2007 Lexmark Indy 300
The 2007 Lexmark Indy 300 was the thirteenth and penultimate round of the 2007 Champ Car World Series Season. It was held on 21 October 2007 on the Surfers Paradise Street Circuit in Queensland, Australia. The race was won by Sébastien Bourdais, who also claimed his fourth consecutive Champ Car title, becoming the first man to achieve that distinction.
|Race 13 of 14 in the 2007 Champ Car season|
Track map of the Surfers Paradise street circuit at Surfers Paradise, Australia.
|Date||21 October, 2007|
|Official name||Lexmark Indy 300|
|Location||Surfers Paradise Street Circuit|
|Course||Temporary Street Circuit|
2.795 mi / 4.498 km
170.495 mi / 274.378 km
|Weather||Dry and sunny with temperatures reaching up to 26.2 °C (79.2 °F)|
|Driver||Will Power (Team Australia)|
|Driver||Graham Rahal (N/H/L Racing)|
|Time||1:31.093 (on lap 59 of 61)|
|First||Sébastien Bourdais (N/H/L Racing)|
|Second||Justin Wilson (RuSPORT)|
|Third||Bruno Junqueira (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|Pos||Nat||Name||Team||Qual 1||Qual 2||Best|
|1||Will Power||Team Australia||1:30.895||1:30.054||1:30.054|
|2||Oriol Servià||PKV Racing||1:30.862||1:30.693||1:30.693|
|3||Paul Tracy||Forsythe Racing||1:31.820||1:30.426||1:30.426|
|4||Sébastien Bourdais||N/H/L Racing||1:32.883||1:30.438||1:30.438|
|6||Simon Pagenaud||Team Australia||1:33.018||1:31.038||1:31.038|
|7||Bruno Junqueira||Dale Coyne Racing||1:32.875||1:31.212||1:31.212|
|8||Neel Jani||PKV Racing||1:32.520||1:31.281||1:31.281|
|9||Graham Rahal||N/H/L Racing||1:34.049||1:31.347||1:31.347|
|10||Dan Clarke||Minardi Team USA||1:33.866||1:31.413||1:31.413|
|11||Alex Tagliani||Rocketsports Racing||3:20.825||1:31.664||1:31.664|
|12||Mario Domínguez||Pacific Coast Motorsports||4:27.161||1:31.746||1:31.746|
|13||Nelson Philippe||Conquest Racing||1:33.187||1:31.842||1:31.842|
|14||Robert Doornbos||PKV Racing||1:32.675||1:31.969||1:31.969|
|15||Alex Figge||Pacific Coast Motorsports||1:44.381||1:32.458||1:32.458|
|16||Katherine Legge||Dale Coyne Racing||1:33.986||1:32.694||1:32.694|
|17||David Martínez||Forsythe Racing||1:35.578||1:33.892||1:33.892|
Oriol Servià, driving a car for PKV this weekend, nipped local hero Will Power on Friday, snagging the provisional pole position by .033 seconds and locking in a front row starting spot for Sunday's race. Power got revenge on Saturday when he broke the Surfers Paradise track record in winning his fourth pole position of the season by .372 seconds.
Will Power led away from the standing start, continuing to show the unmatched speed he showed in qualifying on Saturday. But the Australian's race would quickly end in tears. After debris brought out a caution flag on lap 9, Power led the front-runners into the pits for the first stop of the day. Unfortunately, the lollipop man released Power back into the pit lane just as David Martínez was entering the pit stall in front of him. Power ran into the back of Martínez's car, damaging his right front suspension. Power was forced to return to the pits for repairs, leaving him at the back of the field. Power's day ended for good on lap 19 when he clouted Katherine Legge while trying to pass her, leaving him with a broken car and a very sore wrist.
As is often the case in Champ Car races, the early debris caution led to three drivers rolling the dice on strategy. Paul Tracy (who spun on lap 1), Bruno Junqueira (who had stalled on the grid), and Robert Doornbos (who had a lousy qualifying) stayed out rather than pit. Doornbos led until he pitted on lap 18, with Paul Tracy leading for a lap until he drove for the pits on lap 19.
Sébastien Bourdais inherited the lead from Tracy. Bourdais had jumped around Oriol Servià in the first pit stop. Servià took the lead when Bourdais pitted on lap 32, who in turn gave up the lead on lap later to Paul Tracy, who was now leading the alternate strategy cars.
Bourdais was running in second behind Tracy until a rare event happened on lap 39, he was passed on the track by Justin Wilson. So when Tracy pitted on lap 40 Wilson took over the lead. Both Wilson and Bourdais had one more pit stop to make. Wilson stopped first on lap 44, but Bourdais extended his stop until lap 48, setting down some scorching laps on low tanks in the meantime. Bourdais easily came out in front of Wilson after completing his final pit stop.
With first and second places pretty much decided, an interesting battle was shaping up between alternate strategy runners Tracy and Junqueira for the final podium spot. Tracy was looking to redeem a rough patch of races while Junqueira was looking for his third consecutive podium finish. Unfortunately for Tracy, he used too much fuel to stay ahead and had to dive to the pits for fuel on the white flag lap. To add insult to injury he stalled the car and ended the race in ninth, the last lead lap runner.
With the victory, Bourdais clinched his fourth consecutive Champ Car title, a feat that has never been done before. He also became the first man to repeat as winner in the 17-year history of the Surfers Paradise event.
|1||1||Sébastien Bourdais||N/H/L Racing||61||1:45:49.318||4||31|
|3||19||Bruno Junqueira||Dale Coyne Racing||61||+50.896||7||25|
|4||14||Robert Doornbos||Minardi Team USA||61||+1:02.641||14||24|
|5||15||Simon Pagenaud||Team Australia||61||+1:03.411||6||21|
|6||34||Nelson Philippe||Conquest Racing||61||+1:09.011||13||19|
|7||8||Alex Tagliani||Rocketsports Racing||61||+1:12.291||11||17|
|8||21||Neel Jani||PKV Racing||61||+1:29.789||8||15|
|9||3||Paul Tracy||Forsythe Racing||61||+1:48.614||3||13|
|10||7||David Martínez||Forsythe Racing||60||+ 1 lap||17||11|
|11||2||Graham Rahal||N/H/L Racing||60||+ 1 lap||9||11|
|12||28||Mario Domínguez||Pacific Coast Motorsports||59||+ 2 laps||12||9|
|13||29||Alex Figge||Pacific Coast Motorsports||59||+ 2 laps||15||8|
|14||22||Oriol Servià||PKV Racing||58||+ 3 laps||2||8|
|15||11||Katherine Legge||Dale Coyne Racing||57||Engine||16||6|
|16||5||Will Power||Team Australia||18||Collision||1||6|
|17||4||Dan Clarke||Minardi Team USA||12||Accident||10||4|
Championship standings after the raceEdit