2006 Canary Foundation Grand Prix of San Jose

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2006 San Jose
Race details
Race 9 of 14 in the 2006 Champ Car season
San Jose, California street circuit track map--2006 on.svg
San Jose Street Circuit Layout
Date July 30, 2006
Official name Canary Foundation Grand Prix of San Jose
Location Streets of San Jose, California, United States
Course Temporary street circuit
1.443 mi / 2.322 km
Distance 97 laps
139.971 mi / 225.234 km
Weather Sunny with temperatures reaching a high of 82.4 °F (28.0 °C); wind speeds reaching up to 14 miles per hour (23 km/h)[1]
Pole position
Driver Sébastien Bourdais (Newman/Haas Racing)
Time 48.989
Fastest lap
Driver Sébastien Bourdais (Newman/Haas Racing)
Time 49.678 (on lap 94 of 97)
Podium
First Sébastien Bourdais (Newman/Haas Racing)
Second Cristiano da Matta (RuSPORT)
Third Justin Wilson (RuSPORT)

The 2006 Canary Foundation Grand Prix of San Jose was the ninth round of the 2006 Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season, held on July 30, 2006 on the streets of San Jose, California. Sébastien Bourdais dominated the weekend, taking the pole, fastest lap and race win. Finishing second was 2002 CART champion Cristiano da Matta in what turned out to be his final Champ Car event. On August 3 da Matta was severely injured while testing at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin when he collided with a deer on the track. While da Matta recovered to return to racing in 2008, competing in the Rolex Sports Car Series, he has not competed in open wheel racing since. The race is also notable for a shoving match between Canadians Paul Tracy and Alex Tagliani in the pits after Tracy crashed into Tagliani while trying to return to the race course from an escape road, ending both their races.

Qualifying results[edit]

Pos Nat Name Team Qual 1 Qual 2 Best
1 France Sébastien Bourdais Newman/Haas Racing 50.160 48.989 48.989
2 Canada Paul Tracy Forsythe Racing 50.156 49.810 49.810
3 United States A. J. Allmendinger Forsythe Racing 50.246 49.264 49.264
4 Brazil Cristiano da Matta RuSPORT 50.734 49.659 49.659
5 Spain Oriol Servià PKV Racing 50.388 49.813 49.813
6 Australia Will Power Team Australia 49.867 49.867
7 Brazil Bruno Junqueira Newman/Haas Racing 50.587 49.887 49.887
8 Canada Andrew Ranger Mi-Jack Conquest Racing 50.925 49.962 49.962
9 United Kingdom Dan Clarke CTE Racing-HVM 50.278 50.161 50.161
10 Mexico Mario Domínguez Dale Coyne Racing 50.861 50.215 50.215
11 France Nelson Philippe CTE Racing-HVM 50.440 50.312 50.312
12 United Kingdom Justin Wilson RuSPORT 50.504 50.341 50.341
13 Canada Alex Tagliani Team Australia 50.373 50.373
14 Netherlands Charles Zwolsman Mi-Jack Conquest Racing 51.004 50.435 50.435
15 United Kingdom Katherine Legge PKV Racing 51.329 50.473 50.473
16 Belgium Jan Heylen Dale Coyne Racing 51.591 50.838 50.838
17 Netherlands Nicky Pastorelli Rocketsports Racing 52.344 51.628 51.628

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 France Sébastien Bourdais Newman/Haas Racing 97 1:38:00.168 1 34
2 10 Brazil Cristiano da Matta RuSPORT 97 +6.686 secs 4 27
3 9 United Kingdom Justin Wilson RuSPORT 97 +8.100 secs 12 26
4 4 France Nelson Philippe CTE Racing-HVM 97 +11.059 secs 11 23
5 19 Mexico Mario Domínguez Dale Coyne Racing 97 +12.147 secs 10 21
6 5 Australia Will Power Team Australia 97 +12.957 secs 6 19
7 7 United States A. J. Allmendinger Forsythe Racing 97 +13.288 secs 3 17
8 6 Spain Oriol Servià PKV Racing 97 +15.920 secs 5 16
9 34 Netherlands Charles Zwolsman Mi-Jack Conquest Racing 97 +16.458 secs 14 14
10 8 Netherlands Nicky Pastorelli Rocketsports Racing 97 +21.580 secs 17 11
11 11 Belgium Jan Heylen Dale Coyne Racing 97 +25.360 secs 16 10
12 20 United Kingdom Katherine Legge PKV Racing 90 + 7 Laps 15 9
13 27 Canada Andrew Ranger Mi-Jack Conquest Racing 80 Contact 8 8
14 15 Canada Alex Tagliani Team Australia 52 Contact 13 7
15 3 Canada Paul Tracy Forsythe Racing 51 Contact 2 0*
16 14 United Kingdom Dan Clarke CTE Racing-HVM 49 Gearbox 9 5
17 2 Brazil Bruno Junqueira Newman/Haas Racing 2 Contact 7 4

* Paul Tracy was penalized 7 points and fined an undisclosed amount for causing avoidable contact and bringing the sport into disrepute for his part in the accident and subsequent shoving match with Alex Tagliani. He was also placed on probation for the following 3 races (Denver, Montreal and Road America). Tagliani was also fined an undisclosed amount.

Caution flags[edit]

Laps Cause
1 Yellow start
3-5 Junqueira (2) & Servià (6) crash
36-40 Legge (20) crash
53-59 Tracy (3) & Tagliani (15) crash
81-85 Ranger (27) crash

Notes[edit]

Laps Leader
4-54* Sébastien Bourdais
55-59 Charles Zwolsman
60-79 Oriol Servià
80-97 Sébastien Bourdais

* Paul Tracy was not credited with leading laps 1-3 as part of his penalty.

 
Driver Laps led
Sébastien Bourdais 69
Oriol Servià 20
Charles Zwolsman 5

Championship standings after the race[edit]