2003 Lexmark Indy 300

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Australia   2003 Surfers Paradise
Race details
Race 18 of 19 in the 2003 CART season
Map of the track
Map of the track
Date 26 October, 2003
Official name Lexmark Indy 300
Location Surfers Paradise Street Circuit
Queensland, Australia
Course Temporary Street Circuit
2.795 mi / 4.498 km
Distance 47 laps, 131.365 mi / 211.406 km
Weather Thunderstorms
Pole position
Driver France Sébastien Bourdais Newman/Haas Racing
Time 1:31.718
Fastest lap
Driver Brazil Roberto Moreno Herdez Competition
Time 1:35.561 (on lap 10 of 47)
Podium
First United States Ryan Hunter-Reay American Spirit Team Johansson
Second United Kingdom Darren Manning Walker Racing
Third United States Jimmy Vasser American Spirit Team Johansson

The 2003 Lexmark Indy 300 was the eighteenth round of the 2003 CART World Series season, held on 26 October 2003 on the Surfers Paradise Street Circuit, Queensland, Australia. A hail storm 20 minutes into the race brought caused an hour long red flag period and shortened the race to 47 laps from the scheduled 65.

Ryan Hunter-Reay won the race, his first victory in top-level American open wheel racing. Neither of the two drivers who could still win the season championship, leader Paul Tracy and second-place Bruno Junqueira, finished in the Top 12 points-paying positions (though Junqueira received two bonus points on the weekend: one for having the fastest lap in Friday qualifying, and the other for leading the most laps in the race), meaning Tracy had a big enough lead to clinch the championship with one race to go.[1]

Final CART event[edit]

The event was to have been the penultimate race of the 2003 season, but it later became the final round after the 2003 King Taco 500 was canceled because of a wildfire near to the California Speedway venue. In December 2003 the CART World Series declared bankruptcy and as a result went out of business. Therefore this race became the final completed CART sanctioned event, although the series would be reborn under new ownership as the Champ Car World Series in 2004.

Qualifying results[edit]

Pos Nat Driver Team Car Qual 1 Qual 2 Best
1 France Sébastien Bourdais Newman/Haas Racing Lola B2/00 Ford-Cosworth 1:33.321 1:31.718 1:31.718
2 Brazil Bruno Junqueira Newman-Haas Racing Lola B2/00 Ford-Cosworth 1:32.708 1:31.994 1:31.994
3 Canada Paul Tracy Team Player's Lola B2/00 Ford-Cosworth 1:34.161 1:32.000 1:32.000
4 Canada Alex Tagliani Rocketsports Racing Lola B2/00 Ford-Cosworth - 1:32.135 1:32.135
5 Mexico Adrian Fernández Fernández Racing Lola B2/00 Ford-Cosworth 1:33.668 1:32.436 1:32.436
6 Spain Oriol Servià Patrick Racing Lola B2/00 Ford-Cosworth 1:34.317 1:32.731 1:32.731
7 Brazil Roberto Moreno Herdez Competition Lola B2/00 Ford-Cosworth 1:34.313 1:32.732 1:32.732
8 Mexico Mario Domínguez Herdez Competition Lola B2/00 Ford-Cosworth 1:35.017 1:32.908 1:32.908
9 Mexico Michel Jourdain, Jr. Team Rahal Lola B2/00 Ford-Cosworth 1:34.447 1:33.112 1:33.112
10 Finland Mika Salo PK Racing Lola B2/00 Ford-Cosworth 1:35.506 1:33.187 1:33.187
11 Canada Patrick Carpentier Team Player's Lola B2/00 Ford-Cosworth 1:34.808 1:33.437 1:33.437
12 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay American Spirit Team Johansson Reynard 02i Ford-Cosworth 1:36.398 1:33.542 1:33.542
13 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing Reynard 02i Ford-Cosworth 1:35.379 1:33.857 1:33.857
14 United Kingdom Darren Manning Walker Racing Reynard 02i Ford-Cosworth 1:35.425 1:33.922 1:33.922
15 United States Jimmy Vasser American Spirit Team Johansson Reynard 02i Ford-Cosworth 1:34.266 1:35.425 1:34.266
16 Brazil Mario Haberfeld Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Reynard 02i Ford-Cosworth 1:35.821 1:34.299 1:34.299
17 Brazil Gualter Salles Dale Coyne Racing Lola B2/00 Ford-Cosworth 1:36.495 1:34.646 1:34.646
18 Mexico Rodolfo Lavín Walker Racing Reynard 02i Ford-Cosworth - 1:36.075 1:36.075
19 United States Geoff Boss Dale Coyne Racing Lola B2/00 Ford-Cosworth - 1:37.247 1:37.247

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 31 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay American Spirit Team Johansson 47 1:49:02.803 12 20
2 15 United Kingdom Darren Manning Walker Racing 47 +1.546 secs 14 16
3 12 United States Jimmy Vasser American Spirit Team Johansson 47 +3.792 secs 15 14
4 9 Mexico Michel Jourdain, Jr. Team Rahal 47 +5.315 secs 9 12
5 32 Canada Patrick Carpentier Team Player's 47 +5.837 secs 11 10
6 19 Brazil Gualter Salles Dale Coyne Racing 47 +8.180 secs 17 8
7 33 Canada Alex Tagliani Rocketsports Racing 47 +10.131 secs 4 6
8 5 Mexico Rodolfo Lavín Walker Racing 47 +11.673 secs 18 5
9 11 United States Geoff Boss Dale Coyne Racing 47 +50.728 secs 19 4
10 55 Mexico Mario Domínguez Herdez Competition 46 + 1 Lap 8 3
11 27 Finland Mika Salo PK Racing 46 + 1 Lap 10 2
12 51 Mexico Adrian Fernández Fernández Racing 46 + 1 Lap 5 1
13 3 Canada Paul Tracy Team Player's 45 + 2 Laps 3 0
14 34 Brazil Mario Haberfeld Mi-Jack Conquest Racing 43 + 4 Laps 16 0
15 1 Brazil Bruno Junqueira Newman/Haas Racing 36 Contact 2 2
16 4 Brazil Roberto Moreno Herdez Competition 23 Contact 7 0
17 2 France Sébastien Bourdais Newman-Haas Racing 11 Contact 1 1
18 7 Portugal Tiago Monteiro Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing 3 Mechanical 13 0
19 20 Spain Oriol Servià Patrick Racing 1 Contact 6 0

Caution flags[edit]

Laps Cause
1 Yellow start
2 Servià (20) contact
11-13 Bourdais (2) contact
14-15 Restart after red flag (rain)
16-17 Salo (27) spun/stalled
19-20 Tracy (3), Tagliani (33), Manning (15), Salles (19) & Moreno (4) contact
31-34 Tagliani (33) & Haberfeld (34) spun/stalled; Domínguez (55) loose wheel
37-39 Junqueira (1) & Haberfeld (34) contact; Haberfeld (34) stopped on course
41-42 Fernández (51) spun/stalled

Notes[edit]

Laps Leader
1-29 Bruno Junqueira
30-32 Michel Jourdain, Jr.
33-47 Ryan Hunter-Reay
 
Driver Laps led
Bruno Junqueira 29
Ryan Hunter-Reay 15
Michel Jourdain, Jr. 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ CBC.ca: Paul Tracy clinches CART championship

External links[edit]


Previous race:
2003 Gran Premio Telmex-Gigante
CART Indycar World Series
2003 season
Next race:
2003 King Taco 500
Previous race:
2002 Honda Indy 300
2003 Lexmark Indy 300 Next race:
2004 Lexmark Indy 300


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