2007 CCWS Rd. 6--Grand Prix of Quebec

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Who will win this weekend in Mt. Tremblant?

Poll ended at Tue Jul 03, 2007 2:27 am

Sebastien Bourdais
1
25%
Will Power
1
25%
Justin Wilson
0
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Paul Tracy
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who knows; it's an inaugural event
1
25%
who knows; it's an inaugural event
1
25%
 
Total votes: 4

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2007 CCWS Rd. 6--Grand Prix of Quebec

Post by mlittle » Tue Jun 26, 2007 2:27 am

note.........neither the ChampCar website nor the event website(champcarmonttremblant.ca) have an official name for the event..... :shock: :shock: :evil: ; hence, the generic GP name..........

It's been a long while, but the stars of the Champ Car World Series return to one of the more interesting venues in all of North America, Circuit Mt. Tremblant in St. Jovite, QC. Back in 1967 and 1968, the then-USAC National Championship Series visited the facility(all four races there were won by Mario Andretti) and it seemingly fell off the map........but it is back on the racing calendar and by all accounts it should be an interesting racetrack and the racing should be very competitive...........here is the event schedule; note the changes to the schedule...........

Practice Session #1....................11-11:45 am, 29 June 2007
Qualifying Session #1.................2:15-3:15 pm, 29 June 2007*
Practice Session #2....................10:15-11:30 am, 30 June 2007
Qualifying Session #2.................2-3 pm, 30 June 2007*
Warm-Up...................................10-10:30 am, 1 July 2007
Race..........................................2 pm, 1 July 2007 live on ESPN
*--qualifying is 30-35 minutes; included are 2 15-minute practice sessions
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Post by mlittle » Wed Jun 27, 2007 9:00 am

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Above is a track map of the Mt. Tremblant circuit, or as the Quebecois call it, "Le Circuit"......
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Post by mlittle » Wed Jun 27, 2007 9:20 am

Some interesting facts about "Le Circuit".....................

--only two current ChampCar drivers have ever raced at Mt. Tremblant in their racing careers; both Paul Tracy and Alex Tagliani raced there early in their respective careers

--some famous legends from Formula 1 have graced "Le Circuit"........John Surtees, Gilles Villeneuve, Mario Andretti, Jackie Stewart and Stirling Moss have raced at the circuit former F1 champion Michael Schumacher once described as "little Nurburgring"

Entry List.....................
Sebastien Bourdais, #1 McDonald's
(R)Graham Rahal, #2 Medi/Zone
Paul Tracy, #3 Indeck/Forsythe
Dan Clarke, #4 Ticketmaster/OzJet
Will Power, #5 Aussie Vineyards
Oriol Servia, #7 Indeck
Alex Tagliani, #8 LXN/Wal-Mart Canada
Justin Wilson, #9 CDW/Plantronics
Katherine Legge, #11 i-Rise/F1-Air
(R)Robert Doornbos, #14 Muermans/OzJet
(R)Simon Pagenaud, #15 Aussie Vineyards
Bruno Junquiera, #19 Sonny's Real Pit BBQ
(R)Neel Jani, #21 Red Bull/Gulfstream
(R)Tristan Gommendy, #22 Pay by Touch/Megaspirea
(R)Ryan Dalziel, #28 Ironclad/Molecule Labs
(R)Alex Figge, #29 Molecule Labs
Jan Heylen, #34 Grand Prix of Belgium 2007
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Post by GhoGho » Thu Jun 28, 2007 2:07 am

Thanks for the info M :wink:
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Round is a shape...........


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Post by mlittle » Fri Jun 29, 2007 11:41 am

Bridgestone Tire Preview............

Event: ChampCar Grand Prix of Quebec @ Le Circuit Mt. Tremblant
When: 2 pm, 1 July 2007
Race Distance: 1 hr, 45 min. timed race

--each team receives 13 sets of Bridgestone Potenza racing slicks; 7 standard-compound dry tires, 2 sets alternate-compound dry tires and 4 sets of wet grooved tires

--the tire compounds for the race are as follows.........
=the standard compound tire was last used at Cleveland last week
=the alternate & wet compound tire was last used in Montreal in 2006
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Post by mlittle » Sat Jun 30, 2007 9:56 am

Mt. Tremblant Practice Session #1 top-5................

1st} Sebastien Bourdais, NHL Racing..........................1:17.339 sec/122.003 mph
2nd}(R)Simon Pagenaud, Team Australia....................1:17.545 sec/121.679 mph
3rd}(R)Tristan Gommendy, PKV Racing.......................1:17.747 sec/121.363 mph
4th} Justin Wilson, RuSport Racing..............................1:17.809 sec/121.266 mph
5th}(R)Robert Doornbos, Minardi Team USA.................1:17.840 sec/121.218 mph
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Post by mlittle » Sat Jun 30, 2007 9:59 am

Mt. Tremblant Practice Session #2 top-5....................

1st}(R)Robert Doornbos, Minardi Team USA...................1:17.794 sec/121.290 mph
2nd} Sebastien Bourdais, NHL Racing............................1:17.901 sec/121.123 mph
3rd}(R)Neel Jani, PKV Racing........................................1:17.934 sec/121.072 mph
4th} Alex Tagliani, Rocketsports....................................1:18.247 sec/120.587 mph
5th}(R)Simon Pagenaud, Team Australia........................1:18.322 sec/120.472 mph
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Friday Notebook..........

Post by mlittle » Sat Jun 30, 2007 1:42 pm

Some news and notes from Mt. Tremblant................

~~Serious effort..........serious effort. One of the many interested spectators in the ChampCar paddock Friday was Russ Herriott, head of SEI Racing Enterprises, who was asked by several members of the press as to how real the new AVN Racing effort was for 2008.....Herriot's reply:
It is a serious effort to put a car on the track for 2008, and we may even run a race or two this year as a test for us and for Champ Car. We are currently putting all of our deals together and expect (that) they will do (due diligence in regards) with existing and future sponsors to make sure it isn't going to cause them any problems. Everything will be done tastefully and within whatever guidelines Champ Car establishes.
If there is a bright spot for AVN Racing, it is one two fronts, 1--rumor has it that it will be a full-up team with two paid drivers and a budget upwards of $8-$9 million, and 2--that the guidelines ChampCar puts in place for AVN(a/k/a Adult Video News) will ensure that existing and future sponsors will not be offended by their arrival; chances are, if they allow AVN in, that the guidelines used by Grand-Am in regards to Playboy will be the ones used.

~~21 pounds of penalty........Considering Robert Doornbos' 5th-place provisional starting spot, it is interesting to note that he put that fast time up despite being 21 lbs. heavier on fuel than provisional pole-sitter Tristan Gommendy....why the fuel penalty? According to Doornbos' engineer Michael Cannon,
We've got a fuel pickup problem. We've got to load up Robert with an extra three gallons of fuel, which is an extra 21 pounds of fuel he doesn't need; it definitely doesn't help.
~~Gommendy's secret weapon.......Following the QS-1 session, in which the Frenchman beat current series champion Sebastien Bourdais by 7/1000th's of a second, he was quick to credit his "secret weapon", team co-owner/1996 CART champion Jimmy Vasser, who timed his outlaps just so that when Gommendy got through his outlaps, he had clear track in front of him for his flyers.....hey, it worked, didn't it? :wink: :lol: :lol: :shock: :shock:
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Gommendy on provisional point........

Post by mlittle » Sat Jun 30, 2007 1:49 pm

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Question: Of the series' three Frenchmen,, which one do you think would be on point following QS-1?

Answer: It wasn't SeaBass or rookie Pagenaud; instead, PKV's Tristan Gommendy took the pole in QS-1, guaranteeing a front-row starting spot and earning 1 championship pt....here are the provisional top-5 from QS-1.............

1st}(R)Tristan Gommendy, PKV Racing..............................1:16.776 sec/122.898 mph
2nd} Sebastien Bourdais, NHL Racing.................................1:16.783 sec/122.887 mph
3rd} Will Power, Team Australia.........................................1:16.841 sec/122.794 mph
4th} Justin Wilson, RuSport Racing.....................................1:16.843 sec/122.791 mph
5th}(R)Robert Doornbos, Minardi Team USA........................1:16.850 sec/122.779 mph
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Post by mlittle » Sun Jul 01, 2007 8:55 am

Mt. Tremblant Practice #3 top-5....................

1st} Sebastien Bourdais, NHL Racing............................1:15.939 sec/124.252 mph
2nd}(R)Robert Doornbos, Minardi Team USA.................1:16.092 sec/124.003 mph
3rd}(R)Simon Pagenaud, Team Australia.......................1:16.701 sec/123.018 mph
4th}(R)Neel Jani, PKV Racing........................................1:16.726 sec/122/978 mph
5th} Justin Wilson, RuSport Racing................................1:16.779 sec/122.893 mph
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Mt. Tremblant Practice #4 top-5..................

1st} Sebastien Bourdais, NHL Racing...............................1:16.474 sec/123.387 mph
2nd} Paul Tracy, Forsythe Champ. Racing........................1:16.521 sec/123.307 mph
3rd}(R)Robert Doornbos, Minardi Team USA....................1:16.578 sec/123.216 mph
4th}(R)Neel Jani, PKV Racing..........................................1:16.838 sec/122.799 mph
5th}(R)Graham Rahal, NHL Racing...................................1:16.866 sec/122.754 mph
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Wet QS-2 ensures Gommendy on point for Sunday..........

Post by mlittle » Sun Jul 01, 2007 9:17 am

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Grand Prix of Quebec Starting Grid..................................
note...all times were set during the QS-1 session on Friday; fastest in QS-2 was Will Power with a time of 1:20.943 sec; Power will start 2nd alongside polesitter Gommendy

1st}(R)Tristan Gommendy, #22 Pay by Touch/Megaspirea..........1:16.776 sec/122.898 mph
2nd} Will Power, #5 Aussie Vineyards.......................................1:16.841 sec/122.794 mph

3rd} Sebastien Bourdais, #1 McDonald's...................................1:16.783 sec/122.887 mph
4th} Justin Wilson, #9 CDW/Plantronics.....................................1:16.843 sec/122.791 mph

5th}(R)Robert Doornbos, #14 Muermans/OzJet..........................1:16.850 sec/122.779 mph
6th}(R)Neel Jani, #21 Red Bull/Gulfstream................................1:16.931 sec/122.650 mph

7th}(R)Simon Pagenaud, #15 Aussie Vineyards.........................1:16.944 sec/122.629 mph
8th} Alex Tagliani, #8 LXN/Wal-Mart Canada.............................1:17.256 sec/122,134 mph

9th}(R)Graham Rahal, #2 Medi/Zone........................................1:17.475 sec/121.789 mph
10th} Dan Clarke, #4 Ticketmaster/OzJet.................................1:17.481 sec/121.780 mph

11th} Paul Tracy, #3 Indeck/Forsythe......................................1:17.629 sec/121.547 mph
12th} Jan Heylen, #34 Grand Prix of Belgium 2007....................1:17.832 sec/121.230 mph

13th}(R)Ryan Dalziel, #28 Ironclad/Molecule Labs.....................1:17.965 sec/121.024 mph
14th} Oriol Servia, #7 Indeck..................................................1:18.012 sec/120.951 mph

15th}(R)Alex Figge, #29 Molecule Labs.....................................1:18.067 sec/120.865 mph
16th} Bruno Junquiera, #19 Sonny's Real Pit BBQ.....................1:18.127 sec/120.773 mph

17th} Katherine Legge, #11 i-Rise/F1-Air..................................1:18.989 sec/119.455 mph
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Bobby D. wins in Mt. Tremblant.......

Post by mlittle » Mon Jul 02, 2007 9:35 am

ChampCar rookie Robert Doornbos(affectionately referred to by NA motorsports fans as "Bobby D"....... :wink: :wink: :lol: ) has been knocking on victory's door all year long; today at the scenic Mt. Tremblant circuit, he broke through giving Minardi Team USA its' first win since 2004(when Ryan Hunter-Reay won at the Milwaukee Mile for then-Herdez Competition) in ChampCar's return to the Laurentians'. The race itself was interesting from start to finish............

Prior to the start, electrical problems prevented polesitter Tristan Gommendy from taking the formation lap; the team fixed the problem, but Gommendy was forced to start from pitlane. When the lights went out for the standing start, both Team Australia cars of Will Power and Simon Pagenaud along with Conquest's Jan Heylen stall, bringing out the first caution of the day; all three cars got tow starts and got back to speed soon afterwards. At the same time, NHL's Sebastien Bourdais jumped the start(how he incurred no penalty is beyond me........ :evil: :evil: ) but then the proverbial gremlins began to come out of the woodwork........

First, the rain..........one of the biggest worries any driver/team can have is seeing rain in one part of the track and dry conditions elsewhere, which is what occurred all race long; having begun on slicks, teams had to make stops throughout the race to put on wets, and by the end everyone on track was on wets'. Of course, it was easier running behind the leader than being the leader, because whenever anyone ran at the front, they would either make a mistake on-track, handing the lead to whoever's behind or, in Graham Rahal's case, stalling while on pitroad. In addition, last week's winner, Paul Tracy, saw his race end early when the Cosworth XFE-3 turbo decided to BBQ itself(the second consecutive race in which the venerable Cossie BBQ'ed itself........ :shock: :shock: :shock: )

In the end, the only driver who didn't screw up all race long was Doornbos, who cruised to a near-3 second win over SeaBass(who got booed afterwards by spectators for b------- on-air about Doornbos supposedly blocking.......hey, SeaBass, WHAT BLOCKING? :evil: :evil: )......here are the top-10 from an interesting return to Mt. Tremblant:

1st}(R)#14 Robert Doornbos.................................62 laps
2nd} #1 Sebastien Bourdais..................................-2.888 sec
3rd} #5 Will Power...............................................-7.310 sec
4th}(R)#15 Simon Pagenaud................................-10.562 sec
5th} #9 Justin Wilson...........................................-11.288 sec
6th}(R)#21 Neel Jani...........................................-12.346 sec
7th}(R)#2 Graham Rahal.....................................-12.790 sec
8th} #8 Alex Tagliani...........................................-13.422 sec
9th} #7 Oriol Servia............................................-26.742 sec
10th}(R)#28 Ryan Dalziel....................................-32.949 sec
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