2007 Champ Car Season
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2007 Champ Car Season

2007 Champ Car season
Champ Car World Series
Champ Car logo.svg
2007 Champ Car season
Season
Races17 14
Start dateApril 8
End dateNovember 11
Awards
Drivers' championFrance Sébastien Bourdais
Rookie of the YearNetherlands Robert Doornbos

The 2007 Champ Car World Series season was the 29th and final overall season of the Champ Car World Series and the fourth and final season under the Champ Car title. It began on April 8, 2007 and ended on November 11 after 14 races. Unbeknownst at the time, this would end up being the final contested season of Champ Car, as the following February, the series unified with the Indy Racing League (IRL), marking the end of the Champ Car World Series for good.

For 2007 Champ Car underwent some major changes. The opening race of the season was switched from the Grand Prix of Long Beach to Las Vegas for the first running of the Vegas Grand Prix. The Long Beach Grand Prix was the second race of the season, followed by the Grand Prix of Houston. Also, the entire schedule was held on road and street courses, and the events were timed races instead of races for a set number of laps. The full 2007 schedule was announced on Wednesday, September 27, 2006.

Champ Car officials confirmed that Panoz would be the sole chassis supplier for Champ Car for the three years beginning in 2007. The Panoz DP01 was built by sister company Élan Motorsport Technologies and was powered by a turbo-charged Cosworth engine. The new formula was reported to significantly lower the costs of competing in the series, which was in turn expected to increase car counts for the 2007 Champ Car season. However, 2007 entries did not exceeded those of 2006. Ford announced it would no longer badge the Cosworth engines as Ford sold Cosworth to Kevin Kalkhoven. Mazda was confirmed as the new pace car and courtesy vehicle supplier.

ESPN announced a new, multiyear agreement that marked the return of the Champ Car World Series to the network in 2007.[1]

On January 16, 2007, Champ Car announced their return to Europe, for the first time since 2003, with races scheduled for September 2, 2007 at the TT Circuit Assen in the Netherlands, and September 9, 2007 at the historic Zolder circuit in Belgium.[2]

On January 23, 2007, Champ Car unveiled its new logo for the Champ Car World Series and the Atlantic Series. According to its website, it is a sleeker design with the new Panoz DP01 chassis on the right with an emphasis on a chicane-style layout, representing the street track racing that dominates Champ Car. There were no oval tracks on the calendar, with Milwaukee removed after the 2006 race.

Drivers and teams

The following teams and drivers competed in the 2007 Champ Car World Series season. All teams used a Cosworth 2.65-litre turbocharged V8 engine, a Panoz DP01 chassis, and Bridgestone tires.

Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner & Mexico Mario Domínguez were test drivers for Minardi Team USA.

Mid-season changes

Races

The 2007 Champ Car season ended up having 14 races, down from the proposed 17 races.

Rnd Date Race Name Circuit Location TV
1 April 8 United States Vegas Grand Prix[8] Streets of Las Vegas (S) Las Vegas, Nevada NBC
2 April 15 United States Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach[8] Streets of Long Beach (S) Long Beach, California NBC
3 April 22 United States Grand Prix of Houston[8] JAGFlo Speedway at Reliant Park (S) [9] Houston, Texas ESPN
4 June 10 United States Mazda Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland Presented by Joe's Sports and Outdoor[10] Portland International Raceway (R) Portland, Oregon ABC
5 June 24 United States Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by LaSalle Bank[11] Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport (S) Cleveland, Ohio CBS
6 July 1 Canada Champ Car Mont-Tremblant[12] Circuit Mont-Tremblant (R) Mont-Tremblant, Quebec ESPN
7 July 8 Canada Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto[9][12] Exhibition Place (S) Toronto, Ontario ESPN
8 July 22 Canada Rexall Grand Prix of Edmonton[12] Edmonton City Centre Airport (S) Edmonton, Alberta ESPN
9 July 29 United States San José Grand Prix at Redback Raceway[13] Streets of San Jose (S) San Jose, California ESPN2
10 August 12 United States Generac Grand Prix Road America (R) Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin ABC
11 August 26 Belgium Belgian Champ Car Grand Prix[13][14][15][16] Circuit Zolder (R) Heusden-Zolder, Belgium ESPN Classic
12 September 2 Netherlands Bavaria Champ Car Grand Prix Powered by Audi, Gant, Hertz, Jumbo & Pioneer[13][14][15][16] TT Circuit Assen (R) Assen, Netherlands ESPN Classic
13 October 21 Australia Lexmark Indy 300 Surfers Paradise Street Circuit (S) Surfers Paradise, Australia ESPN Classic
14 November 11 Mexico Gran Premio Tecate Presented by Banamex Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez (R) Mexico City, Mexico ESPN2

(R) Dedicated road course, (S) Temporary street circuit

  • The Grand Prix of Denver was cancelled by Champ Car on February 1.
  • The Chinese Champ Car Grand Prix, after having its original May 20 date postponed, was cancelled on April 2 after the FIA rejected Champ Car's replacement date.
  • The Grand Prix Arizona was cancelled on August 29.

Season summary

Race results

Rnd Race Name Pole position Fastest lap Lead most laps Winning driver Winning team Report
1 United States Vegas Grand Prix Australia Will Power Australia Will Power Australia Will Power Australia Will Power Australia Team Australia Report
2 United States Grand Prix of Long Beach France Sébastien Bourdais France Simon Pagenaud France Sébastien Bourdais France Sébastien Bourdais United States Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing Report
3 United States Grand Prix of Houston Australia Will Power France Sébastien Bourdais France Sébastien Bourdais France Sébastien Bourdais United States Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing Report
4 United States Grand Prix of Portland United Kingdom Justin Wilson France Sébastien Bourdais United Kingdom Justin Wilson France Sébastien Bourdais United States Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing Report
5 United States Grand Prix of Cleveland France Sébastien Bourdais France Sébastien Bourdais Australia Will Power Canada Paul Tracy United States Forsythe Racing Report
6 Canada Mont-Tremblant Grand Prix France Tristan Gommendy France Sébastien Bourdais France Sébastien Bourdais Netherlands Robert Doornbos United Kingdom Minardi Team USA Report
7 Canada Grand Prix of Toronto France Sébastien Bourdais France Sébastien Bourdais Spain Oriol Servia Australia Will Power Australia Team Australia Report
8 Canada Grand Prix of Edmonton Australia Will Power France Sébastien Bourdais France Sébastien Bourdais France Sébastien Bourdais United States Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing Report
9 United States San Jose Grand Prix United Kingdom Justin Wilson United Kingdom Justin Wilson Spain Oriol Servia Netherlands Robert Doornbos United Kingdom Minardi Team USA Report
10 United States Grand Prix of Road America France Sébastien Bourdais France Sébastien Bourdais France Sébastien Bourdais France Sébastien Bourdais United States Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing Report
11 Belgium Belgian Grand Prix France Sébastien Bourdais France Sébastien Bourdais France Sébastien Bourdais France Sébastien Bourdais United States Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing Report
12 Netherlands Bavarian Grand Prix France Sébastien Bourdais United Kingdom Dan Clarke United Kingdom Justin Wilson United Kingdom Justin Wilson United States RSPORTS Report
13 Australia Lexmark Indy 300 Australia Will Power United States Graham Rahal France Sébastien Bourdais France Sébastien Bourdais United States Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing Report
14 Mexico Gran Premio Tecate Australia Will Power Netherlands Robert Doornbos France Sébastien Bourdais France Sébastien Bourdais United States Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing Report

Final driver standings

Pos Driver LAS United States LBH United States HOU United States POR United States CLE United States MTT Canada TOR Canada EDM Canada SAN United States ROA United States ZOL Belgium ASS Netherlands SUR Australia MEX Mexico Pts
1 France Sébastien Bourdais 13 1* 1* 1 12 2* 9 1* 5 1* 1* 7 1* 1* 364
2 United Kingdom Justin Wilson 14 4 10 2* 4 5 3 2 13 8 5 1* 2 10 281
3 Netherlands Robert Doornbos  RY  2 13 3 3 2 1 6 11 1 14 7 13 4 16 268
4 Australia Will Power 1* 3 11 4 10* 3 1 15 4 16 4 14 16 2 262
5 United States Graham Rahal  R  17 8 2 9 8 7 11 3 6 3 3 9 11 4 243
6 Spain Oriol Servià 2 4 11 7 9 10* 6 3* 4 6 8 14 3 237
7 Brazil Bruno Junqueira 7 6 7 13 16 17 5 7 7 9 2 3 3 7 233
8 12 14 5 8 5 4 4 4 10 11 12 6 5 6 232
9 Switzerland Neel Jani  R  10 7 15 12 3 6 2 9 2 10 8 5 8 9 231
10 Canada Alex Tagliani 4 5 9 5 6 8 8 14 15 5 9 15 7 13 205
11 Canada Paul Tracy 3 10 1 15 14 5 11 12 10 17 9 5 171
12 5 11 13 7 13 12 15 8 7 16 4 140
13 United Kingdom Dan Clarke 15 12 17 6 11 14 12 8 17 2 11 17 17 129
14 United Kingdom Ryan Dalziel  R  11 9 8 14 9 10 7 12 17 15 10 116
15 United Kingdom Katherine Legge 6 10 16 17 15 11 16 16 16 15 11 12 15 15 108
16 Belgium Jan Heylen 15 14 16 13 10 9 6 13 2 104
17 United States Alex Figge  R  8 16 16 17 13 17 13 14 13 14 16 13 11 95
18 Mexico Mario Domínguez 9 17 6 17 12 17 12 8 78
19 France Nelson Philippe 6 12 28
20 Mexico David Martínez  R  10 14 18
21 New Zealand Matt Halliday  R  16 15 14 18
22 Brazil Roberto Moreno 12 9
Pos Driver LAS United States LBH United States HOU United States POR United States CLE United States MTT Canada TOR Canada EDM Canada SAN United States ROA United States ZOL Belgium ASS Netherlands SUR Australia MEX Mexico Pts
Color Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green 4th & 5th place
Light Blue 6th-10th place
Dark Blue Finished
(Outside Top 10)
Purple Did not finish
Red Did not qualify
(DNQ)
Brown Withdrawn
(Wth)
Black Disqualified
(DSQ)
White Did Not Start
(DNS)
Race abandoned
(C)
Blank Did not
participate
In-line notation
Bold Pole position
Italics Ran fastest race lap
* Led most race laps
 RY  Rookie of the Year
 R  Rookie

Driver breakdown

Rule changes

The new rules of the 2007 season included the implementation of standing starts at venues where they can be safely implemented. Additionally, all events were timed events instead of running a set number of laps. As the time limit approaches, the drivers will be notified that they are beginning the last lap. The leader will NOT be shown the white flag, which will now be employed in a similar manner to its use by the FIA. Teams will also be allowed unlimited access to their tires during all qualifying sessions. The requirement for each team to use at least one set of the alternate Bridgestone Potenzas during the race would remain in place.

From this season onwards drivers no longer receive a bonus point for leading a lap of the race.

Notes

  1. ^ Champ Car coming to ESPN beginning in 2007 - Racing - ESPN
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 7, 2007. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Servià keeps Forsythe drive". autosport.com. May 22, 2007. Archived from the original on May 25, 2007. Retrieved 2007.
  4. ^ "Heylen at Conquest for rest of year". autosport.com. June 1, 2007. Archived from the original on June 3, 2007. Retrieved 2007.
  5. ^ "Pacific Coast Motorsports signs Mexican Superstar Mario Domínguez". champcarworldseries.com. September 20, 2007. Archived from the original on October 11, 2007. Retrieved 2007.
  6. ^ "He's back!Nelson Philippe returns to Conquest Racing team". champcarworldseries.com. October 3, 2007. Archived from the original on October 11, 2007. Retrieved 2007.
  7. ^ "Oriol Servià To Compete For PKV Racing At Lexmark Indy 300". champcarworldseries.com. October 16, 2007. Retrieved 2007.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ a b c "Vegas Grand Prix opens 2007 Champ Car season". reviewjournal.com. August 1, 2006. Retrieved 2006.
  9. ^ a b "Sponsor boost for Toronto, Houston". crash.net. March 13, 2007. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved 2007.
  10. ^ "Mazda New Title Sponsor for Portland Champ Car Grand Prix". whowon.com. May 10, 2007. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved 2007.
  11. ^ "Cleveland 2007 date announced". motorsport.com. August 24, 2006. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved 2006.
  12. ^ a b c "Champ Car set to add Quebec pit stop". globeandmail.com. September 25, 2006. Retrieved 2006.
  13. ^ a b c "2007 Champ Car Schedule Coming - China, Europe to be Added?". paddocktalk.com. September 17, 2006. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved 2006.
  14. ^ a b "Champ Car in 2007 naar Assen?". telesport.nl. August 26, 2006. Archived from the original on August 6, 2011. Retrieved 2006.
  15. ^ a b "Champ Car coming back to Europe". grandprix.com. September 25, 2006. Archived from the original on July 7, 2007. Retrieved 2006.
  16. ^ a b "Champ Car adds 2 European races". indystar.com. January 15, 2007. Archived from the original on February 21, 2012. Retrieved 2007.

References

See also


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