Tracy Masters 'The Mile' Again with Help from Bridgestone Paul Tracy controlled the day in his Indeck/Forsythe Championship Racing machine to win for the fourth time at Milwaukee in his Champ Car World Series career. The 2003 series champion ...
Tracy Masters 'The Mile' Again with Help from Bridgestone
Paul Tracy controlled the day in his Indeck/Forsythe Championship Racing machine to win for the fourth time at Milwaukee in his Champ Car World Series career. The 2003 series champion bolted around pole sitter Jimmy Vasser on lap 19 and was in charge the rest of the way. The checkered flag waved on lap 221, four laps earlier than scheduled, due to the race time limit.
Tracy commended his Bridgestone Potenza tires for giving him a nearly flawless car all day on the treacherous Milwaukee Mile. "The Bridgestone Potenzas were just phenomenal for me today," said Tracy, whose 29 career Champ Car victories include 11 with Bridgestone. "My car was like it was on rails all day. We adjusted the tire pressures on the last stop and after that I was flying. I turned the fastest lap of the race (22.208 seconds) on the last lap. It was great; it was a perfect car all day."
Runner-up A.J. Allmendinger, who finished a career-best second today, was as pleased with the Bridgestone effort as Tracy. "The Bridgestones were great today," said Allmendinger, who closed to within two-tenths of a second of Tracy before falling back and finishing 3.37 seconds behind the winner. "I could run the same lap over and over again, which shows how consistent the Bridgestone tires are. The track was very difficult today -- with my vast experience of two years here -- and the Bridgestones held up great."
Quote from Joe Barbieri, Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport: "The Milwaukee Mile has been home to some great races over the years and we saw another good one today. Paul Tracy, the old veteran, had things pretty well under control until his young protege A.J. Allmendinger made a late run at him. Paul's experience won out this time but we're sure to see A.J. on the top step of the podium sometime soon. It was great to hear both drivers complimenting the Bridgestone tire performance on this slick, flat oval. Their comments were repeated up and down the pit lane, which makes us proud of the Bridgestone Motorsport effort. Our thoughts are also with Ryan Hunter-Reay, his family and team. We wish Ryan a speedy recovery from the injuries sustained today."
Qualifying temperatures ranged from 101 to 115 degrees track and from 81 to 83 degrees ambient (F).
Qualifying temperatures ranged from 38 to 46 degrees track and from 27 to 28 degrees ambient (C).