The race for the Champ Car drivers' title is going to Mexico City in two weeks. \nBruno Junqueira won yesterday's Lexmark Indy 300 ahead of teammate Sebastien Bourdais, stalling Bourdais' run to the 2004 championship in a battle between Newman/Haas teammates. \nThe race finished under a slow-speed yellow caution flag in its scheduled 57 laps after Canadian Patrick Carpentier was injured when his car crashed heavily into a tire barrier four laps from the finish following a collision with the wall when his nosecone came off. \nCarpentier was taken to Gold Coast Hospital and underwent at CT scan, which showed no injuries, a Champ Car official said. \nThe official said Carpentier suffered no other injuries, but would be kept in hospital overnight because he was unconscious for a period immediately after the crash. \nIt was Junqueira's second win of the season and seventh of his career. He becomes the 14th different winner of the Australian race. \nBourdais came into the race with a 28-point lead over Junqueira and needing only to pick up seven points more than his teammate to clinch the title. But Junqueira picked up 31 points for winning and two more for posting the fastest lap during the race and for leading a lap. \nBourdais picked up 27 for finishing second, giving the French driver a 22-point lead going into the final series race Nov. 7. \nJunqueira finished 1.321 seconds ahead of Bourdais. Mario Dominguez, the 2002 winner, was third, and Canadian Paul Tracy, the pole-sitter who led for most of the first half of the race, was fourth. \n"The weekend started really difficult for me, we had gearbox troubles and I nearly didn't qualify," said Junqueira. "It feels good to have the points race still going. The last two years here I led but didn't win." \nBourdais said the race could have finished better. \n"It was a pretty good result, but not exactly the one we wanted," said Bourdais. "We wanted to finish in front of Bruno, but we were both on the podium so I'm happy with that." \nTracy, the 1995 winner here, lost the lead when he locked his brakes on the 40th lap, putting Junqueira in the lead for good. \nLast year's winner, Ryan Hunter-Reay of the US was fifth, followed by another American driver, A.J. Allmendinger. \nThe placing clinched the rookie-of-the-year title for Allmendinger, who also won rookie honors and was champion of last year's Toyota Atlantic series. \nAfter rain had affected the race three out of the last four years, and a number of major accidents at the start, this race was relatively incident-free over the first 40 laps of the 4.498km temporary street circuit. \nTracy won the pole Saturday, his third of the year, while Bourdais had guaranteed himself a front-row spot by winning Friday's opening qualifying session. \nAnother overall attendance record was set for the four-day event. Organizers said a record 107,321 attended the race.
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