Las Vegas , NV–
Auto racing is not new to the Las Vegas area and usually several hundreds of thousands of people flock the the City of Sin to see the NASCAR greats take the track of Las Vegas Motor Speedway, today it was much different as the cars of the Champ Car World Series took to the streets of Las Vegas and it was an Aussie in Will Power that tamed the city by winning the Innaugural Vegas Grand Prix.
Power led 38 of the day’s 68 laps, and benefited from a fuel problem that befell early-race leader Paul Tracy (#3 Indeck Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone) to roll to his first win. He ended up beating rookie Robert Doornbos (#14 Muermans/Jumbo Supermarkten/Mediamall Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone) to the line, while Tracy rounded out the podium with a third-place finish.
“It feels really good,” Power said after his win. “We had a good car. It handled well all day.
Despite not winning the event, third place finisher Paul Tracy remained optimistic about the event and the remainder of the season.
“I twent really well,” said Tracy. Obviously, to lead the beginning of the race, I made a good start, was able to get by Will on the start. We spent a lot of the first part of the race under yellow. We came in and did our first pit stop. The car didn’t take any fuel for us. We spent 15 seconds and ended up getting like four laps of fuel. We came back out and chased, then had to come straight back in and take fuel again. That really took the fight out of the race I think for Will. I think we could have put a lot of pressure on him. It was a good day for the Forsythe team and Monster Energy.”
Next week the Champ Car Series heads to the streets of Long Beach for the very popular Long Beach Grand Prix. Weekend events include the celebrity race which always have a few familiar faces that fans come to see year after year.