Tracy takes fourth Milwaukee Mile win and second with Lola Canadian Paul Tracy, the 2003 Champ Car World Series titleholder secured his fourth victory on the historic Milwaukee Mile today, leading 192 of 221 laps in the Time...
Tracy takes fourth Milwaukee Mile win and second with Lola
Canadian Paul Tracy, the 2003 Champ Car World Series titleholder secured his fourth victory on the historic Milwaukee Mile today, leading 192 of 221 laps in the Time Warner Cable Road Runner 225 presented by US Bank. The veteran used his #3 Indeck/Forsythe Championship Racing Lola/Ford- Cosworth/Bridgestone racer to stalk polesitter Jimmy Vasser's #12 Gulfstream Lola until the end of the first caution period, when he swept past the 1996 champ to lead all but pit stop exchanges.
"I drove at the limit all day long and I couldn't take it easy all race," Tracy explained of his tour de force. "My Lola was good in traffic and we were able to cruise on the way." He pulled out leads of more than half a lap at times and finally prevailed over 2004 Roshfrans Rookie of the Year A.J. Allmendinger's #10 Red Bull/RuSPORT Lola by 3.370 seconds.
Allmendinger secured his best Champ Car finish and his team's. "Our Lola was very consistent throughout this race; this is a great result for us. Paul is the man on restarts, so I wasn't too worried. We needed a good run and I'm glad I got one today," he stated.
Substituting for the injured Bruno Junqueira, Spaniard Oriol Servia brought the #2 PacifiCare Lola to the flags in third place and called the race "easy. The team made this so easy. It was a great car and we had great stops and I'm very happy I had this chance. Bruno deserved a win but I tried. We improved the car and I don't think we were fastest but we kept moving forward and that was important."
Justin Wilson finished fourth with the #9 SanDisk/RuSPORT Lola and confirmed his "Lola has been good all weekend and I was right there for pretty much the whole race." Vasser finished fifth and "fought hard all race, but I struggled with a loose car in traffic. We had a setup better suited to a little cooler weather" on a day basked in sunshine, warm temperatures and moderate breezes.
2004 Champ Car champion Sebastien Bourdais had his best Milwaukee Mile outing in the #1 McDonald's Lola, coming in sixth with a Lola that was "better than any I have had here before." Mario Dominguez took seventh in the #7 Indeck/Forsythe Championship Racing Lola, while Ronnie Bremer was the highest placed rookie, earning eighth in his #55 HVM Lola. Timo Glock, who crashed here in his May test session held ninth at the close with his #8 DHL Global Mail Lola and Alex Tagliani rounded out the top ten with the #15 Aussie Vineyards Lola.
Next up is the G.I. Joe's Champ Car Grand Prix June 19th at Portland Int'l. Raceway.