San Jose Grand Prix - Day 3
CRISTIANO DA MAATA TAKES A TURN IN FRONT OF THE MAIN GRANDSTANDS
THE STANDS WERE ALMOST FULL, BUT MOST FANS WALKED THE TRACK
DRIVERS BATTLE AT TURN 3
Sebastien Bourdais scores fifth Champ Car World Series victory of the season, dominates a wild day on the streets of San Jose - Sanjosegrandprix.com.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (July 30, 2006) – It was a little bit street party, a little bit street fight and a whole lot of Sebastien Bourdais (#1 McDonald’s Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) on a sunny Sunday in San Jose as the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford hit the 1.443-mile downtown street circuit in the heart of Silicon Valley.
Bourdais led 69 of 97 laps today to score his fifth win of the season, outlasting Cristiano da Matta (#10 RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) and his RuSPORT teammate Justin Wilson (#9 CDW Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) to win the Canary Foundations Grand Prix of San Jose Presented by Taylor Woodrow in front of a weekend crowd totaling 155,934.
Frustration in San Jose - ChampCarworldseries.com.
San Jose, California - July 30th, 2006 - Despite a promising start that saw Forsythe drivers Paul Tracy and A.J. Allmendinger line up second and third on the grid, frustration ensued as Tracy encountered brake problems that sent him into a runoff area. He had contact with Alex Tagliani as he tried to get back underway, ending his day. An altercation ensued in pit lane between the two drivers as Tagliani confronted Tracy about the incident.
Allmendinger had to fight his way thru the field after making an unscheduled pit stop to repair wing damage that he suffered at the start. He managed to climb up to the third position before he was penalized for allegedly entering a closed pit lane just moments after Tracy's incident and fell far down the field but battled back to a seventh-place finish.
Brief Sharkspage recap of the action on the track:
Allmendinger ran into the back of Bourdais at the hairpin on Lap 1. Will Power runs into Servia who hits Junqueria. Junqueira out. Tracy called for an illegal start, ordered to flip spots with Sebastien Bourdais for first. Will Power given a drive-through penalty, drops to 14th.
Clark passed Ranger on the inside of the hairpin. Legge bumped Ranger on the hairpin, has to pit as a result of a cut tire. Clark passes Da Matta on the hairpin for second place. 3rd full course yellow, Legge into the barrier on turn 6. Bourdais first pit stop, 9.6 seconds. Tracy picks up a place out of the pits into third.
Tracy complains that Dan Clark is leaking onto the track, video of smoke coming from the car. Clark drops out one lap later with a broken gearbox and kicks his tire in frustration.
4th full course caution, Tracy loses brakes into turn 6 and heads into the run-off. Spins a 180 and re-enters track directly in the path of Alex Tagliani, who runs into the back of Tracy. Both cars out. Announcer "That is the dumbest thing I have seen Tracy do in years". Tagliani confronts Tracy near the pit once, after a second confrontation, punches are exchanged.
Bourdais pits and changes from red Potenzas to the stiffer blacks, remains in first. Allmendinger pit violation, sent from third to back of field, Lap 57. Servia dives under Zwolsman at the hairpin. Da Matta contact with Legge. Note from announcers, the Tracy-Tagliana crash is the 7th major wreck for Taliani this season.
Bourdais passes Zwolsman on the outside of the main straightaway heading into the hairpin. A healthy dose of push-to-pass was probably used. Ranger pushed into the wall by Legge on Lap 82, out of the race.
Sebastien Bourdais [Newman/Haas Racing] finishes first after 97 laps with a 1:38:00.168 time, and 85.991 average speed, Cristiano da Matta [RuSport] second with 1:38:06.854 and 85.893, and Justin Wilson [RuSport] third with 1:38:08.268 and 85.873.
San Jose Champ Car Notebook Sunday - SpeedTV.com.
SJGP photo galleries: Motorsport.com, Champ Car World Series, San Jose Mercury News, flickr Leduardo, flickr Mishael, flickr OPG 4759.
Youtube also has a number of videos from the San Jose Grand Prix event: drifting exhibition from jy116, big crash on Turn 6 during the Forumla Atlantic race from timvracer, and of course David Lee Roth at the Discovery Meadow. Here is a video of Sebastien Bourdais's post-victory donuts posted on vimeo.com by Mike Lee of The Feeder.
MD80891's blog on the Sporting News summed up the Champ Car race on Sunday perfectly: San Jose Grand Prix In Review.
So there you have it. 5 lead changes between 4 drivers in 97 laps. A hand full of cautions caused by drivers leaning on each other, running over each other or improper look out. One ugly altercation between Tagliani and Tracy. Gutsy passing in the hairpin brake zone where you go from 180mph to 28mph instantly.
All on a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon. It just does not get much better than that.
2006 San Jose Grand Prix race results - Sunday, July 30th:
1 (1) S. Bourdais, 1:38:00.168
2 (4) C. da Matta, 1:38:06.854
3 (12) J. Wilson, 97 1:38:08.268
4 (11) N. Philippe, 1:38:11.227
5 (10) M. Dominguez, 1:38:12.315
6 (6) W. Power, 1:38:13.125
7 (3) A. Allmendinger, 1:38:13.456
8 (5) O. Servia, 1:38:16.088
9 (14) C. Zwolsman, 1:38:16.626
10 (0) N. Pastorelli, 1:38:21.748
11 (16) J. Heylen, 1:38:25.528
12 (15) K. Legge, 1:38:26.064
13 (8) A. Ranger, 1:21:21.540 (Contact)
14 (13) A. Tagliani, 52:52.017 (Contact)
15 (2) P. Tracy, 50:17.412 (Contact)
16 (9) D. Clarke, 48:32.149 (Mechanical)
17 (7) B. Junqueira, 2:30.740 (Contact)
[Update] Tagliani, Tracy bury the hatchet, Tracy apologizes for pit-lane collision that knocked fellow Canadian from race - Globe and Mail.
[Update2] Here are the two Sharkspage videos from the Champ Car SJGP, one from turn 6 Market onto Balbach (where Tracy and Tagliani crashed), and a second is the rolling start of the race on Almaden in front of the main grandstands (taken from the 9th floor of the Crowne Plaza). If you missed the fight between Paul Tracy and Alex Tagliani, view the video here.
[Update3] Champ Car Or Championship Boxing? - Offwing.
[Update4] Raphael Matos Dominates San Jose Champ Car Atlantic Event in Flag-to-Flag Victory, Rookie Captures First Victory of Promising Season - Motorsportsblog.com.