The 2003 season was the official rise of ChampCar as CART went bankrupt and it’s assets was put up for legal dispersal. For many it became personal as Tony George made public statements about putting nails in CART’s coffin the previous season.
This was also the start of both ChampCar and IndyCar going down the road to one engine and one chassis supplier.
A rule change was put in place in ChampCar where the driver’s weight was included in the weight of the car in an attempt to truly level the playing field and no longer penalize larger drivers.
Pole Position: Bruno Junqueira
Fastest Lap: Sebastien Bourdais
Winning Driver: Bruno Junqueira
Winning Team: Newman/Haas
Winning Chassis and Engine: Lola/Ford Cosworth
Chassis in Series: 2 (Lola, Reynard)
Engines in Series: 1 (Ford Cosworth)
Tires in Series: 1 (Firestone)