhart Lake on the white flag lap, seven-tenths fastest than race leader Junqueira as the rookie hounded his teammate in search of his fourth win of the year.
* Canadian Alex Tagliani (#33 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) of Rocketsports Racing continued to turn heads last weekend as the Champ Car vet delivered team owner Paul Gentilozzi and his first-year Rocketsports Racing squad its third podium of the season. Tag made up 10 spots in the race, and with 65 points, moves into a tie for 9th in the championship with Mexican Mario Dominguez (#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) of Herdez Competition.
* Italy's Max Papis (#27 PK Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) scored the best finish of the season for his rookie PK Racing team after narrowly missing the podium in fourth. Papis made up a race-high 12 positions after starting 16th on the grid and tallied his best result since placing third at The Milwaukee Mile last season.
* Americans Jimmy Vasser (#12 American Spirit Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone) and Ryan Hunter-Reay (#31 American Spirit Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone) each scored top-10 finishes for American Spirit Team Johansson at Road America, marking the second time this season that both drivers have placed in the top 10. Vasser placed fourth in Long Beach with Hunter-Reay taking seventh for the other dual top 10.
ON THE RIGHT TRACK
* Canadian Patrick Carpentier (#32 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) returns to Mid-Ohio this weekend after winning from pole here in 2002, the second of two Buckeye wins for him last season (Cleveland). The Player's/Forsythe Racing pilot finished an impressive fifth last weekend at Road America and stands fifth in points with 98.
* Champ Car World Series owner/driver Adrian Fernandez (#51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) comes to the legendary 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in search of his second career win at the track after taking the checkered flags in 1998. Already a racewinner this season in Portland, the Mexican native missed last year's race while recovering from an incident in Vancouver that saw Max Papis fill in for him.
* Carrying the Dream On with a Memorial Tribute to Elizabeth Ann Rorman, age 37, who passed away on July 29, 2003...Elizabeth, her loving husband Michael, and two young boys, Joshua 9 and Ben 7, were guests of PacifiCare for the Dream Foundation at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in California this past April. Elizabeth was diagnosed with breast cancer that metastasized to her brain, lungs, bones and liver. In honor of Elizabeth, we are very pleased that Michael Rorman and his two sons will join us at the Mid-Ohio race this weekend to finish out her dream...About the Dream Foundation: The Dream Foundation is a national pioneer in granting wishes to terminally ill adults. Since it's founding in 1994, the Dream Foundation has fulfilled thousands of dreams from adults who are emotionally, financially and physically devastated by terminal illness. The goal of the Foundation is to ensure that no adult, whose life will end prematurely due to a terminal illness, must ever pass from this earth without realizing one final wish from the heart. Additional information on the Dream Foundation can be found on its website, www.dreamfoundation.org. Contact Lisa Mack (714) 350-5001 or Riva Gebel (714) 273-8003 for more details.
DID YOU KNOW?
* In 1985, Team Rahal owner Bobby Rahal showed why he called Mid-Ohio his "home track," by clinching the pole and setting a new track record by leading all but one lap and winning by 56.13 seconds over second place finisher Danny Sullivan and third place driver Jacques Villeneuve. The margin of victory still stands at Mid-Ohio as the largest ever.
WHERE WE'LL BE IN MID-OHIO
* On Thursday, August 7 from 5:00 - 11:00 p.m., a "CART Champ Car Fan Fest" will be held at PromoWest Pavilion located at 405 Neil Avenue, Columbus, (614) 461-5483. The event includes Champ Car driver autograph sessions from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. with drivers Michel Jourdain, Jr., Mario Haberfeld, Oriol Servia, Max Papis, Paul Tracy, Patrick Carpentier, Darren Manning, Tiago Monteiro, Gualter Salles and Geoff Boss, along with Toyota Atlantic Drivers AJ Allmendinger, Joey Hand and Bryan Sellers. A concert by two local bands will also be featured during the course of the evening, along with question and answer sessions with the drivers. The event is open to the public. Contact Jarrod Shirk, TrueSports, (614) 793-4619 or Steve Bidlack, CART Champ Car, (614) 214-6359 for more details.
* On Friday, August 8 from 4:50 - 5:50 p.m., a "Champ Car Fan Forum" will take place at the Honda Pavilion located at the east end of the paddock. Participants include Derrick Walker, Owner, Walker Racing; Chris Kneifel, Chief Steward, CART Champ Car; Calvin Fish, SPEED TV/CBS; Stefan Johansson, Owner, American Spirit Team Johansson and Rena Shanaman, Vice President, Joint Venture Operations, CART Champ Car. Contact Randy Biggs, Champ Car, (317) 716-9257 for more details.
* On Friday, August 8 at 6:00 p.m., "Taste of CART - A Champ Car Experience" will hold its annual cook-off in the Champ Car paddock at the team hospitality units. Participants include Fernandez Racing, Herdez Competition, Newman/Haas Racing, Patrick Racing, Team Rahal and American Spirit Team Johansson. Tickets are $50 in advance or on-site, and all proceeds go to charity. Contact CARA Charities, (317) 299-2277 or Carachar@aol.com for more information.
* On Saturday, August 9 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., a "Toyota Atlantic Driver Autograph Session" will take place at the Atlantic paddock with all Toyota Atlantic drivers. Contact Anne Roy, Toyota Atlantics, (847) 274-8143 for more details.
* On Saturday, August 9 from 4:45 - 5:45 p.m., a "Champ Car Fan Appreciation Activity" featuring an all-driver autograph session will be held at the pace car tent in the Champ Car paddock. Participants include 17 Champ Car drivers, the Champ Car Pace Car Team, Toyota Atlantic drivers AJ Allmendinger and Ryan Dalziel and Barber Dodge Pro Series drivers. Contact Randy Biggs, Champ Car, (317) 716-9257 for more details.
* On Saturday, August 9 from 5:45 - 6:30 p.m., a "Champ Car Inner Circle Fan Club Meeting" will be held at the Honda Pavilion located at the east end of the Paddock. Participants include Champ Car drivers Tiago Monteiro of Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing, Bruno Junqueira of Newman/Haas Racing, 2003 Barber Dodge Pro Series Champion Leo Maia, and a driver from the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship. Contact Randy Biggs, Champ Car, (317) 716-9257 for more information.
* On Sunday, August 10 at 5:00 p.m., a "Rock Stock Concert" featuring national and local acts will take place at the Old Ohio State Reformatory at 100 Reformatory Road, (419) 522-2644). The event is open to the public for $5 and is free when you show your CART Champ Car hard card and/or race ticket/credential at the gate. Contact Jarrod Shirk, TrueSports, (614) 327-2883 for more details.
WHAT: Champ Car Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio
WHERE: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio
WHEN: Friday - Sunday, August 8-10
CART SCHEDULE (All times local):
FRIDAY, AUGUST 8
Champ Car practice, 9:30 - 10:20 a.m.
Champ Car practice, 11:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Champ Car qualifying, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 9
Champ Car practice, 10:00 - 11:15 a.m.
Champ Car qualifying, 1:45 - 2:45 p.m.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 10
Champ Car warmup, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Champ Car Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio, 92 laps, 2:00 p.m.
U.S. TELEVISION SCHEDULE:
SATURDAY, AUGUST 9
Champ Car qualifying, 4:00 p.m. SPEED Channel
SUNDAY, AUGUST 10
Champ Car pre-race show, 1:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Champ Car Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio, 2 p.m. (Live) SPEED Channel.
NEXT EVENT: August 24, Molson Indy Montreal, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.