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2007 American Championship Car season
Series  : Champ Car
Champion : 22px-Flag of France Sébastien Bourdais
Previous: 2006 Next: 2008 (CCWS)
2008 (ICS)

The 2007 Champ Car season was the 29th and final season of the Champ Car World Series, however only its fourth 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 IRL.

For 2007 Champ Car underwent some major changes. The opening race of the season was switched from the Long Beach Grand Prix 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. 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 Edit

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

Team No Driver(s) Sponsor(s) Rounds Test Drivers
USAflagsmall Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 1 22px-Flag of France Sébastien Bourdais McDonald's All N/A
2 USAflagsmall Graham Rahal MEDIZONE All
USAflagsmall Forsythe Racing 3 25px-Canadaflag Paul Tracy Indeck/Monster Energy Drink 1, 4–14 N/A
22px-Flag of Spain Oriol Servià Indeck 2–3
7 25px-Mexicoflag Mario Domínguez Telmex/Cabi Developers 1–3
22px-Flag of Spain Oriol Servià Indeck 4–12
25px-Mexicoflag David Martinez Indeck/Axtel 13–14
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Minardi Team USA 4 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dan Clarke Ticketmaster/OzJet 1–10, 12–14 22px-Flag of Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner

25px-Mexicoflag Mario Domínguez

25px-Mexicoflag Mario Domínguez 11
14 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Robert Doornbos Muermans/Jumbo Supermarkets/OzJet All
25px-AustraliaFLAG Team Australia 5 25px-AustraliaFLAG Will Power Aussie Vineyards All N/A
15 22px-Flag of France Simon Pagenaud Aussie Vineyards All
USAflagsmall RSPORTS 8 25px-Canadaflag Alex Tagliani LXN2/Lexington Energy Services/Procter and Gamble/Wal-Mart Canada All N/A
9 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Justin Wilson CDW All
USAflagsmall Dale Coyne Racing 11 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Katherine Legge Dale Coyne Racing All N/A
19 25px-Brazilflag Bruno Junqueira Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q All
USAflagsmall PKV Racing 21 20px-Flag of Switzerland Neel Jani Red Bull/Gulfstream All N/A
22 22px-Flag of France Tristan Gommendy Pay By Touch/Megaspiera 1–7, 9–12
25px-Mexicoflag Mario Domínguez 8
22px-Flag of Spain Oriol Servià Pay By Touch 13–14
USAflagsmall Pacific Coast Motorsports 28 Flag of Scotland.svg Ryan Dalziel Ironclad 1–8, 10–12 N/A
25px-Mexicoflag Mario Domínguez Tecate 9, 13–14
29 USAflagsmall Alex Figge Imperial Capital Bank 1–2, 4–14
25px-Brazilflag Roberto Moreno 3
USAflagsmall Conquest Racing 34 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil) Jan Heylen Grafiprint Digital Printing Materials 4–12 N/A
34 22px-Flag of France Nelson Philippe Juniper Property Development Group 13–14
42 25px-Newzealandflag Matt Halliday 42 Below 1–3

Mid-season changesEdit

  • Jan Heylen was signed initially to drove for Conquest Racing at the European rounds of the series, however on June 1, the team confirmed that the Belgian was signed for the remainder of the season replacing Matt Halliday.[4]
  • Tristan Gommendy was unable to take part in Edmonton, suffering a couple of microscopic fractures in a practice accident on Friday of the race weekend. He was replaced by Mario Domínguez, who was on hand to drive the Minardi two-seater Formula One cars.

RacesEdit

Rnd Race Name Circuit City/Location TV Date
1 USAflagsmall Vegas Grand Prix[8] Streets of Las Vegas Las Vegas, Nevada NBC April 8
2 USAflagsmall Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach[8] Streets of Long Beach Long Beach, California NBC April 15
3 USAflagsmall Grand Prix of Houston[8] JAGFlo Speedway at Reliant Park[9] Houston, Texas ESPN April 22
4 USAflagsmall Mazda Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland Presented by Joe's Sports and Outdoor[10] Portland International Raceway Portland, Oregon ABC June 10
5 USAflagsmall Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by LaSalle Bank[11] Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport Cleveland, Ohio CBS June 24
6 25px-Canadaflag Champ Car Mont-Tremblant[12] Circuit Mont-Tremblant Mont-Tremblant, Quebec ESPN July 1
7 25px-Canadaflag Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto[9][12] Exhibition Place Toronto, Ontario ESPN July 8
8 25px-Canadaflag Rexall Grand Prix of Edmonton[12] Edmonton City Centre Airport Edmonton, Alberta ESPN July 22
9 USAflagsmall San José Grand Prix at Redback Raceway[13] Streets of San Jose San Jose, California ESPN2 July 29
10 USAflagsmall Generac Grand Prix Road America Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin ABC August 12
11 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil) Belgian Champ Car Grand Prix[13][14][15][16] Circuit Zolder Heusden-Zolder, Belgium ESPN Classic August 26
12 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Bavaria Champ Car Grand Prix Powered by Audi, Gant, Hertz, Jumbo & Pioneer[13][14][15][16] TT Circuit Assen Assen, Netherlands ESPN Classic September 2
13 25px-AustraliaFLAG Lexmark Indy 300 Surfers Paradise Street Circuit Surfers Paradise, Australia ESPN Classic October 21
14 25px-Mexicoflag Gran Premio Tecate Presented by Banamex Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez Mexico City, Mexico ESPN 2 November 11
  • All 2007 Champ Car races running on Road Course/Street Circuit.
  • 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 Of Arizona was cancelled on August 29.

Full Series resultsEdit

Races Edit

Rnd Race Name Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning team Report
1 USAflagsmall Vegas Grand Prix 25px-AustraliaFLAG Will Power 25px-AustraliaFLAG Will Power 25px-AustraliaFLAG Will Power 25px-AustraliaFLAG Team Australia Report
2 USAflagsmall Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach 22px-Flag of France Sébastien Bourdais 22px-Flag of France Simon Pagenaud 22px-Flag of France Sébastien Bourdais USAflagsmall Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing Report
3 USAflagsmall Grand Prix of Houston 25px-AustraliaFLAG Will Power 22px-Flag of France Sébastien Bourdais 22px-Flag of France Sébastien Bourdais USAflagsmall Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing Report
4 USAflagsmall Mazda Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland Presented by Joe's Sports and Outdoor 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Justin Wilson 22px-Flag of France Sébastien Bourdais 22px-Flag of France Sébastien Bourdais USAflagsmall Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing Report
5 USAflagsmall Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by LaSalle Bank 22px-Flag of France Sébastien Bourdais 22px-Flag of France Sébastien Bourdais 25px-Canadaflag Paul Tracy USAflagsmall Forsythe Racing Report
6 25px-Canadaflag Champ Car Mont-Tremblant 22px-Flag of France Tristan Gommendy 22px-Flag of France Sébastien Bourdais 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Robert Doornbos 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Minardi Team USA Report
7 25px-Canadaflag Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto 22px-Flag of France Sébastien Bourdais 22px-Flag of France Sébastien Bourdais 25px-AustraliaFLAG Will Power 25px-AustraliaFLAG Team Australia Report
8 25px-Canadaflag Rexall Grand Prix of Edmonton 25px-AustraliaFLAG Will Power 22px-Flag of France Sébastien Bourdais 22px-Flag of France Sébastien Bourdais USAflagsmall Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing Report
9 USAflagsmall San José Grand Prix at Redback Raceway 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Justin Wilson 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Justin Wilson 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Robert Doornbos 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Minardi Team USA Report
10 USAflagsmall Generac Grand Prix 22px-Flag of France Sébastien Bourdais 22px-Flag of France Sébastien Bourdais 22px-Flag of France Sébastien Bourdais USAflagsmall Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing Report
11 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil) Belgian Champ Car Grand Prix 22px-Flag of France Sébastien Bourdais 22px-Flag of France Sébastien Bourdais 22px-Flag of France Sébastien Bourdais USAflagsmall Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing Report
12 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Bavaria Champ Car Grand Prix Powered by Audi, Gant, Hertz, Jumbo & Pioneer 22px-Flag of France Sébastien Bourdais 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dan Clarke 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Justin Wilson USAflagsmall RSPORTS Report
13 25px-AustraliaFLAG Lexmark Indy 300 25px-AustraliaFLAG Will Power USAflagsmall Graham Rahal 22px-Flag of France Sébastien Bourdais USAflagsmall Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing Report
14 25px-Mexicoflag Gran Premio Tecate Presented by Banamex 25px-AustraliaFLAG Will Power 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Robert Doornbos 22px-Flag of France Sébastien Bourdais USAflagsmall Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing Report

Final driver standingsEdit

Pos Driver LAS USAflagsmall LBH USAflagsmall HOU USAflagsmall POR USAflagsmall CLE USAflagsmall MTT 25px-Canadaflag TOR 25px-Canadaflag EDM 25px-Canadaflag SAN USAflagsmall ROA USAflagsmall ZOL 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil) ASS 22px-Flag of the Netherlands SUR 25px-AustraliaFLAG MEX 25px-Mexicoflag Pts
1 22px-Flag of France Sébastien Bourdais 13 1* 1* 1 12 2* 9 1* 5 1* 1* 7 1* 1* 364
2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Justin Wilson 14 4 10 2* 4 5 3 2 13 8 5 1* 2 10 281
3 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Robert Doornbos 2 13 3 3 2 1 6 11 1 14 7 13 4 16 268
4 25px-AustraliaFLAG Will Power 1* 3 11 4 10* 3 1 15 4 16 4 14 16 2 262
5 USAflagsmall Graham Rahal 17 8 2 9 8 7 11 3 6 3 3 9 11 4 243
6 22px-Flag of Spain Oriol Servià 2 4 11 7 9 10* 6 3* 4 6 8 14 3 237
7 25px-Brazilflag Bruno Junqueira 7 6 7 13 16 17 5 7 7 9 2 3 3 7 233
8 22px-Flag of France Simon Pagenaud 12 14 5 8 5 4 4 4 10 11 12 6 5 6 232
9 20px-Flag of Switzerland Neel Jani 10 7 15 12 3 6 2 9 2 10 8 5 8 9 231
10 25px-Canadaflag Alex Tagliani 4 5 9 5 6 8 8 14 15 5 9 15 7 13 205
11 25px-Canadaflag Paul Tracy 3 10 1 15 14 5 11 12 10 17 9 5 171
12 22px-Flag of France Tristan Gommendy 5 11 13 7 13 12 15 8 7 16 4 140
13 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dan Clarke 15 12 17 6 11 14 12 8 17 2 11 17 17 129
14 Flag of Scotland.svg Ryan Dalziel 11 9 8 14 9 10 7 12 17 15 10 116
15 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Katherine Legge 6 10 16 17 15 11 16 16 16 15 11 12 15 15 108
16 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil) Jan Heylen 15 14 16 13 10 9 6 13 2 104
17 USAflagsmall Alex Figge 8 16 16 17 13 17 13 14 13 14 16 13 11 95
18 25px-Mexicoflag Mario Domínguez 9 17 6 17 12 17 12 8 78
19 22px-Flag of France Nelson Philippe 6 12 28
20 25px-Mexicoflag David Martínez 10 14 18
25px-Newzealandflag Matt Halliday 16 15 14 18
22 25px-Brazilflag Roberto Moreno 12 9
Pos Driver LAS USAflagsmall LBH USAflagsmall HOU USAflagsmall POR USAflagsmall CLE USAflagsmall MTT 25px-Canadaflag TOR 25px-Canadaflag EDM 25px-Canadaflag SAN USAflagsmall ROA USAflagsmall ZOL 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil) ASS 22px-Flag of the Netherlands SUR 25px-AustraliaFLAG MEX 25px-Mexicoflag 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)
Blank Did not
participate
(DNP)
Not competing
In-line notation
Bold Pole position
Italics Ran fastest race lap
* Led most race laps
Rookie of the Year
Rookie

Point Scoring System:

  • Points are awarded based on each driver's resulting place (regardless of whether the car is running at the end of the race):
Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Points 31 27 25 23 21 19 17 15 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Bonus Points:

  • 1 For Fastest Race Lap
  • 1 For Fastest Friday Qualifying Lap
  • 1 For Fastest Saturday Qualifying Lap
  • 1 For Most Positions Gained From Starting Position (in the event of tie, the better-placed driver gets the point)

Driver BreakdownEdit

Pos Driver Team Races Wins Top 3 Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led
1 22px-Flag of France Bourdais USAflagsmall N/H/L Racing 14 8 9 10 11 6 463
2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Wilson USAflagsmall RSPORTS 14 1 5 9 12 2 113
3 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Doornbos(R) 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Minardi Team USA 14 2 6 7 9 61
4 25px-AustraliaFLAG Power 25px-AustraliaFLAG Team Australia 14 2 5 8 9 5 153
5 USAflagsmall Rahal(R) USAflagsmall N/H/L Racing 14 4 5 11 18
6 22px-Flag of Spain Servià USAflagsmall Forsythe Racing
USAflagsmall PKV Racing
13 3 5 10 85
7 25px-Brazilflag Junqueira USAflagsmall DC Racing 14 3 4 11 33
8 22px-Flag of France Pagenaud(R) 25px-AustraliaFLAG Team Australia 14 6 10 19
9 20px-Flag of Switzerland Jani(R) USAflagsmall PKV Racing 14 3 4 12 30
10 25px-Canadaflag Tagliani USAflagsmall RSPORTS 14 4 10 14
11 25px-Canadaflag Tracy USAflagsmall Forsythe Racing 12 1 2 4 7 49
12 22px-Flag of France Gommendy(R) USAflagsmall PKV Racing 11 2 5 1 31
13 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Clarke 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Minardi Team USA 13 1 1 3 2
14 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dalziel(R) USAflagsmall PC Motorsports 11 6 16
15 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Legge USAflagsmall DC Racing 14 2
16 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil) Heylen USAflagsmall Conquest Racing 9 1 1 4
17 USAflagsmall Figge(R) USAflagsmall PC Motorsports 13 1
18 25px-Mexicoflag Domínguez USAflagsmall Forsythe Racing
USAflagsmall PKV Racing
USAflagsmall PC Motorsports
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Minardi Team USA
8 3
19 22px-Flag of France Philippe USAflagsmall Conquest Racing 2 1
20 25px-Mexicoflag Martínez(R) USAflagsmall Forsythe Racing 2 1
21 25px-Newzealandflag Halliday(R) USAflagsmall Conquest Racing 3
22 25px-Brazilflag Moreno USAflagsmall PC Motorsports 1

Rule changesEdit

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.

NotesEdit

  1. Champ Car coming to ESPN beginning in 2007 – Racing – ESPN
  2. http://www.champcarworldseries.com/News/Article.asp?ID=11193
  3. "Servià keeps Forsythe drive". autosport.com. May 22, 2007. Archived from the original on 25 May 2007. http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/59040. Retrieved June 1, 2007. 
  4. "Heylen at Conquest for rest of year". autosport.com. June 1, 2007. Archived from the original on 3 June 2007. http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/59310. Retrieved June 1, 2007. 
  5. "Pacific Coast Motorsports signs Mexican Superstar Mario Domínguez". champcarworldseries.com. September 20, 2007. Archived from the original on 11 October 2007. http://web.archive.org/web/20071011081150/http://champcarworldseries.com/News/Article.asp?ID=12232. Retrieved September 21, 2007. 
  6. "He’s back! Nelson Philippe returns to Conquest Racing team". champcarworldseries.com. October 3, 2007. Archived from the original on 11 October 2007. http://web.archive.org/web/20071011084623/http://champcarworldseries.com/News/Article.asp?ID=12249. Retrieved October 6, 2007. 
  7. "Oriol Servià To Compete For PKV Racing At Lexmark Indy 300". champcarworldseries.com. October 16, 2007. http://www.champcarworldseries.com/News/Article.asp?ID=12264. Retrieved October 16, 2007. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 "Vegas Grand Prix opens 2007 Champ Car season". reviewjournal.com. August 1, 2006. http://www.reviewjournal.com/lvrj_home/2006/Aug-01-Tue-2006/sports/8803743.html. Retrieved September 2, 2006. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Sponsor boost for Toronto, Houston". crash.net. March 13, 2007. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. http://web.archive.org/web/20070927210107/http://www.crash.net/news_view~cid~3~id~144461.htm. Retrieved March 13, 2007. 
  10. "Mazda New Title Sponsor for Portland Champ Car Grand Prix". whowon.com. May 10, 2007. http://www.whowon.com/sresults.asp?SanctionID=198&StoryID=219539. Retrieved May 11, 2007. 
  11. "Cleveland 2007 date announced". motorsport.com. August 24, 2006. http://www.motorsport.com/news/article.asp?ID=230185&FS=CHAMPCAR. Retrieved September 5, 2006. 
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 "Champ Car set to add Quebec pit stop". globeandmail.com. September 25, 2006. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. http://web.archive.org/web/20070930060835/http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20060925.CHAMP25/TPStory/TPSports/OtherSports/. Retrieved September 26, 2006. 
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 "2007 Champ Car Schedule Coming – China, Europe to be Added?". paddocktalk.com. September 17, 2006. http://www.paddocktalk.com/news/html/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=41412. Retrieved September 17, 2006. 
  14. 14.0 14.1 "Champ Car in 2007 naar Assen?". telesport.nl. August 26, 2006. http://www.telesport.nl/autosport/article564565.ece. Retrieved September 1, 2006. 
  15. 15.0 15.1 "Champ Car coming back to Europe". grandprix.com. September 25, 2006. http://www.grandprix.com/ft/ft17495.html. Retrieved September 26, 2006. 
  16. 16.0 16.1 "Champ Car adds 2 European races". indystar.com. January 15, 2007. http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070115/SPORTS01/701150423. Retrieved January 16, 2007. 

ReferencesEdit

from the original on May 28, 2009. http://www.driverdb.com/standings/5-2007/. Retrieved May 19, 2009. 


from the original on May 28, 2009. http://www.champcarstats.com/year/2007.htm. Retrieved May 19, 2009. 


from the original on May 28, 2009. http://www.champcar.ws/Results/Standings.asp?Year=2007. Retrieved May 19, 2009. 


See alsoEdit

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