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Bourdais takes German 500 for second straight win

Posted: Sunday May 11, 2003 11:07 AM

No.  Driver  Make 
1.  Sebastien Bourdais  Ford-Cosworth/Lola 
2.  Mario Dominguez  Ford-Cosworth/Lola 
3.  Michel Jourdain Jr.  Ford-Cosworth/Lola 
4.  Bruno Junqueira  Ford-Cosworth/Lola 
5.  Oriol Servia  Ford-Cosworth/Lola 
  • Complete results, click here.
  • KLETTWITZ, Germany (AP) -- Sebastien Bourdais is proving to be a fast learner.

    The French CART rookie won his second straight Champ Car race Sunday, holding off Mario Dominguez to capture the German 500.

    Dominguez was unable to find a way around Bourdais on the 154th and final lap. They drove side by side through the final two turns, with Bourdais on the inside. Michel Jourdain Jr. finished third before a crowd of 68,000 at the EuroSpeedway oval.

    Bourdais, driving a Newman-Haas car, started from the pole for the third time in five races. He won last Monday on the road course at England's Brands Hatch, his first victory in Champ Cars.

    Dominguez, of Herdez Competition, was 0.084 seconds behind for the Mexican's best finish since winning his first CART race last October. He led on the 152nd and 153rd laps but could not hold it. Bourdais passed him each time to hold a narrow lead for the final lap on the 2.023-mile oval.

    A five-second penalty for blocking Bourdais midway through the race cost Dominguez. He took the penalty at a subsequent pit stop.

    "We had a great race with Mario," Bourdais said. "We had a little struggle when he didn't see me and we went across the grass."

    Dominguez was upset with CART officials for making the call.

    "As far as I'm concerned I didn't do anything wrong," he said. "When I was behind Sebastien he was doing exactly the same thing I was doing.

    "I think I definitely got penalized wrongly. I want to see the videos."

    CART officials defended the call.

    Despite the penalty, Dominguez was content with second after picking up his first CART win last year. But he regretted showing Bourdais a few tricks -- like passing on the inside.

    "It was wrong to show Sebastien the way around at the beginning," Dominguez said. "He learned very well, very quickly and started covering the inside. He's a quick learner, we've all seen that."

    Jourdain, of Team Rahal, was 0.245 behind the winner. Brazil's Bruno Junqueira was fourth, followed by Spain's Oriol Servia and England's Darren Manning.

    Canada's Paul Tracy finished 13th and picked up a point to maintain the overall lead with 66 points. Junqueira also has 66 but Tracy leads because he has won three races this season.

    Jourdain stayed in third with 56 points and Bourdais moved into fourth with 49. Dominguez has 40 points in fifth.

    Bourdais joined Newman-Haas late after tryouts fell through to join Formula One teams Arrows and Renault. He had only 1 1/2 days of practice on an oval before racing in Germany.

    "I don't think I have any secrets. I had everything to learn because I've never raced on an oval," Bourdais said. "But I was always confident I would get good results."

    Alex Zanardi made a ceremonial ride at the track where he lost his legs. He reached 195 mph and pitted after 13 laps, the number he needed to complete the September 2001 race before his gruesome crash.

    "In the past year and a half I never got close to a racing car," he said. "It was great again to feel the speed, to feel the lateral force. It was just awesome. I felt in total control of what I was doing."

    German 500 results
    Results from Sunday's German 500 race at EuroSpeedway Lausitz, with starting position, driver, type of car, laps completed and reason out, if any:
      SP  Driver  Car  Laps 
    1.  Sebastien Bourdais  Ford-Cosworth/Lola  154. (170.903 mph)  
    2.  Mario Dominguez  Ford-Cosworth/Lola  154.  
    3.  Michel Jourdain Jr.  Ford-Cosworth/Lola  154.  
    4.  Bruno Junqueira  Ford-Cosworth/Lola  154.  
    5.  Oriol Servia  Ford-Cosworth/Lola  154.  
    6.  Darren Manning  Ford-Cosworth/Reynard  154.  
    7.  17  Patrick Carpentier  Ford-Cosworth/Lola  153.  
    8.  11  Jimmy Vasser  Ford-Cosworth/Reynard  153.  
    9.  Rodolfo Lavin  Ford-Cosworth/Reynard  153.  
    10.  12  Roberto Moreno  Ford-Cosworth/Lola  153.  
    11.  15  Ryan Hunter-Reay  Ford-Cosworth/Reynard  152.  
    12.  16  Paul Tracy  Ford-Cosworth/Lola  152.  
    13.  14  Tiago Monteiro  Ford-Cosworth/Reynard  152.  
    14.  Mario Haberfeld  Ford-Cosworth/Reynard  152.  
    15.  19  Adrian Fernandez  Ford-Cosworth/Lola  152.  
    16.  18  Joel Camathias  Ford-Cosworth/Lola  152.  
    17.  13  Alex Yoong  Ford-Cosworth/Lola  81, mechanical.  
    18.  Alex Tagliani  Ford-Cosworth/Lola  28, mechanical.  
    19.  10  Patrick Lemarie  Ford-Cosworth/Lola  25, contact.  
    Time of race: 1 hour, 49 minutes, 22.498 seconds.
    Margin of victory: 0.084 seconds.
    Caution flags: 2 for 11 laps.
    Lead changes: 14 between 5 drivers
    Lap leaders: Junqueira, 1-3; Bourdais, 4-18; Junqueira, 19-34; Dominguez, 35-81; Bourdais, 82-98; Junqueira, 99-101; Bourdais, 102; Junqueira, 103; Bourdais, 104-108; Carpentier, 109-111; Vasser, 112-114; Bourdais, 115-137; Carpentier, 138-141; Bourdais, 142-154.
    Series standings: Tracy, 66; Junqueira, 66; Jourdain, 56; Bourdais, 49; Dominguez, 40; Carpentier, 34; Fernandez, 29; Moreno, 27; Vasser, 25; Servia, 24

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