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2007 Toronto Thoughts

EVENT: Something negative is happening to the Toronto event, but we can't put our finger on the reason.

THE BIG PICTURE: Toronto cannot be allowed to wither away. It is much, much too important of an event for the Champ Car World Series. This is one event whose budget cannot be skimped on.

TRACK: Even with the new paving in certain sections, many of the drivers still call it the toughest street circuit on the schedule.

RACE: One of the best Champ Car races ever.

START: And then there were 12.

POWER: Class of the field when it counted.

TEAM AUSTRALIA: They may have to rename themselves Team Canada.

JANI: Neel is starting to get the hang of this.

PKV: At the rate they're going, they may actually win a race this year.

WILSON: Once again, so close yet so far.

PAGENAUD: Ditto.

JUNQUEIRA: Bruno had a great car in the dry. However, he looked lost in the wet.

DOORNBOS: Robert, Robert, Robert...

MINARDI: Paul Stoddart, isn't Champ Car a heck of a lot more fun than F1?

DALZIEL: So close to a breakthrough performance. What a second, that was a breakthrough performance!

TAGLIANI: Once again, Alex can't buy a break.

BOURDAIS: More of a sport this time. Now, we get to see what Sebastien is really made of.

SERVIA: Super start. Super run ... in the dry. Oriol very likely had this race won until the rains came.

RAHAL: Graham seemed to be going along for a ride, siting back, saving his push-to-pass, waiting for the final run at the end. Unfortunately, he didn't make it that far.

CLARKE: Some real ballsy moves in Turn 3, braking late and hard ... once a bit too late. Then, a real bonehead move keeping the dry tires on.

HEYLEN: Innocent victim. Again.

TRACY: Street sweeper.

GOMMENDY: Air France.

LEGGE: A terrible shame for Katherine. She had a strong car and seemed to be getting a handle on the tough track as fourth best in Sunday warm up attests. And then, through no fault of her, she doesn't complete a single lap.

FIGGE: The second time a last place finish was not his doing.

ATLANTIC: Wildest race of the year after the most acrimonious qualifying of the year.

QUESTIONABLE CALLS: All of the non-calls in the Atlantic Saturday qualifying session.

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Wild.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 5 -- The number of cars eliminated on the first lap and the number of the winning car.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: For the first time in Toronto history, a non-Canadian or American won the Atlantic race. The first winner in 1990 was Freddy Rhemrev.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: When Bourdais' wrecked car was being taken away by a tow hook, a fan shouted, "Throw it away!"

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Will Power on his strategy on moving up through the field on the wet restarts, "It's just about being aggressive at the right time without hitting anyone." Hmm, a lesson for a few drivers in Champ Car...

SCHEDULE: Edmonton -- the third installment of the Canadian Triple Crown, and possible now the biggest race in Canada.

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Power 73
2. Jani(R) 73
3. Wilson 73
4. Pagenaud(R) 73
5. Junqueira 73
6. Doornbos(R) 72
7. Dalziel(R) 72
8. Tagliani 71
9. Bourdais 67
10. Servia 56
11. Rahal(R) 52
12. Clarke 43
13. Heylen 1
14. Tracy 0
15. Gommendy(R) 0
16. Legge 0
17. Figge(R) 0

Time of Race
1:45:58.568

Winner's Speed
72.534 mph

Margin of Victory
2.972 sec.

Caution Flags
7 for 29 laps

Lead Changes
8 among 7 drivers

Lap Leaders
Oriol Servia, Will Power, Ryan Dalziel, Robert Doornbos, Simon Pagenaud, Alex Tagliani, Sebastien Bourdais

Fastest Race Lap
Sebastien Bourdais

Most Positions Improved
Neel Jani

Friday Pole
Sebastien Bourdais

Saturday Pole
Sebastien Bourdais

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Doornbos(R) 164
2. Power 162
3. Bourdais 161
4. Wilson 138
5. Tagliani 127
6. Pagenaud(R) 120
7. Jani(R) 116
8. Servia 102
9. Rahal(R) 101
10. Junqueira 91
11. Dalziel(R) 86
12. Tracy 81
13. Gommendy(R) 80
14. Clarke 64
15. Legge 61
16. Figge(R) 42
17. Dominguez 36
18. Heylen 26
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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