A.J. Allmendinger had just one thing to say to Forsythe Champion-ship Racing teammate Paul Tracy -- thank you.
Allmendinger's easy win at the Grand Prix of Denver on Sunday combined with Tracy taking out points leader Sebastien Bourdais in the final turn made the Champ Car points race a lot more competitive. Allmendinger, who won his fourth race of the season with a track-record average speed of 147.789kph, moved into second place in the championship race. He's 32 points behind Bourdais.
"I need a couple more of those," Allmendinger said with a grin.
Bourdais, meanwhile, wasn't in a joking mood following the incident. Tracy, who was having fuel problems late, was trying to hold off Bourdais heading into the final turn of the race. Bourdais passed Tracy for second, but Tracy locked the brakes and slid into Bourdais and both cars failed to finish.
Bourdais got out of his car and charged after Tracy. He pointed an accusing finger at Tracy, the two exchanged words, Bourdais shoved Tracy, and then Bourdais stomped away.
Tracy was already on probation for a crash he caused on July 30 in San Jose, California. Tracy tangled with Alex Tagliani on that occasion.