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Pastorelli lands Rocketsports seat

Rocketsports Racing have announced that former Formula One test driver Nicky Pastorelli will race their #8 car for the remainder of the 2006 season

The Champ Car 2006 Season Preview Plus

The Champ Car 2006 Season Preview

Will Sebastien Bourdais defend the title successfully? Can his nemesis Paul Tracy take it away in what may be his last year in open-wheel racing? How will Bruno Junqueira cope with his return to racing? And would Justin Wilson be the championship's dark horse this season? The Champ Car season begins this weekend, and Alex Sabine has a look at the expectations and prospects

Forsythe confirm line-up

Forsythe Championship Racing have confirmed that Mario Dominguez will again partner Paul Tracy for the 2006 Champ Car World Series

Loeb: rule changes can help us

Double World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb believes the rule changes for the 2006 season will help his efforts of clinching a third consecutive title in a privateer team, since his manufacturer-backed rivals will have lost their advantage

The 2005 Champ Car Season Review Plus

The 2005 Champ Car Season Review

Sebastien Bourdais and Newman/Haas Racing dominated the 2005 Champ Car season, the second in a row. But the 2005, which ended last weekend in Mexico City, also saw a real improvement in the overall competitiveness of the championship. Alex Sabine reviews the season, the battles, the rookies, and picks out the top drivers of the year

Allmendinger blasts 'idiot' Tracy

AJ Allmendinger lashed out at Paul Tracy for what he regarded as dirty driving tactics by the former champion in Mexico City

Wilson wins season finale

Justin Wilson turned in a consummate performance to close out the 2005 Champ Car season with a second career victory in Mexico City

Wilson heads RuSPORT front row

Justin Wilson upstaged a pair of Champ Car title holders to claim pole position for tomorrow's season finale in Mexico City

New TV package announced

Champ Car World Series organisers have released details of the series' domestic television package for next year, which will feature an increased number of races on major network channels

Del Monte sidelined after crash

HVM driver Fabrizio del Monte has been ruled out of the season-ending Champ Car race in Mexico City after a heavy crash on Thursday left him with concussion

First blood to Allmendinger

A.J. Allmendinger has taken provisional pole position for the Champ Car season finale in Mexico City

Bourdais wins race and title

Sebastien Bourdais locked up a second consecutive Champ Car title in the best possible fashion with a dominant victory at Surfers Paradise on Sunday

Bourdais sews up title

Sebastien Bourdais has officially clinched the 2005 Champ Car drivers' championship

Servia makes Bourdais wait

Oriol Servia kept his title hopes mathematically alive by scoring his first ever Champ Car pole position at Surfers Paradise on Saturday

Bourdais on provisional pole

Sebastien Bourdais virtually assured himself of a second consecutive Champ Car World Series crown by taking the overnight pole at Surfers Paradise on Friday

Bourdais all but clinches title

Sebastien Bourdais has all but clinched the 2005 Champ Car World Series title after topping provisional qualifying at Surfers Paradise on Friday

Allmendinger tops wet practice

AJ Allmendinger set the pace in a rain-hit first practice session at Surfers Paradise on Friday morning, guiding his RuSPORT Lola around the 2.795-mile street circuit in 1:41.542

Analysis: Montreal Future in Doubt

The future of the Montreal Champ Car race has been thrown into doubt following a slump in attendance at this year's event

Servia Shakes Off Bridesmaid Tag

Oriol Servia lifted a singularly tenacious monkey from his back in Montreal on Sunday, scoring his maiden Champ Car victory at the 95th time of asking

Maiden Win for Servia in Montreal

Oriol Servia finally claimed his maiden Champ Car victory in his 95th career start in Montreal this afternoon, out-duelling rookie Timo Glock in a grandstand finish

Drivers Baffled by lack of Pace

Several drivers were left scratching their heads after final qualifying in Montreal, finding that their cars were handling well but they had made little impression on the overall classification

RuSport Back on the Pace

The RuSPORT team rebounded from a disastrous Friday to annex the second row of the grid in final qualifying at Montreal

Bourdais Claims Montreal Pole

Sebastien Bourdais underlined his reputation as Champ Car's qualifying king with his fourth pole position of the season in Montreal today

Servia Runs Bourdais Close

Oriol Servia came within a whisker of stealing Newman/Haas teammate Sebastien Bourdais' thunder in provisional qualifying at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

Ranger Cleared After Crash

Andrew Ranger has been cleared to take part in the remainder of the Montreal Champ Car meeting after emerging unscathed from a nasty crash in provisional qualifying on Friday afternoon

Newman/Haas Off to Perfect Start

Newman/Haas Racing driver Sebastien Bourdais dominated the opening day's action in Montreal, setting the pace in free practice this morning and then topping provisional qualifying to lock out a front row starting spot for Sunday's race

Dominguez Plays Starring Role

Mario Dominguez scored an overdue first podium finish for Forsythe Championship Racing with second place in Denver

Glock Devastated by Gearbox Woes

Timo Glock was devastated after a broken gearbox deprived him of a potential third place finish in Denver just nine laps from home

Redemption for Allmendinger

AJ Allmendinger exorcised some demons in Sunday's Grand Prix of Denver, finishing a strong third after crashing out of three successive races in Toronto, Edmonton and San Jose

Tracy: Mistake Could Cost Title

Paul Tracy has all but written off his chances of winning this year's Champ Car title after throwing away a likely victory on the Denver street circuit

Tracy Blunder Gifts Bourdais Win

Sebastien Bourdais took another step towards a repeat Champ Car title with his third consecutive win in an incident-filled Grand Prix of Denver

Vasser, Tagliani Shape Up

Jimmy Vasser and Alex Tagliani were two of the biggest movers in final qualifying on Saturday, after spending most of the weekend mired in anonymity

Bourdais Confident of Race Pace

Sebastien Bourdais is confident he will be able to challenge for victory in the Grand Prix of Denver based on the performance of his Newman/Haas Lola on used tyres

Tracy Holds On to Denver Pole

Paul Tracy will start the Champ Car Grand Prix of Denver from pole position after withstanding a stern challenge from Sebastien Bourdais in final qualifying

Record Pace Despite Bhp Cut

Champ Car officials and Ford-Cosworth have modified the 'spec' XFE engine used by all 18 competitors to cope with the special demands of racing at high altitude in Denver, Colorado

Tracy Extends Hot Streak

Paul Tracy continued a remarkable streak of strong qualifying performances by topping the Friday order in Denver and assuring himself a place on the front row of the grid for Sunday's race

Bourdais Baffled by Loss of Pace

Sebastien Bourdais was at a loss to explain why he was unable to challenge for provisional pole at Denver on Friday

Tracy Takes Q1 with Record Lap

Paul Tracy took provisional pole position for the Champ Car Grand Prix of Denver after setting the pace by an emphatic margin in the first qualifying session on Friday afternoon

Analysis: Bourdais Tames San Jose

Just in case there were any doubts, Sebastien Bourdais reaffirmed his credentials as the man to beat in Champ Cars with a masterful victory on the streets of San Jose.

Bourdais Takes Classy Win

Sebastien Bourdais delivered a classy performance to win the inaugural San Jose Champ Car race in commanding fashion.

Unknowns Hang Over San Jose

This afternoon's inaugural Grand Prix of San Jose has the makings of one of the most unpredictable Champ Car encounters in recent memory with a host of unknowns hanging over the race

Tracy Hits Out at Servia

Forsythe Championship Racing's Paul Tracy has accused Newman/Haas rival Oriol Servia of baulking him on several occasions and costing him a shot at pole position

Bourdais Leads Newman/Haas 1-2

Sebastien Bourdais has taken pole position for the inaugural Grand Prix of San Jose after topping the times in the one and only qualifying session on Saturday afternoon

San Jose Track Set for Tweaks

The 1.448-mile street circuit that plays host to this weekend's inaugural San Jose Champ Car race elicited a number of safety concerns following the pair of delayed practice sessions on Friday afternoon

Bourdais Fastest at San Jose

The first day's running at the inaugural San Jose Champ Car race was thrown into disarray by safety and logistical headaches with the new 1.5-mile downtown street circuit

Qualifying Cancelled at San Jose

Provisional qualifying for the inaugural Taylor Woodrow Grand Prix of San Jose has been cancelled due to what Champ Car and race officials termed 'unforeseen events'

Champ Car Corner: Reflections on Edmonton Plus

Champ Car Corner: Reflections on Edmonton

After a financial and competitive slump that threatened to kill Champ Car racing in the United States, the series seems to enjoy a revival this year, with more close racing and wheel to wheel battles. And last weekend, the series visited Edmonton, Canada, for the first time. Alex Sabine looks at last weekend's event and analyses just why it has been branded a major success

Wilson Rues Driving Error

Justin Wilson has admitted his spin under a full-course caution in Sunday's Edmonton Champ Car race was a straightforward driving error

Glock Slams Wilson

Timo Glock accused Justin Wilson of 'stupid' driving, after the two former Formula One drivers had their second collision in as many days in Sunday's Grand Prix of Edmonton

Edmonton a Resounding Success

Champ Car's first visit to Edmonton, Alberta, was universally hailed a resounding success thanks to a capacity crowd, a fast and challenging track and a thrilling race

Bremer Stakes Claim to DCR Seat

Ronnie Bremer staked a claim to a full-time seat at Dale Coyne Racing with an impressive sixth-place finish on his first outing with the team in Edmonton on Sunday

Bourdais' Luck Turns Around

The racing gods smiled on Sebastien Bourdais in Sunday's inaugural Edmonton Champ Car race - not before time. The Frenchman put his recent string of misfortunes and misadventures behind him to win for the first time since the Long Beach season-opener and consolidate a previously tenuous lead in the points standings

Bourdais Leads 1-2 in Edmonton

Sebastien Bourdais won today's inaugural Edmonton Champ Car race through a mixture of canny pit strategy and the mistakes of his rivals

Allmendinger Not Planning the Start

AJ Allmendinger played his cards close to his chest as to what his strategy will be, heading into the first corner of Sunday's Grand Prix of Edmonton, which he will start from his maiden Champ Car pole position

Collision Ends Wilson’s Session

Justin Wilson's final qualifying session at Edmonton ended ignominiously following a collision with Timo Glock with seven minutes remaining

Analysis: Allmendinger Holds On

A pair of lengthy red-flag interruptions and a still-damp track surface rendered final qualifying for the inaugural Edmonton Champ Car race an academic exercise

Q & A with Justin Wilson

Cast off by Formula 1 at the end of the 2003 season despite having done what was generally perceived as a good job for Minardi and Jaguar, Justin Wilson has successfully relaunched his career in the US-based Champ Car series over the last year and a half

Morale Boost for Allmendinger

AJ Allmendinger won the latest bout in his intensifying rivalry with teammate Justin Wilson at Edmonton on Friday, snatching provisional pole from the Englishman's grasp in the dying moments of qualifying

Fans Flock to Edmonton

The first day of practice at the inaugural Grand Prix of Edmonton drew the largest Friday crowd of the 2005 Champ Car season so far, with 55,722 people flocking to the airfield circuit according to official attendance figures

Drivers Excited by Edmonton Track

The Finning International Speedway track that plays host to the inaugural Edmonton Champ Car race this weekend has drawn positive reviews from the drivers - albeit with reservations