2006 Grand Prix of Houston

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United States   2006 Houston
Race details
Race 2 of 14 in the 2006 Champ Car season
Reliant Park Track Layout
Reliant Park Track Layout
Date May 13, 2006
Official name Grand Prix of Houston
Location Reliant Park Street Course
Houston, Texas, United States
Course Temporary street circuit
1.690 mi / 2.720 km
Distance 96 laps, 162.240 mi / 261.120 km
Weather Partly cloudy with temperatures hovering around 72.3 °F (22.4 °C); wind speeds reaching up to 12 miles per hour (19 km/h)[1]
Pole position
Driver Mexico Mario Domínguez Forsythe Championship Racing
Time 58.026
Fastest lap
Driver France Sébastien Bourdais Newman/Haas Racing
Time 1:00.176 (on lap 25 of 96)
Podium
First France Sébastien Bourdais Newman/Haas Racing
Second Canada Paul Tracy Forsythe Championship Racing
Third Mexico Mario Domínguez Forsythe Championship Racing

The 2006 Grand Prix of Houston was the second round of the 2006 Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season, held on May 13, 2006 on the streets around Reliant Park in Houston, Texas. It was the first event in Houston since a race on a downtown circuit in 2001. Mario Domínguez won the pole, his first and only of his career, but Sébastien Bourdais came from fifth on the grid to win his second consecutive race of the season.

Qualifying results[edit]

Pos Nat Name Team Qual 1 Qual 2 Best
1 Mexico Mario Domínguez Forsythe Racing 1:00.134 58.026 58.026
2 Brazil Bruno Junqueira Newman/Haas Racing 59.617 58.918 58.918
3 Canada Paul Tracy Forsythe Racing 1:00.032 58.426 58.426
4 United States A. J. Allmendinger RuSPORT 1:00.047 58.572 58.572
5 France Sébastien Bourdais Newman/Haas Racing * 58.627 58.627
6 Canada Alex Tagliani Team Australia 1:00.047 58.765 58.765
7 United Kingdom Justin Wilson RuSPORT 1:00.149 58.829 58.829
8 Spain Oriol Servià PKV Racing 1:00.268 59.062 59.062
9 France Nelson Philippe CTE Racing-HVM 1:01.260 59.232 59.232
10 Australia Will Power Team Australia 1:00.690 59.302 59.302
11 Netherlands Charles Zwolsman Mi-Jack Conquest Racing 1:01.903 59.385 59.385
12 United Kingdom Dan Clarke CTE Racing-HVM 59.550 59.550
13 Canada Andrew Ranger Mi-Jack Conquest Racing 1:03.165 59.740 59.740
14 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Dale Coyne Racing 1:01.612 1:00.195 1:00.195
15 United Kingdom Katherine Legge PKV Racing 1:01.831 1:00.265 1:00.265
16 Netherlands Nicky Pastorelli Rocketsports Racing 1:04.091 1:00.269 1:00.269
17 Belgium Jan Heylen Dale Coyne Racing 1:00.839 1:00.839

* The first round qualifying time for Sébastien Bourdais was disallowed after his car failed technical inspection.

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 France Sébastien Bourdais Newman/Haas Racing 96 1:59:57.021 5 33
2 3 Canada Paul Tracy Forsythe Racing 96 +1.238 secs 3 27
3 7 Mexico Mario Domínguez Forsythe Racing 96 +2.287 secs 1 27
4 4 France Nelson Philippe CTE Racing-HVM 96 +3.667 secs 9 23
5 9 United Kingdom Justin Wilson RuSPORT 96 +4.040 secs 2 21
6 27 Canada Andrew Ranger Mi-Jack Conquest Racing 96 +5.351 secs 13 20
7 5 Australia Will Power Team Australia 96 +5.986 secs 10 17
8 10 United States A. J. Allmendinger RuSPORT 96 +7.689 secs 4 15
9 19 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Dale Coyne Racing 95 + 1 Lap 14 13
10 2 Brazil Bruno Junqueira Newman/Haas Racing 93 + 3 Laps 2 12
11 15 Canada Alex Tagliani Team Australia 90 Contact 6 10
12 6 Spain Oriol Servià PKV Racing 87 Contact 8 9
13 11 Belgium Jan Heylen Dale Coyne Racing 82 + 14 Laps 17 8
14 20 United Kingdom Katherine Legge PKV Racing 81 + 15 Laps 15 7
15 34 Netherlands Charles Zwolsman Mi-Jack Conquest Racing 69 Contact 11 6
16 14 United Kingdom Dan Clarke CTE Racing-HVM 33 Suspension 12 5
17 8 Netherlands Nicky Pastorelli Rocketsports Racing 29 Brakes 16 4

Caution flags[edit]

Laps Cause
27-32 Track problems
32-33 Yellow restart
34-36 Pastorelli (8) & Heylen (11) crash
43-46 Legge (20) crash
71-76 Power (5) & Zwolsman (34) crash
88-95 Servià (6) crash; Tagliani (15) crash

Notes[edit]

Laps Leader
1-26 Mario Domínguez
27-29 Sébastien Bourdais
30-66 Mario Domínguez
67-96 Sébastien Bourdais
 
Driver Laps led
Mario Domínguez 63
Sébastien Bourdais 33

Championship standings after the race[edit]