CHAMPCAR/CART: Toronto: Lola race report

Wilson, RuSPORT "break the duck" with Lola Briton wins action-packed Molson Indy Toronto In his 20th Champ Car World Series start, Briton Justin Wilson obtained his first victory in the Molson Indy Toronto, an 86-lap contest around the...

Wilson, RuSPORT "break the duck" with Lola
Briton wins action-packed Molson Indy Toronto

In his 20th Champ Car World Series start, Briton Justin Wilson obtained his first victory in the Molson Indy Toronto, an 86-lap contest around the 1.755-mile Exhibition Place street circuit. Leading the final ten laps in his #9 CDW Lola/Ford-Cosworth/Bridgestone racer Wilson avoided being part of four caution periods for contact from his third grid position and went on to become the fifth different Lola winner in the series' first seven races on a 14-event calendar.

The race ended under yellow, producing a 0.731-second advantage for Wilson over Oriol Servia's #2 PacifiCare Lola, but the duo battled fiercely over the final third of the event for top slot on the podium, the Spaniard leading 20 laps in the process. "It was good clean racing," Wilson confirmed. "My Lola was great on that last stint. We have been so close all year," he said of his RuSPORT team's premiere victory.

Spaniard Servia, in his fourth drive for Newman/Haas Racing in relief of injured Bruno Junqueira earned his third podium of the year. "My Lola was very solid; it was a very safe setup," he noted. Servia battled hometown favorite Paul Tracy for the lead until the race leading 2003 Champ Car titleholder's #3 Mountain Grand Lodge/Avalanche Bay Lola depleted its methanol on lap 58 in a race that was slowed for 21 of its final 29 laps.

Third place for Alex Tagliani's #15 Aussie Vineyards Lola was the French-Canadian's best with his new team. "After the first stop our Lola was at its best," Tag relayed. "At the end our car was really pretty quick. Veteran Jimmy Vasser finished fourth with his #12 Gulfstream/PKV Racing Lola, calling the race witnessed by more than 70,000 "a pretty decent day." After tangling with Tracy exiting the pits on his second stop, polesitter Sebastien Bourdais brought the #1 McDonald's Lola to the flags in fifth. The Frenchman's Lola was "very, very good today."

Pleased to be able to "salvage some points," Bourdais exited this race back in the point lead. Despite failing to finish, Tracy lies second and Wilson advances to third with teammate A.J. Allmendinger fourth and Servia in fifth place. The Champ cars now set off to Canada's Alberta Province and the West Edmonton Mall Grand Prix of Edmonton July 17th.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Jimmy Vasser , Bruno Junqueira , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Oriol Servia , Sébastien Bourdais , A.J. Allmendinger