Final Point Standings Driver Championship
1 Sebastien Bourdais 364
2 Justin Wilson 281
3 Rob Doornbos (R) 268
4 Will Power 262
5 Graham Rahal (R) 243
6 Oriol Servia 237
7 Bruno Junqueira 233
8 S. Pagenaud (R) 232
9 Neel Jani (R) 231
10 Alex Tagliani 205
11 Paul Tracy 171
12 T. Gommendy (R) 140
13 Dan Clarke 129
14 Ryan Dalziel (R) 116
15 Katherine Legge 108
16 Jan Heylen 104
17 Alex Figge (R) 95
18 Mario Dominguez 78
19 Nelson Philippe 28
20 David Martinez (R) 18
21 Matt Halliday (R) 18
22 Roberto Moreno 9
Rookie of the Year
1 Robert Doornbos (R) 268
2 Graham Rahal (R) 243
3 Simon Pagenaud (R) 232
4 Neel Jani (R) 231
5 Tristan Gommendy (R) 140
6 Ryan Dalziel (R) 116
7 Alex Figge (R) 95
8 David Martinez (R) 18
9 Matt Halliday (R) 18
Latest Champ Car News and Commentary
F1 car takes back record from Champ Car/IndyCar
by Bob Heathcote Marc Gene drove in the Ferrari Driving Days held at Laguna Seca in California this past weekend. The Ferrari reserve driver 'allegedly' unofficially beat the track record with a lap of 1m05.78s driving a Ferrari F2003-GA. The official record is currently held by Sebastien Bourdais who had a time of 1m05.88s in 2007 while driving a Panoz DP01 Champ Car. Our Bob Heathcote was there to capture this and all the action in these captioned photos.
IndyCar Marco Andretti topped the time sheets on a soggy opening day on the streets of Long Beach as IZOD IndyCar Series teams began preparations for the 38th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. The third-generation driver, whose family claimed wins in the first four Indy car races on the streets of Long Beach, turned a lap of 1:17.2298 in the No. 26 Team RC Cola Chevrolet as the track dried late in the morning session. Takuma Sato (1:17.9448) was second in the No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda, while defending race winner Mike Conway (1:18.2396) was third in the No. 14 ABC Supply car for A.J. Foyt Racing.
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by Brian Carroccio Today I am writing about a developing story, I was in fact, ahead of months ago. For those who read regularly, you might recall I wrote an article about Jacques Villeneuve, the 1995 Indianapolis 500 champion and 1997 Formula One (F1) World Champion. Villeneuve, has had something of a star crossed career, as he became world champion at the age of 26 and joined an illustrious pantheon in racing history, having won the IndyCar Championship, Indy 500 and F1 titles. For perspective that list contains three names: Mario Andretti, Emerson Fittipaldi, and Villeneuve.
Just what is wrong with IndyCar Racing's popularity?
by Mark J. Cipolloni
There is a troublesome trend of malaise for the sport by race fans. But in general American racing is not connecting with today's younger generation. Why? Because American racing is spec, dumbed down (to make it cheap) racing. F1 is still hugely popular. Why? Because it is the cream of the crop in driving talent and technical ingenuity. American Racing, because it is so fractured and hence poor, has lost that edge, that seat of the pants excitement.
Labor Day weekend 1952.¬† A weekend I'll never forget
by Steven Levinson If you were to ask anyone where they spent Labor Day a year ago, or even 5 years ago, most people would be hard pressed to remember. For me however, I can vividly recall exactly where I was 50 years ago this past week-end. The events of that Sunday afternoon in Dayton, Ohio are forever seared into my memory. This article is dedicated to the brave and talented drivers who participated in the AAA Midwest Sprint Car Championships of that era, many of who lost their lives.
After Champ Car's final event KEVIN KALKHOVEN: The good news is it's not the final Long Beach Grand Prix because, of course, the Council has just extended it for another 10 years. During that period there have been different technologies involved, and obviously with mixed emotions today. I mean, I'm very proud of the DP 01, but I'm also looking forward to the future which is the future of open-wheel motorsport here in North America.
Will Power wins final Champ Car race in Long Beach
by Mark J. Cipolloni On a day that was full of emotion for the many people that made Champ Car such an exciting series for so many years, Team Australia/KV Racing Technology's Will Power beat everyone on Sunday to win the last-ever Champ Car race in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Forsythe Racing's Franck Montagny was 2nd 5.094 seconds back. Mario Dominguez was third for Pacific Coast Motorsports. Rookie Enrique Bernoldi and Oriol Servia rounded out the top-5.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Justin Wilson turned the fastest lap on his last qualifying lap to win the pole position for Sunday's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. After securing the top spot in Friday's provisional pole qualifying, Wilson was the only driver to get down into the 1 minute 6 second bracket with a 1m06.902s lap to top 2nd fastest qualifier Alex Tagliani and Franck rookie Franck Perera. Will Power and veteran Paul Tracy rounded out the top-5.
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