European double header takes Rahal across the Atlantic
European double header takes Rahal across the Atlantic
Graham Rahal’s 2007 Champ Car World Series campaign continues across the Atlantic for the next two weeks, with a brace of new European events to spice up this season’s highly competitive championship. A podium spot at the last round in Elkhart Lake gave Rahal a welcome leap up the Drivers Championship table rising from eighth to fifth place and only 23 points behind the leader, team mate Sebastien Bourdais.
He’s hoping that he can narrow the gap further with another strong run this weekend, with the Series’ first visit to Zolder in Belgium, a popular European racing venue which hosts the Formula 3 Masters, World Series by Renault and FIA GT championships.
Says Rahal, "I haven’t visited either of the European tracks we’re heading to, but I’ve experienced others and expect it to offer us a great opportunity to showcase Champ Cars. I don’t have much information on the circuit, but I think it’ll be similar to others on the continent with plenty of gradient changes and high speed chicanes that will provide plenty to challenge us and I’m sure we’ll be able to put on a great display of top quality racing. The crowd will be very knowledgeable and enthusiastic as well, so there’s promise of a great weekend."
"My focus is, of course, to keep up the momentum and put ourselves in position for another podium finish. Sebastien had his first Champ Car win on a European track four years ago and I’d be happy to emulate this in Zolder. I know the Medi | Zone crew will be working hard with me to go for it, and the engineers have been doing plenty of preparatory work with simulations and circuit data. We’ll be as prepared as we can be, despite not having track experience."
The Zolder circuit is steeped in history, having played host to the FIA Formula One World Championship for 10 events during the 1970s and 80s. Last year the track was modified to improve safety in preparation for the arrival of the Champ Cars.
"I’m no stranger to Europe, having lived here for a while when I was younger and Dad was working at Jaguar Racing in England, so I’m also used to the weather which can be very changeable, particularly at the wide open expanse of a circuit. It’ll be difficult to predict what it’s going to be like on race day, but that will just add to the fun ahead."
The Champ Car World Series race weekend at the Zolder circuit marks the return of Champ Cars to Europe after a four year gap, although on the last visit both events were held on ovals, while this year the championship is hosted at two classic, historic circuits.
The racing action begins on Friday morning, culminating with the Belgian Champ Car Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon, 26 August at 2pm local time, 8am ET.
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Road America review
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Forsythe Championship Racing
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AT GENERAC CHAMP CAR GRAND PRIX
GOMMENDY SEVENTH, JANI 10TH
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Cooper Tires Presents the Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda
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NWR Announces 2008 Sponsorship Campaign at Elkhart Lake
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Alex Figge #29 PCM/DP01/Cosworth/Bridgestone
Saturday Practice 15th 1:45.587 138.017
Friday qualifying 16th 1:45.432 138.220
Final Qualifying 12th 1:44.027 140.082
Starting Position 15th
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... as they take part in final qualifying
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... while dark horse Clarke ends up eight
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... for tomorrow's Generac Champ Car Grand Prix Road America
- Gommendy to start 11th -
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The Champ Car Generac Grand Prix at Road America
Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
Friday, August 10, 2007
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Giacomo Ricci #18 Banca Italease / Lotto / Global / Mazda – Cosworth
6th 120.157 121.281-mph
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Red Bull Team Forsythe
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Event: The Champ Car Generac Grand Prix of Road America
Round: 10 of 16 in the 2007 Champ Car World Series
Where: Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI 4.048 -mile permanent Road Course
TV: 2:00 pm CT (LIVE) on ABC
Dal weiter >>
Event: The tenth round of the Champ Car World Series will be at The Champ Car Generac Grand Prix at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI.
When: Friday, August 10th – Sunday, August 12th. The green flag drops on the tenth round at 3:00 p.m. EST
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Generac Power Weekend at Road AmericaElkhart Lake, Wisconsin, USARound 10 of 16August 10-12, 2007
Provisional Qualifying: Friday, August 10, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. CTFinal Qualifying: Saturday, August 11, 2:10 – 3:10 p.m. CTRace: Sunday, August 12, 2:00 p.m. CTTV Broadcast: ABC, August 12, 3:00 p.m. ET
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Event: The twelfth and final round of the Champ Car Atlantic Series Championship will be at the Generac Power Weekend at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI.
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TRISTAN GOMMENDY PLACES EIGHTH
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