Doornbos leads rookie class in Cleveland learning curve

The Grand Prix of Cleveland was a wild affair, and rookies such as Robert Doornbos took full advantage of the learning opportunity, writes John Schwarb.

Updated: June 25, 2007, 8:32 PM ET
By John Schwarb | Special to ESPN.com

CLEVELAND -- Robert Doornbos thought his day was over before it really got started. Instead, the learning was just beginning.

The Minardi rookie was excited Sunday about his car for the Grand Prix of Cleveland after he qualified fifth, having worked hard to better a DP01 that two days earlier had been more middle-of-the-pack quality.

Doornbos figured he had a shot at his first Champ Car World Series win, but about five minutes into the race, that flew out the window. Black-flagged ...

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