CHAMPCAR/CART: Bourdais quickest on opening day in San Jose

The Inaugural Taylor Woodrow Grand Prix hit the Streets of San Jose, California today opening the 8th round of the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford. Sebastien Bourdais led both practice sessions, beating his best...

The Inaugural Taylor Woodrow Grand Prix hit the Streets of San Jose, California today opening the 8th round of the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford.

Sebastien Bourdais led both practice sessions, beating his best time earlier by more than a second at 52.615 seconds, 99.074 mph. Oriol Servia, still substituting in the second Newman Haas entry for Bruno Junqueira, finished right behind his teammate, but not by much. The Spaniard's time of 52.665, (98.999 mph) was just five-hundredths in arrears.

The Champ Cars missed the morning practice round and had to wait until nearly 2 PM local time to get on track. Delays with completion of critical course safety features set everything back more than three hours. Once things got started, the circuit proved quick but extremely bumpy as the cars traversed light rail tracks and manhole covers.

Only a handful of cars ran laps under 53 seconds Friday, with rookie Timo Glock putting in the third fastest time with a 52.835, (98.662 mph) lap. Sophomore driver Nelson Phillip and former series champion Paul Tracy rounded out the top five.

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