BOURDAIS PASSES J. WILSON ON FINAL LAP OF MEXICO CITY RACE

 
 

MEXICO CITY (November 12, 2006) – Today’s Gran Premio Telmex Presentado por Banamex was the last Champ Car race for the venerable Lola B2K00 chassis, so Sebastien Bourdais and Justin Wilson made sure the old warhorse went out in style in front of 104,422 fans in Mexico City.

Bourdais and Wilson staged a duel for the ages over the last five laps of the 2006 Champ Car World Series season finale, with Bourdais battling back from four seconds behind to take his seventh win of the year and the 23rd of his career. Bourdais overcame a 360-degree spin - as he did in his 2004 title-clinching win - stretched the life of his Bridgestone Potenzas rain tires over two stints, escaped unharmed through a side-by-side battle through the fabled Peraltada, and made a hair-raising pass of Wilson on the last lap of the year to take the win. 

The last-lap pass ended a courageous run for victory by Wilson who led a race-high 40 laps despite a broken wrist that caused him to miss the Australia event, but Wilson’s second-place run was enough to move him into a career-best second place in the final season standings. Will Power made some history of his own today, earning his first podium finish and the Roshfrans Rookie-of-the-Year title with a third-place finish.