Tracy charged up through the field past Wilson and Bourdais to take second to make it a 1-2 finish for Forsythe. Two-time and defending series champ Bourdais and RuSport teammates Wilson and former series titlist Cristiano da Matta (driving Allmendinger’s former car) filled out the top five. Team Australia teammates Alex Tagliani and Will Power, Bourdais’ teammate Bruno Junqueira and Mi-Jack Conquest teammates Charles Zwolsman and Andrew Ranger (both a lap down) completed the top 10.
With the win, Allmendinger leap-frogged into second in the championship standings, and now lies 23 points behind Bourdais with eight races remaining. He also became the first American driver to win three consecutive races in the series since Al Unser Jr. did it in 1994.
The series continues their Canadian sweep with a visit to Edmonton next weekend.
Champ Car World Series Top Five:
1) A.J. Allmendinger, No. 7 Forsythe Championship Racing Lola/Ford-Cosworth, 86 laps
2) Paul Tracy, No. 3 Forsythe Championship Racing Lola/Ford-Cosworth, -1.851sec
3) Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 Newman-Haas Racing Lola/Ford-Cosworth, -2.433sec
4) Justin Wilson, No. 9 RuSport Lola/Ford-Cosworth, -4.169sec
5) Cristiano da Matta, No. 10 RuSport Lola/Ford-Cosworth, -6.761sec
Driver’s Championship: 1) Sebastien Bourdais, 191; 2) A.J. Allmendinger, 168; 3) Justin Wilson, 165; 4) Alex Tagliani, 110; 5) Andrew Ranger, 110.
Pikes Peak: We were remiss last week by not reporting the results of the 84th annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Nobuhiro Tajima and Leonard Vahsholtz were declared co-champions after inclement weather curtailed Saturday’s runs to just nine miles up the road to the summit of the 14,110-foot Colorado mountain. Tajima had been hoping to break the 12-year-old all-time record for the 12.42-mile course with his 1,000hp, twin-turbo V6-powered Suzuki Grand Vitara, but was thwarted when race officials were forced to restrict the afternoon session. Peak veteran Leonard Vahsholtz and his son Clint continued to dominate their respective classes, with Clint winning the Super Stock Division for the 11th consecutive year while his dad topped the Open Class at 12:06.59 despite heavy rain and snow. After the elder Vahsholtz’s run – the fastest of all cars to complete the full distance – race officials closed down the upper portion of the course. Other class winners included Wally Dallenbach in Open Wheel and Charles McDowell in Baja ProTruck.
Atlantics: Robbie Pecorari won his first race in the Champ Car Atlantic Championship on Sunday, moving from fifth to first on the opening lap as the top four qualifiers got involved in on-track mishaps. Polesitter Graham Rahal got taken out on the first lap for the second time in three races. Jonathan Bomarito came home second ahead of Ryan Lewis. Simon Pagenaud and Champ Car refugee Alex Barron. Pagenaud leads the points, 153-144, over Andreas Wirth, with Rahal third at 136.