2007 Generac Grand Prix

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United States   2007 Generac Grand Prix of Road America
Race details
Race 10 of 14 in the 2007 Champ Car season
Road America Track Layout
Road America Track Layout
Date August 12, 2007
Official name Champ Car Generac Grand Prix at Road America
Location Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, United States
Course Permanent Road Course
4.048 mi / 6.515 km
Distance 53 laps, 214.544 mi / 345.276 km
Weather Sunny, 86 F / 30 C
Pole position
Driver France Sébastien Bourdais N/H/L Racing
Time 1:41.535
Fastest lap
Driver France Sebastien Bourdais Newman Haas Lanigan Racing
Time 1:44.346 (on lap 53 of 53)
Podium
First France Sebastien Bourdais Newman Haas Lanigan Racing
Second United Kingdom Dan Clarke Minardi Team USA
Third United States Graham Rahal (R) Newman Haas Lanigan Racing

The 2007 Champ Car Generac Grand Prix at Road America is the ninth round of the 2007 Champ Car World Series Season. It was held on August 12 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

Qualifying results[edit]

Pos Nat Name Team Qual 1 Qual 2 Best
1 France Sébastien Bourdais N/H/L Racing 1:42.385 1:41.535 1:41.535
2 Australia Will Power Team Australia 1:43.116 1:43.595 1:43.116
3 Netherlands Robert Doornbos Minardi Team USA 1:43.619 1:43.134 1:43.134
4 United States Graham Rahal N/H/L Racing 1:43.732 1:43.162 1:43.162
5 Brazil Bruno Junqueira Dale Coyne Racing 1:44.326 1:43.201 1:43.201
6 Canada Alex Tagliani RSPORTS 1:43.689 1:43.374 1:43.374
7 Switzerland Neel Jani PKV Racing 1:43.417 1:44.296 1:43.417
8 United Kingdom Dan Clarke Minardi Team USA 1:43.439 1:43.853 1:43.439
9 Belgium Jan Heylen Conquest Racing 1:44.295 1:43.523 1:43.523
10 United Kingdom Justin Wilson RSPORTS 1:43.525 1:44.050 1:43.525
11 France Tristan Gommendy PKV Racing 1:44.032 1:43.565 1:43.565
12 France Simon Pagenaud Team Australia 1:43.637 1:43.581 1:43.581
13 United Kingdom Ryan Dalziel Pacific Coast Motorsports 1:43.611 1:43.795 1:43.611
14 Spain Oriol Servià Forsythe Racing 1:43.710 no time 1:43.710
15 United States Alex Figge Pacific Coast Motorsports 1:45.432 1:44.027 1:44.027
16 Canada Paul Tracy Forsythe Racing 1:44.716 1:47.132 1:44.716
17 United Kingdom Katherine Legge Dale Coyne Racing 1:46.901 1:47.271 1:46.901

Sébastien Bourdais, fresh off signing his name to a 2008 contract with Formula 1's Scuderia Toro Rosso, dominated both qualifying sessions, finishing Saturday with a best lap a second and a half clear of his closest competitor. Will Power was best of the rest to secure the other front row starting spot next to Bourdais on Sunday.

Race[edit]

Pos Nat Name Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 France Sébastien Bourdais N/H/L Racing 53 1:40:58.596 1 34
2 United Kingdom Dan Clarke Minardi Team USA 53 +9.8 secs 8 27
3 United States Graham Rahal N/H/L Racing 53 +12.2 secs 4 25
4 Spain Oriol Servià Forsythe Racing 53 +20.9 secs 14 24
5 Canada Alex Tagliani RSPORTS 53 +50.7 secs 6 21
6 Belgium Jan Heylen Conquest Racing 53 +1:00.1 9 19
7 France Tristan Gommendy PKV Racing 53 +1:02.3 11 17
8 United Kingdom Justin Wilson RSPORTS 53 +1:03.0 10 15
9 Brazil Bruno Junqueira Dale Coyne Racing 53 +1:04.5 5 13
10 Switzerland Neel Jani PKV Racing 53 +1:13.0 7 11
11 France Simon Pagenaud Team Australia 53 +1:28.9 12 10
12 Canada Paul Tracy Forsythe Racing 53 +1:35.1 16 9
13 United States Alex Figge Pacific Coast Motorsports 52 + 1 Lap 15 8
14 Netherlands Robert Doornbos Minardi Team USA 49 + 4 Laps 3 7
15 United Kingdom Katherine Legge Dale Coyne Racing 36 Mechanical 17 6
16 Australia Will Power Team Australia 25 Mechanical 2 5
17 United Kingdom Ryan Dalziel Pacific Coast Motorsports 15 Collision 13 4

After dominating qualifying, Sébastien Bourdais led away from the starting grid. Will Power, the other front row starter, dropped back with bad handling while Robert Doornbos was able to provide Bourdais a certain amount of pressure after starting third on the grid, staying within two seconds of the Frenchman.

Unfortunately for Doornbos the set of tires he switched to after his first pit stop did not prove to his liking and he began losing large chunks of time as Bourdais continued in the lead.

Meanwhile Doornbos' teammate Dan Clarke was putting on a show. Slow away from the grid thanks to a bad clutch, Clarke took advantage of the yellow flag on the opening lap by pitting and setting off an alternate strategy. When the rest of the field pitted on lap 14, Clarke found himself in the lead and made the most of the open track in front of him and came out in second place in front of Doornbos and Graham Rahal after he emerged from his pit stop on lap 16.

With Doornbos struggling on his tires, Rahal got around Doornbos in turn 3 on lap 24. Doornbos' race then went completely wrong on the next lap as Clarke cut in front of him on the approach to turn 5. Doornbos' front wing was knocked off and his suspension was damaged. He was forced to limp back to the pits, his race ruined, though he was able to return to the fight albeit four laps down. Clarke was apologetic after the race, but Doornbos accused the Englishman of brake checking him.

Clarke got around Rahal after his second pit stop, gaining further benefit from his alternate pit stop strategy while Bourdais continued to easily lead the field. The race would finish up in that order. Surprisingly, the win was the first for Bourdais in four attempts at the scenic Wisconsin circuit. With Will Power ending up in 16th place with a broken gearbox, Doornbos' accident-marred 14th place finish and Justin Wilson, best amongst the rest of the point challengers managing only an eighth place, Bourdais took a stranglehold on the season championship.

Caution flags[edit]

Laps Cause
1-3 Tracy (3)/Pagenaud (15)/Dalziel (28) Collision

Notes[edit]

Laps Leader
1-14 Sébastien Bourdais
15-16 Dan Clarke
17-53 Sébastien Bourdais
 
Driver Laps led
Sébastien Bourdais 51
Dan Clarke 2

Attendance[edit]

Attendance at the 2007 Generac Grand Prix was over 100,000 people during the 4 day race weekend. Race coordinators were pleased with this result as this was the highest attendance the race had garnered since the heyday of CART racing in the late 1980s and early 1990s.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.sheboygan-press.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070813/SHE02/708130554/1882

External links[edit]

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