Newman/Haas/Lanigan’s Bourdais and Rahal Claim Phanos prize Assen, The Netherlands – They may have lost the Canadian Triple Crown by only .3 points to Team Australia, but Sebastien Bourdais and Graham Rahal of Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing took their revenge today by claiming the Phanos Champ Car European Team Cup Competition with a 16.5 point lead over Will Power and Simon Pagenaud of Team Australia. Pictured right (L to R) Graham Rahal, team owner Mike Lanigan and Sebastien Bourdais
Despite Bourdais and Rahal running as low as 16th and 10th respectively at one point, the pair never let go of the grasp they had on the European Cup. Pagenaud and Power did all they could to make their way to the top, but at the end of the day, the sixth and 14th place finishes of the Team Australia were not enough to steal the title – the squad finishing in second place with 114 points.
Finishing third was the pair of Alex Tagliani and Justin Wilson with 106.5 points who edged out PKV Racing drivers Tristan Gommendy and Neel Jani by .5 points. With a second podium finish in a row Dale Coyne Racing’s Bruno Junqueira and Katherine Legge finished in fifth while the single car team of Conquest Racing with driver Jan Heylen moved up to sixth thanks to Heylen’s first career Champ Car podium.
Champ Car teams earned points during both the Friday and Saturday qualifying sessions, with first place earning 10 points and each following position .5 points less than the preceding driver (10 / 9.5 / 9 / 8.5 / 8 etc.), making the qualifying sessions an important part of the Phanos Champ Car European Team Cup competition.
Sunday race points started at 20 for the winner with each following driver picking up one point less (20 / 19 / 18 / 17 etc.). The points were then totaled for each teammate to determine the standings.
Conquest Racing’s points gained by lone driver Jan Heylen were doubled for each session. (Please see attached document with final standings and points distribution.)
Sebastien Bourdais and Graham Rahal were rewarded with trophies and a week-long stay for each of them at a Phanos Resort location.
An element of the new partnership between Champ Car and Phanos provided the entire Champ Car World Series organization including executives, team owners, operations personnel and drivers with deluxe housing at a Phanos Resort during their stay in Assen.
PHANOS CHAMP CAR EUROPEAN TEAM CUP STANDINGS FINAL
Pos. Team Drivers Points
1. Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing Sebastien Bourdais / Graham Rahal 130.5
2. Team Australia Simon Pagenaud / Will Power 114
3. Rocketsports / RuSPORT Alex Tagliani / Justin Wilson 106.6
4. PKV Racing Tristan Gommendy / Neel Jani 106
5. Dale Coyne Racing Bruno Junqueira / Katherine Legge Oriol Servia / Paul Tracy 95
6. Conquest Racing Jan Heylen 90
7. Forsythe Championship Racing Oriol Servia / Paul Tracy 88
8. Minardi Team USA Dan Clarke / Mario Dominguez / Robert Doornbos 77.5
9. Pacific Coast Motorsports Ryan Dalziel / Alex Figge 53.5