BOURDAIS HAS NEVER WON ON THE MILWAUKEE OVAL: CAN TRACY EARN A FIFTH VICTORY ON THE TRACK AND PUT THE BRAKES ON THE FRENCHMAN'S WINNING STREAK? MONTREAL (MAY 31, 2006) - Champ Car World Series drivers will race on the only oval track of their...
BOURDAIS HAS NEVER WON ON THE MILWAUKEE OVAL: CAN TRACY EARN A FIFTH VICTORY ON THE TRACK AND PUT THE BRAKES ON THE FRENCHMAN'S WINNING STREAK?
MONTREAL (MAY 31, 2006) - Champ Car World Series drivers will race on the only oval track of their schedule this weekend when Round 4 of the season takes place Sunday in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Frenchman Sebastien Bourdais, who has dominated the first three races of the season with victories in Long Beach, Houston and Monterrey, Mexico must surpass himself on a type of circuit that he has yet to master.
Even though Bourdais holds a 25-point lead on British driver Justin Wilson who sits in second place with 77 points, he cannot afford to make any mistakes if he wishes to conserve his comfortable lead in the standings. In three starts on the Milwaukee oval Bourdais has never finished better than sixth, a finish he earned last year. He qualified on the outside front row in 2004 but was involved in a racing incident that took him out of contention. He will need to proceed with caution.
His most dangerous rival on this track is Toronto's Paul Tracy. The Forsythe Racing driver currently sits in sixth place in the standings (54 points), but this maddening position can almost certainly be attributed to his teammate Mario Dominguez who pushed him off the race track in the entrance of Turn 1 in Long Beach. Tracy has an impressive record on the Milwaukee track. With four victories over the course of his long career, he has led 723 race laps while Bourdais continues to seek his first. Over the last seven races in Milwaukee he has qualified in the top six each time. Last year Tracy led 192 of 221 laps en route to the 29th of his 30 victories in Champ Car.
Two Quebec drivers also aspire to ascend the Milwaukee podium. Fourth in the standings Andrew Ranger of Roxton Pound finished the first three races of the season in the Top 7, each time avoiding the trap that frequently plagues the middle of the pack qualifyers. Despite his difficulties in qualifying, Ranger has managed to stand out during the race and has collected the point for the driver who earns the greatest number of places during the race in each of the first three events. The Milwaukee race will be an important test for this 19 year-old driver.
Alexandre Tagliani is due for his first Milwaukee podium, if not his first victory of the season. Had he not been the victim of mechanical failure in Houston when running in sixth position, the Lachenaie native would be chasing Wilson for the third spot in the standings instead of sitting back in fifth place with 56 points. Tagliani has proven over the course of his brief career that he is capable of battling it out on an oval. However the Milwaukee Mile can present all kinds of traps for drivers to overcome and Tagliani is no exception to the rule. Pole winner in 2003, he has never finished better than fifth in six attempts. He sits a mere two points behind Ranger in the standings and two ahead of Tracy.
Fans can follow all the action live when Round 4 of the Champ Car series from Milwaukee is presented on RDS in Montreal and on Speed Channel on Sunday at 2 :00 p.m.
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