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2006 Montreal Thoughts

RACE: All those fans who laughed at the IRL for a lousy TV package that forced them to put their rain delayed Michigan race on cable at midnight are probably feeling pretty stupid right now. Champ Car's TV package is so bad, they couldn't even get anyone to show the race till a week and a half later! Only about 124 people got to see it live on the Internet. That will bring in the sponsors...

TRACK: This track is perfectly suited for open wheel cars, whether F1 or Champ Cars. It is perfectly not suited for big lumbering stock cars. Gilles Villeneuve must be spinning in his grave.

THE BIG PICTURE: FNL.

START: Slo-mo thriller.

BOURDAIS: Just like that, after all the excitement of the championship battle getting close, Sebastien puts in a perfect race and virtually claims his third consecutive Vanderbilt Cup.

ALLMENDINGER: First championship letdown after grabbing the race lead.

WILSON: Second championship letdown after a stirring drive through the field.

TAGLIANI, PHILIPPE, RANGER: Three of the four French guys spun. So much for home crowd advantage.

TRACY: Paul added lots of fun and excitement off the track, but he was very quiet on the track despite a second place finish.

PHILIPPE: Nelson must be seeing red after seeing the yellow one lap after he pitted.

PASTORELLI: Let's see. Nicky didn't get lapped. He finished in sixth place (and nearly fifth), and that was not from backing into it. Was this bizarro world?

ZWOLSMAN: Out of this world restart to resume the race.

LEGGE: She goes round and round as consistently as the wheels in the Bridgestone commercial.

RANGER: Three cheers for Wal-Mart sticking with Andrew for the last three races.

ATLANTIC: It was always assumed this series would be the better one this year, and the championship will indeed go down to the last race, with Simon Pagenaud not quite having a comfortable lead over Graham Rahal.

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Rain.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 25 -- The number of career poles for Bourdais and the percentage of poles he now owns for the Newman-Haas team since they entered the sport. Considering some of the great drivers they've had, that is either quit a feat by Bourdais or it says something about the lack of depth in the series the past few years. We think it's a bit of both.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: The last time a champion got eight wins was in 1994 when Al Unser, Jr. took the title. Bourdais has to win two of the next three to equal that.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Who else on this weekend but Paul Tracy, "The one thing that does kind of piss me off is that I read where Bourdais said that I'm involved in 40 or 50% of the accidents in Champ Car. I don't know where he got those numbers. It's more like 70%."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Paul Tracy again, on the crowd's reaction to him, "Heck, this is racing. It's not curing cancer. It's not Formula 1. It's supposed to be fun, and the fans are allowed to have fun."

SCHEDULE: Back to Road America where the Champ Cars belong.

Copyright 2006 by Deep Throttle. All Rights Reserved.



Courtesy of the Champ Car World Series

RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Bourdais 67
2. Tracy 67
3. Philippe 67
4. Clarke(R) 67
5. Power(R) 67
6. Pastorelli(R) 67
7. Tagliani 67
8. Zwolsman(R) 67
9. Heylen(R) 67
10. Dominguez 67
11. Pizzonia(R) 67
12. Junqueira 66
13. Legge(R) 61
14. Wilson 48
15. Ranger 36
16. Servia 30
17. Allmendinger 14

Time of Race
2:01:09.290

Winner's Speed
89.886 mph

Margin of Victory
1.398 sec.

Caution Flags
9 for 28 laps

Lead Changes
7 among 5 drivers

Lap Leaders
Sebastien Bourdais, A.J. Allmendinger, Nelson Philippe, Justin Wilson, Antonio Pizzonia

Fastest Race Lap
Sebastien Bourdais

Most Positions Improved
Nicky Pastorelli

Friday Pole
Sebastien Bourdais

Saturday Pole
Sebastien Bourdais

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Bourdais 310
2. Allmendinger 248
  Wilson 248
4. Philippe 175
5. Tracy 173
6. Power(R) 167
7. Dominguez 160
8. Junqueira 149
9. Tagliani 148
  Ranger 148
11. Clarke(R) 147
12. Servia 145
13. da Matta 134
14. Legge(R) 117
  Zwolsman(R) 117
16. Heylen(R) 111
17. Pastorelli(R) 73
18. Kasemets(R) 30
19. Pizzonia(R) 21
20. Vasser 7
 
 
2008 Thoughts
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2007 Thoughts
Preseason Las Vegas Long Beach Houston
Portland Cleveland Mont Tremblant Toronto
Edmonton San Jose Road America Belgium
Holland Surfers Paradise Mexico City Postseason

2006 Thoughts
Preseason Long Beach Houston Monterrey
Milwaukee Portland Cleveland Toronto
Edmonton San Jose Denver Montreal
Road America Surfer's Paradise Mexico City Postseason

2005 Thoughts
Preseason Long Beach Monterrey Milwaukee
Portland Cleveland Toronto Edmonton
San Jose Denver Montreal Las Vegas
Surfer's Paradise Mexico City Postseason

2004 Thoughts
Preseason Long Beach Monterrey Milwaukee
Portland Cleveland Toronto Vancouver
Road America Denver Montreal Laguna Seca
Las Vegas Surfer's Paradise Mexico City Postseason

2003 Thoughts
Preseason St. Petersburg Monterrey Long Beach
Brands Hatch Germany Milwaukee Laguna Seca
Portland Cleveland Toronto Vancouver
Road America Mid-Ohio Montreal Denver
Miami Mexico City Surfer's Paradise Postseason

2002 Thoughts
Preseason Monterrey Long Beach Japan
Milwaukee Laguna Seca Portland Chicago
Toronto Cleveland Vancouver Mid-Ohio
Road America Montreal Denver
England Miami Surfer's Paradise
Fontana Mexico City Postseason

2001 Thoughts
Preseason Mexico Long Beach Nazareth
Japan Milwaukee Detroit Portland
Cleveland Toronto Michigan Chicago
Mid-Ohio Road America Vancouver German
England Houston Laguna Seca
Surfer's Paradise Fontana Postseason

2000 Thoughts
Preseason Miami Long Beach Brazil
Japan Nazareth Milwaukee Detroit
Portland Cleveland Toronto Michigan
Chicago Mid-Ohio Road America Vancouver
Laguna Seca Gateway USGP Houston
Surfer's Paradise Fontana Postseason

1999 Thoughts
Preseason Miami Japan Long Beach
Nazareth Brazil Gateway Milwaukee
Portland Cleveland Road America Toronto
U.S. 500 Detroit Mid-Ohio Chicago
Vancouver Laguna Seca Houston
Surfer's Paradise Fontana Postseason

1998 Thoughts
Preseason Miami Japan Long Beach
Nazareth Brazil Gateway Milwaukee
Detroit Portland Cleveland Toronto
U.S. 500 Mid-Ohio Road America Vancouver
Laguna Seca Houston Surfer's Paradise Fontana

1997 Thoughts
Miami Surfer's Paradise Long Beach Nazareth
Brazil Gateway Milwaukee Detroit
Portland Cleveland Toronto
U.S. 500 Mid-Ohio Road America
Vancouver Laguna Seca Fontana
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