2007 Champ Car season

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2007 Champ Car season
2007 Champ Car season
Champ Car World Series
Season
Races 17 14
Start date April 8
End date November 11
Awards
Drivers' champion France Sébastien Bourdais
Rookie of the Year Netherlands Robert Doornbos
Chronology
Previous season Next season
2006 2008 (CCWS)
2008 (ICS)

The 2007 Champ Car World Series season was the 29th and final season of the Champ Car World Series; however, only its fourth season under the Champ Car title. It began on April 8, 2007 and ended on November 11 after 14 races. Unbeknownst at the time, this would end up being the final contested season of Champ Car, as the following February, the series unified with IRL.

For 2007 Champ Car underwent some major changes. The opening race of the season was switched from the Grand Prix of Long Beach to Las Vegas for the first running of the Vegas Grand Prix. The Long Beach Grand Prix was the second race of the season, followed by the Grand Prix of Houston. Also, the entire schedule was held on road and street courses, and the events were timed races instead of races for a set number of laps. The full 2007 schedule was announced on Wednesday, September 27, 2006.

Champ Car officials confirmed that Panoz would be the sole chassis supplier for Champ Car for the three years beginning in 2007. The Panoz DP01 was built by sister company Élan Motorsport Technologies and was powered by a turbo-charged Cosworth engine. The new formula was reported to significantly lower the costs of competing in the series, which was in turn expected to increase car counts for the 2007 Champ Car season. However, 2007 entries did not exceeded those of 2006. Ford announced it would no longer badge the Cosworth engines. Mazda was confirmed as the new pace car and courtesy vehicle supplier.

ESPN announced a new, multiyear agreement that marked the return of the Champ Car World Series to the network in 2007.[1]

On January 16, 2007, Champ Car announced their return to Europe, for the first time since 2003, with races scheduled for September 2, 2007 at the TT Circuit Assen in the Netherlands, and September 9, 2007 at the historic Zolder circuit in Belgium.[2]

On January 23, 2007, Champ Car unveiled its new logo for the Champ Car World Series and the Atlantic Series. According to its website, it is a sleeker design with the new Panoz DP01 chassis on the right with an emphasis on a chicane-style layout, representing the street track racing that dominates Champ Car. There were no oval tracks on the calendar, with Milwaukee removed after the 2006 race.

Drivers and Teams[edit]

The following teams and drivers competed in the 2007 Champ Car World Series season. All teams will use a Cosworth 2.65-litre turbocharged V8 engine, a Panoz DP01 chassis, and Bridgestone tires.

Team No Driver(s) Sponsor(s) Rounds
United States Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 1 France Sébastien Bourdais McDonald's All
2 United States Graham Rahal MEDIZONE All
United States Forsythe Racing 3 Canada Paul Tracy Indeck/Monster Energy Drink 1, 4–14
Spain Oriol Servià Indeck 2–3
7 Mexico Mario Domínguez Telmex/Cabi Developers 1–3
Spain Oriol Servià Indeck 4–12
Mexico David Martinez Indeck/Axtel 13–14
United Kingdom Minardi Team USA 4 United Kingdom Dan Clarke Ticketmaster/OzJet 1–10, 12–14
Mexico Mario Domínguez 11
14 Netherlands Robert Doornbos Muermans/Jumbo Supermarkets/OzJet All
Australia Team Australia 5 Australia Will Power Aussie Vineyards All
15 France Simon Pagenaud Aussie Vineyards All
United States RSPORTS 8 Canada Alex Tagliani LXN2/Lexington Energy Services/Procter and Gamble/Wal-Mart Canada All
9 United Kingdom Justin Wilson CDW All
United States Dale Coyne Racing 11 United Kingdom Katherine Legge Dale Coyne Racing All
19 Brazil Bruno Junqueira Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q All
United States PKV Racing 21 Switzerland Neel Jani Red Bull/Gulfstream All
22 France Tristan Gommendy Pay By Touch/Megaspiera 1–7, 9–12
Mexico Mario Domínguez 8
Spain Oriol Servià Pay By Touch 13–14
United States Pacific Coast Motorsports 28 United Kingdom Ryan Dalziel Ironclad 1–8, 10–12
Mexico Mario Domínguez Tecate 9, 13–14
29 United States Alex Figge Imperial Capital Bank 1–2, 4–14
Brazil Roberto Moreno 3
United States Conquest Racing 34 Belgium Jan Heylen Grafiprint Digital Printing Materials 4–12
34 France Nelson Philippe Juniper Property Development Group 13–14
42 New Zealand Matt Halliday 42 Below 1–3

Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner & Mexico Mario Domínguez were test drivers for Minardi Team USA.

Mid-season changes[edit]

  • Jan Heylen was signed initially to drove for Conquest Racing at the European rounds of the series; however, on June 1, the team confirmed that the Belgian was signed for the remainder of the season replacing Matt Halliday.[4]
  • Tristan Gommendy was unable to take part in Edmonton, suffering a couple of microscopic fractures in a practice accident on Friday of the race weekend. He was replaced by Mario Domínguez, who was on hand to drive the Minardi two-seater Formula One cars.

Races[edit]

Rnd Race Name Circuit City/Location TV Date
1 United States Vegas Grand Prix[8] Streets of Las Vegas Las Vegas, Nevada NBC April 8
2 United States Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach[8] Streets of Long Beach Long Beach, California NBC April 15
3 United States Grand Prix of Houston[8] JAGFlo Speedway at Reliant Park[9] Houston, Texas ESPN April 22
4 United States Mazda Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland Presented by Joe's Sports and Outdoor[10] Portland International Raceway Portland, Oregon ABC June 10
5 United States Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by LaSalle Bank[11] Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport Cleveland, Ohio CBS June 24
6 Canada Champ Car Mont-Tremblant[12] Circuit Mont-Tremblant Mont-Tremblant, Quebec ESPN July 1
7 Canada Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto[9][12] Exhibition Place Toronto, Ontario ESPN July 8
8 Canada Rexall Grand Prix of Edmonton[12] Edmonton City Centre Airport Edmonton, Alberta ESPN July 22
9 United States San José Grand Prix at Redback Raceway[13] Streets of San Jose San Jose, California ESPN2 July 29
10 United States Generac Grand Prix Road America Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin ABC August 12
11 Belgium Belgian Champ Car Grand Prix[13][14][15][16] Circuit Zolder Heusden-Zolder, Belgium ESPN Classic August 26
12 Netherlands Bavaria Champ Car Grand Prix Powered by Audi, Gant, Hertz, Jumbo & Pioneer[13][14][15][16] TT Circuit Assen Assen, Netherlands ESPN Classic September 2
13 Australia Lexmark Indy 300 Surfers Paradise Street Circuit Surfers Paradise, Australia ESPN Classic October 21
14 Mexico Gran Premio Tecate Presented by Banamex Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez Mexico City, Mexico ESPN 2 November 11
  • The Chinese Champ Car Grand Prix, after having its original May 20 date postponed, was cancelled on April 2 after the FIA rejected Champ Car's replacement date.

Full Series results[edit]

Races[edit]

Rnd Race Name Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning team Report
1 United States Vegas Grand Prix Australia Will Power Australia Will Power Australia Will Power Australia Team Australia Report
2 United States Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach France Sébastien Bourdais France Simon Pagenaud France Sébastien Bourdais United States Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing Report
3 United States Grand Prix of Houston Australia Will Power France Sébastien Bourdais France Sébastien Bourdais United States Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing Report
4 United States Mazda Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland Presented by Joe's Sports and Outdoor United Kingdom Justin Wilson France Sébastien Bourdais France Sébastien Bourdais United States Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing Report
5 United States Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by LaSalle Bank France Sébastien Bourdais France Sébastien Bourdais Canada Paul Tracy United States Forsythe Racing Report
6 Canada Champ Car Mont-Tremblant France Tristan Gommendy France Sébastien Bourdais Netherlands Robert Doornbos United Kingdom Minardi Team USA Report
7 Canada Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto France Sébastien Bourdais France Sébastien Bourdais Australia Will Power Australia Team Australia Report
8 Canada Rexall Grand Prix of Edmonton Australia Will Power France Sébastien Bourdais France Sébastien Bourdais United States Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing Report
9 United States San José Grand Prix at Redback Raceway United Kingdom Justin Wilson United Kingdom Justin Wilson Netherlands Robert Doornbos United Kingdom Minardi Team USA Report
10 United States Generac Grand Prix France Sébastien Bourdais France Sébastien Bourdais France Sébastien Bourdais United States Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing Report
11 Belgium Belgian Champ Car Grand Prix France Sébastien Bourdais France Sébastien Bourdais France Sébastien Bourdais United States Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing Report
12 Netherlands Bavaria Champ Car Grand Prix Powered by Audi, Gant, Hertz, Jumbo & Pioneer France Sébastien Bourdais United Kingdom Dan Clarke United Kingdom Justin Wilson United States RSPORTS Report
13 Australia Lexmark Indy 300 Australia Will Power United States Graham Rahal France Sébastien Bourdais United States Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing Report
14 Mexico Gran Premio Tecate Presented by Banamex Australia Will Power Netherlands Robert Doornbos France Sébastien Bourdais United States Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing Report

Final driver standings[edit]

Pos Driver LAS United States LBH United States HOU United States POR United States CLE United States MTT Canada TOR Canada EDM Canada SAN United States ROA United States ZOL Belgium ASS Netherlands SUR Australia MEX Mexico Pts
1 France Sébastien Bourdais 13 1* 1* 1 12 2* 9 1* 5 1* 1* 7 1* 1* 364
2 United Kingdom Justin Wilson 14 4 10 2* 4 5 3 2 13 8 5 1* 2 10 281
3 Netherlands Robert Doornbos 2 13 3 3 2 1 6 11 1 14 7 13 4 16 268
4 Australia Will Power 1* 3 11 4 10* 3 1 15 4 16 4 14 16 2 262
5 United States Graham Rahal 17 8 2 9 8 7 11 3 6 3 3 9 11 4 243
6 Spain Oriol Servià 2 4 11 7 9 10* 6 3* 4 6 8 14 3 237
7 Brazil Bruno Junqueira 7 6 7 13 16 17 5 7 7 9 2 3 3 7 233
8 France Simon Pagenaud 12 14 5 8 5 4 4 4 10 11 12 6 5 6 232
9 Switzerland Neel Jani 10 7 15 12 3 6 2 9 2 10 8 5 8 9 231
10 Canada Alex Tagliani 4 5 9 5 6 8 8 14 15 5 9 15 7 13 205
11 Canada Paul Tracy 3 10 1 15 14 5 11 12 10 17 9 5 171
12 France Tristan Gommendy 5 11 13 7 13 12 15 8 7 16 4 140
13 United Kingdom Dan Clarke 15 12 17 6 11 14 12 8 17 2 11 17 17 129
14 United Kingdom Ryan Dalziel 11 9 8 14 9 10 7 12 17 15 10 116
15 United Kingdom Katherine Legge 6 10 16 17 15 11 16 16 16 15 11 12 15 15 108
16 Belgium Jan Heylen 15 14 16 13 10 9 6 13 2 104
17 United States Alex Figge 8 16 16 17 13 17 13 14 13 14 16 13 11 95
18 Mexico Mario Domínguez 9 17 6 17 12 17 12 8 78
19 France Nelson Philippe 6 12 28
20 Mexico David Martínez 10 14 18
New Zealand Matt Halliday 16 15 14 18
22 Brazil Roberto Moreno 12 9
Pos Driver LAS United States LBH United States HOU United States POR United States CLE United States MTT Canada TOR Canada EDM Canada SAN United States ROA United States ZOL Belgium ASS Netherlands SUR Australia MEX Mexico Pts
Color Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green 4th & 5th place
Light Blue 6th–10th place
Dark Blue Finished
(Outside Top 10)
Purple Did not finish
Red Did not qualify
(DNQ)
Brown Withdrawn
(Wth)
Black Disqualified
(DSQ)
White Did not start
(DNS)
Blank Did not
participate
(DNP)
Not competing
In-line notation
Bold Pole position
Italics Ran fastest race lap
* Led most race laps
Rookie of the Year
Rookie

Point Scoring System:

  • Points are awarded based on each driver's resulting place (regardless of whether the car is running at the end of the race):
Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Points 31 27 25 23 21 19 17 15 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Bonus Points:

  • 1 For Fastest Race Lap
  • 1 For Fastest Friday Qualifying Lap
  • 1 For Fastest Saturday Qualifying Lap
  • 1 For Most Positions Gained From Starting Position (in the event of tie, the better-placed driver gets the point)

Driver Breakdown[edit]

Pos Driver Team Races Wins Top 3 Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led
1 France Bourdais United States N/H/L Racing 14 8 9 10 11 6 463
2 United Kingdom Wilson United States RSPORTS 14 1 5 9 12 2 113
3 Netherlands Doornbos(R) United Kingdom Minardi Team USA 14 2 6 7 9 61
4 Australia Power Australia Team Australia 14 2 5 8 9 5 153
5 United States Rahal(R) United States N/H/L Racing 14 4 5 11 18
6 Spain Servià United States Forsythe Racing
United States PKV Racing
13 3 5 10 85
7 Brazil Junqueira United States DC Racing 14 3 4 11 33
8 France Pagenaud(R) Australia Team Australia 14 6 10 19
9 Switzerland Jani(R) United States PKV Racing 14 3 4 12 30
10 Canada Tagliani United States RSPORTS 14 4 10 14
11 Canada Tracy United States Forsythe Racing 12 1 2 4 7 49
12 France Gommendy(R) United States PKV Racing 11 2 5 1 31
13 United Kingdom Clarke United Kingdom Minardi Team USA 13 1 1 3 2
14 United Kingdom Dalziel(R) United States PC Motorsports 11 6 16
15 United Kingdom Legge United States DC Racing 14 2
16 Belgium Heylen United States Conquest Racing 9 1 1 4
17 United States Figge(R) United States PC Motorsports 13 1
18 Mexico Domínguez United States Forsythe Racing
United States PKV Racing
United States PC Motorsports
United Kingdom Minardi Team USA
8 3
19 France Philippe United States Conquest Racing 2 1
20 Mexico Martínez(R) United States Forsythe Racing 2 1
21 New Zealand Halliday(R) United States Conquest Racing 3
22 Brazil Moreno United States PC Motorsports 1

Rule changes[edit]

The new rules of the 2007 season included the implementation of standing starts at venues where they can be safely implemented. Additionally, all events were timed events instead of running a set number of laps. As the time limit approaches, the drivers will be notified that they are beginning the last lap. The leader will NOT be shown the white flag, which will now be employed in a similar manner to its use by the FIA. Teams will also be allowed unlimited access to their tires during all qualifying sessions. The requirement for each team to use at least one set of the alternate Bridgestone Potenzas during the race would remain in place.

From this season onwards drivers no longer receive a bonus point for leading a lap of the race.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Champ Car coming to ESPN beginning in 2007 – Racing – ESPN
  2. ^ http://www.champcarworldseries.com/News/Article.asp?ID=11193
  3. ^ "Servià keeps Forsythe drive". autosport.com. May 22, 2007. Archived from the original on 25 May 2007. Retrieved June 1, 2007. 
  4. ^ "Heylen at Conquest for rest of year". autosport.com. June 1, 2007. Archived from the original on 3 June 2007. Retrieved June 1, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Pacific Coast Motorsports signs Mexican Superstar Mario Domínguez". champcarworldseries.com. September 20, 2007. Archived from the original on 11 October 2007. Retrieved September 21, 2007. 
  6. ^ "He’s back! Nelson Philippe returns to Conquest Racing team". champcarworldseries.com. October 3, 2007. Archived from the original on 11 October 2007. Retrieved October 6, 2007. 
  7. ^ "Oriol Servià To Compete For PKV Racing At Lexmark Indy 300". champcarworldseries.com. October 16, 2007. Retrieved October 16, 2007. 
  8. ^ a b c "Vegas Grand Prix opens 2007 Champ Car season". reviewjournal.com. August 1, 2006. Retrieved September 2, 2006. 
  9. ^ a b "Sponsor boost for Toronto, Houston". crash.net. March 13, 2007. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved March 13, 2007. 
  10. ^ "Mazda New Title Sponsor for Portland Champ Car Grand Prix". whowon.com. May 10, 2007. Retrieved May 11, 2007. 
  11. ^ "Cleveland 2007 date announced". motorsport.com. August 24, 2006. Retrieved September 5, 2006. 
  12. ^ a b c "Champ Car set to add Quebec pit stop". globeandmail.com. September 25, 2006. Retrieved September 26, 2006. 
  13. ^ a b c "2007 Champ Car Schedule Coming – China, Europe to be Added?". paddocktalk.com. September 17, 2006. Retrieved September 17, 2006. 
  14. ^ a b "Champ Car in 2007 naar Assen?". telesport.nl. August 26, 2006. Retrieved September 1, 2006. 
  15. ^ a b "Champ Car coming back to Europe". grandprix.com. September 25, 2006. Retrieved September 26, 2006. [dead link]
  16. ^ a b "Champ Car adds 2 European races". indystar.com. January 15, 2007. Retrieved January 16, 2007. [dead link]

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