Champ Car Mont-Tremblant 07
The Champ Car Mont-Tremblant 07 was the sixth round of the 2007 Champ Car World Series Season. It was held on July 1 at the Circuit Mont-Tremblant, in Saint-Jovite, Quebec, Canada. Robert Doornbos won his first career Champ Car race, with Sébastien Bourdais and Will Power rounding out the podium.
|Race 6 of 14 in the 2007 Champ Car season|
|Date||July 1, 2007|
|Official name||Champ Car Mont-Tremblant 07|
Saint-Jovite, Quebec, Canada
|Course||Permanent Road Course|
2.621 mi / 4.218 km
162.502 mi / 261.516 km
|Weather||Partly Cloudy, Rain|
|Driver||Tristan Gommendy (PKV Racing)|
|Driver||Sébastien Bourdais (N/H/L Racing)|
|Time||1:17.327 (on lap 19 of 62)|
|First||Robert Doornbos (Minardi Team USA)|
|Second||Sébastien Bourdais (N/H/L Racing)|
|Third||Will Power (Team Australia)|
|Pos||Nat||Name||Team||Qual 1||Qual 2||Best|
|1||Tristan Gommendy||PKV Racing||1:16.776||no time||1:16.776|
|2||Will Power||Team Australia||1:16.841||1:20.943||1:16.841|
|3||Sébastien Bourdais||N/H/L Racing||1:16.783||1:21.380||1:16.783|
|5||Robert Doornbos||Minardi Team USA||1:16.850||1:22.093||1:16.850|
|6||Neel Jani||PKV Racing||1:16.931||1:22.604||1:16.931|
|7||Simon Pagenaud||Team Australia||1:16.944||1:21.671||1:16.944|
|9||Graham Rahal||N/H/L Racing||1:17.475||1:21.350||1:17.475|
|10||Dan Clarke||Minardi Team USA||1:17.481||1:23.093||1:17.481|
|11||Paul Tracy||Forsythe Racing||1:17.629||1:22.266||1:17.629|
|12||Jan Heylen||Conquest Racing||1:17.832||1:21.611||1:17.832|
|13||Ryan Dalziel||Pacific Coast Motorsports||1:17.965||1:22.804||1:17.965|
|14||Oriol Servia||Forsythe Racing||1:17.965||1:21.579||1:17.965|
|15||Alex Figge||Pacific Coast Motorsports||1:18.067||no time||1:18.067|
|16||Bruno Junqueira||Dale Coyne Racing||1:18.127||1:21.699||1:18.127|
|17||Katherine Legge||Dale Coyne Racing||1:18.989||1:26.259||1:18.989|
Wet conditions on Saturday secured the first career Champ Car pole position for Tristan Gommendy, who pipped his countryman Sébastien Bourdais by .007 second on Friday. The Saturday session began with a brief rain shower. The track then dried enough to allow drivers to return to slicks but the times remained well short of Friday's. Will Power led the Saturday session to earn the front row starting spot next to Gommendy.
|1||14||Robert Doornbos||Minardi Team USA||62||1:45:41.899||5||31|
|2||1||Sébastien Bourdais||N/H/L Racing||62||+2.889||3||28|
|3||5||Will Power||Team Australia||62||+7.310||2||26|
|4||15||Simon Pagenaud||Team Australia||62||+10.563||7||23|
|6||21||Neel Jani||PKV Racing||62||+12.347||6||19|
|7||2||Graham Rahal||N/H/L Racing||62||+12.8||9||17|
|9||3||Oriol Servia||Forsythe Racing||62||+26.7||13||13|
|10||28||Ryan Dalziel||Pacific Coast Motorsports||62||+32.9||12||11|
|11||11||Katherine Legge||Dale Coyne Racing||62||+46.6||16||11|
|12||22||Tristan Gommendy||PKV Racing||60||+ 2 Laps||1||10|
|13||29||Alex Figge||Pacific Coast Motorsports||56||Mechanical||14||8|
|14||4||Dan Clarke||Minardi Team USA||34||Mechanical||10||7|
|15||7||Paul Tracy||Forsythe Racing||28||Mechanical||17*||6|
|16||42||Jan Heylen||Conquest Racing||24||Off Course||11||5|
|17||19||Bruno Junqueira||Dale Coyne Racing||5||Mechanical||15||4|
* Paul Tracy qualified 11th but crashed his car in Sunday practice and started from the back of the grid in his backup car.
The race got off to a ragged start as polesitter Tristan Gommendy's car failed to fire for the formation lap. As the lights for the standing start went out three cars stalled, the first time stalls marred a standing start for Champ Car in three races. Team Australia teammates Will Power and Simon Pagenaud and Jan Heylen were left stranded on the grid. Sébastien Bourdais took advantage of the misfortune in front of him to take the early lead. It appeared as if Bourdais jumped the start, but Champ Car never assessed him a penalty. It would not be the last controversial moment in the race.
The early laps of the race were run in dry but threatening conditions. Power, Pagenaud, and Heylen were all able to rejoin the race on the lead lap, while Gommendy lost two laps while his car troubles were sorted out.
Shortly after the field finished the first round of pit stops staying on slick tires, light rain began to fall. Jan Heylen spun, bringing out a caution flag. Bourdais made an uncharacteristic mistake by sliding off the track on a slippery corner under yellow, dropping him from the lead back to 11th place.
The rain was intermittent and unpredictable, so the field continued to skate around on slick tires. Robert Doornbos and then Graham Rahal held the lead following Bourdais' error. The skies finally opened up on lap 44. Slick tires were no longer an option at this point. Rahal looked to be in position to run away with the race as the field pitted for fuel and rain tires, but his car stuck in gear during the stop and he was shuffled to the rear of the field, giving the lead over to Justin Wilson.
Wilson's British wet weather driving experience didn't seem to help him much on the treacherous track and he gave up the lead to 2006 Atlantics champion Pagenaud, who took the lead for the first time in Champ Car race. He led for five laps before an off course excursion gave the lead over to Doornbos. Bourdais was in 2nd.
Sometime during this stage of the race, Bourdais claims Doornbos blocked him and began to lobby for a penalty over his radio. Champ Car did not impose a penalty. Bourdais backed off to preserve his 2nd place and Doornbos came home to his first Champ Car victory. Power was able to get around teammate Pagenaud for the final spot on the podium.
In his post-race interview broadcast on TV and on the screens at the track, Bourdais complained about Doornbos' tactics. The crowd booed the Frenchman, who would later refuse to shake Doornbos' hand on the podium. Doornbos claimed innocence, explaining that in the wet everyone was taking odd lines looking for traction, and that he also learned his lesson about blocking from the penalty he received in the previous race at Cleveland, which likely cost him a victory.
|1-2||Power, Pagenaud, Heylen stall on start|
|26-28||Heylen off course|
|28-29||Tracy spun/stalled before restart|
- New Race Record: Robert Doornbos 1:45:41.899
Championship standings after the raceEdit
Attendance for the 3 day race weekend was reported to be in excess of 42,000 for the first Champ/CART/USAC race in 40 years at the circuit. This was actually 7000 more than the expected 35,000 fans over the weekend by the race organizers.