Tracy dominates in wire-to-wire victory Leads all laps and pads points for title run Ten years after his first Molson Indy Toronto victory, Paul Tracy took his fourth win of the 2002 CART season in the ...
Tracy dominates in wire-to-wire victory
Leads all laps and pads points for title run
Ten years after his first Molson Indy Toronto victory, Paul Tracy took his fourth win of the 2002 CART season in the #3 Team Player's Lola/Ford-Cosworth/Bridgestone Champ Car in his hometown. On a beautiful spring-like day, Tracy started from pole, led every lap and set fastest lap of the 11-turn circuit en route to being the first driver in the 18-year history of this race to lead all categories.
"I have to thank Team Player's for a perfect car today," Tracy exclaimed after beating Michel Jourdain Jr.'s #9 Gigante Lola to the flags by 4.533 seconds. "I wanted to win a race in Canada and this is the best win of my career. It's ten times better than my first win here." Jourdain agreed, "Today Paul drove a perfect race. It feels great to come in second to him. My team did fantastic work in the pits and I tried to run fast all day. I'm very, very happy."
Bruno Junqueira took third place in the #1 PacifiCare Lola, 8.626 seconds behind Tracy. "I didn't have the speed to keep up with Paul and I made a mistake and gave second place to Michel in the pits." The top seven finishers of 15 to complete the 112-lap dash around Toronto's Exhibition Place rode with Lola, as rookie Sebastien Bourdais earned fourth in the #2 Lilly Lola. "I was able to close the gap to the cars in front of me on each stop and the car was pretty good."
Oriol Servia celebrated his 29th birthday with a fifth-place finish in the #20 Visteon Lola and was "pretty happy after starting eighth on this track. The team wanted to give me a podium finish for my birthday and we came close." Roberto Moreno was sixth in the #4 Herdez Lola and was "happy today because of what this result shows about our team. The Lola was new to me this year and it's been a huge learning process." Patrick Carpentier overcame handling difficulties in the #32 Team Player's Lola to finish seventh.
The Champ Cars take a weekend off and reconvene at the other end of Canada for the Molson Indy Vancouver, scheduled for July 27th at that city's Concord Pacific Place street circuit. Tracy, Junqueira and Jourdain have a clear lead in the points chase and have accumulated 376 points between them. Tracy leads with 139, Junqueira has 124 and Jourdain owns 113 championship points.