ASSEN - Bavaria Champ Car Grand Prix - Notes

ASSEN - Bavaria Champ Car Grand Prix - Notes

29.08.2007: ASSEN - Bavaria Champ Car Grand Prix - Notes

Since being founded in 1984 Dale Coyne Racing has been a fan favorite because of the heart the team has shown, but their results have never really shown the potential of the team. Last weekend in Zolder it all changed as Bruno Junqueira was one step of the podium away from putting the team into Victory Lane. Before then, the team had two third place runs, one with Oriol Servia in 2004 and one with Roberto Moreno in 1996.

Three-time Champ Car champion Sebastien Bourdais has shown in the past that he is a master of learning new courses, in fact he has won six out of the last nine inaugural events on the Champ Car schedule. The streak started at Brands Hatch in 2003 and continued to Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2004, Edmonton and San Jose in 2005, 2006 in Houston, and Zolder last weekend. The only inaugural events that the Frenchman has been a part of and walked away winless was his first Champ Car race in St. Petersburg in 2003, Las Vegas in 2007, and Mont-Tremblant 2007.

So far this season ten drivers have made their way to podium finishes in the Champ Car World Series. Three of those have been Roshfrans Rookie-of-the-Year candidates (Robert Doornbos, Neel Jani and Graham Rahal). Six of them have been from Europe (Sebastien Bourdais, Dan Clarke, Robert Doornbos, Neel Jani, Oriol Servia, and Justin Wilson).

Every little point that a Champ Car driver can score during the weekend is important when it comes to the point chase. When looking at picking up every point he can, Sebastien Bourdais has it down to an art. This season he has collected 19 out of the 44 bonus points that have been available this season. In Champ Car bonus points are given for the driver posting the fastest lap in each qualifying session, recording the fastest race lap and improving the most positions during the race. Bourdais has collected 11 of his points during qualifying, but where he has really excelled is that he has recorded 8 out of the 11 points for the fastest lap of the race. Will Power is currently second in the fight for these valuable points gaining 6 in qualifying, 1 for recording the fastest race lap and 1 for improving most positions during a race.

Rookie competitor Robert Doornbos has logged more laps than any other driver in the Champ Car World Series and is the only driver who has been running at the end of every event. Out of the 893 laps that have been run this season, the Dutchman has completed 883 of those. Fellow rookie Simon Pagenaud is second on this list recording 866 laps. The rest of the top five in completed laps include: Neel Jani (854), Alex Tagliani (840) and Will Power (837).

By winning his 30th career pole position in Zolder Sebastien Bourdais is currently sixth on the all time career pole position list. The only drivers that are ahead of him on the list are Michael Andretti (32), Rick Mears (40), Bobby Unser (49), A.J. Foyt (53), and Mario Andretti (67).

Sebastien Bourdais recorded his 29th career win in Belgium, which places him in eighth on the all time race winner roster, tied with Rick Mears. In all of those in the top ten the Frenchman has less than half of their starts at 70, meaning he has won over 40% of the races he has entered in Champ Car competition. As for podium finishes he currently has 42 which translates into him finishing on the podium in 60% of his Champ Car starts.

BY THE NUMBERS

1,863.779 – How many miles Robert Doornbos has completed during his rookie year in the Champ Car World Series.

411 – Laps that Bourdais has led in the last nine inaugural events.

77 – How many years Assen has been hosting motorcycle racing events.

53 – How many points Sebastien Bourdais leads the championship by.

14 – Turns on the Assen circuit.

11 – How many Champ Car drivers call Europe home. 8 – Times this season that Sebastien Bourdais has recorded the fastest lap of the race.

5.7 – The average finish of Roshfrans Rookie-of-the-Year leader Robert Doornbos.

5 – Times that a European driver has won in Europe (Sebastien Bourdais 2007 and 2 events in 2003, Dario Franchitti 2002 and Kenny Brack 2001).

3 – Number of podium finishes for Dale Coyne Racing in its history (Bruno Junqueira, 2007; Oriol Servia, 2004; 1996 Roberto Moreno). 2.83 – In miles the length of the course in Assen. 

 

- Kelly Brown-

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