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Teammate keeps Bourdais from title

Associated Press
Published October 25, 2004

SURFERS PARADISE, Australia - Bruno Junqueira spoiled his teammate's bid to clinch the Champ Car drivers' title.

Junqueira won Sunday's Lexmark Indy 300, meaning Sebastien Bourdais will take a 22-point lead over Junqueira into the season-ending race Nov.7 in Mexico City.

The Tampa resident came into the race with a 28-point lead over Junqueira and needed to finish with seven more than him to clinch the title. But Junqueira earned 31 points en route to his second victory and two more for posting the fastest lap during the race and for leading a lap at the 2.795-mile temporary street circuit.

"It feels good to have the points race still going," Junqueira said.

It was the seventh win of Junqueira's career. He becomes the 14th different winner of the Australian race.

Bourdais finished second and picked up 27 points.

The race finished under a caution after Patrick Carpentier was hurt when his car crashed into a tire barrier four laps from the end.

Carpentier was taken to Gold Coast Hospital and had a CT scan, which showed no head injuries, a series official said. Carpentier had no other injuries but was kept in the hospital overnight because he was unconscious for a period immediately after the crash.

FORMULA ONE: Juan Pablo Montoya won in his final race for Williams-BMW, beating future McLaren teammate Kimi Raikkonen to capture the Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo. In the last race of the season, native son Rubens Barrichello started from the pole for the second straight year and led early but finished third in his best performance in 12 attempts at Interlagos. Barrichello's Ferrari teammate, seven-time series champion Michael Schumacher, was seventh.

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