2005 Champ Car season – Wikipedia

Open wheel motor racing season

The 2005 Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season was the 27th overall and the second season of the Champ Car World Series era of American open-wheel racing. It began on April 10, 2005 in Long Beach, California and ended on November 6 in Mexico City, Mexico after 13 races. The Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford Drivers’ Champion was Sébastien Bourdais, his second consecutive championship. The Rookie of the Year was Timo Glock.

Drivers and teams[edit]

The 2.65 liter turbo V8 Ford-Cosworth XFE engine continued to be the exclusive power plant for the series. Bridgestone continued on as the exclusive series tire supplier as well. The two companies continued the marketing agreement that branded the series Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford. All teams ran the Lola B02/00 chassis after the 2002 bankruptcy of Reynard Motorsport prevented further development of their Reynard 02I, causing it to become uncompetitive against the Lola.

The following teams and drivers competed in the 2005 Champ Car season.

Team and driver changes[edit]

Similar to the 2003 and 2004 seasons, there were once again many changes for the 2005 season.

Mid-season changes[edit]

Season summary[edit]


Rnd Date Race Name Circuit City/Location
1 April 10 United States Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach  S  Streets of Long Beach Long Beach, California
2 May 22 Mexico Tecate/Telmex Grand Prix of Monterrey  S  Fundidora Park Monterrey, Mexico
3 June 4 United States Time Warner Cable Road Runner 225, Presented by US Bank  O  Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin
4 June 18 United States G.I. Joe’s presents the Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland  R  Portland International Raceway Portland, Oregon
5 June 26 United States Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland presented by U.S. Bank  S  Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport Cleveland, Ohio
6 July 10 Canada Molson Indy Toronto  S  Exhibition Place Toronto, Ontario
7 July 17 Canada West Edmonton Mall Grand Prix of Edmonton  S  Edmonton City Centre Airport Edmonton, Alberta
8 July 31 United States Taylor Woodrow Grand Prix of San Jose  S  Streets of San Jose San Jose, California
9 August 14 United States Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver presented by PacifiCare  S  Denver Civic Center Denver, Colorado
10 August 28 Canada Molson Indy Montreal  R  Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Montreal, Quebec
11 September 24 United States Champ Car Hurricane Relief 400  O  Las Vegas Motor Speedway Las Vegas, Nevada
12 October 22 Australia Lexmark Indy 300  S  Surfers Paradise Street Circuit Surfers Paradise, Australia
13 November 6 Mexico Gran Premio Telmex-Tecate presented by Banamex  R  Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez Mexico City, Mexico

 O  Oval/Speedway R  Dedicated road course S  Temporary street circuit

The initial 2005 schedule announced by Champ Car included 14 races,[21] but only 13 races actually took place during the season. The 14th race was scheduled to take place at a newly constructed permanent road circuit in the city of Ansan, South Korea on October 16, the week before the race at Surfers Paradise. The race was canceled in September when it was determined that the circuit was not ready to host the race.[22] It was the second year in a row that a race in Korea was canceled, as a street circuit race in the capital of Seoul was removed from the 2004 schedule. A date at the Ansan circuit was placed on Champ Car’s initial 2006 schedule but that race would never take place either.

Race results[edit]

Final driver standings[edit]

Color Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green 4th & 5th place
Light Blue 6th-10th place
Dark Blue Finished
(Outside Top 10)
Purple Did not finish
Red Did not qualify
Brown Withdrawn
Black Disqualified
White Did not start
Blank Did not
Not competing
In-line notation
Bold Pole position
Italics Ran fastest race lap
* Led most race laps
 RY  Rookie of the Year
 R  Rookie

Nation’s Cup[edit]

  • Top result per race counts towards the Nation’s Cup

Driver breakdown[edit]


See also[edit]