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The 2003 German 500 was the fifth round of the 2003 CART season, held on May 11, 2003 on the oval track at EuroSpeedway Lausitz in Klettwitz, Brandenburg, Germany. The race also featured the return of Alex Zanardi to a Champ Car racing cockpit, about a year and a half after he lost both his legs in a nearly fatal crash at the 2001 CART race at the track.

Germany 2003 German 500
Race details
Race 5 of 18 in the 2003 CART season
DateMay 11, 2003
Official nameGerman 500
LocationEuroSpeedway Lausitz
Klettwitz, Brandenburg, Germany
Course2 Mile Banked Oval
2.023 mi / 3.256 km
Distance154 laps
311.542 mi / 501.424 km
WeatherMostly Cloudy
Pole position
DriverSébastien Bourdais (Newman/Haas Racing)
Time37.000
Fastest lap
DriverMichel Jourdain, Jr. (Team Rahal)
Time36.721 (on lap 133 of 154)
Podium
FirstSébastien Bourdais (Newman/Haas Racing)
SecondMario Domínguez (Herdez Competition)
ThirdMichel Jourdain, Jr. (Team Rahal)

Contents

Qualifying resultsEdit

Pos Nat Name Team Time
1   Sébastien Bourdais Newman/Haas Racing 37.000
2   Bruno Junqueira Newman/Haas Racing 37.211
3   Michel Jourdain, Jr. Team Rahal 37.274
4   Mario Haberfeld Mi-Jack Conquest Racing 37.392
5   Darren Manning Walker Racing 37.532
6   Mario Domínguez Herdez Competition 37.690
7   Oriol Servià Patrick Racing 37.702
8   Rodolfo Lavín Walker Racing 37.717
9   Alex Tagliani Rocketsports Racing 37.732
10   Patrick Lemarié PK Racing 37.806
11   Jimmy Vasser American Spirit Team Johansson 37.911
12   Roberto Moreno Herdez Competition 38.057
13   Alex Yoong Dale Coyne Racing 38.152
14   Tiago Monteiro Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing 38.196
15   Ryan Hunter-Reay American Spirit Team Johansson 38.220
16   Paul Tracy Team Player's 38.244
17   Patrick Carpentier Team Player's 38.286
18   Joël Camathias Dale Coyne Racing 38.558
19   Adrian Fernández Fernández Racing 38.666

Alex Zanardi's 13 LapsEdit

With 13 laps remaining in the 2001 American Memorial CART race at EuroSpeedway Lausitz, Alex Zanardi spun on the warm up lane after a pit stop. His car spun directly into the path of the car driven by Alex Tagliani. The t-bone accident immediately amputated Zanardi's legs above his knees. Quick work by the medical team saved his life and by 2002 he was walking on artificial legs of his own design.

For this event a 2002 Reynard Champ Car was modified to include hand controls by Mi-Jack Conquest Racing with assistance from Walker Racing, painted in the same color scheme as the car Zanardi drove in the 2001 season. Prior to the start of the race, Zanardi took to the track and completed the 13 laps to symbolically finish the 2001 race. His fastest lap was clocked at 37.487 seconds which would have put him 5th on the grid for the 2003 race.

Zanardi would go on to return to competitive auto racing in 2004, driving a BMW in the European Touring Car Championship (which would be redubbed the World Touring Car Championship in 2005). On August 28, 2005 he won his first race since the accident at the Oschersleben circuit in Germany.

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2   Sébastien Bourdais Newman/Haas Racing 154 1:49:22.498 1 22
2 55   Mario Domínguez Herdez Competition 154 +0.084 secs 6 16
3 9   Michel Jourdain, Jr. Team Rahal 154 +0.245 secs 3 14
4 1   Bruno Junqueira Newman/Haas Racing 154 +12.042 secs 2 12
5 20   Oriol Servià Patrick Racing 154 +12.055 secs 7 10
6 15   Darren Manning Walker Racing 154 +24.602 secs 5 8
7 32   Patrick Carpentier Team Player's 153 + 1 Lap 17 6
8 12   Jimmy Vasser American Spirit Team Johansson 153 + 1 Lap 11 5
9 5   Rodolfo Lavín Walker Racing 153 + 1 Lap 8 4
10 4   Roberto Moreno Herdez Competition 153 + 1 Lap 12 3
11 31   Ryan Hunter-Reay American Spirit Team Johansson 152 + 2 Laps 15 2
12 3   Paul Tracy Team Player's 152 + 2 Laps 16 1
13 7   Tiago Monteiro Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing 152 + 2 Laps 14 0
14 34   Mario Haberfeld Mi-Jack Conquest Racing 152 + 2 Laps 4 0
15 51   Adrian Fernández Fernández Racing 152 + 2 Laps 19 0
16 19   Joël Camathias Dale Coyne Racing 152 + 2 Laps 18 0
17 11   Alex Yoong Dale Coyne Racing 81 Mechanical 13 0
18 33   Alex Tagliani Rocketsports Racing 28 Mechanical 9 0
19 27   Patrick Lemarié PK Racing 25 Contact 10 0

Caution flagsEdit

Laps Cause
23-27 Debris
83-88 Debris

NotesEdit

Laps Leader
1-3 Bruno Junqueira
4-18 Sébastien Bourdais
19-34 Bruno Junqueira
35-81 Mario Domínguez
82-98 Sébastien Bourdais
99-101 Bruno Junqueira
102 Sébastien Bourdais
103 Bruno Junqueira
104-108 Sébastien Bourdais
109-111 Patrick Carpentier
112-114 Jimmy Vasser
115-137 Sébastien Bourdais
138-141 Patrick Carpentier
142-154 Sébastien Bourdais
 
Driver Laps led
Sébastien Bourdais 74
Mario Domínguez 47
Bruno Junqueira 23
Patrick Carpentier 7
Jimmy Vasser 3

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