Bourdais stays hot to win at Monterrey


Sebastien Bourdais overcame a slow early pit stop to win his third straight Champ Car race yesterday, edging Justin Wilson by 3.066 seconds in Mexico's Grand Prix of Monterrey.

Bourdais and Wilson went at each other all afternoon during a virtually crash-free race despite slippery conditions on the asphalt. The 2.104-mile Parque Fundidora road course curves around a rusty, long-closed steel mill in Mexico's third-largest city.

The winner finished in 1 hour, 39 minutes, 50.252 seconds and had an average best-lap speed of 96.099 mph. Wilson finished in 1:39:53.318 and averaged 96.049 mph in his fastest time around the course.

The heat was a factor during the 76-lap race, with temperatures at 97 degrees at the start. On the track, they climbed to 125 degrees. Californian A.J. Allmendinger was third, 14.132 seconds off the lead. He was followed by Canadians Paul Tracy, 47.222 seconds behind Bourdais, and Alex Tagliani, whose time of 1:40:48.030 was nearly 58 seconds slower than the winner.

Indy Racing League -- Indianapolis 500 pole winner Sam Hornish Jr. escaped injury yesterday when he crashed his backup car during a practice session. Hornish was working on race setup and had just turned his fastest lap of the day at 226.256 mph when he crashed. He was following Danica Patrick through a turn when his car skidded sideways. It appeared the two-time IRL series champion almost got the car back under control, but he eventually slid down the track and bounced off the wall. Hornish got out of the car under his own power and walked to the safety car for the mandatory ride to the infield medical center. The Marlboro Team Penske driver, who has been fastest for all but one day the cars have run since practice opened May 9, qualified on the pole Saturday with a four-lap average of 228.985 for Sunday's race.

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