Paul Tracy made an early race pass for the lead stuck on his way to another win. Tracy was never challenged once in front and began the 2004 Champ Car season just as he did in 2003, with a win.

"You have to make good fuel mileage with the new rules and I have plenty of experience with that kind of strategy," said Tracy who secured his 27th champ car victory and won at Long Beach for the fourth time in his Champ Car career. "This is a great win for the team and I'm very happy."

Bruno Junqueira once again had to settle for second place in what has to be a disappointing trend for the Newman/Haas Racing driver. He's finished the last two seasons in second place.

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"For sure this is not the result I wanted to get but I'm still happy," Junqueira said. "We had a very quick car all weekend long but we couldn't catch him. I wasn't expecting that pass by Tracy. Once he got by, I tried to close the gap but I couldn't get close enough."

Sebastien Bourdais rounded out the podium in third.

"The car was very fast today," said Bourdais. "I kind of regret not doing more at the beginning of the race though. I had nowhere to go on the inside going into turn one and when I turned into the corner, I lost two positions. It's still important to start well and this is a good result."

The first attempt at the race was waved off by the flagman giving the drivers a second chance to line up. Going into turn one on lap two the green flag waved, Tracy made a late move to the inside of Junqueira going into turn one to take the lead and that turned out to be the pass for the win. Tracy almost lost control of the car which briefly got sideways, but he held on and moved in front of the Brazilian.

Tagliani got by Bourdais for third while behind the first group of cars, AJ Allmendinger ran into trouble after he ran into the side of another car and spun at turn one. Several cars were collected in the incident and knocked out of the race including Jimmy Vasser, Alex Sperafico and Tarso Marques. Allmendinger was able to resume but now a lap down.

The lap six re-start saw Tracy lead handily over Junqueira. Tagliani slotted into third in front of Bourdais. Justin Wilson had moved up nicely to 8th place on lap 10 and was looking competitive. Oriol Servia had to pit on lap 14 for attention to his car after fluids were reported to be leaking from the gearbox. His day was over.

Junqueira wasn't letting Tracy get away and he shaved the margin to just over a second and a half as the first pit stop window opened. Tracy had to contend with slower traffic on lap 20 and both he and Junqueira got by Roberto Gonzalez without incident. Gonzalez did a nice job letting the leaders by.

Allmendinger's RuSport team called the rookie in for service on lap 23 and he came out amongst the battle for third. Two laps later, Junqueira came in for his first pit-stop which was quick and without incident. He dropped to eleventh.

Tracy came into the pits on lap 30 for his first service call. He also had a trouble free pit stop and returned in the lead by over 4 seconds. Junqueira was running quick though and cut the lead in half as the race reached the mid point. Junqueira made his second pit stop on lap 52 and came out needing to make 29 laps if the race stayed green until the finish. The race had surprisingly ran under green flag conditions for the entire race after the second lap yellow.

Tracy made his second pit stop on lap 58. He took on fuel and tyres and resumed in the lead by eight seconds now over Junqueira. Tagliani had his next pit stop on lap 59 and after getting fuel, his right rear tyre didn't go on without some extra attention and it cost him precious seconds in the pits. He eventually got the tyre seated and returned in eighth place.

Brit Justin Wilson was making a great debut for his Mi-Jack Conquest Racing team. He was up to sixth and running competitive lap times. The former F3000 champion clearly has the goods and should be a factor all season long in Champ Car.

Tracy was cruising in the lead. He ran a consistent pace and never made a mistake. He kept the gap to around seven seconds on Junqueira as the final stages of the race arrived. Junqueira was trying to cut into the margin but time was running out.

Tracy never looked back and got the win in a championship he clearly enjoys being a part of.

"It was a great race for the team but what we have here in this series is like no other in the world," said the 2003 Champion. "We race hard against each other but at the same time we like each other. You don't really see that at all in Formula One where the drivers hang out together. We can have fun and then put on a great show."

Sunday Race Results - Long Beach GP.

1. Paul Tracy Forsythe Lola
2. Bruno Junqueira NHR Lola -5.681secs
3. Sebastien Bourdais NHR Lola -6.375secs
4. Patrick Carpentier Forsythe Lola -16.800secs
5. Mario Dominguez Herdez Lola. -17.527secs
6. Justin Wilson* Conquest Lola -36.645secs
7. Ryan Hunter-Reay Herdez Lola -38.926secs
8. Alex Tagliani Rocketsports Lola -1Min .578secs
9. Mario Haberfeld Walker Reynard - 1 Lap
7. Rodolfo Lavin Forsythe Lola - 1 Lap
8. Michel Jourdain Jr RuSPORT Lola - 1 Lap
9. AJ Allmendinger* RuSPORT Lola - 2 Laps
Nelson Philippe* Rocketsports Lola - 3 Laps
Roberto Gonzalez* PKV Lola - 5 Laps
Oriol Servia Dale Coyne Lola - 67 Laps
Jimmy Vasser PKV Lola - 80 Laps
Alex Sperafico* Conquest Reynard - 80 Laps
Tarso Marques Dale Coyne Lola - 80 Laps

[* denotes rookie]