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The 2007 Las Vegas Grand Prix was the first round of the 2007 Champ Car World Series Season, held on April 8 on the streets of Las Vegas, Nevada.

United States 2007 Las Vegas Grand Prix
Race details
Race 1 of 14 in the 2007 Champ Car season
DateApril 8, 2007
Official nameXI Vegas Grand Prix
LocationVegas Grand Prix
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
CourseTemporary street circuit
2.440 mi / 3.927 km
Distance68 laps
165.920 mi / 267.036 km
WeatherSunny with temperatures reaching up to 91 °F (33 °C); wind speeds approaching 17.1 miles per hour (27.5 km/h)[1]
Pole position
DriverWill Power (Team Australia)
Time1:17.629
Fastest lap
DriverWill Power (Team Australia)
Time1:19.934 (on lap 44 of 68)
Podium
FirstWill Power (Team Australia)
SecondRobert Doornbos (Minardi Team USA)
ThirdPaul Tracy (Forsythe Racing)

Contents

Qualifying resultsEdit

Pos Nat Name Team Qual 1 Qual 2 Best
1   Will Power Team Australia 1:21.007 1:17.629 1:17.629
2   Paul Tracy Forsythe Racing 1:19.784 1:19.625 1:19.625*
3   Robert Doornbos Minardi Team USA 1:20.991 1:18.515 1:18.515
4   Alex Tagliani RSPORTS 1:20.437 1:18.850 1:18.850
5   Simon Pagenaud Team Australia 1:19.998 1:18.961 1:18.961
6   Bruno Junqueira Dale Coyne Racing - 1:19.102 1:19.102
7   Mario Dominguez Forsythe Racing 1:22.384 1:19.156 1:19.156
8   Justin Wilson RSPORTS 1:20.310 1:19.269 1:19.269
9   Neel Jani PKV Racing 1:21.618 1:19.360 1:19.360
10   Graham Rahal N/H/L Racing 1:23.307 1:19.710 1:19.710
11   Tristan Gommendy PKV Racing 1:21.565 1:19.784 1:19.784
12   Dan Clarke Minardi Team USA 1:22.123 1:19.814 1:19.814
13   Katherine Legge Dale Coyne Racing 1:22.420 1:20.104 1:20.104
14   Matt Halliday Conquest Racing 13:20.444 1:20.122 1:20.122
15   Ryan Dalziel Pacific Coast Motorsports 1:22.202 1:20.128 1:20.128
16   Sébastien Bourdais N/H/L Racing 1:20.197 - 1:20.197
17   Alex Figge Pacific Coast Motorsports 1:22.788 1:20.313 1:20.313
  • Tracy awarded 2nd on the starting grid for gaining provisional pole position.

GridEdit

RaceEdit

The race was a fresh start for the Champ Car World Series. With a new car (Panoz DP01), new rules, including timed races and staggered starts, new teams like Pacific Coast Motorsports, a different season opener on a new track, and an eventual return to ABC/ESPN later in the year, all were the big stories of the day. The race would be one of survival of the fittest as many drivers were taken out by either crashes or mechanical failures. Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing would not have a good day as 3-time champion Sébastien Bourdais was hampered by numerous tire problems and rookie Graham Rahal was taken out on the first lap. Will Power had the dominant car all day long, only being challenged consistently by Paul Tracy, who many saw as the man to unseat Bourdais as the face of Champ Car. In the end, the race would all come down to fuel mileage. Tracy's car struggled with taking a full load of fuel preventing him from snapping his winless streak. Will Power would outlast the field to take his first career victory, which was also the first Champ Car victory by an Australian, in a dominant fashion.

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5   Will Power Team Australia 68 1:45:13.637 1 34
2 14   Robert Doornbos Minardi Team USA 68 +16.789 3 27
3 3   Paul Tracy Forsythe Racing 68 +27.356 2 27
4 8   Alex Tagliani RSPORTS 68 +48.981 4 24
5 22   Tristan Gommendy PKV Racing 68 +1:10.396 11 21
6 11   Katherine Legge Dale Coyne Racing 68 +1:21.261 13 20
7 19   Bruno Junqueira Dale Coyne Racing 66 + 1 Lap 6 18
8 29   Alex Figge Pacific Coast Motorsports 63 + 5 Laps 17 15
9 7   Mario Dominguez Forsythe Racing 57 + 11 Laps 7 13
10 21   Neel Jani PKV Racing 56 Mechanical 9 11
11 28   Ryan Dalziel Pacific Coast Motorsports 52 + 16 Laps 15 10
12 15   Simon Pagenaud Team Australia 47 Engine 5 9
13 1   Sébastien Bourdais N/H/L Racing 30 Accident 16 8
14 9   Justin Wilson RSPORTS 20 Input shaft 8 7
15 4   Dan Clarke Minardi Team USA 13 Accident 12 6
16 42   Matt Halliday Conquest Racing 3 Accident 14 5
17 2   Graham Rahal N/H/L Racing 1 Accident 10 4

Caution flagsEdit

Laps Cause
1 Yellow Start
2-5 Rahal/Halliday crash
6-7 Figge stalled
14-17 Clarke crash

NotesEdit

Laps Leader
1 Will Power
2-10 Paul Tracy
11-27 Will Power
28-38 Alex Tagliani
39-45 Will Power
46-48 Bruno Junqueira
49-55 Paul Tracy
56-68 Will Power
 
Driver Laps led
Will Power 38
Paul Tracy 16
Alex Tagliani 11
Bruno Junqueira 3
  • This was not only Will Power's first victory, but also the first victory for an Australian in Champ Car.
  • The win was also the first for Team Australia owner Derrick Walker since 1999.

AttendanceEdit

Attendance at the inaugural 2007 event was estimated to be 40,000 fans on race day. This surpassed the number of seats available on the course's temporary grandstands facilitating an expansion for the 2008 season.[2][3]

Future of the RaceEdit

This was the third race for Champ Car in Las Vegas, but the only one held on a downtown street course. Two oval Grands Prix had taken place at Las Vegas Motor Speedway: the 2004 Bridgestone 400 and the 2005 Hurricane Relief 400. The planned 2008 race was removed from the calendar due to Champ Car's merge with the Indy Racing League (IRL).

IRL returned to Las Vegas in 2011, however the return was at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, rather than to a downtown street course.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2007 Vegas Grand Prix". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2013-10-15.
  2. ^ ESPN - Vegas gamble pays off for Champ Car World Series - Open-Wheel
  3. ^ ReviewJournal.com - News - GRAND PRIX'S TWIN SPIN

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