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TOP 5 AT THE START

NO. 9 MICHEL JOURDAIN JR.

NO. 32 PATRICK CARPENTIER

NO. 51 ADRIAN FERNANDEZ

NO. 3 PAUL TRACY

NO. 2 SESBASTIEN BOURDAIS

The inaugural Grand Prix of St. Petersburg featured a series of firsts. The new event opened the Champ Car season and rookie Sebastien Bourdais was the first series rookie since Nigel Mansell in 1993 to win the pole in his debut.

START OR STOP?: Champ Car veteran Jimmy Vasser's car stalled on a parade lap, forcing him to move from the eighth position to the back of the field.

NARROW ESCAPE: Bruno Junqueira is forced to drive the width of the frontstretch on Lap 1 because he can't get around rookie Mario Haberfeld and nearly crashes into Michel Jourdain Jr.

ROOKIE PITFALL: Race leader Bourdais skips the initial pitting period and comes in on Lap 30. He loses ground quickly, falling to seventh in just three laps. Tiago Monteiro takes over the lead.

BROKEN WISHBONE: Bourdais' bid to win his first Champ Car race is crushed on Lap 35 when his left rear hits the wall, ruining the car's wishbone suspension. Bourdais, who ran the race's fastest lap, is able to complete 97 laps and finish 11th.

BY THE NUMBERS

9

Champ car rookies driving on the starting grid.

11

Positions Jimmy Vasser lost after his car stalled on a parade lap.

50

Speed limit for pit road. Roberto Gonzalez was penalized for driving 60 in that area on Lap 16.

Key pass

Paul Tracy (3) took the lead for good on Lap 34 when he moved past Tiago Monteiro (7) on the outside between Turns 4 and 5.

TOP 5 AFTER 35 LAPS

NO. 20 ORIOL SERVIA

NO. 9 MICHEL JOURDAIN JR.

NO. 7 TIAGO MONTEIRO

NO. 32 PATRICK CARPENTIER

NO. 3 PAUL TRACY

TRUE BLUE TEAMMATES: Tracy and Carpentier run 1 and 2 through Lap 47.

COLD TIRES: On Lap 48, Carpentier came out of his pit stop after changing tires and drove straight into the tire barrier at Turn 8.

VASSER'S CLIMB: After starting at No. 19, Vasser slips through the field into fifth place on Lap 56. He battles Roberto Moreno and Monteiro throughout the race and finishes sixth.

BREAKDOWN: Oriol Servia, who had steadily slipped down from fourth position, comes into the pits on Lap 51 with electrical system problems. Servia ran 96 laps, lowest among cars finishing the race.

TURN 10 TERROR 2: Ryan Hunter-Reay, a Champ Car rookie from Boca Raton, slips into the tires on Lap 63 after having steering problems throughout the race.

BAD BUMP: Adrian Fernandez spins out on Turn 7 after Mario Dominguez bumps his back tire. The contact takes Fernandez out of the race and he calls Dominguez "stupid" during an interview with a TV reporter.

BY THE NUMBERS

7

Positions Bruno Junqueira gained from Laps 36-70 (from 10th to third).

13

Positions Patrick Carpentier lost after he spun while running second on Lap 48.

61

Laps run by rookie Ryan Hunter-Reay, one of two Americans in the field.

TROUBLE SPOT

Ryan Hunter-Reay (31) went too wide in Turn 10 on Lap 63, colliding with a tire barrier and ending his day. Turn 10 proved difficult for many. Alex Tagliani went head-on into the tire wall on Lap 4, and Rodolfo Lavin locked his brakes, spun and stalled on Lap 13 when he tried to pass.

TOP 5 AFTER 70 LAPS

CRUISE CONTROL: Tracy easily maintains his lead with the closest threat coming on Lap 70 when Jourdain cuts the gap to 3.778 seconds. Tracy stretches his advantage back out to more than 8 seconds and wins the race by 12 seconds.

BRIT IN PITS: British driver Darren Manning was eighth until stalling in his team's pit box on Lap 76. His car's clutch had been faulty and finally gave out. Manning is technically a rookie though he ran one Champ Car race last season in England.

TURN 10 AGAIN: Tracy's smooth ride came close to ending with six laps remaining when his car came close to the now-infamous wall on Turn 10. Tracy made the turn and finished the race safely.

ROOKIE WRAPUP: Manning, Hunter-Reay, Roberto Gonzalez and Rudolfo Lavin were forced out. Haberfeld finished fourth earning 12 points, other rookies with points are Monteiro (six), Joel Camathias (four), Bourdais (four) and Patrick Lemarie (three).

BY THE NUMBERS

5

Rookies on course when the race was completed.

20

Paul Tracy's career Champ Car victories, putting him in a tie with Earl Cooper for 16th all-time.

71

Laps Tracy led.

MARGIN OF VICTORY

When Paul Tracy (3) crossed the finish line, Michel Jourdain Jr. (9) was about at Turn 13 He finished 12.136 seconds behind.

_ Compiled by David Whitehead.

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