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August 2-8, 2006

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San Jose Grand Prix

LeMans meets Almaden: Newman/Haas Racing's Sebastien Bourdais takes his second victory of the San Jose leg of the Champ Car World Series at last weekend's Grand Prix.

Wild in the Streets

By Felipe Buitrago

THIS past weekend, the San Jose Grand Prix proved that "more than a race" barely cuts it as a motto anymore. From the drifting to the pageant, and now incorporating impromptu pit-lane boxing, the Grand Prix really does cover it all. From the time the track opened to the public on Friday, all the way to the late evening Sunday, San Jose was lit with excitement, and people from everywhere came to see top drivers go wild in the streets of San Jose. On the track, Sebastien Bourdais proved he deserves to be the reigning champ. On Saturday, he covered the 1.448-mile track in less than 49 seconds, clocking in at an average speed of 106 miles an hour. It got him the pole for Sunday's race and he wrapped it up in first place. To his left on the podium in second place was Christiano Da Matta, and third was Justin Wilson. Meanwhile, on the short end of the stick was Alex Tagliani of Team Australia. He took a hit from Paul Tracy, who had already snaked Bourdais at the start of the race. Tracy bumped him off the track after only 52 laps. With no car left to race, Tagliani decided to have some words with Tracy in the pits. Tracy wasn't having it and launched the first punch. The fight was broken up and Champ Car will review the altercation. Elsewhere, David Lee Roth was firing up a spectacle of his own, remembering the days of old onstage Saturday on the Meadow at the Discovery Museum. After his set, the Freestyle Motocross riders were let loose. Then it was up to the women of the San Jose Grand Prix pageant to turn up the heat. The clouds broke and the sun shined as 19 contestants strutted their stuff to become the next face of the San Jose Grand Prix, with Jennifer Field taking the crown.

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