Oh Canada! Team Player's driver Paul Tracy wins second Molson Indy Vancouver. Vancouver, British Columbia, July 27, 2003 Revenge may be sweet, but victory is even sweeter. Paul Tracy let his driving do the talking as he breezed across the...
Oh Canada! Team Player's driver Paul Tracy wins second Molson Indy Vancouver.
Vancouver, British Columbia, July 27, 2003 Revenge may be sweet, but victory is even sweeter. Paul Tracy let his driving do the talking as he breezed across the finish line at the Molson Indy Vancouver. It was Tracy's 24th career win, his second time atop the podium in Vancouver and his second consecutive win in his home and native land, becoming the first Canadian to win consecutive races on home soil after winning the Toronto Molson Indy last week. Bruno Junqueira finished second 17,820 seconds behind Tracy, with his Newman-Haas team-mate Sebastien Bourdais 25,720 seconds behind in third place.
The Team Player's driver started from the pole, but was bumped to the second spot when Bruno Junqueira jumped the start at the green. CART ruled it as a violation twenty laps into the race and ordered Junquiera to step aside and let Tracy pass. Once he regained the lead, Tracy never gave it up, until the chequered flag gave him the victory.
"It's awesome. We got the pole Friday, we backed it up on Saturday and now we have the win. Team Player's has given me a great car all year, we had a perfect car all weekend and it gave me the double in Canada," an ecstatic Tracy said moments after stepping out of his race car. "I was able to run hard all day. The crew did a great job in the pits. I wasn't too happy at the start because Bruno jumped the start, but CART made the right decision by reversing our positions. Once I got in front I was much, much faster and I was able to pull away. After the first pit stop we were able to pull away even more."
Tracy's team-mate Patrick Carpentier was having an equally stellar race and was in the second spot when he was knocked out of the race on Lap 60 by Mario Dominguez, who was two laps down.
"It's unfortunate that it happened." Carpentier said. "He (Dominguez) is no rookie. He should have known better. I saw him coming and I gave him all the room he needed but he was coming too fast and could not make the turn and he collected me along the way. We were having a good run, after a great start where I moved to third place. Then after a great pit stop by Team Player's, the Team Player's drivers were racing one-two. What a finish that might have been. It's very frustrating to not have finished the race."
Tracy's victory in Vancouver, hot on the heels of his Toronto win, naturally leads to conjecture of a possible Canadian triple crown for Team Player's when CART heads to Montreal in late August.
"That would be awesome to pull off," Tracy said, who now has a commanding lead over Junquiera in the battle for the championship. "I hope all the Canadian fans come out to support Team Player's and CART racing in Montreal."
Racing fans can continue follow Team Player's progress next weekend at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin on August 1-2-3 by logging on to the team's website at www.teamplayers.ca.