CHAMPCAR/CART: Toronto: Noteworthy, schedule

WHAT: Molson Indy Toronto WHERE: Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario, Canada WHEN: Friday-Sunday, July 9-11 SUPPORT EVENTS: Toyota Atlantic Championship, Trans-Am, Formula Renault, CASCAR CHAMP CAR SCHEDULE (All times local): FRIDAY,...

WHAT:  Molson Indy Toronto

WHERE: Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
WHEN: Friday-Sunday, July 9-11

SUPPORT EVENTS: Toyota Atlantic Championship, Trans-Am, Formula Renault, CASCAR

CHAMP CAR SCHEDULE (All times local):

FRIDAY, JULY 9
Atlantic practice, 9:15 -- 9:45 a.m.
Champ Car practice, 10:00 -- 11:30 a.m.
Trans-Am practice, 11:45 a.m. -- 12:15 p.m.
Atlantic qualifying, 1:15 -- 1:45 p.m.
Champ Car qualifying, 2:00 -- 3:00 p.m.
Trans-Am qualifying, 4:00 -- 4:45 p.m.

SATURDAY, JULY 10
Trans-Am practice, 9:15 -- 9:45 a.m.
Champ Car practice, 10:00 -- 11:15 a.m.
Atlantic practice/qualifying, 12:30 -- 1:15 p.m.
Champ Car qualifying, 1:45 -- 2:45 p.m.
Trans-Am race, 3:00 -- 4:00 p.m.

SUNDAY, JULY 11
Atlantic warmup, 8:30 -- 8:45 a.m.
Champ Car warmup, 9:30 -10:00 a.m.
Atlantic race, 10:30 -- 11:30 a.m.
Molson Indy Toronto, 1:30 p.m.

U.S. TELEVISION SCHEDULE:

SATURDAY, JULY 10 -- HDNet, Champ Car qualifying, 2:00 ET (Live)

SUNDAY, JULY 11 -- HDNet, Molson Indy Toronto, 1 p.m. ET (Live); SpikeTV, 4 p.m. (tape-delayed)

2003 CHAMPION:  Paul Tracy

2003 POLESITTER: Paul Tracy
TRACK LAYOUT:  1.755-mile temporary street course

RACE LENGTH: 95 laps, 166.725 miles.

TRACK RECORDS:

Qualifying (one lap) -- 1999, Gil de Ferran, 57.143 seconds (110.565 mph).

Race -- 1997, Mark Blundell, 92.779 mph (1:45:43.936), based on 95 laps (163.495 miles).

RACE ROUND: 6 of 16 in the 2004 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford.

CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES POINTS LEADERS: 1, Bruno Junqueira, Newman/Haas Racing, 133; 2, Sebastien Bourdais, Newman/Haas Racing, 130; 3, Patrick Carpentier, Forsythe Championship Racing, 104; 4, Alex Tagliani, Rocketsports Racing, 86; 5, Paul Tracy, Forsythe Championship Racing and Ryan Hunter-Reay, Herdez Competition, 85.

NEXT EVENT: July 25, Molson Indy Vancouver, Concord Pacific Place, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

INSTANT REPLAY: Paul Tracy thrilled the home crowd a year ago in Toronto as he dominated the Molson Indy Toronto, leading all 112 laps en route to his second Toronto victory. Tracy had the dominant car all weekend as he won the pole and immediately raced away to a 10-second advantage after just 20 laps. He built a 35-second lead at pone point before a late-race stall for Jimmy Vasser closed the field back up. Tracy was equal to the task on the late restart however, speeding away from Michel Jourdain Jr. for the win. Jourdain took second when Bruno Junqueira had problems on his last pit stop and held off the charging Brazilian on the final few laps. Sebastien Bourdais placed fourth while Oriol Servia rounded out the top five. A crowd of 73,255 came out to cheer the Scarborough, Ontario native on to victory on a weekend when long-time Forsythe Championship Racing backer Player's Tobacco announced that it would not be back with the team in 2004 as governmental regulations that restrict tobacco advertising went into effect.

MOLSON INDY TORONTO - NOTEBOOK

WHO'S HOT

* Earning his first back-to-back event win in Cleveland, Sebastien Bourdais (#2 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) also won his first back-to-back races this season in the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car Worlds Series Powered by Ford. Starting third at the U.S. Bank Presents the Grand Prix of Cleveland, he emerged to the front of the field after steering clear of the Turn One incident to take the lead. Leading 88 of the 97 race laps, he took the checkered flag for the third time this season by 15.130 seconds. He currently sits second in points for the championship, just 3 shy of leader Bruno Junqueira.

* Capping the Newman/Haas Racing team's third 1-2 finish this season, Bruno Junqueira (#6 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone), maintained his points lead after he gridded sixth and finished as the runner up to his teammate, Bourdais. Junqueira has remained consistent throughout the first five rounds of the Champ Car World Series, finishing on the podium four times, and was able to walk away from the Burke Lakefront Airport with the lead in the championship battle with a total of 133 points.

* In his fifth race piloting the #11 Dale Coyne Racing machine, Oriol Servia (#11 yokeTV.com Ford-Cosworth/Lola/ Bridgestone) drove hard starting in the 13th spot, charging his way to the front of the field. Servia earned a championship point for leading a lap during the race, marking the first time this season he and Dale Coyne Racing led the pack, and also for the most positions gained. The fourth place finish was the best finish for Dale Coyne Racing since 1996.

* What may have been a controversial move on Alex Tagliani's (#8 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) part, put him on the podium at the end of the day. Charging into the first troublesome turn at the Burke Lakefront Airport temporary circuit, he was involved in the incident at the start sending him to the back of the pack. Making his way back to the top, he had a good race strategy, good pit stops, and had a clean race from that point on to finish on the podium giving his second year team Rocketsports racing their fourth podium finish and his ninth Champ Car career finish in the top three.

* As the best finishing Mexican in Round Five, rookie Roberto Gonzalez also earned his best Champ Car career finish by crossing the line seventh. He posted his third top-10 finish in the last four races, and marked the first time that the two-car PKV effort has carded two top-seven runs with his seventh place finish and teammate Jimmy Vasser (#12 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) finishing in fifth.

ON THE RIGHT TRACK

* Probably one of his most memorable victories of his 14 years in the Champ Car World Series is his two wins in front of his home town contingents at Toronto in 1993 and 2003. "The Thrill from West Hill" won from pole at last year's Molson Indy Toronto and went on the win the 2003 Championship. Heading home after obtaining his first pole of the season in Cleveland, Tracy will be a strong candidate for a top finish as the cheers will be loud in the stands when he takes to the track.

* Michel Jourdain Jr. (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) had a solid performance last year starting third and finishing second. Joining rookie team RuSPORT, Jourdain and team are gaining more and more momentum each race as they head to Round Six coming off a strong run in Cleveland which ended early due to contact. The veteran Mexican will definitely be one to keep his eyes on this weekend.

* Bruno Junqueira finished on the podium at last year's event and heads into every weekend with the expectation to obtain his first win this season. A track that he truly enjoys competing on, this Brazilian will be looking for his first win in 2004 here at the Toronto Molson Indy.

* Others who have shown speed here are Sebastien Bourdais, who finished fourth, and Oriol Servia, who finished fifth, at last year's event.

* Rookie A.J. Allmendinger (#10 BG Products/Red Bull Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) holds the track record for the Toyota Atlantic Series that he set last year and won from pole position. Now that he has made the jump to Champ Car, he will be one to keep eyes on this weekend.

NOTEWORTHY

* In one of the most anticipated rookie driver classes in recent years, Justin Wilson (#34 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) had a nice lead in the Rookie-of-the-Year standings before the Cleveland event. He started on the front row for the first time in his young career during Round Five and looked to be a strong contender for the race. Unfortunately, the notorious Turn One incidents at Burke Lakefront Airport ended his day early. A.J. Allmendinger capitalized on Wilson's bad day, finishing sixth and earning his third consecutive top-10 finish this season. The young American has narrowed the ROY battle down to one point.

* France has taken over the second spot in the Nation's Cup standings and is only three points behind the current leader, Canada. Brazil is third on the list with 128 points.

* Entering Round 6 of the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford, The Champ Cars have raced on four different circuits. The series known for offering different venues to challenge drivers from all over the world, has raced on a temporary street course, a permanent road course, an oval, and a temporary road course located on airport runways. Heading to Toronto, these 18 drivers will be confronting the 1.755-mile temporary street course at Exhibition Place.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Gil de Ferran , Jimmy Vasser , Bruno Junqueira , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Oriol Servia , Mark Blundell , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Sébastien Bourdais , A.J. Allmendinger , Dale Coyne , Michel Jourdain
Teams Dale Coyne Racing