Vancouver: Tracy does Canadian double

Paul Tracy thrilled his Canadian fans and silenced his critics with a dominant win in the Molson Indy Vancouver. Tracy drove away from Bruno Junqueira to win his fifth race of the season by 17.82s, with Sebastien Bourdais another eight seconds behind in third

Vancouver: Tracy does Canadian double

Pole man Tracy trailed Junqueira for the first 23 laps, but CART judged that Junqueira had jumped the flying start and ordered him to allow Tracy past.

"I was a little PO'd because Bruno blatantly jumped the start," Tracy said. "I'm glad CART did the right thing. Once I was in front, I was much faster and I was able to pull away steadily."

Junqueira disputed the penalty. "I accelerated at the cone like you are supposed to and they threw the green flag," he said. "I thought I did everything all right, so I'll have to see the video. At other races when someone jumped, they threw the yellow flag."

The Canadian pulled out a six second gap prior to the first round of pit stops on lap 30, and his task was made easier when Junqueira stalled exiting his pit, allowing Tracy's team-mate Patrick Carpentier up to second place.

The day's second yellow flew on lap 31 when Alex Tagliani and Tiego Monteiro clashed. Monteiro was already three laps down from a first lap incident, while the two Dale Coyne entries didn't even make it that far, with Geoff Boss and Gualter Salles crashing on the pace lap!

On the restart, Michel Jourdain took over third place from Junqueira, who regained the position during the lap 60 pit stop exchange. By then, Tracy had pulled out to a 10s lead.

On his out lap, Carpentier got mixed up with Mario Dominguez, who was running two laps down after being wrapped up in the same early incident that delayed Monteiro. Carpentier was out on the spot with a bent right-front suspension.

By the third round of stops on lap 90, Tracy led Junqueira by 20 seconds. There was little drama in the final ten laps, given that there were only ten cars running, just four on the lead lap. Darren Manning finished fifth, two laps down.

"It's awesome," Tracy said of his second consecutive win on home soil. "I've had a great car all year and now we did the double in Canada."

Junqueira dropped 21 points behind Tracy in the championship chase. "I was totally frustrated when I dropped to fourth place, but the team gave me a good pit stop and we got back to second place," he remarked.

Bourdais tapped Roberto Moreno and Oriol Servia into a spin at the first turn but recovered to take third despite running out of sequence on pit stops. The Frenchman was delayed early in the race when he ran into Dominguez' stalled car while running under yellow.

"It was a great race, with some pretty intense action," he said. "I don't know what happened at the beginning. Moreno made a slow start, and I was on the inside of two other cars. I don't think I have any blame to assume."

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