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2007 Australia Thoughts

TRACK: The chicanes were changed again which allowed for a new lap speed record, but it still may not be the proper solution.

RACE: It is said the true measure of how well a team is doing is not during practice and qualifying, but how fast they run in the race day morning warm up session. The top three times Sunday morning in order were Bourdais, Wilson, and Junqueira. The exact same order as the podium.

EVENT: 300,000 over four days. Truly the event everyone else can learn from.

THE BIG PICTURE: A merger or a partnership or just a closer working relationship with V8 Supercars has got to be a good thing for Champ Car.

START: Once again, standing starts prove to be the way to solve a lot of the first turn problems. However, you sure hold your breath when someone stalls...

BOURDAIS: Sebastien's performance on laps 44-47 epitomizes his dominance in Champ Car during his career. Whenever he absolutely, positively had to go fast, he was able to. And it always led to the difference between winning and everyone else.

NEWMAN/HAAS/LANIGAN: Did not miss a beat adding a new owner.

WILSON: One step behind the strategy of NHL and speed of Bourdais. The story of Justin's Champ Car career. Next year, he may not have to worry about that anymore.

RuSPORT: It's been nice knowing ya.

JUNQUEIRA: Once again, Bruno comes through the field after a problem at the start.

DALE COYNE RACING: Three straight podiums. That's two more than they have ever had prior to this year.

DOORNBOS: A problematic engine hurt his chances, but he still gained points for the Rookie of the Year title.

PAGENAUD: Simon gave Team Australia one finish.

PHILIPPE: Nice to see Nelson back, but we hate to see it at the expense of a driver the fans were getting to know.

RAHAL: Graham is one person who is not all that happy seeing Philippe back...

TAGLIANI: Different colors. Not so different results.

JANI: Outdone by a new teammate.

TRACY: So, now that Servia is not your teammate, you thought you could intimidate him at the start? Or, perhaps it's just following tradition between you and Servia at Surfers. In any case, Paul, you threw away a weekend where you were finally fast again.

MARTINEZ: David did not embarrass himself, but he was no Servia.

DOMINGUEZ: Very impressive at times for his new team.

FIGGE: Maintaining his spin quota.

SERVIA: Threw away his great weekend.

PKV RACING: Think you should have hired Servia from the start?

LEGGE: It wasn't Kat's fault, but the last thing you want is to tangle with the hometown hero.

POWER: Another opportunity to win in front of his home fans blown by his own team's error.

CLARKE: Gee, overaggressiveness cost Dan again. What a surprise. Not!

GOMMENDY: We hardly knew you, Tristan...

F1: Perhaps karma wins out for both Ferrari and Kimi. In any case, it was certainly one of the most intriguing -- and closest -- seasons in history.

TROUBLE LAUNCHING: Junqueira. Literally.

NEVER A FACTOR: Legge. Again.

SHOULD REMAINED PARKED: Will Power's lollypop man.

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Repeat.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 4.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: The Indianapolis 500 took less time to get a repeat winner (11 races, 13 years) than Surfers Paradise did -- 17 years.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Sebastien Bourdais savoring his time in Champ Car, "What a fun five years it's been. I'm surely not going to forget about it any time soon."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Oriol Servia on his surprise provisional pole, "It couldn't have more drama. There's a lot of things to write about: me changing teams, more drama. Coming here and having pole, starting to look like NASCAR!"

SCHEDULE: Two more ... ah ... one more race to go. It's called Champ Car math.

Copyright 2007 by Deep Throttle. All Rights Reserved.



Courtesy of the Champ Car World Series

RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Bourdais 61
2. Wilson 61
3. Junqueira 61
4. Doornbos(R) 61
5. Pagenaud(R) 61
6. Philippe 61
7. Tagliani 61
8. Jani(R) 61
9. Tracy 61
10. Martinez(R) 60
11. Rahal(R) 60
12. Dominguez 59
13. Figge(R) 59
14. Servia 58
15. Legge 26
16. Power 18
17. Clarke 12

Time of Race
1:45:49.318

Winner's Speed
96.669 mph

Margin of Victory
6.776 sec.

Caution Flags
3 for 10 laps

Lead Changes
7 among 6 drivers

Lap Leaders
Sebastien Bourdais, Will Power, Robert Doornbos, Paul Tracy, Justin Wilson, Oriol Servia

Fastest Race Lap
Graham Rahal

Most Positions Improved
Robert Doornbos

Friday Pole
Oriol Servia

Saturday Pole
Will Power

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Bourdais 333
2. Wilson 270
3. Doornbos(R) 262
4. Power 234
5. Rahal(R) 220
6. Jani(R) 218
7. Junqueira 216
8. Pagenaud(R) 213
9. Servia 212
10. Tagliani 197
11. Tracy 150
12. Gommendy(R) 140
13. Clarke 125
14. Dalziel(R) 116
15. Heylen 104
16. Legge 102
17. Figge(R) 85
18. Dominguez 62
19. Philippe 19
20. Halliday(R) 18
21. Martinez(R) 11
22. Moreno 9
 
 
2008 Thoughts
Long Beach

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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