Tracy goes 2-for-2 in native Canada with latest dominant drive. Paul Tracy followed up his clear-cut victory two weeks ago in his Toronto hometown with another just as impressive triumph today in Vancouver. The native Canadian led 77 of 100 laps...
Tracy goes 2-for-2 in native Canada with latest dominant drive.
Paul Tracy followed up his clear-cut victory two weeks ago in his Toronto hometown with another just as impressive triumph today in Vancouver. The native Canadian led 77 of 100 laps on the streets around Concord Pacific Place to earn his fifth win of the 2003 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season.
Bruno Junqueira got the jump on Tracy at the start, a move later ruled illegal by Champ Car officials, who ordered Junqueira to let Tracy back in front. As soon as he took the lead, Tracy pushed his Bridgestone tires to the maximum and built a six-second lead in just six laps. He continued to rely on the Potenza racing radials to expand the advantage, which wound up 17.82 seconds over Junqueira.
"The key was being smooth and consistent," Tracy said. "I'd run my tires hard at the beginning (of a stint), take it a little easy in the middle and then at the end in the last five or six laps, I was able to go hard on them again and pull another gap. Maybe it's something to do with our set-up, but in these street races the Bridgestone tires have been great. It totally suits my driving style and I'm able to run really hard all the time. We're able to really run hard on the Bridgestones and I think that's where we have the measure of everybody else."
Runner-up Junqueira was in complete agreement on the Potenzas. "The tires were great," Junqueira said. "Bridgestone came up with a very good compound. I was amazed on the last pit stop, my first timed lap (on supposed 'cold tires' after the stop) was 62.9 seconds. The tires came up to temperature very, very well and at the end of the race I was lapping the fastest laps because they didn't go off. It was pretty amazing. I was quite happy with that."
Quote from Page Mader, General Manager, Race Tire Development, Bridgestone Motorsport: "Paul Tracy mentioned how much he enjoys the Bridgestone street-course tires and he has the Potenza trifecta to prove it. The three times we've brought this identical tire specification to a race in 2003 - at Long Beach, at Toronto and today at Vancouver - Paul has been the race winner. It's proud knowing Paul and all the Champ Car drivers have such respect for and confidence in the Bridgestone tires. We consider it the mark of satisfied customers and will continue striving to retain that respect and confidence at every track, for every driver, in the Champ Car World Series."
Race temperatures ranged from 114 to 120 degrees track and from 79 to 82 degrees ambient (F).
Race temperatures ranged from 46 to 49 degrees track and from 26 to 28 degrees ambient (C).