CHAMPCAR/CART: Vancouver: Lola race report

Tracy Quick in Hot Summer Drive Earns second consecutive Molson Indy Vancouver victory 2003 Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford champion Paul Tracy took a landmark victory on the 12-turn 1.781-mile Concord...

Tracy Quick in Hot Summer Drive
Earns second consecutive Molson Indy Vancouver victory

2003 Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford champion Paul Tracy took a landmark victory on the 12-turn 1.781-mile Concord Pacific Place streets today, leading 81 of 85 laps for his second straight Molson Indy Vancouver victory.

Driving the #1 Indeck Lola/Ford-Cosworth/Bridgestone Champ Car from pole position, the Canadian succeeded despite needing a third call to the pits for fuel late in the race. Notching his 28th Champ Car victory and third in Vancouver in the past five years Tracy was "told to build a 25-second lead after the second stop because we needed another 7-8 gallons of methanol to make it to the end. Our Lola was the dominant car all day," finishing 5.557 seconds in front of Michel Jourdain Jr.'s second-place #9 Gigante Lola.

"It was a tough race," Jourdain acknowledged after leading two laps, "but we went fast when we had to and it was backed up by a good race strategy," taking his second podium of the year. "Our new team (RuSPORT) is just getting better and better." RuSPORT teammate A.J. Allmendinger achieved his first Champ Car podium, third in the #10 Western Union Lola and taking over first place in the Jim Trueman Rookie of the Year race. The California native, a protégé of Tracy's said, "We knew our Lola was a good car. It was just a matter of doing pit strategy right and the crew gave us good stops."

The top eight of 18 competitors used Lola chassis to achieve their excellent results in a race marred by only two quick cautions. Newman/Haas Racing's Bruno Junqueira in the #6 PacifiCare Lola took fourth after crashing in final qualifying, while teammate and point leader Sebastien Bourdais fought a big push in his #2 McDonald's Lola to earn fifth at the checkers. Mario Dominguez finished sixth in the #55 Herdez Lola, Alex Tagliani took seventh in the #8 Johnson Controls Lola while Ryan Hunter- Reay was eighth in the #4 Herdez Lola.

Race eight takes place in another two weeks at the seminal Elkhart Lake's Road America 4.048-mile permanent road course. Bourdais leads the standings with 186, Junqueira is next with 159 points, followed by Tracy on an upswing with 142, Patrick Carpentier (#7 Indeck Lola) is fourth despite being taken out of this race (134). Tagliani rounds out the top five with 120 points and the season is still young. This victory marks #148 for Lola Cars in Champ Car competition.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Patrick Carpentier , Paul Tracy , Mario Dominguez , A.J. Allmendinger , Michel Jourdain