CHAMPCAR/CART: Milwaukee: Pre-race notes, schedule

WHO'S HOT Sebastien Bourdais ( ...

WHO'S HOT

Sebastien Bourdais (#1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) has been unstoppable so far in 2006, opening the season with three consecutive wins and two Bridgestone Pole Positions. He leads the series in laps led and is one of four drivers to have completed every laps this year.

Justin Wilson (#9 CDW Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) has been in hot pursuit of Bourdais in 2006 recording two second-place runs this season. In Monterrey, he paced Friday qualifying and led 28 laps before bringing his car home in the two spot. Last year in Milwaukee Wilson qualified third, before crossing the finish line in the fourth position.

A.J. Allmendinger (#10 RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) scored his first podium finish of the season in Monterrey. So far this season Allmendinger has not qualified lower than fourth. In Milwaukee Allmendinger has recorded two top-five finishes, his best coming last year when he finished as the runner-up to Paul Tracy.

Alex Tagliani (#15 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) continues to give his Team Australia mates something to cheer about in 2006. He scored his second top-five finish of the season with a fifth-place run in Monterrey and is fifth in the season standings with 56 points, just two markers behind fourth-placed Andrew Ranger.

Top rookie contender Will Power will be making his Champ Car oval debut this weekend. So far he has been consistent this season recording two top-ten finishes and being the highest running rookie in two events. The Australian currently has a nine-point lead over Jan Heylen (#11 Sonny's Bar-B-Q Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) in the Roshfans Rookie-of-the-Year standings.

ON THE RIGHT TRACK

Paul Tracy (#3 INDECK Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) returns to the Milwaukee Mile as one of the most successful drivers in track history. He scored his fourth Milwaukee win a year ago, leading 192 laps of last year's event. Tracy also has two pole positions and eight top-six finishes on the oval.

Oriol Servia (#6 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) is slowly mastering the Mile. In his last three races at the track he has three top-seven finishes, two of those being podium runs (2003 and 2005), with an average of improving five spots over where he qualified in each event.

Andrew Ranger (#27 Tide/Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) has been a man on the move this season, on some very difficult courses in which you don't just make passes, you work for them. In the last three events the Canadian, has captured the point for improving the most positions during the race, passing an average of eight cars per race. This sets a series record for taking the point for gaining the most positions for the third race in a row.

Mario Dominguez (#7 INDECK Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) has found consistency in 2006. So far this season he has three top-six finishes, one podium, and scored his first career pole in Houston. In Milwaukee the Mexican driver has finished in the top-eight in each of his last three starts, including a seventh-place run last year.

NOTE WORTHY

By winning in Monterrey, Sebastien Bourdais became the first driver since Al Unser Sr. (1971) to win the first three races of a season after winning the title the year before. He is also the first driver since Paul Tracy in 2003 to win the first three races of the season. A.J. Foyt holds the records for consecutive wins to start the season, winning seven straight to kick off the 1964 season.

Paul Tracy has four Milwaukee Mile wins to his credit. Only Rodger Ward (7) and Michael Andretti (5) have more victories at the West Allis track.

Sebastien Bourdais has never led a race lap at the Milwaukee Mile, making Milwaukee the only track that Champ Car races on where Bourdais has never led.

In the 98 previous Champ Car races, only eight times has the race been won wire-to-wire, the latest of those coming in 2004 when Ryan Hunter-Reay led all 250 laps. Hunter-Reay, Al Unser Sr. (1970), Jimmy Clark (1963) and Johnny Boyd (1956) are the only drivers to lead as many as 200 laps in a single Milwaukee event.

Alex Tagliani is expected to make his 108th consecutive series start this weekend, putting him one behind Johnny Rutherford for 10th on the all-time list.

Sebastien Bourdais scored his 20th career Champ Car pole two weeks ago, moving him into a tie for ninth on the all-time list, knotting him with Gordon Johncock.

Katherine Legge set a new Champ Car high for best finish by a female driver with an eighth-place finish in Long Beach. No female driver has ever earned back-to-back top-10 finishes in Champ Car competition.

Bruno Junqueira's win in Monterrey last season gave him victories in each of his first five seasons as a Champ Car driver. A win this season would make the Newman/Haas Racing pilot the first driver since Bobby Rahal (1982-87) to earn wins in each of his first six years in the series.

DID YOU KNOW?

Milwaukee is the largest city within the state of Wisconsin. It is known as "The City of Festivals" for its great number of ethnic and musical festivals, the largest of which is Summerfest held in July. Milwaukee has also been called "the nation's watering hole," having more bars per capita than any other city in the country. Milwaukee received its name from the Indian word Millioke which means "The Good Land", or "Gathering place by the water." Another interpretation is "beautiful or pleasant lands". The Milwaukee Mile, the oldest active auto race track in the United States which opened in 1903, is located on the Wisconsin State Fair Grounds in West Allis. Also located on the State Fair Grounds is the Pettit National Ice Center, a U.S. Olympic Team training facility.

BY THE NUMBERS

723-- The number of laps Paul Tracy has led at the Mile. 98 -- Number of Champ Car races held at the Mile since 1946. 25 -- Starting position for Mike Mosley, who won in 1981 in the last non-turbocharged Champ Car to win a race. 7- The most wins any driver has at the Milwaukee Mile (Rodger Ward). 4 -- How many bars you will find in a square mile in Milwaukee. 2- The number of Green Bay Packers games that were played in the infield of the Milwaukee Mile in 1930. 1.032 -- The actual distance around the Milwaukee Mile

FAST FACTS

WHAT: Time Warner Cable Road Runner 225

WHERE: The Milwaukee Mile, West Allis, Wisconsin

WHEN: Saturday--Sunday, June 3-4

SUPPORT EVENTS: Star Mazda

CHAMP CAR SCHEDULE (All times local): SATURDAY, JUNE 3 -- 8:15--8:45 a.m., Star Mazda practice; 9:00--11:00 a.m., Champ Car practice; 11:15 a.m.--12:00 p.m., Star Mazda qualifying, 1:00--2:15 p.m., Champ Car qualifying; 3:00 p.m., Star Mazda race (100 laps) SUNDAY, JUNE 4-- 9:00--9:30 a.m., Champ Car warmup; 1:00 p.m., TIME WARNER CABLE ROAD RUNNER 225

U.S. TELEVISION SCHEDULE (Eastern Time): SUNDAY, JUNE 4 -- Qualifying highlights, SPEED, 1:30--2:00 p.m.; Time Warner Cable Road Runner 225, 2:00--4:00 p.m., SPEED (Live)

2005 CHAMPION: Paul Tracy
2005 POLESITTER: Jimmy Vasser

TRACK LAYOUT: 1.032-mile oval course
RACE LENGTH: 225 laps, (232.200 miles)

TRACK RECORDS: Qualifying (one lap) -- 1998, Patrick Carpentier, 185.500 mph (20.028 seconds). Race -- 2000, Juan Pablo Montoya, 142.684 mph (1:37:38.526) based on 225 laps (232.200 miles)

RACE ROUND: 4 of 15 in the 2006 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford.

2006 CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES POINTS LEADERS: 1, Sebastien Bourdais, Newman/Haas Racing, 102; 2, Justin Wilson, RuSPORT, 77; 3, Mario Dominguez, Forsythe Championship Racing, 69; 4, Andrew Ranger, Mi-Jack/Conquest Racing, 58; 5, Alex Tagliani, Team Australia, 56.

INSTANT REPLAY: Paul Tracy again showed his mastery of the Milwaukee Mile, leading 192 of 221 laps to score his fourth win at the West Allis oval. Starting fifth, Tracy was in the lead by Lap 19, making his way to the front with a brazen outside pass of polesitter Jimmy Vasser to complete the charge. A.J. Allmendinger made things interesting late in the day, whittling away on Tracy's eight-second lead to pull within two carlengths, but Tracy's Forsythe Championship Racing squad made its final fuel stops four seconds faster than Allmendinger, giving the veteran all the space he needed to romp away to the victory. Allmendinger had one last shot after a debris caution on Lap 210 but Tracy had saved his Power-to-Pass allotment, and used it to sprint away from the young American, who settled for a career-best second-place finish. Oriol Servia made his first start with Newman/Haas Racing, replacing the injured Bruno Junqueira and took the third spot.

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