Runner Up Finish For Tracy At Montreal Montreal, Quebec, Canada -- Monday, August 28, 2006 -- Paul Tracy finished second today at the Montreal Grand Prix which finally got underway after being postponed one day due to rain. Tracy got ...
Runner Up Finish For Tracy At Montreal
Montreal, Quebec, Canada -- Monday, August 28, 2006 -- Paul Tracy finished second today at the Montreal Grand Prix which finally got underway after being postponed one day due to rain. Tracy got around Justin Wilson at the start of the race on Sunday and held the third position until the race was red flagged. Today he had a strong consistent run and challenged but never managed to get around Sebastien Bourdais. It was a fitting end to a weekend in which Tracy managed to turn a negative and unsupportive crowd into a new set of fans after wearing his "Captain Quebec" costume during the driver parade.
A.J. Allmendinger passed Sebastien Bourdais on the start of Sunday's race and managed to hold on to the lead in the first rain race of his career. Today he re-started the race in first place and was leading comfortably until a broken half-shaft forced him to retire. This is Allmendinger's first DNF since the Season Opener at Long Beach.
"It was a good day for us. Obviously, this has not been a great track for me since we've come here. I've had my best weekend ever here. I had a good time this weekend with the crowd. The crowd had a lot of fun with me. We turned it into a good result. I'm happy to come away with a podium finish here in Montreal. It was a good day. I have to thank my guys because they did a great job this weekend, we really needed a good result, the rest of the races are at tracks where I've always been strong so I'm confident that we will very strong for the rest of the Season."
"Well it's obviously a really disappointing result, I mean I was just cruising out there, I was only pushing 80% the whole time. I knew Sebastien was right in my gearbox but there was no way he was going to be able to even try to pass because there was only one dry line. So I was just controlling the pace of the race and taking it easy. When I came out of the hairpin I started shifting and something suddenly just broke in the rear, I knew right away that our day was done. It's a shame because the Forsythe Team gave me a great car and I was on my way to another win. I just have to say thanks to the fans that came out on a Monday morning to watch the race, I wish I could've given them a win but it just wasn't our day today."
The next stop in the 2006 Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford will take place in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin September 22-24.