Tracy charges to win in B.C.
Tracy started from the pole and controlled the entire race for his second straight win at Vancouver. Michel Jourdain Jr. of Mexico worked his way up from 12th to finish in second place, about 5.5 seconds behind Tracy.
American rookie A.J. Allmendinger posted his first podium finish for upstart Rusport Racing, placing third.
Tracy, who was winless since the series opener on April 18, moved into third place in the series points standings, passing fellow Canadian Patrick Carpentier.
"It was just a frustrating weekend because I could have been on the pole and it could have been a whole lot different racing,'' Bourdais said.
Tracy moved into third place in the points race.
"Obviously things didn't go well for (Bourdais) and that's exactly what we need,'' Tracy said. "We're right back in the middle of it.''
The victory was the 28th Champ Car win of Tracy's career. He had no trouble with his competition, but was almost sunk by a problem on his second pit stop.
Forsythe Championship Racing operations chief Neil Micklewright suspected a malfunction in the refueling rig.
The team told Tracy, 19 seconds ahead of Jourdain, that he needed at least a 20-second lead to make a splash-and-go pit stop and retain the lead.
Tracy put in nine furious laps, brushing a tire wall at one point, and pitted with a 28-second margin, emerging with more than six seconds in hand.
"At the time we had about 11 seconds. I just put my head down and tried to turn qualifying laps every lap,'' Tracy said.
The race around Vancouver's notoriously crash-prone 1.781-mile street circuit was relatively incident-free with two yellow flags.
On lap 21, Carpentier tried to pass Brazilian rookie Alex Sperafico, who was a lap down, when they came together at the end of the pits, knocking them both out.
"(Sperafico) wasn't even in the race,'' said Carpentier, who crashed here last year due to contact with a lapped car. "I was really mad at the guy.''
Rodolfo Lavin spun by himself on the same lap and was a lap down by the time he restarted. His race ended on lap 66 with a blown engine, his fourth DNF in seven races.
Mexican Gaston Mazzacane's race didn't last past the second warmup lap, when his Dale Coyne Racing car veered inexplicably into the front-straight wall, possibly due to a broken suspension.
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press
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