Paul Tracy took the chequered flag to win his third Molson Indy Vancouver in five years and his 20th career Champ Car win. "The first part of my race went as planned -- I was building a 2 to 3 second lead on Bourdais but also saving fuel,...
Paul Tracy took the chequered flag to win his third Molson Indy Vancouver in five years and his 20th career Champ Car win.
"The first part of my race went as planned -- I was building a 2 to 3 second lead on Bourdais but also saving fuel, then a late yellow just 5 or so laps before my planned first pit stop. I got my tires back up to temperature really quickly and pulled a 6 second lead in five laps. That pit stop was okay, and the Rusport guys beat Bourdais in the pits. I had an 8 second lead and was saving fuel and tires, and into the middle segment of the race I was keeping my lead. The second pit stop seemed good -- then two laps later I'm told to start saving fuel ... and then suddenly to 'go. Go as fast as you can -- we need a 25 second lead'! I don't know the reason yet, but we'd had a malfunction with the fuel and we were 7 gallons short, so we just had to make up the time!"
"My lead was then about 11 seconds, and so I just put my head down and put in qualifying lap times again and again ... about twenty or so I think, doing 60.17's and 60.18's and I was trying real hard and touched the wall a few times ... that last pit stop was quick -- no tires, and by then they were pretty much shot anyhow, I could only get lap times in the mid 63's."
"It's so great to get another win in Canada, and I love this track in Toronto!"
A disappointed 16th placed Patrick Carpentier told his story after a lap 21 contact that took him out of the race, "I was just being patient saving fuel, using third gear in the second gear corners, saving the tires and planning to be able to come into the pits two laps after everyone else (Bruno [Junqueira] was doing the same behind me I think), when I was taken out by Sperafico who was already two laps down by then ... he moved over the right side on the straightaway -- then it was like he had brain fade ... he just forgot to brake and as I went around the outside of him he kept coming and there was nowhere for me to go!"
Rodolfo Lavin finished 15th after a gear box failure and a frankly tumultuous weekend. "What a roller-coaster weekend! No practice session on Friday and then fastest time on Saturday qualifying giving me a front row start -- and then this! I slightly messed my start so lost position to Bourdais, but I was confident and kept third place easily until lap seven or so when my gearbox started giving me problems ... it went very 'scratchy' on the downshift and I caught a gear which caused my spin and put me a lap down. Then eventually the gear box just went. A sad end to the weekend."