This Week in Ford Racing August 19, 2003 CART Champ Car World Series FORD-COSWORTH RESULTS IN MONTREAL - Last year marked the first running of the Molson Indy Montreal for Ford-Cosworth in Champ Car competition. Team Rahal teammates, Jimmy ...
This Week in Ford Racing
August 19, 2003
CART Champ Car World Series
FORD-COSWORTH RESULTS IN MONTREAL - Last year marked the first running of the Molson Indy Montreal for Ford-Cosworth in Champ Car competition. Team Rahal teammates, Jimmy Vasser and Michel Jourdain, Jr. were the top Ford-Cosworth drivers finishing fifth and sixth , respectively. Patrick Carpentier was the top qualifier for the Blue Oval in '02 when he posted a time of 1:19.510 seconds to land him fourth on the starting grid. The Player's pilot finished the race in 15th position.
DRIVERS' CHAMPIONSHIP RACE -
Canadian Paul Tracy got back on top of the championship standings sweeping all 23 points over the weekend at Mid-Ohio. Bruno Junqueira finished the day two laps down after contact with Oriol Servia put him off the course. The Newman/Haas pilot remains in second place in points 20 behind Tracy. Michel Jourdain, Jr. road to a fourth place finish and picked up 12 points along the way to keep his third place position in the standings. Rookie Sebastien Bourdais and Patrick Carpentier round out the top-five points leaders.
TRACKING THE ROOKIES -
American Spirit rookie Ryan Hunter-Reay notched the first podium of his young Champ Car career with his third place finish at Mid-Ohio. Hunter-Reay qualified second behind points lead Paul Tracy with a time of 1:07.074 seconds during Saturday's qualifying run. Rookie points leader Sebastien Bourdais finished fifth after a third place qualifying run. Darren Manning took home another top-five moving through the field from the 13th spot to finish eighth. Bourdais continues to pace all rookies in championship points with 126. Manning is second with 73 while Mario Haberfeld (55), Ryan Hunter-Reay (41) and Tiago Monteiro (20) round out the top-five rookies.
FORD-COSWORTH DRIVERS TO WATCH -
Michel Jourdain Jr. - Jourdain kept himself in the championship chase with a fourth-place run at Mid-Ohio and returns to a Montreal track where he climbed nine places from his starting spot last season to finish sixth. Jourdain, who led one lap around the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve last season, is on pace to have his best-ever CART Champ Car season and continues to lead in laps completed (1,457 of 1,489).
Ryan Hunter-Reay -
American rookie Hunter-Reay had the best race of his 13-race Champ Car career at Mid-Ohio as he stayed within sight of the leaders all day, capitalizing on his second-place starting position. The Florida native was never lower than third all day and put the lessons learned as a graduate of the CART Champ Car Ladder System to good use in earning his first series podium and the first for the first-year American Spirit Team Johansson.
Jimmy Vasser -
Vasser had a strong run as well in Lexington, setting the race's fastest lap in a furious charge from 14th to fourth, but would finish the day in 15th after spinning off track late in the race. Vasser finished fifth last year in Montreal.
SPARK PLUGS -
Jimmy Vasser will make his 200th career series start this weekend, making him only the sixth driver in CART Champ Car history to reach that plateau ... Rookie Sebastien Bourdais has set a new series record becoming the first rookie in series history to earn five consecutive top-five finishes ... Paul Tracy earned his 25th career victory at Mid-Ohio ...Darren Manning is the first CART Champ Car rookie since Jacques Villeneuve in 1994 to string together six consecutive top-10 finishes, making it six straight with an eighth-place run in Mid-Ohio.