Alex on the race: "I am a bit disappointed in our result but we had a good pace and it is unfortunate we had problems with my brakes at the end. We ran strong in the race and I was feeling confident and enjoying the race.
I think I was running a bit aggressive when the brakes went, I probably should have backed off a bit at that point. I feel like we took a step forward this weekend. It’s a tough place here and coming in as a rookie with a rookie race engineer is tough, but we made a lot of developments throughout the weekend.
My stops were great and my guys have done a great job all year there. I am really excited to get to Mexico City."
Mario Dominguez #28 TECATE/DP01/Cosworth/Bridgestone
Mario on the race: "It was a great experience to be back with PCM. The TECATE car was really fast and the Bridgestone tires were very consistent. It was very unfortunate we had the wing break because we had a strong car and we could have easily secured a top-five finish.
On the other hand, the positive side is that the car was very strong all weekend and I think we are going to arrive in Mexico City with a very fast car. I learned a lot and I expect us to run up front in the TECATE car in Mexico City."
Tyler Tadevic, Team Director: "Even though we didn’t get the finish that we were looking for overall, it was a strong weekend for the team, particularly in the development area and we are looking forward to getting to Mexico City."
It was a long weekend for the Rocketsports Racing team, and a long race today in Surfers Paradise, Australia that almost saw Alex Tagliani salvage a top-five finish, but team will take a top-ten result knowing they worked very hard to deserve it.
During the Warm Up session, Tagliani demonstrated that the team was ready to fight in today’s Lexmark Indy, by finish weiter >>
Surfers Paradise, Qld Australia (October 20, 2007) - After two days of re-familiarization with the Champ Car World Series and coming to grips with the new DP01, Nelson Philippe (#34 Juniper Soul / Cosworth / DP01 / Bridgestone) will start 13th on the grid for tomorrow’s Lexmark Indy 300. He and Conquest will be working to improve the package overnight and be looking forward to a weiter >>
NEEL JANI EIGHTH
Round #13 – 2007 Champ Car World Series season – PKV Racing qualified on the front row with Oriol Servia starting in second place while teammate Neel Jani places eighth for tomorrow’s Lexmark Indy 300 Champ Car Grand Prix in Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia.
Servia, #22 Pay By Touch PKV Racing Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone car, q weiter >>
David Martinez completed the second day of activities for the Lexmark Indy 300 at Surfers Paradise by qualifying on the ninth row for Sunday’s race. After being off the race tracks for almost a year, Martinez has used this race weekend to adapt to the 750 horsepower Champ weiter >>
After little, to almost no, time on track during Friday’s kick-off Champ Car activities for the Lexmark Indy 300, Rocketsports Racing was able to rebound by getting in quality track time and a suitable car for the final round of qualifying today in Surfers Paradise, Australia. weiter >>
The Lexmark Indy 300 - Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia
Alex Figge #29 Conrad Jupiters/DP01/Cosworth/Bridgestone
Saturday AM Practice 15th 1:33.519 107.593
Pre-Qual Warm-Up 9th 1:34.770 106.173
Saturday Qual weiter >>
It was not the best result for Minardi Team USA drivers Robert Doornbos and ‘Speedy’ Dan Clarke in today’s second round of qualifications at the Lexmark Indy 300 but both are looking to the race tomorrow, in which anything can happen. Dan will start the race in tenth position, weiter >>
Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia
After their strong showing at Surfers Paradise on Friday, Justin and the #9/CDW/RuSPORT team continued to run competitively on Saturday, but didn’t have the results they hoped for. Justin was third quickest in morning p weiter >>
Justin and the #9/CDW/RuSPORT team made a fantastic start towards Sunday’s Lexmark Indy 300 in Surfers Paradise, Australia by topping the timesheets during both of Friday’s sessions. With Justin’s win at the last round in Assen, Holland, the #9/CDW team secured the first pitlane spot, just several yards from pit exit. Being the first car out on the very busy and often treacherous weiter >>
Alter almost a year Mexican driver David Martinez finally returned to Champ Car and completed his first laps around the tricky and complicated 2.795 mile temporary street circuit at Surfers Paradise, Australia.
The priority today for the Monterrey native was to complete as many laps as possible in order to familiarize himself with the track and even though he only manage weiter >>
An Unforgiving Track and New Rule Cause a Rough Start for Rocketsports Racing’s Tagliani Down Under
The Surfers Paradise, Australia street circuit is one of the most challenging and unforgiving tracks on the Champ Car World Series schedule, add that with a new Champ Car Friday-qualifying rule, and that equals a bad day for Rocketsports Racing and driver Al weiter >>
...Champ Car Grand Prix at Surfers Paradise (Australia)
JANI QUALIFIES 5TH
SURFERS PARADISE, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA -- FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2007 -- Round #13 – 2007 Champ Car World Series season – PKV Racing’s Oriol Servia has provisionally qualified in pole position today securing him a front row grid spot. His teammate Neel weiter >>
.. Effort for the Provisional Qualifying in Surfers Paradise
In his first qualifying session of the 2007 season, Nelson Philippe (#34 Juniper Soul / Cosworth / DP01 / Bridgestone) turned in a respectable top-ten qualifying time at today’s provisional session. His progression was slowed by the two red flags during the qualifying session but he was able to ta weiter >>
It was the first day on track at the beautiful Surfers Paradise circuit and Minardi Team USA drivers Robert Doornbos and ‘Speedy’ Dan Clarke were glad to be behind the wheel of their DP01s again for the first time in several weeks. With a messy qualifying session for some of their competitors, Robert and Dan ended up sixth and eleventh, respectively.
Doornbos sits third weiter >>
The Lexmark Indy 300 - Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia
Alex Figge #29 PCM/DP01/Cosworth/Bridgestone
Friday Practice 16th 1:36.580 104.183
Pre-Qual Warm-Up 16th 1:35.539 105.318
Friday qualifying 15th 1:44.381 96.397
Alex on qualifying: "Wow, the circuit here is awesome and the event is non-stop weiter >>
Graham Rahal has been nominated for the prestigious Autosport magazine ‘Rookie of the Year’ award, as voted for by Autosport.com readers.
Rahal is currently in his debut year of the Champ Car World Series with the Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing team, driving the Medi | Zone entry. The candidates for the award have been revealed today, with ten drivers from seven different ch weiter >>
SERVIA AND JANI BOTH ATTEMPTING TO MOVE INTO TOP-FIVE IN STANDINGS
With just two races remaining in the 2007 Champ Car World Series season, PKV Racing drivers Oriol Servia and Neel Jani will both be looking to maximize points at this weekend’s Lexmark I weiter >>
Event: The Lexmark Indy 300, Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia
Round: 13 of 14 in the 2007 Champ Car World Series
Where: Streets of Surfers Paradise, Australia – 2.795 mile temporary street circuit
TV: ESPN Classic 11:30 pm October 20th
Racing to Repeat: Mario Dominguez scored his first Champ Car win on the streets of S weiter >>
Podium Potential for Rocketsports Down Under As Team Prepares to Finish 2007 Champ Car Season on a High Note
Lexmark Indy 300 Streets of Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia
Round 13 of 14 – Champ Car World Series
October 19 – 21, 2007
Provisional Qualifying: Friday, October 19, 1:55 p.m. Australian EST (1 weiter >>
Graham Rahal arrived in the Australian playground of Surfers Paradise today ahead of this weekend’s Lexmark 300, the street race on the Gold Coast that has established itself as one of the top sporting occasions in the country. Eighteen-year-old Rahal will be debuting at the event this season in his first year of running with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing in the Champ Car World Seri weiter >>
Nelson’s Adopted Hometown
While he may credit Valence, France as his hometown, Nelson Philippe (#34 Juniper Group/Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone) has recently adopted Surfers Paradise as his new residence. He has been living in the seaside town with weiter >>
... for the 2008 Champ Car Atlantic Championship Season
At a news conference in his hometown, Mexican rising star David Garza today announced that he will join the Forsythe Championship Racing Team for the 2008 Cooper Tires Presents The Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda season.
Garza, who will turn 20 years of age midway through the 20 weiter >>
Walker Racing continues to ramp up its efforts for the 2008 Cooper Tires Presents the Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda season as they successfully commenced their second round of testing in Sebring, Florida today.
It has been all work and no play for the Indianapolis based squad, who has been making preparations for the upcoming season. Entering their thir weiter >>
Minardi Team USA and the Champ Car World Series will hit the streets of Surfers Paradise on October 19-21, 2007, and the team’s Australian co-owner, Paul Stoddart, hopes for nothing less than another podium visit for drivers Robert Doornbos and ‘Speedy’ Dan Clarke.
Aust weiter >>
Popular French driver returns to the Champ Car World Series to defend his Australia title this month with the support of Juniper Property Development Group
Nelson Philippe, the popular French driver who was the youngest driver t weiter >>
Conquest racing is pleased to announce a partnership agreement with leading financial services firm, Opes Prime Group Ltd, for the #34 car of the Champ Car World Series.
Opes Prime is a stock broking and asset management firm based in Australia and Singapore, which specializes in securities lending, equity financing, structured products, trade execution and corporate adv weiter >>
Alex Figge and Mario Dominguez wrapped the final test session of the team’s rookie season yesterday at Sebring International Raceway. It was a very productive test for the California based team, rookie Alex Figge ran in the top-six both days and his ne weiter >>
David Martinez completed a successful two day test with Forsythe Championship Racing at Sebring International Raceway in preparation for the last two rounds of the Champ Car World Series.
The Mexican driver surprised everybody with his pace as he was able to lap t weiter >>
Conquest racing announced the appointment of Julie Murphy to the position of Sales and Marketing Director. Julie joins Conquest with over ten years of successful sales and marketing experience in both the US and European markets.
During her career, she consistently received top awards for her excellence in performance, leadership, execution, tactical planning, a weiter >>
Even though it had been almost a year since David Martinez was behind the wheel of a Champ Car, today he proved that he is ready to compete against the top drivers in the Series alter completing a successful first day of testing at Sebring International Raceway which he lapped only weiter >>
Mexican driver David Martinez traveled to Indianapolis to visit Forsythe Championship Racing’s race shop this week. The primary reason for the trip was to create a custom fit seat and adjust the different controls, dials and pedals in the new DP01 chassis which Martinez will be testing for the first time Monday and Tuesday at the historic Sebring International Raceway.
T weiter >>
Asian Formula RenaultV6 leader, James Winslow, will be testing the DP01 for two days next week
Conquest Racing is keen to announce they will be participating in a two day test, September 24th and 25th, at the Sebring International Raceway in Florida with promising rookie driver, James Winslow. This will be an evaluation test for Winslow and an opportunity for Conqu weiter >>
Pacific Coast Motorsports announced today that Mexican racing star, Mario Dominguez will replace Ryan Dalziel in the #28 PCM Champ Car at the two remaining races of the 2007 Champ Car World Series season.
An aggressively growing team both from the business dev weiter >>
Minardi Team USA drivers Robert Doornbos and ‘Speedy’ Dan Clarke wrapped up their second day of testing at Sebring International Raceway today, completing the squad’s final test of the 2007 season.
While most of the other Champ Car teams are opting to visit Sebring later in the month, taking some time off after the two European races, Minardi Team USA isn’t resting. With weiter >>
Mexican driver David Martinez announced today that he will join Forsythe Championship Racing for the final two rounds of the 2007 Champ Car World Series Season. His first race will be the Lexmark Indy 300 which will take place October 19th – 21st in Surfers Paradise, Australia.
For the Season finale Martinez will return to the Autodromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City, weiter >>
At most overseas ‘fly-away’ races, Champ Car teams do not have the luxury of their private hospitality units in which they entertain sponsors and guests at races as they do in North America. With Minardi Team USA’s strong European connections, however, the team decided that it wa weiter >>
Pacific Coast Motorsports, a two-car team in the Champ Car World Series, has secured motorsports executive, Clayton Triggs to lead the team’s business development and expansion programs.
"Clayton has a proven record of success and we are thrilled to welcome him weiter >>
Graham Rahal completed the European leg of the 2007 Champ Car World Series with a ninth place finish. Today’s inaugural Bavaria Beer Champ Car Grand Prix of Holland at the Assen TT circuit drew a huge crowd of enthusiastic fans and gave Rahal his tenth top ten finish this seaso weiter >>
After his seventh position start Jan battles to a Champ Car career high 2nd position
After finishing in first position in the morning warm up session, Jan Heylen (#34 Grafiprint / Cosworth / DP01 / Bridgestone) went on to finish his European visit on a high note wi weiter >>
It was a generally unsatisfactory day for Minardi Team USA and drivers Robert Doornbos and ‘Speedy’ Dan Clarke, at the Bavaria Champ Car Grand Prix of Assen, ultimately brightened only by Speedy’s fastest race lap. The drivers looked strong in the first weiter >>
The Rocketsports Racing team and Alex Tagliani just could not get the breaks they needed to salvage a better finish in the inaugural Champ Car Grand Prix of Holland in front of a huge Dutch crowd in Assen, The Netherlands.
After starting 12th on the grid, Taglia weiter >>
European fans flocked to the TT Assen Circuit by the thousands today as Forsythe Championship Racing and the Champ Car World Series completed the inaugural Bavaria Champ Car Grand Prix under beautiful sunny skies. Forsythe’s drivers had mixed results at the 2.830-mile permanent road course with Oriol Servia climbing from his 13th starting position to finish eight, and Paul Tracy weiter >>
GOMMENDY FOURTH, JANI FIFTH
2007 Champ Car World Series season – PKV Racing places both cars in the top-five for the first time this season as Tristan Gommendy finished fourth and Neel Jani fifth today in the Bavaria Champ Car Grand Pri weiter >>
The Bavaria Beer Champ Car Grand Prix of Holland- Assen, Holland
Pacific Coast Motorsports may be a rookie team, but they are comprised of Champ Car veterans who carry multiple championships between them and that has shown throughout the season, but e weiter >>
... at the Bavaria Champ Car Grand Prix in Holland
Great strategy, flawless pit work and a fine drive from Justin allowed him to claim his first victory and fourth podium finish of the 2007 Champ Car season. The result was all the more impressive cons weiter >>
Considering his fantastic qualifying session in the wet on Friday, Justin Wilson and his #9/CDW crew arrived at the TT Circuit Assen on Saturday morning to more rain and dark clouds that actually brought smiles to their faces. Knowing they had a car that could put them at the top weiter >>
For over five decades, open wheel racing has had a rich tradition in America. Hundreds of aspiring drivers have tried to work their way up the infamous ladder to pave their way into Champ Car, but many haven’t had the opportunity to make it that far, until now. Walker Racing and Performance Friction Brakes are proud to announce that they have formed a relationship to help talente weiter >>
After showing significant speed during the practice sessions at the Bavaria Champ Car Grand Prix, Forsythe Championship Racing had a frustrating qualifying session which saw Oriol Servia and Paul Tracy qualify in the seventh and ninth rows for Sunday’s race.
Servia, who is weiter >>
A Disappointing Qualifying Session Leaves Rocketsports’ Tagliani 12th on the Grid for Inaugural Holland Champ Car Race
Weather was not a factor in Assen, The Netherlands today, but it was a continued struggle with understeer that would ultimately hurt Rocketsports Racing’s driver Alex Tagliani as he participated in the final round of qualifying for Sunday’ weiter >>