This Week in Ford Racing July 29, 2003 CART Champ Car World Series FORD-COSWORTH RESULTS AT ROAD AMERICA - Ford-Cosworth powered entries have posted nine poles and nine wins in Elkhart Lake since 1982. The first of each came in 1982 with...
This Week in Ford Racing
July 29, 2003
CART Champ Car World Series
FORD-COSWORTH RESULTS AT ROAD AMERICA - Ford-Cosworth powered entries have posted nine poles and nine wins in Elkhart Lake since 1982. The first of each came in 1982 with Hector Rebaque notching the victory and Rick Mears taking the pole. Mario Andretti and Jacques Villeneuve lead Ford-Cosworth drivers with two wins each. Andretti took back-to-back checkered flags in 1983 and 1984 while Villeneuve accomplished that feat in 1994 and 1995. Other Ford-Cosworth drivers with wins at Road America include, Jacques Villeneuve (1985), Emerson Fittipaldi (1986), Michael Andretti (1996), and Christian Fittipaldi (1999).
Mario and Michael Andretti lead the way with two poles each in Ford-Cosworth powered cars. The elder Andretti took the pole in 1983 and 1984 and Michael took the top-spot in 1998 and 1999. Other drivers that have started first on the grid for the Blue Oval include, Mears (1982), Danny Sullivan (1985), Bobby Rahal (1986), Villeneuve (1995), and Kenny Brack (2001).
DRIVERS' CHAMPIONSHIP RACE - Canadian Paul Tracy went two for two during the back-to-back races north of the boarder with his dominant victory over Bruno Junqueira in Vancouver. Tracy's win extends his points lead to 20 over Junqueira and puts Michel Jourdain, Jr., 36 back of the lead. Tracy has now posted eight podiums this season, including five wins, two second-place finishes and one third. Since losing the points lead to Jourdain after Milwaukee, the Team Player's pilot has won three poles, two races and has only finished outside of the top-two once.
TRACKING THE ROOKIES - Sebastien Bourdais posted his fourth podium of the season in Vancouver with a third place finish. His other three podiums have all been wins for the first-year driver. Bourdais' strong finish overshadowed Darren Manning's second top-five of the season. The Walker Racing rookie finished fifth but still lost ground in the rookie-of-the-year standings. Bourdais now holds a 40-point lead over Manning in the points battle. Both rookies are still in the top-ten in championship points. The last time two rookies finished a season in the top-ten was in 1996 when Alex Zanardi and Greg Moore did it with third and ninth place finishes, respectively. Ryan Hunter-Reay and Rodolfo Lavin both notched career best finishes in Vancouver. Hunter-Reay finished sixth and Lavin took home the eighth spot. Mario Haberfeld was the fourth rookie in the top-ten finishing between Hunter-Reay and Lavin in seventh place. Bourdais continues to lead all rookies with 100 championship points, Manning is second with 60, while Haberfeld, 47, Hunter-Reay, 24, and Tiago Monteiro, 18, round out the top five.
FORD-COSWORTH DRIVERS TO WATCH -
Bruno Junqueira - Junqueira notched his first career win at Road America in 2001. The Brazilian started that race 10th on the grid and worked his way through the 26-car field to take the checkered flag. The third year driver finished third last year at Road America after taking the pole. Junqueira sits second in points 20 behind Paul Tracy.
Alex Tagliani - Tagliani has posted strong qualifying runs on the Road America circuit over his four year Champ Car career. The Canadian driver qualified third during his rookie run on the road course, he followed that up with a second place qualifying run in 2001 and started third last season. Tagliani drove to his best finish last season with a second place effort.
SPARK PLUGS - Paul Tracy and Bruno Junqueira return as the only two current Champ Car drivers to post wins in Road America ... Tracy has two career wins on the permanent road course ... Mario Andretti has the most career wins in Elkhart Lake with three ... Three rookies have posted wins at Road America, Junqueira (2001), Jacques Villeneuve (1994) and Hector Rebaque (1982).