CHAMPCAR/CART: Toronto: Forsythe Racing race report

Domination Turns to Mayhem for Forsythe Championship Racing Toronto, Ontario, Canada -- A day which started out on a high note for Forsythe Championship Racing as Oriol Servia passed two cars to take the lead on the start of the Steelback...

Domination Turns to Mayhem for Forsythe Championship Racing

Toronto, Ontario, Canada -- A day which started out on a high note for Forsythe Championship Racing as Oriol Servia passed two cars to take the lead on the start of the Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto ended up being a disaster as both of the blue and white INDECK cars retired due to contact in a race plagued with attrition.

Oriol Servia had an impressive standing start, passing Justin Wilson and leader Sebastien Bourdais coming into Turn 1. He went on to lead the most laps of the race (34) comfortably setting the pace and saving fuel. Things took a turn for the worse on lap 35 as the Spaniard experienced fuel pickup problems and lost the lead right before making his first pit stop. As the rain started falling Servia was still using his Bridgestone "Dry" Potenzas and wet conditions at Turn 3 caused him to spin and drop to the back of the pack. Conditions kept getting worse as the rain kept falling on the downtown streets of Toronto and contact with the concrete wall during a restart on lap 56 ended the Spaniard's day early.

Hometown hero Paul Tracy's day was even shorter as the 2003 Champion made hard contact with the wall on lap 1. In a very unfortunate series of events the Canadian dragged a front wing from another car from Turn 3 to the very fast Turn 7 where the wing dislodged under his front wheels sending the #3 INDECK Champ Car into the concrete barrier.

Oriol Servia

"Obviously I'm very disappointed because it was our race, since Friday the team did huge improvements and the car was awesome right out of the trailer. Saturday was still good, not as good, but today in the warm up I could tell we had a winning car. And we proved it, we had a great start, I passed Justin (Wilson) right off the line and then Sebastien (Bourdais) under braking and then I was gone. The car was fast and easy to drive, everything was good until it rained. Once the track was wet everything started going downhill. It is what it is, at least I'm very happy because we made the car fast and we were contenders, and we should be contenders for the rest of the season so that is where we want to be. We obviously wanted to leave here with more points, and a win looked very possible, we actually lead the most laps so it looks promising, which is better than it looked a couple of races ago. So we just need to keep working and we'll get what we deserve."

Paul Tracy

"I couldn't understand what had happened at first, I got a really good start and picked up a few positions, then coming into turn three I saw two cars touch and I just avoided them. I kept going and then suddenly when I got to turn seven it just felt like my front wing fell off and the car didn't turn at all and went straight into the wall. After watching the replay I just couldn't believe what actually happened, I mean what are the odds that you could just push a wing around like that for half a lap, it's extremely unlucky. It's very disappointing for me because I wanted to give all the Canadian fans a good result, we didn't qualify well but the car was good and I think with all the mayhem that happened we would've been right up there challenging for the wing."

The third and final round in the Champ Car Canadian Triple Crown takes place July 20-22 in Edmonton, Alberta.

-credit: forsythe-racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Paul Tracy , Oriol Servia , Sébastien Bourdais