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2006 Canary Foundation Grand Prix of San Jose

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.

United States 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
DateJuly 30, 2006
Official nameCanary Foundation Grand Prix of San Jose
LocationStreets of San Jose, California, United States
CourseTemporary street circuit
1.443 mi / 2.322 km
Distance97 laps
139.971 mi / 225.234 km
WeatherSunny 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
DriverSébastien Bourdais (Newman/Haas Racing)
Time48.989
Fastest lap
DriverSébastien Bourdais (Newman/Haas Racing)
Time49.678 (on lap 94 of 97)
Podium
FirstSébastien Bourdais (Newman/Haas Racing)
SecondCristiano da Matta (RuSPORT)
ThirdJustin Wilson (RuSPORT)

Qualifying resultsEdit

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

RaceEdit

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

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

NotesEdit

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 raceEdit