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Champcar Wet and Wild in Toronto

Champcar was visiting Toronto this last weekend, and yet again it was a wet and wild race, with the outcome not settled until near the end of the race.

The carnage started right on the very first lap, with local hero Paul Tracy understeering into the wall at turn seven after the front wing of Simon Pagenaud’s car got lodged under Tracy’s car, triggering a six car pile up, ending with five instant retirements. After the restart Oriol Servia continued to lead until fuel pickup problems sent him to the pit, leaving Ryan Dalzeil leading his first ever laps in a Champcar. Unfortunately for Servia, right after his pitstop, Mother Nature changed the complexion of the race, raining on the field for the second consecutive race. Servia soon after slid off the track and into a wall, retiring.

Meanwhile Will Power had worked his way through the field, displacing Dalziel from the lead. Dalziel then slipped back to third when he was passed by Neel Jani. Justin Wilson was also on the move through the field after an earlier spin left him near the back of the field. He got up to the back of Dalziel, staying there for several laps, until he saw an opening to get past and dived down the inside. Dalziel and Wilson touched, with Dalziel ending up in the wall, while Wilson was able to continue, finishing in third behind Power and Jani.

It really was a wet and wild day, and again Robert Doornbos and Sebastian Bourdais managed to find each other in an incident, just like the week before. This time Doornbos misjudged his braking and drove straight into the back of Bourdais car, both of them ending up in the tire wall. Bourdais retired instantly, but Doornbos was able to continue, and finally finished 6th, taking over the championship lead by 2 points from Power, with Bourdais just one point further back.

"Robert made a small mistake but it had a big consequence on both the race and the (championship) standings for the McDonald’s team," said Bourdais. "I could see in his eyes (at the crash site) that he was sorry and he apologized after the race. I didn’t see anything, he just t-boned me and was able to continue which gained him another six or so points which was enough to take over the lead.

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