Another Canadian win for Tracy Overcomes distractions to take second victory on home soil Canadian Paul Tracy notched his 24th CART victory in the 14th annual Molson Indy Vancouver, pushing the ...
Another Canadian win for Tracy
Overcomes distractions to take second victory on home soil
Canadian Paul Tracy notched his 24th CART victory in the 14th annual Molson Indy Vancouver, pushing the #3 Team Player's Lola/Ford-Cosworth/Bridgestone Champ Car to a massive 17.820-second victory over championship pursuer Bruno Junqueira in the #1 PacifiCare Lola. Rookie Sebastien Bourdais was third in the #2 Lilly Lola after early race contact put the Frenchman down but not out. The packed stands of Canadian fans at the 1.781-mile Concord Pacific Place street course watched a rumble that saw nine retirements from the 19-car grid, seven due to contact.
When the 100-lap contest began under yellow for contact by the two Dale Coyne entries, polesitter Tracy prepared for battle, only to be jumped by Junqueira when green flew on the third lap. Junqueira was penalized and spent the race playing catch-up. Tracy "had a great run with a perfect Lola all weekend. We got the pole Friday, backed it up Saturday and now we have the win," along with leading the most laps. Team Player's have given me a great car for the last two [Canadian] races and we are going to ride the wave." The Molson Indy Montreal takes place 24 August and offers Tracy a Canadian hat trick.
Junqueira, now 20 points behind (161-141) in the chase for CART's Vanderbilt Cup wasn't pleased with his "jumping the start" penalty after the green flags flew but recognized, "We are being very consistent and that's the best way to win the championship," after finishing second today. Teammate Bourdais had an eventful afternoon en route to third after Lap 3 contact with third-starter Roberto Moreno (#4 Herdez Lola), Tiago Monteiro and Mario Dominguez (#55 Herdez Lola). "I feel pretty good to be here in the top three today. I felt sorry about what happened on the first lap, but my guys told me to stick with it. We had a great Lola car this weekend. It's just a shame we didn't get a better start."
Michel Jourdain Jr. finished where he started, fourth in the #9 Gigante Lola and summed up the 1 hour 57:54.322 race record speed of the event as, "pretty much a typical race for Vancouver because there is always a problem in the first turn here," referring to the incident involving Bourdais. "We focused on closing the gap and once again the Lola was great on cold tires. We did the best we could and we'll take the points." Losing ground to Tracy was Jourdain's disappointment, 36 back of Tracy.
The carnage of this street fight claimed some Lola stalwarts, as did mechanical difficulties. Yet Lola runners continue to hold all but one slot in the top-10 standings. The Champ Cars now run to compete in next Sunday's Mario Andretti Grand Prix at Road America presented by Briggs & Stratton.