CHAMPCAR/CART: Monterrey: Lola Cars race report

Tracy takes two. Top six finishers ride with Lola. Champ Car veteran Paul Tracy took advantage of rookie mistakes by Sebastien Bourdais to lead the most laps (69 of 85 total) and win his second consecutive race in the 2003 season. The...

Tracy takes two.
Top six finishers ride with Lola.

Champ Car veteran Paul Tracy took advantage of rookie mistakes by Sebastien Bourdais to lead the most laps (69 of 85 total) and win his second consecutive race in the 2003 season. The Canadian's #3 Team Player's Lola/Ford was untouchable in the third annual Tecate/Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix at Fundidora Park, even after he'd damaged his primary car in Saturday practice and had to revert to the spare Lola.

"My Lola was fast off the trailer," Tracy acknowledged. "I made a mistake Saturday and damaged the car but there was a silver lining. I had four new sets of Bridgestone tires and they were key to this victory. I could really pour it on and pull a gap out."

Michel Jourdain Jr. pleased the large, partisan crowd by taking his second podium of the season in second place, bringing the #9 Gigante Lola/Ford under the flags 2.039 seconds behind Tracy on a warm, sunny Sunday afternoon. "This is fantastic to finish on the podium in Mexico. It's just unbelievable," Jourdain exclaimed.

Alex Tagliani brought the #33 Johnson Controls Lola/Ford home third for that fledgling team. The French-Canadian noted, "We had a consistent car all race long. We weren't the fastest, but we were consistent. This is a good result for us as we are a young, small team."

The Mexican fans were excited to see hero Adrian Fernandez take fourth place in the #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Lola/Ford. "This was a very good race for us and I'm happy with our finish, as we hadn't finished a Champ Car race since Miami in 2002. Two Mexicans in the top four is fantastic for our country."

Bruno Junqueira earned fifth place in the #1 PacifiCare Lola/Ford and was disappointed not to gain a podium position in a car he acknowledged was handling extremely well. "I was passing cars left and right" before he went off at turn 6 and had to recover for a top five slot. Roberto Moreno finished sixth in his second drive of the #4 Herdez Lola/Ford, the veteran moving from 14th starting spot. "We worked hard all weekend to get the car suited to my driving style. The Herdez Competition engineers gave me a good car to work with. It was very well balanced throughout the race."

Next up for the Champ Cars is its marquee event, the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, set to take the green flags on April 13th at the foot of the Pacific Ocean.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Adrian Fernandez , Roberto Moreno , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Michel Jourdain