CHAMPCAR/CART: Portland: Lola race report

Bourdais Best at Portland Beats teammate Junqueira for second win of year Sebastien Bourdais dominated the Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland over 94 laps of gripping competition today. The Frenchman, winner of the 2003 Jim Trueman Rookie of the...

Bourdais Best at Portland
Beats teammate Junqueira for second win of year

Sebastien Bourdais dominated the Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland over 94 laps of gripping competition today. The Frenchman, winner of the 2003 Jim Trueman Rookie of the Year competition took pole position, led 85 laps and claimed his second 2004 victory in the #2 McDonalds Lola/Ford-Cosworth/Bridgestone Champ Car at the 1.969-mile Portland International Raceway permanent road course by 1.247 seconds over teammate Bruno Junqueira in the #6 PacifiCare Lola. Reigning champion Paul Tracy finished third in the #1 Indeck Lola, 40 seconds behind winner Bourdais, who now holds 3rd in points.

The Newman/Haas Racing duo took over the fourth of 16 races on the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford circuit en route to vanquishing 16 challengers. "I am happy with our results today. The Lola was consistent and we were able to pull away," using two sets of soft, alternate Bridgestone tires at the start and following his second of three mandated green flag pit stops. "The crew did an excellent job today and the setup of the Lola was very good."

Junqueira used his option tires in the final stint and closed what had been an eight-second gap as he tried to take his first victory of the year. The Brazilian set fastest lap while chasing Bourdais. "My Lola was good throughout the race. I was lapping very fast at the end and it was a good finish for the team. It¹s good to retain the Championship lead," he remarked. Tracy was the only other driver to lead laps, during pit stop exchanges and "felt I had a good car today. Our strategy was to go longer than the Newman/Haas drivers" between pit stops and, while traffic inhibited the Canadian¹s ability to challenge the duo, he was pleased to take his second podium of the season and hold 4th place points.

Patrick Carpentier finished fourth in the #7 Indeck Lola to retain second in points, followed by rookie Justin Wilson in the #34 Mi-Jack Lola. Rookie A.J. Allmendinger took the #10 BG Products/Red Bull Lola to sixth, while Alex Tagliani¹s #8 Johnson Controls Lola finished seventh. 1996 champion Jimmy Vasser earned eighth in the #12 Gulfstream Lola and his teammate Roberto Gonzalez earned tenth in the #21 NII Holdings Lola for his third top-ten result in six Champ Car starts.

The U.S. Bank presents the Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland on July 3rd offers Champ Car drivers another opportunity to chase victory on the 2.106-mile Burke Lakefront Airport temporary circuit. Bourdais is the reigning Cleveland champion.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Jimmy Vasser , Bruno Junqueira , Patrick Carpentier , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Sébastien Bourdais , A.J. Allmendinger , Roberto Gonzalez