MAXINE: Allmendinger Makes It A Hat Trick +1 In Denver (updated)
After wins this season at Portland, Cleveland, and Toronto, AJ Allmendinger takes the win in Denver with very good driving and tactics. The same can not be said for his teammate Paul Tracy.
On the last lap of the race, Sebastien Bourdais with "push-to-pass" left to use, passed Paul Tracy for an apparent second place and points ... Tracy did not let go and crashed into Bourdais knocking out both cars.
AJ, however, gets a big jump in points toward the championship - from 45 points behind to just 32 points with four races left in the season.
Excerpts from Champ Car World Series -<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /> A.J. ALLMENDINGER VAULTS INTO SECOND PLACE IN CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES STANDINGS WITH VICTORY AT GRAND PRIX OF <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />DENVERby Eric Mauk - CCWS Years from now, Champ Car World Series fans are going to look at the box score of today’s Grand Prix of Denver Sponsored by Bridgestone, see A.J. Allmendinger (#7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) winning by a cavernous 20.588 seconds, and figure that the race was a ho-hum affair. They couldn’t be further from the truth.
Today’s 97-lap battle on the Denver streets featured more plot twists than a M. Night Shamalyan film, with a climax that was as unexpected as anything Hollywood’s finest film makers could come up with. But while last-lap fireworks wreaked havoc throughout the finishing order, nothing could touch the man at the front as Allmendinger hung a 20-second margin of victory on the field to take his fourth win of the year. The Californian led a race-high 45 laps on his way to the win and vaulted into second place in the championship with four races remaining on the 2006 schedule.