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The 2006 Grand Prix of Road America was the twelfth round of the 2006 Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season, held on September 24, 2006 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Dan Clarke took the pole, the first and only of his Champ Car career. A. J. Allmendinger won the race, his fifth and last win of the year and his Champ Car career. The event is most remembered for a horrific crash involving Katherine Legge that resulted a 42-minute red flag. The rear wing on her car failed just before the high speed Turn 11 Kink, the unexpected loss of downforce caused her to crash violently into the catch fence, demolishing the car. Legge was uninjured in the incident.

United States 2006 Road America
Race details
Race 12 of 14 in the 2006 Champ Car season
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Road America Track Layout
DateSeptember 24, 2006
Official nameGrand Prix of Road America
LocationRoad America
Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, United States
CoursePermanent Road Course
4.048 mi / 6.515 km
Distance51 laps
206.448 mi / 332.265 km
WeatherSunny with temperatures soaring up to 63 °F (17 °C); wind speeds up to 15.9 miles per hour (25.6 km/h)
Pole position
DriverDan Clarke (CTE Racing-HVM)
Time1:55.123
Fastest lap
DriverSébastien Bourdais (Newman/Haas Racing)
Time1:44.133 (on lap 26 of 51)
Podium
FirstA. J. Allmendinger (Forsythe Championship Racing)
SecondBruno Junqueira (Newman/Haas Racing)
ThirdSébastien Bourdais (Newman/Haas Racing)

Qualifying resultsEdit

Pos Nat Name Team Qual 1 Qual 2 Best
1   Dan Clarke CTE Racing-HVM 1:55.123 1:55.123
2   Sébastien Bourdais Newman/Haas Racing 1:58.945 2:06.460 1:58.945
3   Charles Zwolsman Mi-Jack Conquest Racing 1:55.599 2:11.121 1:55.599
4   Alex Tagliani Team Australia 1:57.517 2:09.891 1:57.517
5   A. J. Allmendinger Forsythe Racing 1:58.507 2:07.969 1:58.507
6   Justin Wilson RuSPORT 1:59.076 2:06.994 1:59.076
7   Will Power Team Australia 1:59.286 2:07.683 1:59.286
8   Katherine Legge PKV Racing 1:59.388 2:12.916 1:59.388
9   Andrew Ranger Mi-Jack Conquest Racing 1:59.486 4:09.032 1:59.486
10   Bruno Junqueira Newman/Haas Racing 1:59.977 1:59.977
11   Paul Tracy Forsythe Racing 2:00.165 2:08.767 2:00.165
12   Jan Heylen Dale Coyne Racing 2:00.835 2:11.400 2:00.835
13   Oriol Servià PKV Racing 2:01.082 2:10.782 2:01.082
14   Tõnis Kasemets Rocketsports Racing 2:01.381 2:10.273 2:01.381
15   Mario Domínguez Rocketsports Racing 2:01.882 2:11.076 2:01.882
16   Nelson Philippe CTE Racing-HVM 2:02.273 2:10.028 2:02.273
17   Juan Cáceres Dale Coyne Racing 2:03.690 2:13.169 2:03.690

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 7   A. J. Allmendinger Forsythe Racing 51 1:54:43.700 5 32
2 2   Bruno Junqueira Newman/Haas Racing 51 +0.675 secs 10 28
3 1   Sébastien Bourdais Newman/Haas Racing 51 +0.988 secs 2 28
4 6   Oriol Servià PKV Racing 51 +2.637 secs 13 24
5 9   Justin Wilson RuSPORT 51 +3.763 secs 6 21
6 14   Dan Clarke CTE Racing-HVM 51 +4.746 secs 1 21
7 34   Charles Zwolsman Mi-Jack Conquest Racing 51 +5.537 secs 3 18
8 27   Andrew Ranger Mi-Jack Conquest Racing 51 +7.359 secs 9 15
9 11   Jan Heylen Dale Coyne Racing 51 +8.668 secs 12 13
10 3   Paul Tracy Forsythe Racing 51 +9.018 secs 11 11
11 15   Alex Tagliani Team Australia 51 +13.172 secs 4 10
12 8   Mario Domínguez Rocketsports Racing 51 +20.151 secs 15 9
13 5   Will Power Team Australia 50 + 1 Lap 7 8
14 4   Nelson Philippe CTE Racing-HVM 50 + 1 Lap 16 7
15 19   Juan Cáceres Dale Coyne Racing 50 + 1 Lap 17 6
16 20   Katherine Legge PKV Racing 45 Accident 8 5
17 18   Tõnis Kasemets Rocketsports Racing 14 Gearbox 14 4

Caution flagsEdit

Laps Cause
1–3 Junqueira (2), Power (5) & Heylen (11) crash
18–20 Power (5) off course
27–29 Cáceres (19) off course
30–31 Junqueira (2) & Ranger (27) crash
33–34 Tracy (3) off course
46–49 Legge (20) crash (42-minute red flag)

NotesEdit

Laps Leader
1–3 Dan Clarke
4 Charles Zwolsman
5–28 Sébastien Bourdais
29–40 Bruno Junqueira
41–44 Sébastien Bourdais
45–51 A. J. Allmendinger
 
Driver Laps led
Sébastien Bourdais 28
Bruno Junqueira 12
A. J. Allmendinger 7
Dan Clarke 3
Charles Zwolsman 1

Championship standings after the raceEdit