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2007 Edmonton Thoughts

EVENT: Disturbingly, there were a whole lot of empty seats visible on race day. Edmonton's debut was a crown jewel in the series. Has that jewel lost its shine?

TRACK: The toughest, meanest track on the circuit. It beats up drivers and spits them out.

RACE: We've been spoiled by two rain races in a row. For a dry race, it had its moments.

START: Next time Will, listen to what Sebastien was going to do if he won the pole -- take the outside starting spot.

BOURDAIS: It's an annual pattern -- the points chase gets (momentarily) close, so Sebastien pulls off a commanding weekend (maximum points minus two) while his contenders run into problems.

WILSON: Justin is making the podium a regular destination. Now, about that top step...

RAHAL: Best weekend of his young career. Graham was fast right out of the trailer and got a well deserved podium.

NEWMAN HAAS LANIGAN: A solid weekend for them.

PAGENAUD: When in Canada, finish fourth.

TEAM AUSTRALIA: Well, they can take the Inuit designed trophy home for winning the Canadian Triple Crown for whatever that's worth.

TRACY: Yeah. Paul salvaged a fifth place. But speed was not part of the equation. For any part of the weekend.

SERVIA: Ditto.

FORSYTHE: The way this team is falling back, they are going to end up in the Atlantic field.

JUNQUEIRA: Another impressive outing for Bruno on Dale Coyne's low budget outfit. We're sensing a victory coming up soon.

CLARKE: He did go off once during the race. He did crash (hard) during practice. Yep, another typical race weekend for Speedy/Stupid/Crashing Dan.

JANI: Nothing noteworthy this weekend.

HEYLEN: Ditto. Which for Jan is an improvement after Cleveland and Toronto.

DOORNBOS: Amazing how the racing gods always seem to even things out.

DALZIEL: Toronto's performance appeared to kick start Ryan's effort, but a missed opportunity when he spun.

FIGGE: Note, Alex did not get the slowest race lap. And he finished.

TAGLIANI: Alex, you're one lap down. One lap down! Think before you dive bomb someone.

POWER: As Will said, "It was a kick in the guts."

LEGGE: Once again, fast in the Sunday morning warm up. Once again, the only time of the weekend she was fast. Once again, her car conspired against her.

DOMINGUEZ: A short lived return.

GOMMENDY: A very disturbing trend is beginning to develop. Two low speed nose-first crashes. Two damaged backs. It's the IRL nightmare afflicting Champ Car. This absolutely, positively, must be nipped in the bud immediately.

MATOS: Start putting Rafa's name on that $2 million check.

EUROPEAN GRAND PRIX: One for the ages.

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Tough.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 20 -- The points lead that Sebastien Bourdais has once again opened up.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: It took three years before someone won Edmonton twice. It took the same number of years in the other western Canada venue for someone to win it twice. Michael Andretti won Vancouver in 1991 and 1992 after Al Unser, Jr. won the inaugural race.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Sebastien Bourdais about the track after his win, "It's a place that beats you up, drags you down to your knees, but when you can pull it off, it feels really good."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Alex Figge put it in less words, "It's a ballsy joint."

SCHEDULE: Time to leave Canada and head to Silicon Valley and the tight confines of San Jose.

Copyright 2007 by Deep Throttle. All Rights Reserved.



Courtesy of the Champ Car World Series

RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Bourdais 96
2. Wilson 96
3. Rahal(R) 96
4. Pagenaud(R) 96
5. Tracy 96
6. Servia 96
7. Junqueira 96
8. Clarke 96
9. Jani(R) 96
10. Heylen 96
11. Doornbos(R) 95
12. Dalziel(R) 95
13. Figge(R) 95
14. Tagliani 69
15. Power 69
16. Legge 36
17. Dominguez 32

Time of Race
1:45:41.953

Winner's Speed
107.517 mph

Margin of Victory
3.947 sec.

Caution Flags
2 for 8 laps

Lead Changes
4 among 3 drivers

Lap Leaders
Sebastien Bourdais, Will Power, Justin Wilson

Fastest Race Lap
Sebastien Bourdais

Most Positions Improved
Paul Tracy

Friday Pole
Sebastien Bourdais

Saturday Pole
Will Power

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Bourdais 194
2. Doornbos(R) 174
3. Power 169
4. Wilson 165
5. Pagenaud(R) 143
6. Tagliani 134
7. Jani(R) 129
8. Rahal(R) 126
9. Servia 121
10. Junqueira 108
11. Tracy 103
12. Dalziel(R) 95
13. Gommendy(R) 80
14. Clarke 79
15. Legge 66
16. Figge(R) 50
17. Dominguez 40
18. Heylen 37
19. Halliday(R) 18
20. 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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