CHAMPCAR/CART: Milwaukee: Fast facts, schedule, notebook

Fast Facts WHAT: The Time Warner Cable Road Runner 250 WHERE: The Milwaukee Mile, West Allis, Wisconsin USA. WHEN: Thursday-Saturday, June 3-5. SUPPORT EVENTS: Toyota Atlantic Championship EVENT SCHEDULE (All times local): THURSDAY, JUNE...

Fast Facts

WHAT:  The Time Warner Cable Road Runner 250

WHERE: The Milwaukee Mile, West Allis, Wisconsin USA.
WHEN: Thursday-Saturday, June 3-5.
SUPPORT EVENTS: Toyota Atlantic Championship

EVENT SCHEDULE (All times local):

THURSDAY, JUNE 3
Atlantic rookie practice, 3:00 -- 3:30 p.m.
Atlantic practice, 3:30 -- 4:00 p.m.
Champ Car practice, 4:15 -- 5:30 p.m.
Atlantic practice, 6:30 -- 7:00 p.m.
Champ Car practice, 8:00 -- 9:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, JUNE 4
Atlantic practice, 2:30 -- 3:15 p.m.
Champ Car practice, 4:15 -- 6:00 p.m.
Atlantic qualifying, 6:15 -- 7:15 p.m.
Champ Car qualifying, 8:30 -- 10:00 p.m.

SATURDAY, JUNE 5 QAtlantic warmup, 2:15 -- 2:30 p.m.
Champ Car warmup, 4:00 -- 4:30 p.m.; Atlantic race, 5:15 -- 6:15 p.m.
Time Warner Cable Road Runner 250, 8:00 p.m.

U.S. TELEVISION SCHEDULE:

FRIDAY, JUNE 4 -- HDNet, Champ Car qualifying, 9:30 p.m. ET.
SATURDAY, JUNE 5 -- HDNet, Time Warner Cable Road Runner 250, 9:00 p.m. ET (Live).
SUNDAY, JUNE 6 -- Spike TV, Time Warner Cable Road Runner 250, 4 p.m. in local markets.

2003 CHAMPION:  Michel Jourdain Jr.

2003 POLESITTER: Alex Tagliani
TRACK LAYOUT:  1.032-mile oval.

RACE LENGTH: 250 laps, 258.000 miles.

TRACK RECORDS: Qualifying (one lap) -- 1998, Patrick Carpentier, 185.500 mph (20.028 seconds). Race -- 2002, Paul Tracy, 129.583 mph (1:59:27.602), based on 250 laps (258.000 miles).

RACE ROUND: 3 of 16 in the 2004 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford.

The Time Warner Cable Road Runner 250 Notebook

WHO'S HOT

* Rookie-of-the-year Sebastien Bourdais (#2 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) of Newman/Haas Racing has shown that his 2003 momentum is still going strong as he takes the points lead in the 2004 Championship battle for the first time in young Champ Car career. The Frenchman who finished on the podium in the season opener at Long Beach, California, earned his second podium of the season with a win in Monterrey, Mexico. Pacing both qualifying sessions in preparation for the Tecate/Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix, Bourdais earned his second consecutive pole at the event in Fundidora Park, breaking his previous track record time of 1:14.938 (101.076 mph) when he posted a 1:13.915 (102.474 mph). Bourdais went on to win from pole leading 43 of 72 laps, setting the fastest lap of the race with a time of 1:15.021, as he took the checkered flag to achieve his fourth career win in his second year in the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford.

* Mexican Mario Dominguez (#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone), in his third year with Herdez Competition, put on a show for his native fans topping the charts throughout the weekend at the Tecate/Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix. During the final round of qualifying, Dominguez was the first to break the track record time of 1:14.938, recorded by Bourdais in 2003, with a time of 1:14.631. Knocked off the top when Bourdais posted a quicker lap, the two pilots battled back and forth for the top spot continuing to break new track record times. Dominguez finished second quickest to score his first front-row start in his three years in the Champ Car World Series. He led for the first time on the temporary road course in Fundidora Park before giving up the point to enter the pits for his final stop. The 2002 Rookie-of-the-Year scored a podium finish crossing the line in third position becoming the second Mexican, since Michel Jourdain Jr. who finished second in 2003, to finish in the top three at the Monterrey event.

* Starting in the 15th position for the start of the Tecate/Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix, Rocketsports Racing's Alex Tagliani (#8 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola /Bridgestone) put on an impressive show battling his way to the front of the 18-car field. The French Canadian took the lead on lap 53, pacing the field for two laps before pitting. As the checkered flag flew through the air, Tagliani achieved his third consecutive top-five finish on the Monterrey circuit, finishing fifth, and his third consecutive top-10 finish in the Champ Car World Series.

* One of the top Rookie-of-the-Year contenders, Justin Wilson (#34 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) matched his best finish in Monterrey, Mexico during Round 2 of the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford finishing sixth. Leading the battle for Rookie-of-the-Year, Wilson finished as the top rookie during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, and repeated his feat recording the top rookie finish at the Tecate/Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix. In a career best for himself and his Mi-Jack/Conquest team, he gridded on the second row just behind Bourdais in the third spot, and brought the car home in sixth scoring his second consecutive top-ten finish in only his second race in the Champ Car World Series. The former Formula 1 pilot leads the Rookie-of-the-Year battle with 40 points enjoying a comfortable 20 point lead over PKV Racing's Roberto Gonzalez (#21 NII Holdings, Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola /Bridgestone)

* Patrick Carpentier (#7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth /Lola/Bridgestone) of Forsythe Championship Racing started in the fifth stop, gaining one spot to earn his 2004 season-best finish of fourth at Fundidora Park in Monterrey. The French Canadian's finish not only marked his third consecutive top-five finish in the Champ Car World Series, but also his third consecutive top-ten finish at the event in Monterrey. The eight-year veteran is currently fourth in the championship standings with 48 points trailing Bourdais by 14.

ON THE RIGHT TRACK

* Finishing a career-best third in the series in 2003, Michel Jourdain Jr. (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) set a new Champ Car record by leading 234 laps in the 2003 event in Milwaukee. He went on to earn his first of two victories in the Champ Car World Series and returns to the "The Mile" with a new team, joining the first-year Champ Car operation of RuSPORT for the 2004 season.

* Finishing behind Jourdain, Oriol Servia (#11 yokeTV.com Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) drove his way to one of his best finishes of his Champ Car career at Milwaukee in 2003. Driving this season with Dale Coyne Racing, the Spaniard gave his new team one of their best qualifying positions starting in ninth in Round 2's Tecate/Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix.

* Earning his second third place finish in seven starts at the Milwaukee Mile during the contest in 2003, Patrick Carpentier will be one to watch at The Mile. His third place finish matched his best result racing on the mile oval. He is also a previous polesitter, starting on the front row in 1998. That qualifying run made it in to the record books, as Carpentier holds to date the fastest qualifying time with a 20.028 (185.500 mph).

* With two poles and three wins, including one victory from pole position, here at The Milwaukee Mile, Paul Tracy (#1 Index Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) is looking to score some major points after the disappointing event in Round 2 where he finished seventh. The 2003 championship title holder will orbit the legendary mile track for his 12th stint during the 2004 Time Warner Cable Roadrunner 250.

NOTEWORTHY

* Everyone knows that the Mexicans really love their racing and support their fellow native pilots in the Champ Car World Series; on top of that, they really know how to party. For race day at the Tecate/Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix the attendance reached a high of 94,514, an attendance number that was better than last year's race day attendance total, as the fans took to the track to cheer on their four Mexican heroes.

* Since 1903, The Milwaukee Mile has been one of the premier venues in American motorsports. It is the oldest operating motor speedway in the world, as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway began contesting events in 1911.

BY THE NUMBERS

* 250 -- The number of laps to complete the Time Warner Cable Roadrunner 250 on Sunday's race day. 531 - Number of laps Paul Tracy has led at Milwaukee in his career. 50 -- The temperature in ºF at the start of the race in 2003, which dropped into the mid-40's during the race. 28 -- Number of times the Champ Cars have competed on this legendary oval in the modern era (1979-Present). 1933 -- The year that Champ Cars first raced on the Milwaukee Mile. 7 -- Number of drivers who have previously won The Time Warner Cable Roadrunner 250 from the pole. 5 -- Number of rookies in the series who have not dueled at The Mile in a Champ Car. 1.032 -- Miles, the size of this oval track. 1 -- Number of times the Champ Cars raced under the lights at the Milwaukee Mile.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Patrick Carpentier , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Oriol Servia , Mario Dominguez , Sébastien Bourdais , Roberto Gonzalez , Dale Coyne , Michel Jourdain
Teams Dale Coyne Racing