2007 San Jose Grand Prix at Redback Raceway

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United States   2007 San Jose Grand Prix
Race details
Race 9 of 14 in the 2007 Champ Car season
Redback Raceway
Redback Raceway
Date July 29, 2007
Official name San Jose Grand Prix at Redback Raceway
Location Streets of San Jose
San Jose, California, United States
Course Redback Raceway (Temporary street course)
1.443 mi / 2.322 km
Distance 107 laps, 154.401 mi / 248.484 km
Weather Sunny with temperatures reaching up to 81 °F (27 °C); wind speeds approaching 12 miles per hour (19 km/h)[1]
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom Justin Wilson RSPORTS
Time 49.039
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Justin Wilson RSPORTS
Time 49.584 (on lap 35 of 107)
Podium
First Netherlands Robert Doornbos Minardi Team USA
Second Switzerland Neel Jani PKV Racing
Third Spain Oriol Servià Forsythe Racing

The 2007 San Jose Grand Prix at Redback Raceway is the ninth round of the 2007 Champ Car World Series Season. It was held on July 29 at the Redback Raceway temporary street circuit, in San Jose, California.

Qualifying results[edit]

Pos Nat Name Team Qual 1 Qual 2 Best
1 United Kingdom Justin Wilson RSPORTS 49.747 49.039 49.039
2 France Sébastien Bourdais N/H/L Racing 49.509 49.180 49.180
3 United Kingdom Dan Clarke Minardi Team USA 50.029 49.092 49.092
4 Spain Oriol Servià Forsythe Racing 49.936 49.106 49.106
5 Switzerland Neel Jani PKV Racing 50.631 49.151 49.151
6 United States Graham Rahal N/H/L Racing 50.217 49.178 49.178
7 Canada Alex Tagliani RSPORTS 49.852 49.183 49.183
8 France Tristan Gommendy PKV Racing 49.981 49.192 49.192
9 France Simon Pagenaud Team Australia 49.944 49.255 49.255
10 Brazil Bruno Junqueira Dale Coyne Racing 49.852 49.255 49.255
11 Canada Paul Tracy Forsythe Racing 50.079 49.270 49.270
12 Australia Will Power Team Australia 49.822 49.397 49.397
13 Belgium Jan Heylen Conquest Racing 50.110 49.410 49.410
14 Mexico Mario Domínguez Pacific Coast Motorsports 50.318 49.609 49.609
15 Netherlands Robert Doornbos Minardi Team USA 49.918 49.654 49.654
16 United Kingdom Katherine Legge Dale Coyne Racing 50.531 49.808 49.808
17 United States Alex Figge Pacific Coast Motorsports 50.606 50.083 50.083

Sébastien Bourdais lead Friday's qualification session with a late fast lap near the end of qualifying. However he faded on Saturday due to some mechanical issues with his car and Justin Wilson posted the fast lap Saturday taking the pole. By virtue of his fast lap Friday Bourdais managed to maintain second position on the grid into the race.

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 14 Netherlands Robert Doornbos Minardi Team USA 107 1:45:07.617 15 31
2 21 Switzerland Neel Jani PKV Racing 107 +6.1 secs 5 27
3 3 Spain Oriol Servià Forsythe Racing 107 +6.9 secs 4 26
4 5 Australia Will Power Team Australia 107 +7.5 secs 12 23
5 1 France Sébastien Bourdais N/H/L Racing 107 +8.0 secs 2 21
6 2 United States Graham Rahal N/H/L Racing 107 +9.6 secs 6 19
7 19 Brazil Bruno Junqueira Dale Coyne Racing 107 +14.0 secs 10 17
8 22 France Tristan Gommendy PKV Racing 107 +19.2 secs 8 15
9 42 Belgium Jan Heylen Conquest Racing 107 +28.5 secs 13 13
10 15 France Simon Pagenaud Team Australia 107 +48.4 secs* 9 11
11 3 Canada Paul Tracy Forsythe Championship Racing 105 + 2 Laps 11 10
12 28 Mexico Mario Domínguez Pacific Coast Motorsports 104 + 3 Laps 14 12
13 22 United Kingdom Justin Wilson RSPORTS 87 + 20 Laps 1 8
14 29 United States Alex Figge Pacific Coast Motorsports 34 Contact 0 7
15 11 Canada Alex Tagliani RSPORTS 83 Mechanical 8 6
16 11 United Kingdom Katherine Legge Dale Coyne Racing 13 Contact 16 5
17 4 United Kingdom Dan Clarke Minardi Team USA 3 Contact 3 4

* Pagenaud assessed 25 second time penalty for blocking.

The first two editions of the San Jose Grand Prix were mostly processional affairs with little to no passing. The 2007 edition, on the other hand, proved to be a very competitive affair with the winner fighting through the field from 15th position on the starting grid. The race was reminiscent of the Cleveland race where Paul Tracy rebounded from early contact and pit stops to win the race, except this race was held on a tight street circuit and not on Cleveland's wide open airport runways. The recent introduction of a painted white line in certain corners to visually enforce Champ Car's "no blocking" rule has resulted in the unintended but happy consequence of increasing the possibility of overtaking.

The standing start went off without a hitch but trouble hit at the Turn 1 hairpin, where a logjam developed in the rear of the field. Robert Doornbos lurched into the back of Jan Heylen's car knocking off his own front wing. Meanwhile, Sébastien Bourdais made a mistake in Turn 2, allowing Justin Wilson to take the lead. Doornbos and Heylen pitted under the yellow resulting from their contact.

More trouble hit as the field was preparing to take the green flag. Second place runner Dan Clarke ran into the back of Justin Wilson's car on the Balbach straight. The rear suspension on Wilson's car was damaged, sending him to the pits. The damage was eventually repaired, but Wilson finished the race 20 laps off the leader. Clarke's day was done.

Oriol Servià took advantage of the misfortune in front of him and led until lap 34 when Neel Jani was able to pass him at Turn 1. The two drivers would continue to battle at or near the front of the race the rest of the day.

Doornbos, who had set off on an alternate strategy after his early pit stop, found himself in the lead for 12 laps after the main field made their first pit stop. Making best use of the clear track and his light fuel load, Doornbos drove a series of fast laps and only dropped to third place behind Jani and Servià after his stop on lap 54.

On lap 64 Servià made a move on Jani in Turn 1, but was unable to make the pass stick. One lap later Servià tried the same move again, and this time was able keep Jani behind him as they drove out of the hairpin.

Paul Tracy running out of fuel on the Balbach straight on lap 76 provided a timely yellow flag for Doornbos who was then able to get back into the same pit sequence as the rest of the field. A very fast stop by his Team Minardi USA crew (and a bobble by Servià's) catapulted Doornbos into the lead in front of Jani.

Jani used his final Power to Pass allotment to overtake Doornbos on the restart. Unfortunately for him, Jani was driving this final stint on the soft Bridgestone "reds", and he was soon struggling for grip. With two seconds left on his own Power to Pass allotment, Doornbos slipped past Jani on lap 95 and drove away to the victory by six seconds. Despite his bad tires Jani was able to hold off Servià for second.

Caution flags[edit]

Laps Cause
1-4 Doornbos/Heylen collision in Turn 1
4-5 Wilson/Clarke collision on Balbach straight
14-17 Legge solo crash into wall turn 2 exit
76-83 Tracy out of fuel back straight
90-93 Figge contact with wall

Notes[edit]

Laps Leader
1-3 Justin Wilson
4-33 Oriol Servià
34-40 Neel Jani
41-42 Alex Tagliani
43-54 Robert Doornbos
55-65 Neel Jani
66-77 Oriol Servià
78-83 Robert Doornbos
84-95 Neel Jani
95-107 Robert Doornbos
 
Driver Laps led
Oriol Servià 42
Neel Jani 30
Robert Doornbos 30
Justin Wilson 3
Alex Tagliani 2

Attendance[edit]

Attendance for the 2007 San Jose Grand Prix was approximately 120,000 over the 3 day race weekend which was comparable to the 2006 edition of the race. Paid attendance was down slightly to 81,538 over the 3 day weekend from 83,248 the year before. However Champ Car race day attendance was up year over year to approximately 43,000 people.[2]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

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2006 Canary Foundation Grand Prix of San Jose
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