Tracy turns Toronto delirious with thoroughly dominant drive Paul Tracy called it the biggest win of his 13-year career in Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford. It was his most decisive and clear-cut as...
Tracy turns Toronto delirious with thoroughly dominant drive
Paul Tracy called it the biggest win of his 13-year career in Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford. It was his most decisive and clear-cut as well.
Starting from the pole position, Tracy led all 112 laps in front of the hometown Toronto fans to collect his 23rd Champ Car victory, his fourth this season and fifth on Potenza tires since Bridgestone joined the scene in 2002. The determined Tracy delivered the triumph for Player's, in its final year as a team sponsor due to pending tobacco legislation and, prior to today, without a win at a Canadian Champ Car race despite its long history in the series.
So clear was Tracy's advantage on this day that the current championship leader built a cushion of as much as 35 seconds before a late full-course caution bunched the field. Still, Tracy got the jump on the final restart and pulled comfortably away to a 4.533-second victory over Michel Jourdain.
"I think it's probably one of the most dominant races I've had in my whole career," Tracy said. "It's the biggest win of my career and it's just an unbelievable feeling. The car was perfect and the Bridgestone tires were great. The track condition was pretty slippery all weekend. There wasn't a lot of rubber on the track (because of rain Friday and Saturday). As our rubber got laid down, the car just handled better and better, and I was able to pull away. I was able to put a really strong third stint in and that's where the difference was. I was able to go really hard on the tires toward the end of the run."
As the Official Tire of the Champ Car World Series, Bridgestone supplies every car with Potenza racing radials. Bridgestone increased its support level to Presenting Sponsor status this season.
Quote from Joe Barbieri, Project Supervisor, Bridgestone Motorsport:
"This was truly a great win for Paul, Player's and Bridgestone. We're so very proud to be a part of this victory here in Canada, especially since Paul praised the Bridgestone Potenzas all weekend long. The confidence he had in the tires enabled him to drive as hard as needed to run away from the field. Paul maintained a very brisk pace the entire race and the Potenza tires were there with him the whole way to victory lane. We'd also like to congratulate Molstar Entertainment and the city of Toronto for putting on another exceptional event. The enthusiasm generated annually on this weekend is difficult to match anywhere we go."
Race temperatures ranged from 102 to 108 degrees track and from 75 to 78 degrees ambient (F). Race temperatures ranged from 39 to 42 degrees track and from 24 to 26 degrees ambient (C).