This Week in Ford Racing July 22, 2003 CART Champ Car World Series FORD-COSWORTH RESULTS IN VANCOUVER - Ford-Cosworth has posted two wins in Vancouver, the last coming in 1996 with Michael Andretti. Andretti was also responsible for the other...
This Week in Ford Racing
July 22, 2003
CART Champ Car World Series
FORD-COSWORTH RESULTS IN VANCOUVER - Ford-Cosworth has posted two wins in Vancouver, the last coming in 1996 with Michael Andretti. Andretti was also responsible for the other Ford win in 1992 with the XB powerplant. Five different Ford-Cosworth drivers has started from the pole in Vancouver, including Andretti (92), Scott Goodyear (1993), Robby Gordon (1994), Jacques Villeneuve (1995), and Alex Tagliani (2001).
DRIVERS' CHAMPIONSHIP RACE - The top 11 spots in the Championship race remained the same after round 10 of the 2003 Champ Car World Series season. Paul Tracy extended his lead over Bruno Junqueira by eight points and now leads by 15 with his win in Toronto. Michel Jourdain, Jr. finished one spot ahead of Junqueira and picked up one point on the Newman/Haas pilot. Rookie Sebastien Bourdais rolled to a fourth place finish in Toronto to close within two points of fourth place driver Patrick Carpentier in the points. Tracy has won all three temporary street course races this season and has compiled 137 of his 139 championship points on road/street circuits.
TRACKING THE ROOKIES - Sebastien Bourdais' fourth place finish extended his rookie-of-the-year lead over the consistent Darren Manning. Manning finished eighth, marking his eighth top-ten in ten efforts this season, the most of any rookie. Manning sits in 10th place in the championship hunt just one point behind Alex Tagliani for ninth place. Tiago Monteiro and Ryan Hunter-Reay finished 10th and 11th, respectively. The 10th place effort by Monteiro was his fourth top-ten of the season coming after a DNF in Portland and a Cleveland race which he was forced to withdraw from due to a mild concussion. Bourdais continues to lead all rookies with 86 championship points, Manning is second with 50, while Mario Haberfeld, 41, Monteiro, 18, and Hunter-Reay, 16, round out the top five.
FORD-COSWORTH DRIVERS TO WATCH -
Jimmy Vasser - The Champ Car veteran has struggled in Vancouver the past two seasons, however, the American driver has posted four top-tens on the circuit, including a second place effort in 1997 and a third place finish 1999. Vasser has also qualified well on the street course starting on the outside pole in 1995, fifth in 1996 and third in 1997. Vasser has posted five top-tens this season and currently sits 13th in points.
Roberto Moreno - Moreno is one of only two current Champ Car drivers to have posted a win in Vancouver (2001), the other is points leader Paul Tracy (2000). Moreno drove to his best finish since the second race of the season with his sixth place effort in Toronto. Moreno is currently 12th in points.
Oriol Servia - Servia posted a fifth place finish in Toronto. The effort was his seventh consecutive top-six finish in a row. Following two consecutive DNF's in Monterrey and Long Beach the fourth year driver has posted a second place finish, a fourth, three fifth place finishes and two sixth place finishes and currently sits sixth in points, 12 points out of fourth.
SPARK PLUGS - Paul Tracy returns as the highest finisher from 2002 when he finished second ... Michel Jourdain, Jr. currently leads all drivers in laps completed with 1,255 of 1,263, Patrick Carpentier is second with 1,232 ... Tracy has won the most races this season, four, and has led the most laps, 448 ... Alex Tagliani is the only current Champ Car driver to sit on the pole in Vancouver (2001).